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Weiwen Han is a Hong Kong-based partner in Bain & Company's Strategy practice.

Hammer time: Why Chinese founders value spikiness

Founder's Mentality - Hammer time: Why Chinese founders value spikinessDuring our DM100 meetings in Shanghai last week, the founders kept alluding to volleyball and Lang Ping, the former star player of the Chinese women’s Olympic volleyball team (and the former coach of the US women’s team). She helped China beat the US to win the gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

During a break, we talked to a couple of the founders about the reference. They noted that Lang Ping was known as the Iron Hammer, famed for her extraordinary ability to spike the ball and quickly bring a point to her team. Everyone knew that when the ball came to her she would handle it decisively, quickly and, more often than not, victoriously. Continue reading