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The China Startup Pulse Podcast is an original weekly podcast for anyone interested in understanding China’s innovation, business, and tech landscape. We showcase entrepreneurial stories, present key teachings from thought leaders, and analyze the strategy of the big tech giants.Backed by Chinaccelerator, the first accelerator in Asia, we understand firsthand what it’s like to be an entrepreneur in China — the struggle, the elation, the craziness, and the thrill of success. With that in mind, this podcast offers real, practical, and outside-of-the-box insights.Subscribe to us on your favorite podcast platform!

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The China Startup Pulse Podcast is an original weekly podcast for anyone interested in understanding China’s innovation, business, and tech landscape. We showcase entrepreneurial stories, present key teachings from thought leaders, and analyze the strategy of the big tech giants.Backed by Chinaccelerator, the first accelerator in Asia, we understand firsthand what it’s like to be an entrepreneur in China — the struggle, the elation, the craziness, and the thrill of success. With that in mind, this podcast offers real, practical, and outside-of-the-box insights.Subscribe to us on your favorite podcast platform!

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By Sarah 🍷 - Oct 21 2019
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Living in China, it’s fascinating to hear first hand experiences and insights of leaders carving the path in China. Lot’s of insights on how to navigate the Chinese market and best practices. Wether your interested in China or fascinated by the world of startups, this is my weekly dose of inspiration!

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By @silvermoondust - Jun 21 2018
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Very thorough and explanative. Absolutely love this podcast!

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10 Ratings
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Insights into the market

By Sarah 🍷 - Oct 21 2019
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Living in China, it’s fascinating to hear first hand experiences and insights of leaders carving the path in China. Lot’s of insights on how to navigate the Chinese market and best practices. Wether your interested in China or fascinated by the world of startups, this is my weekly dose of inspiration!

Love it

By @silvermoondust - Jun 21 2018
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Very thorough and explanative. Absolutely love this podcast!
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The China Startup Pulse

Latest release on Oct 23, 2020

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The China Startup Pulse Podcast is an original weekly podcast for anyone interested in understanding China’s innovation, business, and tech landscape. We showcase entrepreneurial stories, present key teachings from thought leaders, and analyze the strategy of the big tech giants.Backed by Chinaccelerator, the first accelerator in Asia, we understand firsthand what it’s like to be an entrepreneur in China — the struggle, the elation, the craziness, and the thrill of success. With that in mind, this podcast offers real, practical, and outside-of-the-box insights.Subscribe to us on your favorite podcast platform!

Rank #1: Localizing in the Mobile-Only China Market, with David Chen, CEO & Co-founder of Strikingly

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02:07 Introduction of David Chen

03:45 Strikingly's experience in Y Combinator

05:00 What is Strikingly

05:30 Why Strikingly went to China and their advantages

08:40 Build a local presence in the Mobile-Only China market

16:31 It took 3 years to launch a local product

17:24 How the name 'Strikingly' was born

21:10 How Strikingly localized in China

26:31 Products’ differences for Chinese and global users

30:30 Special needs from Chinese users - WeChat mini program

35:39 Regulations of building websites and WeChat mini programs in China

36:46 How to hire in Shanghai

Many thanks to our host Oscar Ramos; our guest David Chen; producer Eva Shi; editors David and Geep; ; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsors People Squared and Himalaya. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

Share, subscribe, review, enjoy!

Follow us on Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-china-startup-pulse/

Email us: team@chinastartuppulse.com

Dec 24 2019

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Rank #2: How to Understand Venture Capital in China with Victor Chao, Partner at SAIF

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What factors are RMB investors considering that USD investors are not? What can the difference between Chinese VC firms and American VC firms tell us about the innovation and entrepreneurship lanscape in these countries? As venture capital funding slows down in China, how is this affecting entrepreneurs?

Today we are lucky to have the perfect person to answer these questions: Victor Chao, Partner of the RMB fund at SAIF, a leading private equity firm in China. Victor has lived and worked all over the world, and so he has a great perspective on how understanding VCs can help us understand the state of innovation in a country.

[1:20] Introducing Victor Chao and his journey to the VC world
[6:40] SAIF Partners history and growth
[8:11] Difference between private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) investment strategies
[10:20] Difference between American and Chinese PE/VC investment
[14:20] What makes the China market unique: speed, mobility, and more
[16:55] Who are the investors for USD and RMB funds, and how do they impact investment strategies
[22:30] How exits and investing stages differ for USD and RMB funds
[25:15] How do different fund types influence what industries investors are looking at
[27:14] The RMB investment cooldown in China and how it is impacting investment strategies
[30:00] For a PE/VC firm, does size or performance matter more?
[32:10] How should entrepreneurs navigate today’s investment landscape
[35:40] How can entrepreneurs stand out for investment firms like SAIF

Many thanks to our host Oscar Ramos; our guest Victor Chao; editors David and Geep; producers Eva Shi and Matthew Wu; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsors People Squared and Himalaya. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

Share, subscribe, review, enjoy!

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Email us: team@chinastartuppulse.com

Oct 31 2019

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Rank #3: How to Startup, Step 1; with Trevor Owens, Co-Founder of The Lean Startup Machine

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Step 1: Validate your assumptions! Startups all over the world make the same mistake; they build a startup based on assumptions, with no data to validate a need. Trevor Owens, Co-Founder of the Lean Startup Machine, and author of The Lean Enterprise takes us through his winning method. His vision: "I want to create more millionaire entrepreneurs; if you really want to start a unicorn, it really helps if you already built a successful company, it really helps even more if you have a few million in your bank."

China's start-up scene is energised by top down support and heavy competition. Trevor shares his secret to help startups validate and pivot to beat the competition. The focus is on building a company which impacts your consumers life; the money is a by product, not the goal. Listen in for the lean startup method from the master himself.

Show Notes: Jump ahead to topics
2:00 Trevor Owens Intro
7:00 Invalidating ideas using the Lean Startup Method
14:00 Why Trevor has brought LSM to China and why it works so well in China
18:15 China is the only real Silicon Valley Competition
24:00 Lightning round question - How to do the method now
26:50 contact Trevor Owen direct!

Nov 20 2016

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Rank #4: Managing from Zero to IPO, with Ben Hu, Co-Founder, CTO and Head of Adult English of Liulishuo

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Liulishuo is an AI-powered English language learning platform operated by the AI firm LAIX founded in 2012 and it went public on New York Stock Exchange in Sept 2018. We are lucky to have Ben Hu, Co-Founder, CTO and Head of Adult English of Liulishuo to share the first 6 months of starting the company, their early successes, the growth, as well as his insights about managing a team from 5 to 200 people. “Empathy and strategic thinking together make the management easier.”

As of June 30, 2018, Liulishuo has over 83.8 million registered users and 7.2 million average monthly active users in 175 countries. The average daily time per user is 60+ minutes.

