From November 23 to 30, as part of a joint tour with Rules of the Game, we visited 10 of the best teal companies in China.
Everyone knows American teal organizations like Facebook, Zappos and Airbnb, but what about China? Are there classical teal companies in China or did the model change out there? These are the questions we were trying to find answers to as part of our tour, Teal Companies of China.
Nǐ hǎo, Shanghai! We take a walk across the Yu Garden in the very heart of the city’s central district of Nanshi and climb to the top of the Oriental Pearl Tower, the third highest in Asia.
Visit to CirclePlus
CirclePlus is a team of professionals that works with other companies to implement self-governance in their organizational set-up. The company’s products include slashme, an electronic platform for targeted self-governance, as well as professional training and specialized consulting services.
The company’s operations are based on autonomy, skills and target building.
Afterwards, we met with a private investor, Peking University professor, speaker and author of papers on digital innovation in China.
The speaker has developed projects in real estate, hospitality, banking/financial services, insurance, healthcare, consumer goods, retail, technology, petrochemicals, energy, and infrastructure. He spoke about business models in China.
Meeting at Buurtzorg
Buurtzorg is a Dutch home care organization that has drawn the attention of the international community with its innovative use of independent nursing teams that provide relatively inexpensive care services.
Teams of up to 12 members work in small neighborhoods, taking care of people in need of support, and manage their work independently. Each new team finds itself an office of its own, holds meetings and events to get acquainted with the local community and general practitioners, physicians and other professionals. Each team independently decides how to organize their work, distribute responsibilities and create workload.
Visit to UQEE Network Co., Ltd.
Shanghai UQEE Network Co., Ltd is an industry leader in the field of web game and mobile game development.
Tai chi workshop
Tai chi is a system of exercises that involve slow, smooth movements, breathing techniques and various cognitive components including focusing, images and multitasking.
Visit to Homevalley
Homevalley has a startup incubator and a college of entrepreneurship that it uses to develop entrepreneurs and startups. The company enjoys strong support from the municipal government of Shanghai and uses a foreign network in Silicon Valley, New York and Seattle.
Visit to Baixing Internet
Baixing Internet is an online platform that offers a database of classified ads. Baixing is the leading website in China specializing in C2C and service listing.
People’s Network wants to create an ecosystem of classified information businesses as a platform and several vertical business lines.
UООYАА is a Chinese manufacturer of clothing catering to the new generation, which has more than 80 stores across the country.
Visit to How.R.U. (Uhabags)
Uhabags has been making bags for 20 years now, selling 30 million items a year. The company is China’s largest bag manufacturer that works with over 3,000 exclusive shops in the country.
Initially, Uhabags made bags to be exported to Italy, the UK and the USA, but as the living standards in China improved and people’s purchasing power grew, the company decided to start producing bags for the Chinese market as well. Currently, Uhabags’ three factories employ more than 40,000 people.
Visit to Haier
Haier is a Chinese manufacturer of household appliances employing more than 70,000 people and one of the most innovative companies in the world.
Since 2005, the company has been employing self-governance principles to improve work and manufacture efficiency.
Using a global platform, Haier entrepreneurs can independently attract all kinds of resources for research and development (funding, human resources, information technology, etc) from around the world.
The Great Wall of China is one of the most impressive landmarks in the world. It’s more than 2300 years old and 8,851 kilometers long.
Legend has it that a dragon had shown the workers where to build the Wall. It crawled along the border of Ancient China, and people built the Wall following its footprints. According to some, the shape of the Wall itself resembles a flying dragon.
The landmark is visited by 70,000 tourists every day.
The tour was an extremely rewarding experience for its participants, bringing them valuable knowledge and many new contacts.
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