Although most of us know that #shenzhen is the factory of the world, it is not easy to just into Shenzhen and say that you can make the next awesome prototype. There are lessons to be learn, mistakes to be make and relationships to be build.

But what this network in Shenzhen — supported by huge factories in other cities such as Shanghai — does better than anywhere else in the world is build huge volumes of the components that go into consumer electronic products: Lithium-ion batteries, LCD displays, touchscreens, motors, electrical components, switches, plastic moldings, printed circuit boards, semiconductors, packaging, antennas, speakers, microphones, and leather, plastic and other assorted materials. For each component, there are scores of companies in intense competition to keep the prices down and advance the technology.

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