Show Notes:

0:00 Summary
1:24 Introducing Ben Hu
2:13 What is Liulishuo?
4:25 Artificial Intelligence’s Evolution and Change
6:56 Ben Hu talks about the product launch and first version of Liulishuo
9:05 Length and process from ideation to first launch
10:44 Ben Hu shares about Liulishuo’s beta experience
11:15 Engagement with Liulishuo’s beta user experience
11:55 Metrics used in Early Days
13:19 Ben’s advice for past-Ben, in the Early Days of Liulishuo
15:16 Practices for entering Chinese Markets
19:17 Management in Liulishuo’s expansion
22:10 How Hu developed management skills?
24:00 Decision-making in Management
25:36 Ben Hu’s management framework for unlocking potential
28:34 Exciting technology in Education Space
30:43 Wrapping Up and Closing Thoughts
31:35 Contact Information and Job Postings
31:52 Close Off and Partner Appreciation

Feel free to leave a comment! If you have an ideal guest whom you would like to listen to, please let us know and we'll do our best to realize it!

Many thanks to our host Oscar Ramos and guest Ben Hu, editor David and Geep, producer Eva Shi, organizer Chinaccelerator and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com.

Nov 08 2018

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Rank #5: How technology is boosting China's creativity industry with Steve Wang, Co-Founder and CPO of Tezign特赞

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The increasing demand of mobile UI/UX and the gradual openness of the society to freelancers have led to the rapid development of China's design and creativity industry. Tezign, as a data-driven design platform, helps companies connect and match designers in different scenarios. In this episode, we invited Tezign's co-founder and chief product officer Steve Wang to share his observations in China's design ecosystem and his judgments on future opportunities. He particularly shared how Tezign, as a bridge between foreign designers and Chinese companies, has promoted the development of creativity ecosystems both at home and abroad.

Show Notes:
02:06 Steve Wang Introduction
02:53 How Tezign started
03:46 17 Million designers in China
04:10 More designers in tech companies
05:56 The improvement of creativity and design in China
07:00 More foreign designers in China
07:28 Utilizing user data to improve the mobile UI/UX
09:58 What's the motivation for foreign designers to work with Chinese clients
13:19 What are the obstacles for those foreign designers in terms of communication and Tezign's solutions
17:11 Leveraging AI technology and human power
18:30 Are there still opportunities in China design community
21:05 Freelancing industry in China is developing but...
22:15 Supply and demand for freelancers in China
24:20 Contact Tezign

Feel free to leave a comment and start a conversation with us! If you have an ideal guest whom you would like to listen to, please let us know and we'll do our best to realize it!

Many thanks to our special host Oscar Ramos and Ryan Shuken, guest Steve Wang, editor David and Geep, organizer Chinaccelerator and sponsor People Squared.

Apr 18 2018

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Rank #6: B2B Sales Strategies and Tactics with Jonathan Wu, VP of Sales and Co-founder of GrowingIO

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01:59 Introduce Jonathan Wu

02:41 About GrowingIO

05:23 Why Jonathan started the company

08:25 How Jonathan decided to take the sales role

09:50 How GrowingIO got the first client, Liepin.com 猎聘

12:50 How to train the sales team

16:13 It takes 12 months for a new sales person to be mature

17:20 How to onboard the clients and understand pain points of adoption

21:05 How to select clients

23:27 Mature Internet companies build their own data platform

26:35 It’s necessary to add services on top of the software

29:26 Classify products and services for different clients

33:12 How GrowingIO has scaled the sales team

36:08 Connect with the decision maker to close the deal

37:38 Contact Jonathan

Many thanks to our guest Jonathan Wu, host Oscar Ramos; ; producers Eva Shi; editors David and Geep; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsors People Squared and Himalaya. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

If you like us, please give us a 5-star review and share with your friends!

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Email us: team@chinastartuppulse.com

Dec 20 2019

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Rank #7: China’s Role in 4 Investment Areas with Sean O’Sullivan, Managing General Partner of SOSV

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Happy New Year everyone! Today we invited Sean O’Sullivan, Founder and Managing General Partner of SOSV, the fund behind Chinaccelerator, to start the Year 2019 for China Startup Pulse and our listeners. In this episode, Sean shared his experience in China and provided his analysis of the investment trends in biotech, food tech, hardware, and software areas. Also, he pointed out the role of China in the global technology ecosystem and the impact that US-China trade war will have on startups and investors.

Sean’s entrepreneur life started in 1985 as a founder of MapInfo, bringing street mapping technology to personal computers. MapInfo went on to become a $200 million public company. He is also the co-creator of the term “cloud computing”. Now, Sean is managing SOSV, a Venture Capital firm which is running 6 accelerators in the world supporting investments in over 700 startups.

Show notes:
2:20 What brought Sean to China in the 1990s

3:24 Start in Dalian

6:20 Examples in Food Tech

12:20 Chinese investors’ growing interest in Biotech companies

13:57 Investing in the education industry

16:41 Other important areas in China, such as machine learning

18:57 Hardware accelerator HAX’s Chinese portfolio

21:25 The perceptions of Chinese technologies from investors out of China

24:25 How the US-China trade war impacts the startups and investors

26:38 Sean’s opinions on the fast-growing Chinese software companies such as TikTok

28:10 Sean’s predictions about China in 2019

Many thanks to our host Oscar Ramos and guest Sean O'Sullivan , editor David and Geep, producer Eva Shi, organizer Chinaccelerator and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com.

Again, thanks to all of our listeners for the support in 2018 and the team is looking forward to providing more insights in 2019.

Jan 03 2019

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Rank #8: 8Ps of Entrepreneurship, Your Customer Experience Sucks and Simple is Good; 8X8 Speakers Series (3/4) with Alvin Graylin, Neil Liang and Lucas Englehardt

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Welcome back! We are heading to the 3rd episode of Chinaccelerator 8X8 Speakers Series with Alvin Graylin, China President of HTC, Neil Liang, Chief Product Officer & Co-founder of The Carevoice, and Lucas Englehardt, CEO of xixilab.

Price, Product, Place, Promotion. Sounds familiar? Wait till you see how Alvin raised the bar for this business strategy by doubling it to 8Ps. The path of entrepreneurship, in all its variation, still holds some key principles for those who wish to embark on it. “The simpler u made your customer journey, the more likely your customers will actually repeat that journey,” remarked by Neil. In fact, good customer experience can even be regarded as a baseline that either makes or breaks your business. Finally, Lucas believed in the power of focusing on one thing that works. No buzzwords, no fancy terms. We are going to do things one step at a time and examine for ourselves the beauty in simplicity.

Don’t miss out the amazing insights they shared in this episode!

Show Notes:

[01:50] Alvin’s talk (Alvin’s presentation slides: https://www.jianguoyun.com/p/DSzVz24Qrai4Bxii1LQB)

[12:43] Neil’s talk (Neil’s presentation slides: https://www.jianguoyun.com/p/De8gdOAQrai4BxiY1bQB)

[19:19] Lucas’s Talk (Lucas’s presentation slides: https://www.jianguoyun.com/p/DZJhjl4Qrai4BxiT1bQB)

Many thanks to our speakers Alvin Graylin, Neil Liang and Lucas Englehardt, editor David and Geep, producer Eva Shi, organizer Chinaccelerator and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com.

