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

    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.

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    The Importance of Mindfulness and how it can improve your business, with Brandon Mehrgut, founder of Shanghai Mindfulness

    Mindfulness as a tool for businesses has been growing in the West and is now starting to come to China. Brandon Mehrgut, of Shanghai Mindfulness, explains what mindfulness meditation is and how beneficial it is to the Chinese start-up culture and community. Practicing mindfulness can help improve attention, focus, and stress. It has also been practiced by important people and businesses, such as Steve Jobs and DiDi. Join us, and listen to how mindfulness can improve your business. Shanghai Mindfulness is an English-speaking mindfulness organization. It was founded by Brandon Mehrgut and has become China’s largest mindfulness community. Shanghai Mindfulness helps overworked, stressed out people find peace and balance.

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    The Initiatives of Business Sustainability in China with Richard Brubaker, Founder of Collective Responsibility and HandsOn China

    Chinese companies are exploring many initiatives to achieve business sustainability, including Ele.me's RELAB and Meituan's emphasis on environment protection. Ofo, Mobike and many Chinese bike sharing companies ever generated a large amount of attention and discussion on whether they are leading a sustainable lifestyle or just creating e-waste mountains. You can see many opportunities in different industries in China to experiment and implement your idea of sustainability. Today, we have Richard Brubaker, expert in business sustainability, to share his perspectives.

    Collective Responsibility is a Shanghai-based firm to design and develop corporate responsibility, sustainability, and leadership strategy for corporates, nonprofit and academic institutions.

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    Embrace the New Retail Wave in China with Stephane Monsallier, Founder of Shops of the Future

    The buzzword “New Retail” has swept through China for over one year. What challenges does it bring to the traditional retail industry and how can international brands cope with the new retail concept? Today, we have invited Stephane Monsallier, founder of shops for the future. He shared with us his views on the very exciting concept that was born in China and is now rapidly spreading to the rest of the world.

    Shops of the Future helps international brands navigate the new innovation in the retail space in china.

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    The Myth of An Early Exit with Bruno Bensaid, Investor and Co-Founder of Shanghaivest

    Many founders believe an IPO is the only option for an exit. Today, we sit down with Bruno Bensaid, co-founder of Shanghaivest, mentor at Chinaccelerator, and long-term player in China’s startup ecosystem to share his insights on early exits and acquisitions by corporate bodies. Here’s a short quote: “All options should be on the table from very early on”.

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    Breaking Down Barriers and Establishing a Global Startup Community, with Chen Wang, CEO at Slush China

    Slush is one of the fastest growing events and communities for startups globally, bringing together both local and international companies to help inspire and support youth to pursue their dreams of entrepreneurship.

    Today, we welcome Chen Wang, the person who helped the event break into the Chinese market, starting with Beijing in 2015. With Slush Shanghai coming up next month (September 7 to 8), Chen talks to us about the challenges of entrepreneurship, including maintaining good relationships with the government, protecting intellectual property and other essential tips to prospering in China.

    Listen to the end for a special surprise for our dedicated listeners, on behalf of Slush China!

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

    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.

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

    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.

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    The Golden Rule of WeChat Marketing with the “Ronin of Marketing and Agency Work” Kenneth Cheung, Co-Founder at Actionable Data

    China is obsessed with data. But how can you access it, and leverage it to your benefit? Kenneth Cheung shines a light on how you should be using data to market yourself or your company, and shares with us the “golden rule of WeChat marketing”. From initially acquiring data to actually learning how to use it properly, Kenneth walks this integral process while talking about his work in consulting on brand management and KOL influencer marketing in China. He also talks about the power of mini-apps, the first principals of market, and much, much more! If you want to market your brand on WeChat to its maximum potential, this is a can’t-miss episode.

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    Principles of Investment with Jörn Helms, Senior Advisor at Bank of Taizhou

    What do investors look for in startups? This week, we have invited Jörn Helms, Senior Advisor at the Bank of Taizhou and Country Director for China with Portier Technologies, which helps hotels improve revenue, guest satisfaction, and reduce opex. With an extensive background in small business landing (as the former VP of Bank of Taizhou) and angel investing, Jörn is experienced with both large companies and small startups entering China.

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    The Bumps You’ll Run Into on Your Entrepreneurship Journey; 2018 8x8 Speaker Series (3/3) with Nishtha Mehta, Ziv Rotenberg, and James Lalonde

    Both new startup founders and veteran business owners may often find themselves confronted by conflict, whether they’re personal, familial, or business-related complications. This week, our mentors share some of their own personal experiences in conquering these obstacles and their words of wisdom on what helps a company succeed.

    Join us for our 8x8 Series Finale, where our final three speakers emphasize the value in venturing out into the unknown to revive passion and to crush fear, stress the importance in organizing a proper IP strategy for a business in China’s vast market, and offer strategic advice to help better the life of a startup. We hope you enjoy!

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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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    In the eyes of 3 foreigners, China's great changes in the past decade; with Kapil Kane, Geoffrey Handley and Oscar Ramos

    When you ask foreigners why they come to China to start a business, many people will say that because the Chinese market is very large and they marvel at China speed. But the key to the problem is not what brought you to China, but why you have stayed in China for so long. Today we have a special podcast with 3 "Laowai" guests who have been in China for over 10 years and are respectively leading the frontiers of venture capital accelerator, corporate innovation and entrepreneurship in Shanghai. From their mouths, you will hear China's great changes in the past decade in the eyes of foreigners. Let's listen to it!

