This May 5 photo shows employees of the e-commerce startup "gogoand" working on their website in Shanghai. Hordes of Chinese millennials are speaking directly to the country's 700 million smartphone users, streaming their lives to lucrative effect, fronting brands and launching businesses. Photo: AFP This May 5 photo shows employees of the e-commerce startup "gogoand" working on their website in Shanghai. Hordes of Chinese millennials are speaking directly to the country's 700 million smartphone users, streaming their lives to lucrative effect, fronting brands and launching businesses. Photo: AFP
This May 5 photo shows employees of the e-commerce startup "gogoand" working on their website in Shanghai. Hordes of Chinese millennials are speaking directly to the country's 700 million smartphone users, streaming their lives to lucrative effect, fronting brands and launching businesses. Photo: AFP
Stephen Vines
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Stephen Vines

Slash red tape to really help startups and small businesses; taxes don’t cut it

There’s no evidence in Hong Kong, or even in the US, to prove that tax cuts will help startups or SMEs. What’s really helpful is cutting red tape.

This May 5 photo shows employees of the e-commerce startup "gogoand" working on their website in Shanghai. Hordes of Chinese millennials are speaking directly to the country's 700 million smartphone users, streaming their lives to lucrative effect, fronting brands and launching businesses. Photo: AFP This May 5 photo shows employees of the e-commerce startup "gogoand" working on their website in Shanghai. Hordes of Chinese millennials are speaking directly to the country's 700 million smartphone users, streaming their lives to lucrative effect, fronting brands and launching businesses. Photo: AFP
This May 5 photo shows employees of the e-commerce startup "gogoand" working on their website in Shanghai. Hordes of Chinese millennials are speaking directly to the country's 700 million smartphone users, streaming their lives to lucrative effect, fronting brands and launching businesses. Photo: AFP
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Stephen Vines

Stephen Vines

Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong based writer and journalist. He has worked in Asia for The Guardian‚ The Daily Telegraph‚ and The Independent‚ and was a consultant editor for The Asia Times.