wsj - "How many people do you need to be creative or innovative? Do you need a nation of Steve Jobs? You just need one of them," says Chris DeAngelis, Beijing-based General Manager of consultancy Alliance Development Group. "China's got five times the population of the U.S. That's enough."
bloomberg - David Sullivan, MD of Alliance Development Group talked on the rise of big data in China with Doug Krizner and Rishaad Salamat. David Sullivan said:"In China they are using Big Data in banking industry, eCommerce, health care, also, the three large internet companies of Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are very actively using Big Data."
Forbes - EyeVerify started early in China, when the company only had eight employees. The company led by founder and CEO Toby Rush, inked several deals with tier one smartphone OEMS, drew investment from China’s Qihoo 360, did a cooperation agreement with Alibaba and Alipay, and then got acquired, tells David Sullivan, Silicon Valley-based managing director of Alliance Development Group, which advised EyeVerify.
Forbes - The final versions are likely to be moderated, as authorities and companies continue to negotiate rules acceptable to both sides, says Chris DeAngelis, general manager of consultancy Alliance Development Group, which helps western companies expand in China.
“I see this as more of a reminder to the industry that they are being monitored closely and they should continue to develop along the lines outlined in the draft regulations or their lives could become more difficult,” DeAngelis said.
Forbes - Having business contacts on what is supposed to be a personal app like WeChat is just one way to build relationships in the country, says Chris DeAngelis, general manager at consultancy Alliance Development Group, which helps western technology companies expand in China.
wsj - “It is unprecedented for all three internet giants to come together to create a China powerhouse in the sector,” said Chris DeAngelis, general manager of consultancy ADG, which helps Western technology companies expand in China. “The game has been won.”
wsj - "He has to be really friendly with the government,” said Chris DeAngelis, general manager of tech consultancy ADG, noting Apple’s efforts to expand in Chinese sectors such as mobile payments, that are difficult for foreign companies to enter.
ADG Assists Graphite to Close Partnership with Xiaomi to Bring Secure Spaces to Over 200 Million Users
prweb - “We are happy to assist Graphite with their China smartphone OEM partnering efforts, adding Xiaomi to Graphite’s global OEM partners. We’re excited for Xiaomi’s global users as they now have access to Graphite’s remarkable Secure Spaces solution” said David Sullivan, Managing Director of ADG.
PR Newswire - "Mobeewave's unique mobile payment solutions offer device OEMs an opportunity to play a larger part in the growing global payments space. We are excited to work with such a great company as Mobeewave and help them develop winning partnerships in China," said David Sullivan, Managing Director of ADG.
WSJ - “This feels very much like we are clearly in the middle of a technology trade war escalation,” said Chris DeAngelis, a consultant at Beijing-based Alliance Development Group. “ZTE is an important state-influenced company. You’re aiming close to the heart.”
PR Newswire - "There's massive demand for a premium keyboard like Fleksy which combines speed, beautiful design, and customization options. We're thankful and honored to have the opportunity to provide this to Meizu users. ADG has been a great partner for us, acting as our 'feet on the street' in China and helping us close deals with leading China smartphone OEMs," said Kosta Eleftheriou, Founder & CEO of Fleksy.
FT - “Reading the tea leaves, this seems to support a lot of rumours of late that China Telecom and China Unicom will eventually merge,” said Chris DeAngelis of the Alliance Development Group, a Beijing-based consultancy.
Digital Trends - “Right now the security sector is very hot,” said Chris DeAngelis, Beijing-based general manager at consultancy Alliance Development Group. “The government is looking for non-foreign technologies as much as possible to prevent various back doors.”
FT - In just a few years, the BAT conglomerates has been able to monopolise every aspect of daily life that could conceivably be put on the web and sold to the public. “They all want to own the customer, they want to be with them every second of the day, when they watch a video, chat to their friends, buy groceries, or go to a restaurant” says Chris DeAngelis from the Beijing-based Alliance Development Group.
WSJ - China is seeking to make its own secure smartphones, in an attempt to insulate its handsets from U.S. surveillance. The effort involves both state-owned companies and some of the country's savvier technology firms and marks the latest step in Beijing's quest to build a homegrown tech industry that cuts out U.S. suppliers.
FT - Chris DeAngelis, of Beijing-based Alliance Development Group, believes China’s resources will eventually win out. “In areas such as software development I am already seeing huge amounts of creativity percolating out of the universities and younger graduates,” he says.
Press Reader - The company are adept at adding features and functions quickly and many have deep pockets to support marketing and distribution investments,” said David Sullivan, MD of Alliance Development Group, which provides global technology companies with services in China market expansion, business development and strategic investment.
