Asia 2014
Asia 2014
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Asia 2014

Last updated on 2014-01-01

About the Book

6630 answers to 3319 questions about 16 countries in Asia, by 103 local researchers interviewing over 300 experts, then compiled by 22 writers and 17 editors into this massive 4448-page ebook: “Asia 2014” — the ultimate guide to starting a business in Asia.

Each question is answered by each of the 16 countries in alphabetical order: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The systematic way it was organized makes it incredibly easy to use when comparing opportunities in different countries, side-by-side. So pick a topic of interest, then read each country’s approach.

For example:

  • Which country is most open to innovative ideas?

  • Which country has the most opportunity for you right now?

  • Which is the best for incorporating your business?

  • Which is the best for building a team of programmers?

  • Which have a fast and driven work culture? Which are more laid-back?

  • With which country will your business idea be most culturally aligned, and likely to thrive?

  • Which has the best tax incentives and grants for startups?

  • Which country is most welcoming to foreigners?

  • Which country has the culture and values that appeal to you for living?

The answers are usually not what you’d expect. The real goal of these books is deep cultural insight, not just surface bullet-point answers. At over 4400 pages, obviously you’ll get in-depth insights for each country, far beyond the usual “Doing Business In…” pamphlet.

In fact, this one book contains the contents of each of our 16 in-depth country guides, but just rearranged in this side-by-side per-question order for easy comparison.

So when you buy “Asia 2014” and register your purchase at WoodEgg.com, we give you each of the 16 country guides for free — (a $160 value) — in case you’d like to read about only one country, straight through. We also give you full access to all the raw research that went into creating this guide.

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About the Author

Derek Sivers
Derek Sivers

Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek Sivers created CD Baby in 1998.

It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100M in sales for 150,000 musicians.

In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby for $22M, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education.

He is a frequent speaker at the TED Conference, with over 5 million views of his talks.

Since 2011 he has published 34 books, including “Anything You Want” which shot to #1 on all of its Amazon categories.

Table of Contents

  • Country
  • Current stats
  • Quick history as it affects current business environment
  • Relationship with other countries
  • Now
  • Zeitgeist
  • Near-future outlook
  • Culture
  • Mindset
  • Religion and Race
  • Asia 101
  • Individualism
  • Local differences
  • Personal attitudes towards foreigners
  • What to wear
  • Attitude towards time and promises
  • Common conversational references
  • How to blend in
  • When not to blend in
  • Recommended reading/watching
  • Life
  • Quality of life
  • Cost of living
  • Western standards vs local standards
  • Language / English proficiency
  • Safety
  • Immigration / Visa
  • Where to live (short-term and long-term)
  • Typical living arrangements
  • Transportation
  • Internet / Phone
  • Food
  • Credit card? Cash? Check?
  • Availability of products/services
  • What’s not online
  • Differences in service standards
  • Expat community
  • Recommended resources
  • Business Culture
  • Mindset
  • Understanding “face”
  • Direct vs indirect communication
  • How to tell “yes” from “no”
  • Hierarchy
  • Who to speak with in organizations
  • Business attitudes towards foreigners
  • Signals of respect
  • How to build trust
  • Introductions
  • Business cards
  • Negotiation
  • Signaling success
  • Innovation vs status quo
  • Passing-through vs Full-time
  • Advantages to foreigners
  • Advantages to locals
  • Risks
  • Corruption
  • Government
  • General role of government
  • Who’s who: departments you need to know
  • What the government is emphasizing now
  • Incentives
  • Grants
  • Business Setup
  • Ease of doing business
  • Local partners?
  • Business structure choice
  • Business name choice
  • Timeline
  • Cost
  • Incorporating
  • Where to locate
  • Real estate
  • Big city vs outlying areas
  • What your location says about your business
  • Utilities
  • Permits
  • Contracts
  • Lawyers
  • Accountants
  • Paying taxes
  • Ongoing requirements
  • Recommended resources
  • Hiring
  • Local talent strengths
  • Hiring local people
  • How much to pay?
  • How to find good people?
  • Online vs offline
  • Hiring foreign people
  • Step-by-step process
  • Labor laws
  • Payroll
  • Unions
  • Firing
  • Recommended resources
  • Money
  • Banking overview
  • Bank comparison
  • How to open an account
  • Online banking
  • Paying employees
  • Paying vendors
  • Getting a bank loan
  • Getting investors
  • What if they don’t pay?
  • Industry sectors
  • Industries
  • What’s missing?
  • What’s unique?
  • Growing the Business
  • Marketing
  • Expanding outside the country
  • CREDITS

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