Extraordinary Genius - Chapter 481 - Network access license
3 days later, Jiang Wanmeng personally brought a few of his men to interview these people. Feng Yu had told him that these people were talented, and the result of the interviews proved that these people were indeed genius. With such simple facilities, they had achieved amazing progress with their VCD technologies.
Jiang Wanmeng was wondering what was Feng Yu thinking by asking him to interview these people? Could Feng Yu feel that they had spent a lot of funds, but their progress was too slow? He must monitor the R&D department closely and must lead them personally. He must use the least money to get the results Feng Yu wanted!
Feng Yu does not know about this. This episode had made Jiang Wanmeng helped the company to save lots of research funds. But Jiang Wanmeng had become a stingy person!
Feng Yu told Jiang Wanmeng that these people had manufactured counterfeit video cassette players in the past and their factory was shut down by the authorities. He asked Jiang Wanmeng to pay special attention to them and not let these people return to their old ways. Of course, if these people do their work seriously and produced results, their salaries can be increased.
Feng Yu also informed Beijing’s distributor about those malls who were selling Feng Hua VCD players. That Beijing distributor was furious as counterfeits had appeared in his district.
The Beijing distributors made use of all his connections and sued those malls. Those malls were fined, and he gave part of the compensations he gotten from the malls to Tai Hua Trading. This was according to his contract with Tai Hua Trading.
This incident let the rest of the shopping malls knows the severity of selling counterfeit products.
“Master Lu, how is it? Can you help to hurry them?”
Master Lu blew out rings of smoke: “I can help to hurry them. But you all should still go to the government personally. It is not easy to get approvals for private companies. This sector is still not opened up.”
Feng Yu was frustrated. Xu Anhua and the rest had successfully developed pagers before the New Year. During Lunar New Year, the production lines were also installed.
By right, the production and sales should have started. Feng Yu was about to get people to film the commercial. All the paper works were ready, but Feng Yu realized that pagers were the same as mobile phones. It needed Network access license! Without this license, he was not allowed to sell.
Feng Yu does not know how Ningbo managed to get the approval in his previous life. Maybe it was a state-owned enterprise and had the government support. Now, the local government was not helping him.
Feng Yu thought that Master Lu would be able to help him. It’s just a Network access license after all. At most, Feng Yu could just make some donations or give some gifts. This pager was different from VCD players. It was the mainstream product now.
In China, there was still no local brands of pagers. The pagers in the market were manufactured by China factories contracted with those overseas companies, and some were joint ventures. Wave pagers, the first to successfully developed Chinese characters pagers, was in partnership with Motorola. All the pagers produced were under the Motorola brand!
“Master Lu, this pager is locally developed and produced. Shouldn’t the country support us? I am sure the higher-ups do not want everyone to use pagers under foreign brands.”
Master Lu glanced at Feng Yu: “Aren’t you are also using Motorola pagers?”
“That’s why I want to manufacture our own Chinese pagers. I will go to my provincial government, and you help me ask on your side? If your side needs any money, just let me know. I will not hesitate to pay.”
Master Lu waved his hand: “If you are able to ask Zhejiang Province Governor to help you, then this matter will be at least 50% done. Didn’t you say that you had met the Chief Architect and you still show me your photograph with him? You can go to him directly. Only one phone call from him, you will get your approval on the spot!”
Feng Yu: “……”
If I am really close to that old man, this approval will not be taking so long.
“Thanks for helping. Oh, how is our car? The car you are driving is a limited edition. I do not even have it myself.” Feng Yu knocked glass with Master Lu and took a sip. He only wet his lips with the liquor.
“Wow. This car is really powerful. I can never imagine our locally manufactured cars can be so powerful!”
“Of course. This car is built using Songjiang Motors’ most advanced technologies. The standards can be comparable with overseas cars. There are only two limited edition cars in this world. One is with Longjiang Provincial Government, used for hosting guests. The other is yours. The exterior design is the same as Songjiang Olympic models and is not attention grabbing. No one will know your car is worth more than 1 million RMB.”
Feng Yu did not want to give Master Lu this car. He had asked the Machinery Company to build this car for himself. The cost of this car is about 1 million RMB. But on the day the car was delivered to him, it was Master Lu’s birthday. Master Lu invited Feng Yu to his celebration.
At Master Lu’s birthday party, there was a lot of Official second generations. Feng Yu met them at the party and knew some of them will be promoted to senior officials in the future. There were some which he had not heard of before. These people were all his connections. In the future, they could help Feng Yu with his business.
Feng Yu got drunk at the party from drinking beer. He saw the others giving Master Lu Gold watches, sunglass, the newest model of mobile phones, etc. Feng Yu had forgotten to prepare Master Lu’s birthday gift. He only has a car key in his pocket.
After a while, Feng Yu blackout!
The next day when he woke up, those second generations greeted him warmly. Feng Yu was still in a daze. But he soon found out from the others what happened yesterday. Feng Yu had given Master Lu a car worth more than 1 million RMB!
Feng Yu saw his Land Rover parked outside. Damn! The car he gave to Master Lu was that Limited-edition Songjiang concept car!
Feng Yu was crying in his heart. But when he saw Master Lu, he did not ask him for his car back. This was too shameful, and he could not do it. It will also be a slap to Master Lu’s face. Feng Yu could only say that car was specially prepared for Master Lu!
Today, Feng Yu remembered this incident and reminded Master Lu that he had given such an expensive birthday present, and how could he not help him?
The earlier the pagers enter the market; the earlier Feng Yu could recover his investment. The amount recovered will be used to develop mobile phones!
Furthermore, it was the best timing for pagers now. The market was already established, and if Feng Yu’s product entered the market, he does not need to worry about the sales.
The cost of this Aiwa pagers was less than 1,000 RMB, and the Chinese characters pagers in the market cost at least 4,000 RMB! How much will be Feng Yu’s profits?
After 2 years, the pager prices will decline. If Feng Yu got the license then, it would be too late. The golden era of pagers will be missed. All his investments will be down the drain.
Master Lu was reminded by Feng Yu and felt obligated to help. He had earned a lot from Feng Yu. The amount he made was more than helping others getting government approvals and was more stable. Most importantly, the amount he received from Feng Yu would not affect his career.
If Master Lu did not help Feng Yu, he would be seen as ungrateful! In his circle of friends, he was known to be loyal to his friends. If his friends knew that he did not help Feng Yu, his reputation would be gone!
“Brother Feng, if you are able to get Ningbo’s top official to help, I will settle this for you!” Master Lu said.
“Alright. Thank you. If you need my help in the future, just let me know!” Feng Yu raised his glass and then wet his lips.