Are you planning to eat out and wondering if the restaurant can accommodate you and 4,999 of your closest friends? If yes, you may have to travel a ways — all the way to Changsha, China. That is where the world’s largest Chinese restaurant is located.
How about these statistics for the West Lake Chinese Restaurant?
- The restaurant was started in 2000 by Qin Lingzhi, who borrowed $10,000 to do so.
- It has nearly 950,000 square feet (about twice the size of a large Wal-Mart).
- It seats 5,000.
- The restaurant employs a staff of more than 1,000, including 300 chefs.
Click on the image to access an eye-opening Businessweek slideshow.
U.S.-based Google and China-based Baidu (note: this site is in Chinese) are the two dominant search engines in the world. According to comScore, Google’s market share of U.S. searches is 67 percent. According to Tech in Asia, Baidu’s market share of China searches is 82 percent. Google is also quite popular outside of the United States, while Baidu’s strength is in China.
So, how do Google and Baidu compare?
Elisa Harca, reporting for Clickz, notes that:
“As with most digital activity in China, the way Chinese citizens search for content online differs significantly from the way people source information in the West. The younger demographic and their ever-increasing enthusiasm for mobile technology, particularly in areas where it may be difficult to access laptops and PCs, has democratized search for tier two and three cities. And thanks to users’ hunger for information, particularly about branded goods and aspirational lifestyles, their online habits tend toward browsing all the search results on offer, rather than pinpointing specific sites via keyword searches.”
“Because of this, there’s clearly a difference in search engine “personality,” summed up neatly here: Baidu asks: ‘What can I help you to do?’ Google asks: ‘What can I do for you?’”
The Clickz chart below summarizes the some of the key differences between Google and Baidu. Click it to read more.
If you are considering starting a business — that is, becoming an entrepreneur, there are several resources available to you. Here are some. (This post is in response to a request from Jesse P. :-))
First, read this article that I wrote a while back for some initial things to review: Evans on Entrepreneurship.
Next, take a look at these past posts:
Finally, here are some excellent resources for preparing a business plan:
As we have noted before, “big data” is now the big rage in business. So, it is imperative to understand what “big data” means and the trends regarding such data.
CIO’s Thor Olavsrud has put together a good slide show on “10 Big Data Trends Changing the Face of Business.” Click the image to access it.
[Note: Be sure to read the text sidebars that accompany the slide show!!!!]
As we have noted several times before (click here, for example), we are not very much in control of our privacy when online. And the steady beat of new stories on this topic gets scarier and scarier.
Consider the latest from the Wall Street Journal, as reported by Amir Efrati:
“Every hour, an active Google user can generate hundreds or thousands of data ‘events’ that Google stores in its computers. These include when people use Google’s array of Web and mobile-device services, which have long collected information about what individuals are privately searching for on the Web. It includes the videos they watch on YouTube, which gets more than one billion visitors a month; phone calls they’ve made using Google Voice and through nearly one billion Google-powered Android smartphones; and messages they send via Android phones or through Gmail, which has more than 425 million users. If a user signs in to use Gmail and other services, the information collected grows and is connected to the name associated with the account. Google can log information about the addresses of Web sites that person visits after doing Google searches.”
“But there are signs Google is feeling increased pressure to calibrate how much emphasis it puts on user privacy. Scarred by a small number of past user-privacy missteps that generated global controversy, and under increased regulatory scrutiny in the U.S. and Europe, executives are engaged in wide-ranging internal debates and in some cases slowing product launches to address privacy concerns, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Click the image to read more from Efrati.
Photo by Associated Press