Iâve been back for two days and am finally getting over the jet lag from the business trip to China.
In Shanghai and Dalian, I met with 9 software companies in an effort to find more offshore partners for Overpass. I learned a lot from the companies I visited. They ranged in size from a few companies with thousands of developers to companies with only two developers.
Some of the software companies were located in large software parks with state of the art facilities. A couple were located in residential-area office buildings far from the centre of Shanghai.
There is definitely a lot that China can offer the software offshoring worldâin fact, they already are. On this trip, I was also advised to look at Sichuan, Chengdu, and Nanjing as some other destinations.
I also met with some expats in the area who gave me a great deal of insight into the software development situation in these cities.
I came home with piles of notes to record and thoughts to put down before they evaporate. Itâs been busy the past few daysâso this post is pretty brief.
It was a great trip and I am totally in awe of the hospitality I was shown there. I thank everyone who showed me around, showed me their companies, and generally made me feel very welcome.
Iâd also like to recommend the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) who set up the meetings for me. If your looking to get into China, give them a call.
Now, the real work begins.