China may have some of the world’s most active Internet police, who make sure its citizens don’t get out of line while they’re online. But Hu Zhiguang is out to prove that the blogosphere is nonetheless alive and thriving in China.
Hu, a wiry 27-year-old with a soul patch of a beard who likes people to call him by his English name, Kos, is founder and chairman of one of the leading providers of blog services in China. Blogcn, based in the eastern city of Hangzhou, makes it easy for Internet users to set up their own blogs — sort of like a Chinese answer to Blogspot.
Hu recently spoke to Bruce Einhorn, BusinessWeek’s Hong Kong-based Asia economics editor, about the special challenges of trying to become a blogger baron in China.