Shanzhai economy

If you knew your idea would get stolen, would you share it?

In the western land of patent lawsuits, profit often comes from blocking innovation of ideas.

There’s an alternative that nurtures rapid innovation for brave teams, found in Shenzhen, China.

  • Sharing not stealing: Shenzhen’s communities believe “sharing” ideas will drive faster innovation (3x speed of US).
  • Being the source: All who implement or refine an idea know who can produce it for them: the source.
  • Leave the old ways behind: Those not participating may make copycats, but they’ll be too late.

Sharing knowledge increases a team’s influence and generates more business.

Not by blocking progress, but by accelerating (and becoming attributed to) progress.

Will your team lead progress in your space?

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