The China Startup Pulse

The China Startup Pulse

The China Startup Pulse is a podcast designed to give startup enthusiasts from around the world a behind the scenes and on-the-ground understanding of what's happening in China's startup ecosystem every week. Run By Chinaccelerator and SOSV, hosted by Ryan Shuken, William Bao Bean and Oscar Ramos, and founded by Ryan Shuken & Todd Embley - hackers and hustlers on the ground and at the epicenter of it all in Shanghai, China.

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    5 Mistakes Raising Money and How NOT to Run Your Business; 2018 8x8 Speaker Series (2/3) with Trevor Owens, Rich Bishop, and Kenneth Cheung

    Being a good entrepreneur is a multi-faceted skill. Proficiency in one aspect does not guarantee overall success, but failure or inefficiency in one discipline could cost you your business. Our guests this week provide sage advice on topics ranging from securing funding to proper networking.

    With years of experience in the China Startup scene, this week’s guests speak from the heart on their mistakes and lessons learned: how they sought the wrong advice, pursued the wrong business ideas, and how you should deal with the problems you will inevitably face while building your business. Whether you are an experienced entrepreneur or someone struggling with their first start-up, this episode is worth a listen!

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    The Power of Focus, the Hidden Benefits of a Mid-Life Crisis, and the Importance of Having Fun; 2018 8x8 Speaker Series (1/3) with Ilya Cheremnikh, Tim Coghlan, and Curt Shi

    Being an entrepreneur is often defined not by one’s success, but by the way one deals with failure. This week’s three guests have all used their past experiences, both positive and negative, to find success in their current endeavors.

    From a past career as a skateboarder to the challenge of overcoming a midlife crisis, this week’s speakers have experienced a unique set of highs and lows which have enhanced their focus, creativity, and self-awareness, among other things. Make sure you don’t miss this episode!

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    What is Blockchain and What Does its Future Hold? With Darren Camas, Senior Advisor at Emurgo

    This episode’s guest is a pioneer and innovator in blockchain technology and cryptocurrency: Emurgo senior advisor and Chinaccelerator alumnus Darren Camas! He talks about his career and experiences in crypto, an industry for which he has been at the forefront since the beginning. He stresses the importance of having responsible business practices, the inability to plan for luck, and other lessons learned. Also interesting is his discussion of Cardano, the revolutionary generation 3 blockchain technology, which pushes improved scalability, interoperability, and sustainability. This podcast is sure to be thought-provoking and informational to both blockchain enthusiasts and those less accustomed with the industry.

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    Building a dockless bikesharing kingdom with Florian Bohnert, head of Global Partnerships for Mobike

    In this episode, we have invited Florian Bohnert, head of global partnerships for Mobike. As an entrepreneur, Florian developed an interest for Asian culture and the East very early on and has been leading Mobike’s global expansion journey, especially in China. He stresses the importance of being in the country where you want to expand your business and letting passion drive you. He also touches upon the positive impact mobike has on people’s health other than the obvious convenience it has brought to people’s lives.

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    Navigating the Pitfalls of being an Aspiring Entrepreneur in China with Mike Burns, Founding Partner of Asia Growth Solutions and Executive Coach

    Running a business is an exciting and rewarding process, but at times, can also be very stressful and fraught with many pitfalls. In this episode, Mike Burns, Founding Partner of Asia Growth Solutions, talks about his experiences as an executive coach, business coach, and strategy consultant in China. He highlights the challenges his clients often encounter and gives crucial advice to leaders of all levels. This includes the importance of having a good support network, the need for strong personal values compatible with business, and the 4 key issues most leaders face! With prior leadership experience at Walmart and General Electric, Mike’s advice is invaluable to all those trying to navigate the difficult task of starting a successful business in China.

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    Is ICO, the way to go, or too hot for it's own good. We find out with Miranda Tan, CEO and Founder of Robin 8

    Blockchain is hot. However, what we do not know is whether ICO is a viable way for entrepreneurs under the dual effects of legal regulations and market booms. Robin8, a data-driven influencer marketing platform utilizing AI and Big data, raised 3.6 million USD and also closed ICO in 6 weeks. Miranda Tan, CEO and Founder of Robin8 joined us to introduce how she developed Robin8 in China, raised money after meeting over 100 investors, and met blockchain in the end.

    She shared many factors she considered for the fundraising and ICO. For example, how consistent product and repeated pitch practices helped her to raise ICO in a short time. Not stopping at talking about the positive sides of ICO, she also noticed the drawbacks. Can’t wait to share this episode with you! Click to listen to it!

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    Why RISE has helped break down social barriers with Casey Lau, Co-host for the largest tech conference in Asia.

    In this episode, we have invited Casey Lau, Co-host for the largest tech conference in Asia - RISE. Unlike traditional conferences, RISE has helped break down social barriers not only by its highly intellectual talks, but also by a lot of workshops, drinking, networking events. Casey talked about how RISE has developed as the world class conference in Asia. More interestingly, he analysed the trends he has observed in Silicon Valley versus China and compared their different approaches to innovation.

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    Connecting 1 million entrepreneurs all over the world; with Jan Smejkal, China & APAC Community Director of Startup Grind

    Aiming to build diverse culture and mindset in the whole ecosystem, Jan manages Startup Grind China & APAC as the Community Director. Startup Grind is the world's largest entrepreneurship community connecting more than 1 million entrepreneurs in over 365 cities, among which over 80 cities are in China. In this episode, Jan shares how Startup Grind China grew up to a successful program, his focus in managing community and most importantly, his perspective on opportunities for startups and investments in China. Can't wait to listen to it! Cheers!

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

    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.

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