8 Ways Silicon Valley's Domination Stops at the U.S. Border

RealClear Staff


Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have revolutionized the world -- and the world has been "inspired" (read: "basically copying from"). You'll find that a lot of these international tech giants seem awfully familiar...

1. Nubank

Brazilians find Square to be so square. Taking a bite out of Apple Pay's playbook is Nubank, Brazil's startup that uses digital credit cards on mobile devices.

2. Didi Kuaidi

Maybe the hard-hit American taxi industry can take a cue from Didi Kuaidi, the taxi-hailing app in China that leads to 7 million rides a day. That's better than Uber, which is strong in China but hasn't broken the taxi habit there ... yet.

3. Line

Line is the most popular social network in Japan -- by a lot. Users exchange texts, images, video and audio, and conduct free VoIP conversations and video conferences. In just four years, it claims 560 million users worldwide. And the anime characters are so cute!

4. Baidu

Baidu is basically the Chinese Google -- the country's most popular search engine, and the the first Chinese company to be included in the NASDAQ-100 index.

5. Restorando

Based in Argentina, the direct competitor to OpenTable allows you to make reservations at restaurants in 18 Latin American cities.

6. Four Eyes

Entrepreneurs in the Philippines took "inspiration" from America's Warby Parker and created the wildly popular first online prescription glasses services in the PI.

7. Flipkart

Founders Sachin Basal (left) and Binny Bansal are dominating Amazon in Southeast Asia, even though they basically stole the idea from Jeff Bezos.

8. Zomato

Look out, America: Here comes Zomato. The Indian-born restaurant review website and app branched out internationally in 2012, and in 2015 bought Urbanspoon, marking Zomato's entry into the United States, Canada and Australia, and bringing it into direct competition with Yelp, Zagat and OpenTable.



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