If you like us, please give us a 5-star review and share with your friends!

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Email us: team@chinastartuppulse.com

Apr 18 2019

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Rank #9: Startup like a rolling stone; trailblazing within the China music and event industry with Archie Hamilton founder and CEO of Split Works.

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Building something that doesn't exist is what some entrepreneurs thrive on. The risk, challenges, and potential drove Archie Hamilton to pioneer an entire industry in China. Archie Hamilton founder and CEO of Split Works, started in 2006 to help build the music festival industry in China. Realizing that there was no audience here, he started to make up the rules and fought to understand his audience while learning how to survive, and built one of the greatest music festivals in China.

We talk with Archie about what it was like to jump into China, risking it all to build an international music festival scene. Archie talks about how to make up your own rules, be lean, and how the hard lessons of China business made him a better CEO. This is a great episode for the dreamers and believers who want to build their own empire in the East.

Thanks as always to our sponsors Chinaccelerator, People-Squared, and our syndication partner Technode. A huge thanks to our Producer, Vivian Law and Production Editor David Xu, and finally our listeners –Thank You!

Dec 26 2016

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Rank #10: The Rise of Fintech with Wei Hopeman, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Arbor Ventures

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Fintech has come a long way in China, from barely being recognized to one of the fastest growing markets in the region. As the world’s leader in Fintech technology, China is a breeding ground for Internet finance companies, and accordingly, investment in the industry. With millions of users and an ever-growing number of fintech unicorns, the future of Internet finance looks exceedingly bright in China.

Today, we present another special episode recorded live at RISE Conference 2018, where Oscar Ramos sat down with venture capitalist and fintech investor Wei Hopeman. After beginning her career in financial services and investment banking, Wei co-founded Arbor Ventures in 2013, the first VC fund specialized in fintech in the Asian ecosystem. She talks to us about the growth of fintech, the benefits of corporate VCs, and how founders and corporate VCs can improve their interactions with each other, as well as many other topics.

Many thanks to RISE Conference 2018 for gathering global elites in Hong Kong and supporting China Startup Pulse to present good quality content for our listeners.

Show notes:
1:02 Intro 1:40 How Wei got into financial services 5:20 Going into investment banking 7:04 The growth of fintech in Asia 9:06 The lack of infrastructure in financial services 11:52 Launching fintech in China 14:52 Benefits of corporate VCs 16:42 Key questions a founder should ask corporate VCs 18:05 Key difference between types of VCs 20:36 Educating corporates in working with startups 22:51 Women in VC 29:51 The future of Arbor Ventures

As always, thanks to our host Oscar Ramos, guest Wei Hopeman, editor David and Geep, organizer Chinaccelerator and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website at chinaccelerator.com!

Aug 08 2018

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Rank #11: The Challenges of Chinese Companies Going Global, with Omid Scheybani, Former Global Head of Partnerships and Business Development at ofo

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Many opportunities and challenges are found in the startup world under the impact of globalization. Today, we have invited Omid Scheybani, former Global Head of Partnerships and Business Development at ofo to share the challenges of Chinese business going international from the perspective of management, product and brand, and also opportunities for overseas talents working in China.

Ofo is a leading bike sharing company in China, which was valued at up to $2 billion and had over 62.7 million MAU (monthly active users) in 2017.

Show Notes:
0:00 Welcome Back and Introduction
1:50 Introducing Omid Scheybani
2:50 How Omid came to China and why he stayed
4:45 Chinese perceptions on Global Markets
8:15 Chinese Technology Going Global and shift in Chinese exports
12:27 Diversity in Chinese Business and need for International Talent
14:57 Omid’s Advice on working for Chinese companies
17:55 Challenges in Internationalization for Chinese Businesses
19:25 Adapting to Chinese Business Norms and Treatment of International Talent
20:25 Perspectives of Chinese products in International Markets
26:34 Lightning Round Questions
29:19 Spread of Chinese Products to Foreign Markets
33:31 Omid’s Contact Information
Omid's website: omidscheybani.com

Feel free to leave a comment and start a conversation with us! If you have an ideal guest whom you would like to listen to, please let us know and we'll do our best to realize it!

Many thanks to our host Oscar Ramos, Ryan Shuken, and guest Omid Scheybani, editor David and Geep, organizer Chinaccelerator and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

Sep 19 2018

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Rank #12: What Corporate VCs Get Wrong About Startups with Andrew Gaule, CEO of Aimava

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One way for startups to grow or even exit is to work with corporates. Are corporates looking for financial return or strategic values while working with startups? For entrepreneurs, what are the challenges and opportunities to have corporates as their shareholders? How do overseas corporates see the chances in China? In this episode, we invited Andrew Gaule who has almost 20 years experience in Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) to analyze both sides of the table and delivered insights and suggestions for corporates and startups.

Show notes:

[1:10] Introducing Andrew Gaule

[4:57] The land of corporate venture capital (CVC)

[7:50] Challenges to have corporates as shareholders

[11:13] The motivation of CVC - financial return and strategic values

[19:15] How to protect startups’ advantages

[21:50] Things that CVC are doing wrong when approaching startups

[24:10] Corporates to think about China

[28:30] How to leverage the innovation in China for the rest of the world

[32:40] Challenges of CVC in China

[38:08] Concerns for startups to work with Chinese investors

[39:24] The impact of Trade War

Many thanks to our host Oscar Ramos, guest Andrew Gaule, editor David and Geep, producer Eva Shi, organizer Chinaccelerator and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com.

If you like us, please give us a 5-star review on the podcast platforms and share with your friends!

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Email us: eva.shi@chinastartuppulse.com

Jan 31 2019

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Rank #13: What’s Next for Ctrip (Trip.com Group) with Margaret Feng, Head of Innovation

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01:16  Innovation in the US and China

04:39 The landscape of the travel Industry in China

06:54 Chinese innovation with global potential

07:49 Exciting travel innovation practices

10:20 Hype around new technology

11:30 China as the early adopter market

13:40 Exploring offline activities

14:07 Acquiring customers in lower tier cities

18:13 From “Ctrip” to “Trip.com Group”

19:30 Ctrip expanding to emerging markets

20:25 The collaboration models with startups

23:12 Running pilots

26:03 Pilots in B2B space

27:24 User experience

29:40 Early stage investment

Many thanks to our host Oscar Ramos, our guest Margaret Feng, producers Eva Shi and Matthew Wu, editors David and Geep, organizer Chinaccelerator, and sponsor People Squared and Himalaya. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

If you like us, please give us a 5-star review and share with your friends!

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Email us: team@chinastartuppulse.com

Nov 21 2019

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Rank #14: Riding that Bitcoin Wave; with Arthur Hayes, CEO & Co-Founder of Bitmex

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Founders talk about hard work, as much as good luck. This week, Arthur Hayes, Co-Founder of Bitmex, tells us why to build something that makes money right away, the importance of having supreme confidence in your own vision as an entrepreneur, and cuts right to the core of what bitcoin enables the World to do -financial inclusion and more open trade.

