Chasing the China outsourcing market

Bruce Einhorn

Is China ever going to be a threat in software? Building a software industry that can rival India’s has been a goal of Chinese leaders for a long time. So far, of course, the Indians don’t have much reason to worry. There’s no Chinese company that can even approach what Indian outsourcing powerhouses Infosys, Satyam, TCS, and Wipro have accomplished. One company that believes China has what it takes to be a force in software outsourcing is Freeborders, a San Francisco-based company that has a development center in Shenzhen. The city across the border from Hong Kong is best known in IT circles as the home of telecom equipment makers Huawei and ZTE, but Freeborders has been trying to make it a Chinese answer to Bangalore. Yesterday, Freeborders announced that it is expanding its headcount in Shenzhen, from 700 now to 2,000 by the end of next year.

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