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March 22, 2017 (Wed). I took an English communication class at college. The course required each student to give a short speech, and my chosen topic was chewing gum. As soon as I began my speech, the usually quiet classroom suddenly turned into uproar. Many students started making the gesture of a machine gun. Some even stood up and made a lot of noise while shooting me with their imaginary weapon. By now you probably know the fatal mistake I made in my speech. The good thing that came out from this bad experience is that I'll never forget the difference between "gum" and "gun" in pronunciation! Here's the post.

Building a c-level executive network on Wechat
In my February 8 post, I talked about how I discovered the power of LinkedIn to connect with companies in China. Gradually, I realized that this professional network is not yet frequently used by Chinese executives. This led me to Wechat, a network connected to over 800 million users 24/7 on their mobile phone. About a year ago I signed...


March 15, 2017 (Wed)
The next generation leaders offer opportunities in Chinese domain names
I like to study leaders, because leaders lead and the rest follow. In corporate China, leadership is moving from traditional industries to the internet arena with Alibaba being the largest company by market cap. Domain strategies by the next generation internet leaders will certainly affect...

March 8, 2017 (Wed)
Chinese consumers like 2-pin domain names
Jack Ma's company is known as Alibaba outside China. But, did you know that inside China the name is often shortened as "Ali"? Alibaba is not only a character from the folk tale "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," but it also happens to be a 4-pin name representing the four Chinese characters 阿里巴巴. However, if you enter...

March 1, 2017 (Wed)
A domain name exercise
I'm always curious about peer-to-peer lending because it illustrates the power of the internet to connect people who have money with people who need money. When there is a lending platform that offers both security and convenience, then no bank is needed. The p2p market in China has skyrocketed in recent years. Transaction value has...

February 25, 2017 (Sat)
NewG talk #27 (final)
I'm afraid this will be my last post on NewG as I find myself spending more and more time in Chinese writing. However, I'll continue to publish on Wednesday, focusing on research and data related to the Chinese domain market. My view on NewG remains unchanged, and I believe NewG domain names have their place in the digital world. I...

February 22, 2017 (Wed)
Another report, another chance to feel confident
The Chinese government think tank China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) has been quite active in publishing reports related to domain names. Last week I talked about its internet trend report released in January. During the 2nd China Domain Name Development Conference held in...

February 18, 2017 (Sat)
NewG talk #26
In this past week, four Chinese IDN extensions were approved by MIIT. They are 在线 (online), 中文网 (Chinese website), 我爱你 (I love you), and 集团 (corporate group). This means you can apply for ICP licenses to develop and host websites using these domain names within China. To see how these extensions have been doing, I went to Namestat.org but the...

February 15, 2017 (Wed)
Rosy long term growth of Chinese domain market
China is a great domain market for those who like to study data and try to draw a big picture of where the country will be heading. There are reports constantly published to help you understand the internet in general and domain name in particular. The latest one I just finished reading is 互联网发展趋势报告2017...

February 11, 2017 (Sat)
NewG talk #25
The rise of .loan has been spectacular. The extension entered the Top 10 list in the week of November 26, 2016, but within two months has taken the 4th place on the list. Look at the chart on Namestat.org/top. .loan was launched in Aug 2015. The first 3 months saw no rush of buyers, with .loan registration number being less than 30k. Then it...

February 8, 2017 (Wed)
Connecting with Chinese companies
We know selling to end users gives you the best value. Vivo.com, for example, was sold for $2.1m to Chinese smartphone maker Vivo last year as upgrade from VivoGlobal.com. This price is spectacular for a 4-letter domain name, as Namebio.com shows the majority of similar domain names were sold for less than $20k in the same...

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