From a corporate banking background, to being awarded Asia's No.1 Tech Startup in 2016, Arthur shares why Asia innovates so well and explains how bitcoin is just the first contender in a future made up of digital currency.

Thanks as always to our sponsors Chinaccelerator, People-Squared, and our syndication partner Technode. A huge thanks to our Producer, Vivian Law and Production Editor David Xu, and finally our listeners –Thank You!

Sep 14 2016

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Rank #15: Throwing Parties For a Living, with Stephane de Montgros, Co-Founder of Riviera Events & The Hotelier Awards

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Start-ups aren't all tech nerds and T-shirts; some evolve into elegant and classy enterprises, paid to essentially throw glitzy parties from the rooftops of China's hottest cities. This weeks guest, Stephane de Montgros, shares how he uprooted from France, moved to China, and co-founded China’s leading luxury hospitality events management company, Riviera Events, and The Hotelier Awards!

Pivoting from a working revenue model which catered for Shanghai's party nightlife, Stephane talks about how he took the risky leap to specialise exclusively on high-end luxury brands, the struggles that came with staying true to an entrepreneur's vision, underlines the importance of building trust and guanxi, and talks about the key reasons for keeping goodwill.

Thanks to our sponsors Chinaccelerator, People-Squared, and our syndication partner Technode. A huge thanks to our Producer Vivian Law and Production Editor David Xu, and finally our listeners –Thank You!

Jul 29 2016

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Rank #16: Market Localization of the Highest Valued Unicorn with Sam Gellman, First Foreign Employee of Uber China

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On this day 2 years ago, China’s ride-hailing industry experienced a major turning point - Didi purchased Uber’s China operations and Uber took a 20% stake in Didi. So far Uber has expanded in more than 449 cities and 66 countries. Today, many companies are still trying to elbow into this crowded industry.

In this episode, we are lucky to have Sam Gellman as our guest, the first international Uber employee that took care of the company’s expansion in Asia and China. Sam shared his past experience in redesigning Uber’s playbook to adjust to China’s unique ecosystem, channels for communication and user acquisition. Despite knowing only a bit of Chinese, Sam was assigned to create a Chinese name for Uber. Fortunately, the Chinese name 优步 turned out to be one of the most well-received foreign company names. As the person who worked on market localization for Uber, Sam also shared how they took the company from nothing to a massive exit within 3 years.

Also check out Uber CEO and Co-Founder Travis Kalanick's statement on the merger: https://www.uber.com/newsroom/uber-china-didi/

Many thanks to RISE Conference 2018 for gathering global elites in Hong Kong and supporting China Startup Pulse to present good quality content for our listeners.

Show notes:
Intro 1:44 Coming to Hong Kong with Goldman Sachs 2:40 Scaling Uber to Europe 8:30 The most surprising part of launching in Asia 10:08 Choosing a Chinese name for Uber 12:35 The key lesson learned from Uber 17:31 Having a global footprint while still improving your product 23:31 What’s keeping Sam busy 25:30

As always, thanks to our host Oscar Ramos, guest Sam Gellman, editor David and Geep, organizer Chinaccelerator and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website at chinaccelerator.com!

Aug 01 2018

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Rank #17: Make yourself visible for exits with Benjamin Joffe, Partner at HAX

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95% of exits are acquisitions rather than IPO. Also nearly a half of them are before Series B. In today’s episode, we invited Benjamin Joffe, who is a partner at the leading global hardware accelerator HAX and has made nearly a thousand angel investments, to share his insights about exits. Here you can find out the big differences between exits in China and exits in the rest of the world, how Chinese companies develop the acquisition playbook globally and also for entrepreneurs, how you can plan your exits and the better way to integrate yourself into another corporate body.

Check out Benjamin’s articles about exits: https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/31/what-every-startup-founder-should-know-about-exits/

Show Notes:

[2:02] The reality about exits

[3:00] The big differences between exits in China and exits in the rest of the world

[4:27] Motivations for Chinese companies to start exploring acquisitions

[6:09] Are Chinese companies looking for new things that are not in China

[7:52] Specific phenomenon across Chinese M&A activities

[11:20] Chinese acquisitions in China

[13:09] How founders plan exits

[15:28] How founders should change the strategies based on the feedback

[17:56] The typical exits happen before Series B

[19:19] Sell your company before you close the round or do it right after

[21:30] Competitions and options among corporates

[24:42] Chances of International corporates seeking M&A opportunities in China

[28:27] Founders’ challenges about potentially selling a company to Chinese buyers

[32:03] Founders should be careful about the information disclosure in the due diligence process

[35:19] How founders make themselves visible to potential buyers

Many thanks to our host Oscar Ramos, guest Benjamin Joffe, editor David and Geep, producer Eva Shi, organizer Chinaccelerator and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

If you like us, please give us a 5-star review and share with your friends!

Follow us on Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-china-startup-pulse/

Email us: team@chinastartuppulse.com

Feb 14 2019

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Rank #18: Zero to Hero; Wechat Hacks for User Growth; 8X8 Speaker Series (2/3) with Jenny Zhu, Co-Founder of Open Language

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Wechat hacks are the new cheat sheet for optimising user and business growth. This week, recorded Live! from Chinaccelerator's 8x8 event in Shanghai, Jenny Zhu, Co-Founder of Open Language, shares how to fine-tune content strategy, avoid cheap tricks, allow users to buy what they love, and the importance of tracking campaigns for sustained growth.

Want to join our next September 8X8 event? Then click to join us at Beijing or Shanghai -and all for FREE! This year, 8x8 Shanghai will also capstone NewCo Shanghai, a new kind of event experience -a mashup of an open studio tour and a business conference with the vibe of a music festival.

Thanks as always to our sponsors Chinaccelerator, People-Squared, and our syndication partner Technode. A huge thanks to our Producer, Vivian Law and Production Editor David Xu, and finally our listeners –Thank You!

Aug 31 2016

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Rank #19: How China's Beating the West in Innovation with Richard Turrin, FinTech expert, author of "Innovation Lab Excellence" and former head of IBM's Cognitive Studio

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To many people in the West, China is thought of as a copyer rather than an innovator. However, according to today's guest Richard Turrin, there are many areas in which China is out-innovating even the most advanced Western countries. Richard says "Innovation is really about people and how they relate to new technologies," and in China both companies and people develop and adopt new technologies at an astonishing rate—they are "some of the best users of technology on the planet."

This innovation isn't only happening on the tech side, but also in the corporate space. Richard is the former head of IBM’s Cognitive Studio and author of the book ‘Innovation Lab Excellence’, with over 20 years experience in innovation in both China and the West. During this conversation, he also shares insights on why innovation labs become ineffective. Big corporates all around the world are spending massive amounts of resources to connect with startups. Yet, there are still doubts about the tangible impact of many innovation labs.

