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The message couldn't have been more clear at TechCrunch's Disrupt Beijing last fall: Sure you've got several $1 billion-plus public companies, China. And, yes, you have more people online than any other country. But the Chinese Web scene will have really come of age when you stop copying and start leading on features and products.
Brian Lee is the entrepreneur to watch in LA right now.
Several months ago I became obsessed with a colony of trees in Utah called Pando Trees. Measuring 43 hectares and weighing 6,000 tons, they're pretty impressive above ground. But what really matters is what is happening below. The interconnected root system is the oldest living organism in the world. No matter what happens above ground, that root system stays alive, and continually shoots up new trees.
"As I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted, it is a powerful hard thing to please all of the people all of the time."
Aside from all this, there's a nice side-benefit about starting PandoDaily: I can officially now call bullshit on people (usually men) who insist women don't start companies in the Valley, because men don't let them.
The tech world was high-fiving over the weekend, after the White House issued a statement that the much hated Stop Online Piracy Act wasn't acceptable legislation in its current form.
My friend Arnon Kohavi is back in the news. (By "friend" I mean "guy I recently compared to Harold Hill in the Music Man" and "investor I said startups should never take money from and LPs should never give money to.")
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