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March 31, 2010

今天看到淬念留言,说中国各个阶层之间,更多的是冲突,是恶性的阶层歧视。这里,我想说说看问题的角度的事情。

以前在国内的时候,我也是看很多事情不顺眼,我也毫不犹豫的翻墙,为了户口的事情问候某些官员的直系母性亲属,也和很多人一样,以为美国的很多事情会比中国好;出国以后,也经历了觉得什么都好,到发现其实也未必的阶段。我曾经因为能够去跟市政大楼里的法官聊天,解释一张停车罚单而觉得美国社会很合理,也曾经因为被银行的接线员到处踢皮球,而觉得还是国内的银行其实更人性化一点。

那么,到底是中国好,还是美国好?这么多年过来,我发现,其实对于如此复杂的两个国家,个人其实是很难看到全貌的。就算是看到的这些方面,也有适合自己的,和不适合自己的。与其简单的以好坏来定义一个国家,不如尽量中性的去描述,然后再看哪些方面是适合自己的,哪些是不适合的。之所以要绕这么一个弯子,主要是不想被预先设定的态度蒙蔽了眼睛,忽略了可能的机会。

比如我前面一篇里面说的,中国各个阶层之间交流很多,交流可以是良性的,比如人之间的交往,贫困地区的学生通过考试和就业进入大城市的白领阶层(虽然现在大城市的白领阶层,其实也不是富裕人群);当然交流也可以是恶性的,比如基于地域的歧视,基于财富的排斥等等。怎么看待这些事情,可以把它们看做是人生的痛苦,可以把它们看做是社会的不公,当然也可以把它们,看成是新的机会。

股票市场上面有句话,叫只要价格有波动,就有机会。上次Freeman来,我们也聊到,只要有问题,就有机会。从这个出发点来看,交流的机会多寡,是更重要的衡量标准,而善恶,则更多的是个人看问题的角度问题。我不是说善恶是不重要的,善和恶更多的时候,是一个事物的两个方面,看到了一面,不要忽略同样重要的另一面,更重要的是,不要忽略了机会。

March 23, 2010

和Robert还有建硕等几个朋友在email上聊中美差异,自己记录一下自己写的,毕竟,一手抱着熟睡的儿子,一手还要敲这么严肃的话题,我自己都挺佩服自己的。 :)

以下是我在email里敲的字儿:

我这么几年看过来,觉得中美差异最大的几个地方:

  1. 社会结构。美国基本是隔离的几大族群,在族群内部按照经济隔离为几个层次,层次内部是扁平结构,彼此隔离的群体很少交流。中国是一个大的金字塔结构,层次之间的交流机会很多。
  2. 信任关系。美国是基于信任的怀疑。对人首先是信任,并且不断考量这种信任,信任失去以后不容易建立。中国是首先怀疑,在接触中发现信任。
  3. 用户习惯。美国基本上是精英主导话语权,影响用户习惯,不符合精英的标准则被当做异端而忽略,平民希望得到精英认可。中国基本上是平民主导网络上面的声音,精英或者被孤立,或者被攻击,精英希望得到平民的认同。
  4. 政府职能。美国是小政府,政府和精英貌离神合,精英通过有限批判政府来帮助政府传递声音,同时获得自身利益。中国是大政府,政府和精英是貌合神离,精英通过拥护政府来获取利益。

不评价任何一边是否优劣,只想指出,这种巨大的差异,决定了各种决策的不同,无论是社会分工,社会制度还是网络应用,商业活动的方式,都会被这些差异所影响。

事实上,中国很多成功网络应用都平民化,而且比较“乱”,在我看来,是对社会状况很好反映的结果。

说到底,是历史,文化和民族性的积累。

March 21, 2010

周五从办公室里溜出来,开车直奔机场,因为Freeman从湾区过来。

天气好得不得了,远处的Mt. Rainier映着身后的蓝天,居然上面一点云彩都没有。我一直跟来西雅图玩的朋友讲,从哪里来,会带来那里的一天天气。上次Robert来,就是天降大雨,应该是爱尔兰那边的天气,这次Freeman带来的,是湾区的天气。

在出口接到Freeman,他还是老样子,跟10年前一样。带着他在西雅图的高速上面乱窜,话题从10年前的老朋友,聊到现在中国和美国互联网市场的发展。结论最后到一点:机会多,非常的多。

周六天气依然不错,看来他从湾区带来的好天气还没用完。一起去了几个著名的景点:Pike菜市场,第一个星巴克(据Robert考证,是伪作),还有著名的金色花园和华大盛开的樱花。

下午和创业小组的几个成员小坐,讨论的很热烈。互联网真好,虽然10年不见,因为有了互联网,觉得这场讨论,似乎从10年前就开始了,到现在依然继续。

March 19, 2010

最近看了西厢计划原理,这个好玩,跟伟大火墙玩躲猫猫。不过大家小时候都翻过墙,小的时候墙那边虽然没有莺莺,但是有桑叶,木料,钢筋,电石等等各种好玩的东西。翻墙的要务,一个是不要被抓现行,另外一个是不要留下痕迹,不然再烂的墙,也有堵上的那一天。

March 17, 2010

见到了几位前几年海龟的成功人士,我本来是去看base在湾区的老朋友的,结果一个没遇到,遇到另外一个,感慨世界真小,人的流动真快。

信息还是很多的,主要是对中国互联网趋势的一个判断,不过到后来讲到具体的职位我就没兴趣了。

拿了两个QQ企鹅回来,塞到孩子们枕头旁边,等着看他们醒来高兴的样子。

March 14, 2010

某次跟朋友聊中国互联网内容的版权保护,我说:你看中国的那几个视频网站上面的视频,基本上都是:

左上角写着“土豆”,右上角是“酷6”,左下角是“优酷”,右下角是“youtube”,然后一行字从上面飘过:“56版权所有”

March 10, 2010

装了新机器,有很多软件要重新安装,另外新机器的计算能力强,所以编程那边做了些事情。加上工作上面需要和另外一个时区的同事协调,帮他们建立一套流程,也消耗了很多本来应该是自己的时间。

好在现在终于能抽出点时间想想。看了laolu写的“网购消费者依赖搜索引擎”,这个话题的确不错,等有时间的时候,要认真写一下想法。

March 2, 2010

今早看到建硕的buzz里面他们去Lake Tahoe 滑雪的照片,大家几年不见,都还是那么年轻。

其实昨晚我和Robert还在聊关于雪的事情。不过不是真的雪,是一个startup如何达到critical mass。我以前和创业小组的人讨论的时候,把这个比喻成滚雪球。开始的时候需要一个核,如果这个核足够好,那么以后以雪球自己的压力,就可以沾上雪,逐步滚大;但是如果这个核不够好,那么很有可能需要很长的时间来发展。

当年Amazon的核是所有书的目录,Google的核是所有的网页和里面的链接。当然了,核要足够好,周围的雪也要足够粘才行。