Tune in for a provocative conversation on the mistakes innovation labs make, and the differences in attitude towards innovation in the West and China.

[01:24] Intro of Richard Turrin
[02:23] Why some Innovation Labs work well and others don’t
[03:40] A short History of Innovation Labs
[04:09] Why best-practices are more suitable for Innovation Labs than fixed rules
[05:27] Are Innovation Labs unable to attain their goal or are they failing to actually set goals?
[06:56] How fear of competition is an obstacle to Innovation Labs
[10:41] Innovation in China & Difference in attitude towards innovation in the West and in China
[12:02] Chinese companies biggest advantages
[15:52] The growing trend of Chinese Innovation aimed at the whole World
[19:55] The three major reasons why people might not be thinking about China?
[25:29] Difference between R&D and Innovation
[28:00] Push vs Pull innovation strategy
[30:05] Blockchain in China
[32:19] People’s Bank of China supported Cryptocurreny
[35:17] Message to companies who are not thinking about China
[37:43] Contact Information Richard Turrin

Many thanks to our host Oscar Ramos, our guest Richard Turrin, editor David and Geep, producer Matthew Wu and Eva Shi, organizer Chinaccelerator and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Sep 10 2019

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Rank #20: Understanding Influencer Marketing in China with Hillary Han, Director of iResearch Training Academy

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Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs)—or "influencers" as they are often called—are a vital part of online marketing today. And their reach is only getting bigger: According to an iResearch report, last year the number of KOLs in China with a fanbase of over 100k was increased by 51%, of which 23% have over 1 million fans. According to Weibo big data, the KOL market is valued at over 100 billion RMB.

The KOL industry in China is more advanced than anywhere else in the world, according to today's guest Hillary Han. Hillary runs a KOL training program at iResearch, one of the country's leading market research firms. In today's episode, we're doing a deep dive into the industry, from the basic concepts, like how brands utilize KOL resources, to practical suggestions about KOL marketing on different platforms. Hillary not only has experience working with many KOLs, but also she is KOL herself, so we're thrilled to have her as our guide to this fascinating topic.

Timestamps:

[01:30] Introducing Hillary Han
[02:30] What is iResearch
[03:19] What is KOL
[04:18] The importance of KOL marketing
[05:48] The differences between Chinese KOLs and Western influencers
[07:30] Monetizing your presence on social platforms in China
[08:58] KOLs signed with MCNs
[10:30] China’s advantage of understanding the KOL industry and the variety of platforms
[13:00] Why there is no Youtube in China
[14:00] The powerful KOLs in China and how much money they make
[16:15] When to use a KOL for your own brand
[22:35] How to choose the right KOL

Many thanks to our host Ryan Shuken, guest Hillary Han, editors David and Geep, producer Eva Shi, organizer Chinaccelerator, and sponsor People Squared. Make sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Music Credits: Adam Place founder of NUSIC (https://nusic.fm/)

Aug 09 2019

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China's Cross-Border Luxury Ecommerce: The Past & The Present, with Claire Chung, Former China GM of Yoox Net-A-Porter Group

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02:26 Educating overseas brands about the China market in Shangpin

05:03 The reasons why overseas brands rejected Chinese platforms in early days

08:05 Shangpin partnered with banks to build trust with customers

10:30 First time brought Topshop to China’s online space

13:22 Online consumers for high-end brands in China

16:37 The role of Shangpin in providing unique user experience

19:17 The importance of after-sales customer service

22:04 The biggest changes in China’s luxury ecommerce space

28:32 China’s innovation that is brought to the rest of the world

30:53 How the overseas perceives the innovation from China

35:00 The new definition of luxury

Many thanks to our guest  Claire Chung; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Oct 23 2020

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Inside the VC Mind Ep1: The Top Mistake that Founders Make During Fundraising (Helen Wong, Gary Yang, Jeff Chi)

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Our guests:

Helen Wong

Helen is Partner at Qiming Venture Partners and a founding team member at GGV Capital. Qiming is an early to growth stage venture capital firm, which currently manages four USD funds and three RMB funds with over $1.7 billion in assets.

Helen’s successful exits at Qiming include Mobike (sold to Meituan), Luojiswei (unicorn valuation, sold to Tencent), and Lagou (sold to 51jobs). Helen was awarded by Forbes as Top100 VCs in China in 2018.

Gary Yang

Gary is Founding Partner at SkySaga Capital and Director of the China Venture Capital Association. Graduated from Tsinghua University, one of the top universities in China and the world, Gary is an experienced investor who led the investment of dozens of companies, including Yanjiyou, a well-known bookstore chain brand in China, Pencil Media, an upcoming tech media focusing on startup news, and more.

SkySaga Capital is an early to growth stage venture capital firm, with a focus on industrial upgrades such as consumption upgrade and supply chain upgrade, and deep tech such as AI and biotech.

Jeff Chi
Jeff is Founding Partner at Vickers Venture Partners and Former Chairman at Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association.

Vickers is a global venture capital firm with US$700 million focused on early-stage investments in Asia and beyond. The firm announced in 2017 that it has raised US$230 million to invest in startups around the world, with a particular focus on deep tech across the globe and impact investments in emerging markets. Vickers has 8 offices around the world and is one of the largest venture capital firms in Singapore and Shanghai.

Show Notes:

01:04 Talk with Helen Wong

06:14 Talk with Gary Yang

10:19 Talk with Jeff Chi

Many thanks to our guests; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Oct 13 2020

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Design’s Strategic Value for Business with Yiying Lu, “Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business”

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During this week’s episode, we will discuss the value of design in early technology startups with Yiying Lu, the award-winning artist behind the Twitter Fail Whale and Dumpling emoji,  named as “Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business” and Microsoft's “Top 10 Emerging Leader in Innovation”.

Show notes:

02:08 Introducing Yiying Lu

03:00 How design helps with product experience

05:30 The role of emotional needs in design

10:50 Design as a strategic tool for tech companies

14:40 How early stage founders should pay attention to design

19:50 Own a cross-cultural mindset

27:33 Failed campaign examples when foreign companies enter China

31:50 Yiying’s cross-cultural campaign cases

Many thanks to our guest  Yiying Lu; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Sep 19 2020

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Managing a $1 billion pre-IPO fund, with Sophie Yao, China General Manager of Pegasus Tech Ventures

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Our guest today is Sophie Yao, the China General Manager of Pegasus Tech Ventures, which some people may know for their notable investments like SpaceX and Airbnb. Sophie currently manages a $1 billion fund that predominantly focuses on pre-IPO deals. 

Show Notes:

1:48 Introduction to Sophie Yao

2:59 The CVC 4.0 Model

4:33 Rationale behind corporate partnering with single LP funds

6:58 The $1 billion pre-IPO  fund, what it is and why Pegasus invests in pre-IPO deals

8:04 Risks associated with pre-IPO deals

9:46 Pre-requisites in a pre-IPO deal. How do you measure returns?

