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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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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!

iTunes Ratings

10 Ratings
Average Ratings
9
1
0
0
0

Insights into the market

By Sarah 🍷 - Oct 21 2019
Read more
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
Read more
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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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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Show notes:

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

40mins

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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

39mins

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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

38mins

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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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