SaaStr is in Shanghai for the month of July. While I have internet access and an iPad … it’s tough to stay connected with the domestic SaaStr audience.
Well, first almost everything is blocked: Facebook, Twitter, WordPress (as an app and URL — individual sites with custom URLs sometimes barely work, sometimes not at all), most of Google (Gmail is OK, the rest not so much), and also almost anything that uses their APIs … Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, Buffer, etc.
Lucikly, Quora is not yet blocked. However, using Quora from an iPad is rather painful. A lot of Quora functionality is imperfect or not supported in iPad Safari.
Yes, you can sort of use a corporate VPN. Sort of. But that seems partially blocked. And the services that provide one-off VPNs seem constantly shut-down and rather shady.
My uber-learning is this: Shanghai is bigger and more vibrant than New York City. And no one here is going to read your blog, your tweet, or your facebook post. Your social media strategy simply is irrelevant in the world’s arguably most dynamic city and largest country.
For now at least, there’s still Quora.
(Cross-posted @ saastr)