12:28 Role of the pre-IPO investor in supporting companies

13:40  Evaluating potential investments

16.14 Next wave of IPOs from China

20:58 Revenue vs Technology: What matters more in deep tech investment

23:12 Does investor behavior shape the type of companies in China?

24:36 China’s STAR market and how it has performed so far

26:15 Companies doing well in the STAR market

26:45 Alibaba Ant dual IPO: Inflection point in Chinese companies' perspective on IPOs

28:41 Foreign companies listing in STAR market 

29:23 US-China deteriorating relations and impact on internationalization of Chinese tech startups

31:29 Luckin’s impact on the perception of listed Chinese companies

34:36 Lessons for Series A or B founders

36:54 Pegasus’ area of investment and how to contact Sophie

37:53 Pegasus’ Incubation program

Many thanks to our guest  Sophie Yao; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Sep 03 2020

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Digital Transformation: Converting Consumer Data into Gold; with Kevin Lee (IKEA), Alexis Richez (ZTP), German Torrado (Genetsis) and Abel Zhao (Travelflan)

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In today’s episode we are joined by Kevin Lee, CDO at IKEA China; German Torrado, Managing Director at Genetsis E-commerce; Alexis RICHEZ, Venture Development and Partnerships at ZTP (The innovation arm behind one the largest retails groups in Europe including companies like Decathlon, Leroy Merlin our Auchan); and Abel Zhao, Co-founder and CEO at TravelFlan.

Our guests come with a particular angle on data and digitalization. With their wealth of experiences, you will gain insightful learnings on how to use data to innovate within your organization especially in a post-Covid19 world.

Show Notes

[02:11] Introduction to Kevin Lee and understanding what Ikea is doing with data and insights
[03:48] Introduction to German Torrado and Genetsis E-commerce
[04:48] Introduction to Alexis Richez and ZTP
[06:21] Introduction to Abel Zhao and TravelFlan
[09:17] Is data the new oil? How is IKEA getting value from data today?
[13:46] Awareness of data among brands and the relevance of data in their agenda
[16:56] What is the readiness level of companies? Are they really aware of how much value they can derive from data? Are they talking about data is the new oil but have no idea what it is exactly or are they ready to extract value from data?
[20:50] Reaction from brands about data that is hard to get
[22:53] Most relevant obstacles in the present time to drive digital transformation
[35:35] Impact of GDPR for businesses
[37:35] Getting key stakeholders to buy into the “Data is the Future” narrative and Performance metrics when implementing a data strategy 

Many thanks to our guest  Kevin Lee, German Torrado, Alexis Richez and Abel Zhao; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Aug 14 2020

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How Citybox Finds Own Position Among Fierce Unmanned Retail Competitions, with Co-founder & COO Neo Lv

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Our guest today, Neo Lv, is one of the company’s co-founders and today’s COO.

Show Notes:

02:11 Introduction to Neo Lv and Citybox

04:47 Unmanned retail hype in 2017 & what makes Citybox unique

08:54 Monetize data

12:51 How Citybox sustainably gets profitable among the strong competitions

18:27 Competitions bring new growth opportunities

24:47 How Citybox built their first generation of the smart vending machines

29:08 The future of unmanned retail

33:45 Compare China with other markets globally

Many thanks to our guest  Neo Lv; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Aug 07 2020

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Demystifying the World of DeFi, with Cao Yin, Founding Partner of Digital Renaissance Foundation

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In this episode, we have with us Cao Yin, Founding Partner of Digital Renaissance Foundation, a Shanghai-based company that is helping to accelerate the future of digital governance by consulting, incubating and financing projects in the blockchain ecosystem and investor in the first DeFi project launched in China.

Show Notes

[1:55] Introduction to Cao Yin

[8:46] What makes crypto and blockchain so different? Hype vs Reality?

[13:15] DeFi use cases

[17:10] Winners and Losers from DeFi

[21:26] How DeFi affects the government

[25:04] Risks of DeFi. What can go wrong?

[29:10] Chinese government’s view on DeFi

[32:19] Opportunities for DeFi startups today

[33:58] Chinese DeFi investors

[36:27] Contact Cao Yin and Digital Rennaisance Foundation

Many thanks to our guest  Cao Yin; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Jul 30 2020

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China's Changing Regulations on Gaming, with Greg Pilarowski, Legal Expert & Founder of Pillar Legal

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Today, we have Greg Pilarowski, Founder of Pillar Legal, a boutique law firm with offices in Shanghai and San Francisco that provides legal support for technology and entertainment companies with an interest in China and the US. Before founding Pillar Legal, Greg was General Counsel at Shanda Interactive Entertainment, at that time China’s leading interactive entertainment company.

Show Notes:

02:20 Introduction to Greg Pilarowski

04:40 Working in Shanda Interactive Entertainment

07:20 The birth of the free-to-play model

10:10 Gaming regulations in China

12:22 Two key regulations that you must know

14:46 Criterium for selecting games

20:24 The regulations on gamification

21:55  Resources to secure your games approval

24:35 Do new game updates need constant approval?

25:40 How can foreign game companies enter China?

29:48 Chinese companies taking games outside of China

31:34 The acquisitions strategy of Chinese game companies

32:50 Contact Pillar Legal

Many thanks to our guest  Greg Pilarowski; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Jul 23 2020

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Building the world's leading mobile analytics platform from China, with Bertrand Schmitt, Co-founder and Chairman of App Annie

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Today, we have with us Bertrand Schmitt, Co-Founder & Chairman at App Annie, a leading mobile market data and analytics platform with data on over 8 million apps and thousands of websites. App Annie is one of the most trusted names in mobile data analytics.

Show Notes:

1:53 Introduction to Bertrand Schmitt

4:55 Early days of the mobile ecosystem and the problems within

6:28 Evolution of mobile operators' role in the industry

8:57 Centralization of content distribution in the mobile space

9:59 Apple vs Android ecosystem

10:59 Getting into the world of analytics and inspiration behind App Annie

12:26 Beginning of the China Story

14:55 Deciding to go into entrepreneurship in mobile analytics

16:30 Mobile analytics: Global problem or local (China) problem?

17:37 Perception of AppAnnie in the global market

18:57 Was China a critical element of success?

21:00 Experience of overseas fundraising from China

25:05 What triggered the move from Beijing to San Francisco

28:26 Learnings/ findings working across multiple geographical locations 

32:06 Instrumental roles that made a difference to the company

33:12 Critical moment of evolution in China’s mobile industry/ecosystem

37:00 Lessons for entrepreneurs

Many thanks to our guest  Bertrand Schmitt; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Jul 14 2020

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Unraveling Digital Ads: The Cash Cow for Alibaba, with Donna Li, Digital Advertising Veteran

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Today we talk with Donna Li, a digital marketing veteran, who was part of the team that launched Alimama, the digital advertisement division of Alibaba, which is also the largest player by revenue in the digital advertising space in China. 