China Economic Review - “Generally speaking there is a very serious push by the government to use biometrics for authentication,” said Chris DeAngelis, Beijing-based general manager for Alliance Development Group, which helps foreign tech firms expand on the mainland.
The law does not mention what those factors might be, but biometrics could prove a convenient complement to existing methods. “My understanding is that, for example, three-factor authentication could be the device itself, a pin number and a biometric,” DeAngelis said.
ET Tech - These companies are spreading their wings, there's going to be more cross-border partnerships," said David Sullivan the managing director of Alliance Development Group in an earlier conversation with ET. ADG provides global technology companies with services on China market expansion, business development, and strategic investment services.
CKGSB Knowledge - “In the big picture, I would say big data and all of what that entails is being massively embraced by China, by the Chinese government, by the internet companies,” says David Sullivan, an analyst at Alliance Development Group (ADG), which assists technology companies expanding in China. “They were and probably are a little behind Google and Amazon, but they started a little bit later. Right now, they’re starting to establish more R&D centers, they’re putting more dollars behind it.”
South China Morning - “In the big picture, I would say big data and all of what that entails is being massively embraced by China, by the Chinese government, by the internet companies,” said David Sullivan, an analyst at Alliance Development Group (ADG), which assists technology companies expanding in China.
FT - Tsinghua Unigroup has come from nowhere in the past two years to become China’s national chip champion, as it aggressively buys stakes in foreign chipmakers and partners with top global companies.
It says its mission is “becoming a world class chip giant.” That has put the company at the centre of the government’s push to wean China away from its dependence on foreign suppliers such as US group Qualcomm, said Chris DeAngelis of Beijing-based Alliance Development Group. Unigroup, he said, was “going after anything chip-related, part of a broad-based effort towards self-sufficiency”. -
WSJ - When Xiaomi Corp. launched a new smartphone here in April, there was an air of chaos. Employees were still stuffing gift bags that morning, and a few staffers from Beijing headquarters, pressed for time, arrived on tourist rather than business visas.
SFGate - One advantage that Apple’s competitors have is they also offer lower-priced phones. While an iPhone may cost $700, a Xiaomi phone could cost half that, said David Sullivan, managing director of Alliance Development Group, which helps tech companies expand in China.
XRP Talk - China will be one of the most difficult markets for outside companies to penetrate, but one of the most lucrative. “But we are seeing it as sometimes the first place to go” especially for companies that want to partner with handset manufacturers, said David Sullivan, managing director at Alliance Development Group (ADG). For about 14 years, Sullivan with ADG has been helping mainly U.S., although some European startups, expand into China. ADG has worked with 80 companies since its launch in 2001, including Zong, a mobile carrier billing startup acquired by PayPal.
TechNode - Today, entering the China market is the holy grail for many global tech companies. It’s a huge market that any business would love to get involved in. However, it’s also challenging market where the players should map out thorough strategies to penetrate it. With China’s internet giants actively scoping overseas markets for the latest technologies, there have been a few success stories, one of which was EyeVerify, which received investment from Qihoo360 last year. With EyeVerify’s team based in Kansas City, the deal was achieved with support from Alliance Development Group (ADG), functioning as their business development team in China.
IB Times - “It’s getting harder and harder for [phone makers] to differentiate, so they’re looking for more interesting technologies,” said David Sullivan, managing director of Alliance Development Group, which has helped many U.S. startups land these types of partnerships.
IB Times “One hundred million is very difficult,” said Chris DeAngelis, a general manager at Alliance Development Group, a cross-border business consultancy that focuses on helping technology companies establish themselves in China.
“It seems every major OEM in China has now created a new brand to compete directly with Xiaomi,” he said. This includes Lenovo Group Limited’s Shenqi or ‘Magical’ brand, Huawei Technology Co. Ltd.’s Honor, Coolpad Group Ltd.’s Dazen and ZTE Corporation’s Nubia.
International Business Times - China’s new regulations are far-reaching, but they’re also on par with laws and regulations being instituted by other countries around the world, said Chris DeAngelis, the China general manager of Alliance Development Group, a firm that specializes in helping American businesses break into the Chinese market. DeAngelis pointed out that in the U.K., Prime Minister David Cameron has said he would ban messaging apps that do not give his government a backdoor to monitor for terrorist threats. “Are they protecting their own companies? Maybe, but I don’t think any more so than any other country would,” DeAngelis said. “I don’t see this as something that’s significantly more troublesome than what everyone else is doing.”
Forbes - EyeVerify’s CEO Toby Rush says he got an introduction to Qihoo 360 through China business development pro David Sullivan and his team at Alliance Development Group. Rush credits Sullivan for helping him to get comfortable with an investor from China. “It’s a different world, with different expectations,” says Rush. Another hesitation was how the deal with Qihoo could impact “where we go in China in the future” with potential other partners.