With his five-decade experience co-founding and investing in over 90 IT companies, Yossi is unofficially titled with “Israeli hi-tech godfather” and twice received the Prime Minister Award for life achievements in the high tech area. He is also the creator of ICQ, the world’s first instant messaging company, which inspired many messaging products including QQ in China.
We are honored to have Yossi to be on China Startup Pulse Podcast today where he shared his thoughts about the copycat, innovation, IP protection, Israeli tech ecosystem, and Chinese startups. As he mentioned, “We have to evaluate the whole picture...not just good or bad to be a copycat".
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[01:45] Introduction of Yossi Vardi, Founder of ICQ
[02:26] Transition from a Geek to an Investor
[05:02] What is ICQ?
[07:40] Why is ICQ so Special?
[10:15] Is Copycat a Cause of Concern for Ecosystem in China?
[13:00] How much can We Protect Companies that are Trying to Create New Things?
[15:11] Make in China, Clone for Others?
[17:51] Israel & its "Deep Complicated Technologies"
[20:54] Barriers for Startups Entering China & How to Overcome Them
[25:11] Further Expansion of Chinese Startups Across the Globe
[27:51] The Impressive Chinese Phenomenon
[28:30] Essential Fundamentals of an Economy in the Long Run
[29:44] Future Plans by Yossi Vardi
Many thanks to our host Oscar Ramos, guest Yossi Vardi, editor David and Geep, producer Eva Shi, organizer Chinaccelerator and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com
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