Show Notes:

02:06 Introducing Donna Li

03:25 How did you get started in digital marketing in China

06:06 Digital marketing in China at around 2010

10:15 Transition from Yahoo to Alibaba

13:12 Advertising: Taobao’s monetization model

18:26 Alimama: Cash Cow for Alibaba

22:15 Is Amazon following a similar playbook?

25:50 New inventor: Bytedance

29:55 Advertisement as a business model for early-stage startups

34:10 Build digital measurement currency at Nielsen

35:42 Challenges for startups

Many thanks to our guest Donna Li; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Jul 07 2020

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From Bootstrapping to Being Acquired by SoFi and Learning From Constraints, with Mikaal Abdulla, Co-founder and CEO of 8 Securities

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Our guest today is Mikaal Abdulla, Co-founder and CEO of 8 Securities, a zero-commission mobile-only securities platform that was recently acquired by SoFi. From bootstrapping the business to raising an impressive 1st round of $8 million followed by successive rounds to finally being acquired by SoFi in April, Mikaal and 8 Securities have turned a full-circle.

Show Notes:

1:41 Introduction to Mikaal Abdulla

2:31 Motivation to Start 8 Securities

4:12 Raising the first round of $8 million

7:50 How to measure traction

8:52 The importance of understanding customer needs

17:33 Finding the balance between consumers' needs and CEO's expectations

20:38 Going mobile: a pivotal moment

28:10 Surprising discovery entering into new market

32:32 Connection between funding and breakthroughs

34:40 Learning from constraints

38:11 SoFi acquisition

39:50 Advice to founders

Many thanks to our guest Mikaal Abdulla; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Jun 26 2020

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Scaling WeChat to One Billion Users Globally, with Stephen Wang, Former User Growth & Engagement Director at WeChat

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Our guest today is Stephen Wang, who co-founded Rotten Tomatoes, a leading entertainment website focused on movie reviews and news, and most recently led the user growth and engagement at WeChat in the past 6 years until 2019. At WeChat, he managed a team of product managers and engineers to help scale WeChat from 300M to 1B users in China and around the world. 

Show Notes:

2:15 Welcome Stephen Wang

2:50 How different WeChat is as a product from the western perspective

5:37 What makes WeChat instrumental for people’s life

12:42 Innovation inspired by Tencent team culture

16:10 Product design in China (Examples: Douban, Weibo and Xiaomi)

21:50 What makes China a special ecosystem for digital product development

25:30 WeChat’s killer features: WeChat payment, Red Packets, Mini program

32:35 Balance privacy protection and user growth

39:20 Skills needed for talents in Tencent

43:35 Are Chinese companies hiring more international talents

49:10 The major shift of product management philosophy in China

Many thanks to our guest Stephen Wang; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Jun 10 2020

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Evolution of Internet in China (1990s-2000s) and Staying Ahead of the Competition with Fritz Demopoulos, Co-founder of Qunar.com

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Our guest for today, Fritz Demopoulos is the Founder of Queen's Road Capital. He has been an entrepreneur and investor within the media and internet industries for over 15 years. He co-founded Qunar.com, China’s largest travel internet company; and Shawei.com, China’s largest sports internet company. Fritz also had senior positions at Netease and The News Corporation. As an expat witnessing the exponential growth of China since the late 1990s, he brings a very unique and interesting perspective of internet in  China and the determinants of success for early internet founders.

Episode Notes:

02:30 Introduction to Fritz Demopoulos

03:05 Internet in China in 1997

05:15 How Fritz decided to come to China

05:44 What stood out in the Chinese business environment

07:33 The Dotcom Bubble and its Impact on China

09:12 The Major Driver of Business Growth in China

12:13 The Evolution of Early Internet Businesses in China

13:42 Appetite for Monetization

17:00 Value Addition over Monetization

18:41 User Interface in early 2000s

21:36 The First Generation of Chinese Internet Founders

24:35 Fritz's leap into entrepreneurship

26:48 Differentiating a Business and Standing Out of the Crowd

31:03 Raising Capital as a Foreigner in China

32:58 Inflection Point for China Internet that Changed Everything

35:11 China's Role in Global Tech

39:04 What keeps Fritz busy now

40:00 Fritz's Investment Thesis and Areas of Investment Interest

41:30 How to contact Demopoulos

41:55 Advice to Everyone

Many thanks to our guest; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Jun 02 2020

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Building from Zero for Government, Venture Capital and Tech Startups; and Lessons from Storeroom to Super App: 8x8 Global Speaker Series (3/3) with Yaw Yeo and Cheryl Goh

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Today we’re bringing you the final episode of our Chinaccelerator 8x8 Global Speakers Series where we invite some of the most accomplished members of the China startup ecosystem to share key lessons for startups in eight minutes or less. 

Our theme for this episode is entrepreneurship insights. Our two speakers today bring with them a plethora of experience to share with our listeners. Stay tuned for the insights from Yaw Yeo and Cheryl Goh.

[01:51] Yaw Yeo

[17:30] Cheryl Goh

Yaw Yeo is the General Manager for International Product and Business for Alibaba Cloud. Prior to Alibaba, Yaw was responsible for new market expansion in the Asia-Pacific region for Twilio (NYSE:TWLO). Yaw started working with Twilio as an investor in 2012. He joined Twilio as employee #1 in Asia-Pacific in 2014 and witnessed Twilio’s growth from a startup of 50 employees to a publicly-traded company of 2,500 employees.

Cheryl Goh is part of the  founding team at Grab. Starting in Kuala Lumpur as a one-man marketing team, she has set up the marketing practise across Southeast Asia for Grab over the last six years. Today, she leads marketing in over 300 cities, covering all of Grab’s business verticals including transport, food, payments and logistics. She oversees Grab’s marketing efforts across the region, leading a team of over 500 marketers across Southeast Asia. In 6 years, Cheryl has built the Grab brand into a household name across Southeast Asia, and played a critical role in the company’s growth and progression from ride-hailing, into the region’s leading superapp. Under her leadership, the marketing team has led the development of demand shaping platforms which drives Grab’s growth using technology and automation. She also manages Grab’s social impact programme and published Grab’s first social impact report earlier this year.

Many thanks to our guests; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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May 23 2020

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Being Focused, The Inspiration for Business Ideas, Why Mental Health Matters for Founders; 8x8 Global Speakers Series (2/3) with Patrick Lee, Fritz Demopoulos, and Patrick Riley

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This is the second episode from our Chinaccelerator 8X8 Global Speakers Series, where we bring 8 influential speakers to share their insights and experiences in 8 minutes. We have some great speakers lined up for this episode.

[02:50] Patrick Lee

[11:48]  Fritz Demopoulos

[21:54] Patrick Riley

Patrick Lee is a serial entrepreneur best known for being a co-founder and former CEO of Rotten Tomatoes (rottentomatoes.com), a leading entertainment website focused on movie reviews and news. He is an advisor to a number of startups including Casetify, ChargeSPOT, Instaread, Kiwibot, Oishii, WePloy, and Zeuss Technologies; and a mentor at a number of organizations including SOSV, Berkeley SkyDeck, Blue Startups, and Founder Institute.

