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C. Custer

I'm a guy who writes stuff, mostly about technology and video games in China. I also made a documentary film about child trafficking. You can follow me on Twitter as @ChinaGeeks.
Well, it's difficult to quantify luck. But if you're looking for evidence of my claims, you could certainly start here: http://qz.com/455109/entrepreneurs-dont-have-a-special-gene-for-risk-they-come-from-families-with-money/ Or you could start here: http://www.cnbc.com/id/49167533 "It says 35 percent of the list was born in the “batter’s box,” with a lower-middle class or middle-class background." > In other words, 65% of the billionaires were born upper-middle-class or even more privileged. What would you call that, if not luck? Or you could take a different angle, and look at Bureau of Labor statistics, like those cited here: http://www.cheatsheet.com/personal-finance/5-jobs-that-work-crazy-long-hours.html/?a=viewall Amazingly, you'll see that people like power plant workers, loan officers, and truck drivers are working the same kinds of hours as the uber-wealthy CEOs. So, you know, you could take a look at any of those things, or even just take a look at the reality of the world around you. Or you could just keep snarking on the internet. Your call, really ;)

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The digital nomad: lonely, white, male?
To be honest, a lot of people who are millionaires ARE mostly due to luck. I know that especially among the wealthy there's a lot of love for the idea that having money is somehow proof that one worked hard enough to deserve it, but that's utter nonsense. How hard one works and how much money one makes don't necessarily correlate at all - that single mother working two jobs to make ends meet is probably risking more and working longer hours than many startup founders, yet she's unlikely to magically become a millionaire just because of her effort level.

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The digital nomad: lonely, white, male?
Yeah, I thought that looked like an F-35, but I didn't write anything about it because I'm not really any good at identifying military gear. I think it's pretty clear who China's hypothetical future enemies are, though..

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Tencent releases simulated war-porn video to celebrate peace
Nope, only on Kickstarter at the moment. Maybe someday on Amazon!

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Can’t afford a smart bike? Smartify your dumb bicycle with this smart tail light
Presumably it sends an alert to your phone based on sudden movement/bike falling over, and then in the phone app you've given it permission to text a contact or something.

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Can’t afford a smart bike? Smartify your dumb bicycle with this smart tail light
True, although I'd like to think/hope that the people running Tencent are more sane than Donald Trump. That is a low, low bar.

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Tencent releases simulated war-porn video to celebrate peace
It's pretty low, but growing. Perks like a leg-up in the lottery system are attempts by the government to increase demand for electric vehicles.

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2016 could be a big year for Tesla in China. Here’s why.
Yes, definitely. Tesla in China is a luxury product, like an LV bag or the Apple Watch Edition (or whatever they call that ridiculous gold one). If you care at all about the price you're paying, you're not buying a Tesla.

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2016 could be a big year for Tesla in China. Here’s why.
Yeah, I think that's still in effect too (the license plate law you mentioned, I mean). Even when you get a plate, you can't actually drive it anytime you want.

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2016 could be a big year for Tesla in China. Here’s why.
There's big potential for the Model X, because SUV/crossover growth is really big in China right now. Tesla will never compete with Chinese automakers on volume until it comes out with some budget-priced models, but the Model X could challenge Mercedes/Audi/BMW/etc. for some of the high-end SUV market.

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2016 could be a big year for Tesla in China. Here’s why.
Congrats to FX Mart (and Flipkart)

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Flipkart just found a way to solve its epayment problem
It's definitely not a top internet company in the context of its SNS platform; that's dead in the water. It has a lot of other stuff going on at this point, though; everything from mobile games to investments in a bunch of startups around the globe.

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Why one of China’s most successful founders isn’t afraid to be a copycat
Well keep in mind that was like a decade ago. IP law enforcement in China at the time was kind of a joke, and FB was also a much smaller company that probably didn't want to use the resources to try to wage legal battle halfway across the world.

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Why one of China’s most successful founders isn’t afraid to be a copycat
If you're going to accuse me of being a paid shill, at least have the balls not to hide behind an anonymous screen name like a coward. I've never been paid for an article here by anyone other than Tech in Asia. As for Qihoo's phone, we'll see. They've already failed three times. Maybe the fourth time's the charm. I highly doubt it.

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3 reasons Zhou Hongyi’s Qiku is not going to beat Xiaomi
China's military definitely is already making drones. The Pentagon estimates it will have 42,000 by 2023.

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Drone explosion? Nearly $200M has been poured into China’s drone industry in the past few months
Well these are all consumer drone companies, but yeah. I can see it dropping fast. When the novelty wears off, only a very small group of people have practical need for a $1000 camera drone.

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Drone explosion? Nearly $200M has been poured into China’s drone industry in the past few months
Seems like a cool idea. Guessing they're going to need a lot more funding, though.

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These ex-directors of Flipkart show sellers how to crack ecommerce
Good news for startups, especially in this economic climate!

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The Infosys old boys’ club spawns a new fund for startups in India
I feel like this is a product that's actively making the world a worse place.

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Otaku dream: this smart anime body pillow responds to your caress
But the funny thing is that if the rate of assault is 1 per 500 with taxis and 1 per 10,000 with Ubers, people will still condemn Uber because it is new.
That's not really why. It's because Uber is operating outside of the established law for transportation companies, and its driver hiring and safety processes are not public. If the rate of assault is 1 per 500 with taxis, then you can go to the government and do something about that - there is legislation in place, legal standards for hiring ALL cab companies must abide by, etc. You can change those standards. But Uber wants to place itself outside this system, so if Uber has a systemic problem with unsafe drivers, what can you do? Avoid Uber or complain and hope they change on their own. There's not enough transparency or oversight at present.
people are probably generally safer in Ubers
Genuine question - why do you say this? What would make Uber drivers less likely to partake in criminal activity than drivers for other companies?

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Uber nightmare: Chinese woman robbed, sexually assaulted in three-hour ordeal