I have been spending time playing a game called Family Farm Seaside for a little over a year. They just released a major version that is buggy and not well thought out. Up until now, I was not curious about the company that made it. But I was motivated and surprised what I found and the implications if President Trump ramps up the trade wars.
So the company is named FunPlus and they do have a coherent web site Here.
So it turns out the company is located in Beijing China! The company was founded by and is led by a man named Andy Zhong. He claims Silicon Valley roots and his LinkedIn profile lists as a young man (he is 30) he was working for AT&T Bell Labs and ask.com.
So that is pretty boring. Then I decided to see who owns the funplus.com website. It is a GoDaddy registration that comes back to Qi Lu, who claims an address in Union City, California. Now he and what he represents is seriously interesting.
Qi Lu was raised in rural China, where his parents hid from Mao’s cultural revolution. He came to America and got his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He wound up at Microsoft being the EVP over Bing, Skype and Microsoft Office.
He left Baidu to run an entity with the curious name of Y Combinator.
So here is the gold at the end of the rainbow.
Y Combinator finds and funds software companies and cultivates them. Some fail, but many are a success. For the guidance, they get a minority ownership in those businesses. They have around 1,700 clients now. Some of the ones I recognize include Doordash, AirBnB, Dropbox, Disqus, Justin.tv, Weebly, Scribd, and Reddit.
Funsoft sold its gaming business in 2014 to an entity called DianDian which was acquired by Shanghai Zhongji Investment Holding, since renamed Shanghai Fukong Interactive Entertainment
countess and I have observed a few things on YouTube. Our buddy Indiana Jack made a delivery to a Costco warehouse and was shocked at the lack of activity. Watching trains, the containers from Asia vanished. Countess has noticed strange dumping of out of season mechandise that seems illogical.
This is not the 1980s – we actively encourage the growth of China and much of our technology is dependent on Chinese entrepreneurs. You can’t just sever those ties. The coming empty store shelves may have nothing to do with hurricanes.