Fritz Demopoulos has been an entrepreneur and investor within the media and internet industries for over 15 years. He co-founded Qunar.com, China’s largest travel internet company; and Shawei.com, China’s largest sports internet company. Fritz also had senior positions at Netease and The News Corporation

Patrick Riley is the CEO at GAN and Managing Partner and Co-Founder of GAN Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund. Most recently, he was on the executive team at Techstars, where he oversaw its business development. He started his career working for W.L. Gore and Associates and moved into the leadership of the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. Patrick left the Red Cross to manage the West Coast sales and operations for a venture-backed healthcare company that had an exit before joining Techstars and GAN.

Many thanks to our guests; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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May 16 2020

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Fundraising during COVID-19: Dos and Don’ts, Transforming Crisis into Opportunity with Design, and How to Survive COVID-19 as a Travel Company; 8x8 Global Speakers Series (1/3) with Edith Yeung, Yiying Lu and Abel Zhao

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Welcome everybody to another episode of the China Startup Pulse. We have a special one today. We are back with our Chinaccelerator 8x8 Speaker Series this year with eight influential speakers from all over the world to share their insights for startups in eight minutes.

In this week’s episode, our speakers will share their experience and insights as to how startups can weather through the storm that is the Coronavirus pandemic. Our three guests bring different perspectives given their diverse backgrounds.

[02:13] Edith Yeung

[11:47]   Yiying Lu

[18:36] Abel Zhao

Edith Yeung is a General Partner at Proof of Capital and advisor to 500 Startups. Previously, she was the GM at Dolphin Browser where she helped the company grow from 0 to 150 million app downloads. She has also led operation roles at several Fortune 500 companies.

Yiying Lu is one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. She is the artist behind the globally celebrated Twitter Fail Whale and the dumpling emoji. She has worked with hundreds of tech startups and entrepreneurs around the world, sharing her experiences and educating them about creative innovation.

Abel Zhao is the co-founder and CEO of TravelFlan, an award-winning AI and big data solutions company, empowering Fortune 500 companies including Samsung and China Mobile. 

Many thanks to our guests; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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May 08 2020

27mins

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China’s Ambition on Electric Cars and The Brutal Competition, with Tu Le, Founder and Managing Director of Sino Auto Insights

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Our guest for today, Tu Le is the founder and Managing Director of Sino Auto Insights, a Beijing-based business intelligence and advisory firm that specializes in helping mobility companies develop tech-focused and innovative products and services. With over 20 years of experience in the industry from pure automotive to pure tech and finally combine both experiences together in China, he has very interesting insider perspectives to share with us.


Episode notes:

02:03 Introduce Tu Le

03:04 Define Mobility

03:45 How mobility impacts other industries

05:20 How China becomes one of the largest markets for mobility

08:40 More adoption of electric motorcycles in China

12:54 The brutal battle between the traditional automakers and new technologies-powered EV brands

17:53 Xiaomi and Apple to join the competition

20:25 Will few leading players occupy the whole EV market in the end?

22:40 Tesla gets massive support from the Chinese government

24:55 Supply Chain for production

29:00 Startups that traditional automotive players like to work with

34:55 Opportunities to achieve profitability

37:30 Contact Tu Le

Many thanks to our guest Tu Le; host Oscar Ramos; producer Eva Shi; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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May 02 2020

39mins

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How China Regulates Internet Economy and New Technologies with Sam Cai, Internet Legal and Policy Expert

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Today’s guest Sam Cai is a legal and policy expert in Internet-related legislation, intellectual property rights and WTO rules, involved in different Chinese and international institutions. Currently he acts as Deputy Director and Chief Researcher of Cyberlaw Center at one of the largest tech companies in China.

Episodes Notes:

02:00 Introduce Sam Cai

02:45 What is Prism Think Tank

03:20 How China Internet regulations have evolved

04:53 Three approaches to regulate new technologies

08:02 Why China takes a relatively open approach for new things

09:47 What is “Internet +”

12:00 Are regulations different for foreigners and local players

13:30 Regulated cases in e-commerce

15:30 Legal and policy issues around data privacy and Artificial Intelligence

19:04 GDPR’s impact on the industry globally

23:15 Opportunities for foreign companies

24:35 The game app Plague Inc was forbidden during COVID19

26:30 A license-based regulation model

29:10 Future regulations and policies in Europe, the US and China

20:15 New government plan in China - “New Infrastructure”

31:00 The role of regulations in the internationalization of Chinese companies

31:56 Suggestions for foreign companies coming to China

34:34 How to contact Sam

Many thanks to our guest Sam Cai; host Oscar Ramos; producer Eva Shi; editors David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsors People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Apr 24 2020

36mins

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Unveil Impact Investing Under COVID-19, with Paul Meyers, Asian Digital Veteran and Investor

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01:50 Impact investing in emerging markets

04:20 How COVID-19 impacts the impact investing

09:48 How COVID-19 impact entrepreneurs to adjust their business

12:30 How startups can get the attention from impact investors

15:48 SE Asian startups tend to solve their local Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) problems first

16:53 Impact investing from China to Southeast Asia

18:31 What startups deliver social impact

20:51 Asian organizations with a global vision of gender equality

23:00 What encourages the changes for female entrepreneurs

26:25 How to contact Paul Meyers

*About Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

“The SDGs, as they’re known, set quantitative and qualitative targets and delivery timelines for impact-focused action through 2030. From eradicating poverty (Goal 1) to ensuring the availability and management of clean water access (Goal 6) to combatting climate change (Goal 13) and others." (Paul Meyers)

Many thanks to our host Oscar Ramos; our guest Paul Meyers; producer Eva Shi; editors David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsors People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Apr 17 2020

28mins

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Investing in Risks with Peter Mao, Co-founder of Panda Capital

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01:46 Introduce Peter Mao

03:11 Introduce Panda Capital

05:35 The geographic focus for investment

06:17 How to react to the current downturn

07:49 Is it now a bad timing for deep technology companies?

11:07 The industries that can thrive from the COVID-19 crisis

12:51 The risky companies to invest

14:22 Three types of companies that are risky but full of opportunities

19:17 Are Chinese VCs looking for more obvious winners?

22:21 How to evaluate risks

25:30 How Peter evaluates founders and teams

27:20 The business metrics Peter care about

30:00 Deal breakers for Series A companies

35:50 Why Panda Capital has a different investment strategy

41:05 How to contact Peter

Many thanks to our host Oscar Ramos; our guest Peter Mao; producer Eva Shi; editors David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsors People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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Apr 07 2020

41mins

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Insights into the market

By Sarah 🍷 - Oct 21 2019
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Living in China, it’s fascinating to hear first hand experiences and insights of leaders carving the path in China. Lot’s of insights on how to navigate the Chinese market and best practices. Wether your interested in China or fascinated by the world of startups, this is my weekly dose of inspiration!

Love it

By @silvermoondust - Jun 21 2018
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Very thorough and explanative. Absolutely love this podcast!