    Host: Graham Brown, Host of Asia Tech Podcast Guests: Oscar Ramos, Chinaccelerator Partner and Program Director
    Kapil Kane, Director of Innovation at Intel Geoffrey Handley, Founding General Partner of Haitao Capital

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    Creating a perfect marriage between food and technology with Kevin Yu, CEO of Sidechef, a serial tech entrepreneur and a three-time TEDx speaker

    With more than 8 years of experience at the world’s leading gaming companies, Kevin Yu decided to stay in China and build Sidechef, “Netflix for recipes” after his first startup exit. Realizing people’s passion for food and cooking, Kevin is determined to unlock the inner potential of people and used the lessons from gaming industry to food industry.

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    Exploring the future of working, learning and living; with Fei Yao, Co-Founder & COO of QLC

    With 11 team members working and living in 5 different cities, Fei Yao and her company QLC are redefining working, learning and living. After leaving a traditionally successful career path as a management consultant, Fei founded the remote internship platform QLC. In this episode, she shares her view of the growing demand of people changing their jobs, and advocates the idea of lifelong learning and co-living.

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    Driving the next 100 years of Innovation in China with Brian Tam, Founder of Let’s Make Great, a 3x Tedx speaker and creator of PROTO innovation cards

    “Entrepreneurship helps me to define who I am,” says Brian Tam, the founder of a creative and innovation consultancy named Let’s Make Great. Realising the need for creative thinking and innovation in China, Brian shared with us how he started his self discovery adventure in China and later catalysed his ideas into creating “Let’s Make Great”. He also touched upon how innovation in China has involved, the changing perceptions of innovation in China and his take on how to approach it.

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    A stepping stone to "maturalize" your ideas before accelerators; with Albert Liang, Founder and CEO of IGENESIIS Group

    Venture Capital tends to shut the door if you don't have a team, a product and some customers due to too many risks. Increasingly, entrepreneurs in China with just an idea are having difficulty in getting money and help. Focused on the ideation stage before accelerators and incubators, Albert Liang, CEO and Founder of IGENESIIS, is dedicated to inspiring people to become founders through a 4-month process with their mentor community and courses on various skills and core values. As a serial entrepreneur, Albert has prospective insights about why the current environment is already ready for IGENESIIS and what investors will do about this opportunity.

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    Why we create a community for women in China with Michelle Li, Founder and CEO of Sorority China

    When young, independent professional women struggle to find the right network, resources and support, what dilemma are they facing? In this episode, Michelle Li, founder and CEO of Sorority China, has all the answers. Coming from a single child background and having experienced living in a supportive sisterhood in school, Michelle tells her story on how she started creating a sisterhood for women entrepreneurs, growing mentors and changing the gender dynamic in China.

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    One startup, one voice and a huge market! Today we talk about Health Insurtech in China with Sébastien Gaudin, CEO and Co-Founder of the CareVoice

    When trust has become the biggest issue in the Chinese healthcare market, how do you tackle the market and rebuild trust? In this latest episode, Sébastien Gaudin, CEO and Co-Founder of the CareVoice shared with us his experience tackling one of the biggest market in China - healthcare. His solution, “trip advisor” for healthcare, helps bring private healthcare trust and a sense of peace of mind with very simple ideas.

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    How DESIGN helps to validate your business ideas; with Grace Ng, Co-Founder of Lean Startup Machine

    Assumptions will never become facts untill you validate it. How to validate your idea? Design helps. Grace Ng, Co-Founder of Lean Startup Machine shared how and why she built the Javelin Board and many interesting ideas about optimisation in design needs for questions. As a female entrepreneur, she has also observed how the global scene is opening up to women in technology ecosystem.

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

    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.

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

    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."

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    Seeking and Taming the Unicorn Startup; 8x8 Speaker Series (3/3) with Peter Davison and David Chen, Unicorn Investors

    PayPal and Pinterest; recognised instantaneously and an embodiment of the Unicorn Startup. This week, recorded Live!, and 3rd part series from Chinaccelerator's 8x8 event in Shanghai, Peter Davison, serial unicorn investor, breaks down the journey of these superstar startups having invested and built up both Pinterest and Paypal. David Chen Co-Founder of Angelvest, the first and largest seed investment group in China, also sheds light on how success is defined by the investor and the secret to getting funded in the East.

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

    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.

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    Artificial Intelligence is Not Intelligent; Wechat Conference series (1/2); with Andrew Schorr, Co-Founder of Grata, and Edaan Getzel, Co-Founder of Rikai Labs

    Living in China comes hand-in-hand with having Wechat -one does not function without it. With payment solutions, business accounts, taxi services and more, Wechat's efficient utility services are far surpassing the likes of Whatsapp and Facebook messenger. This week, we podcast Live! From the Chat conference -China's largest Wechat conference for the international community, hosted in Shanghai by China Channel and Walk the Chat.

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    CopyChina Mobile Payment Solutions; with Tobias Pfütze, Partner at China FinTech

    "Mobile payments in China are at least 3-5 years ahead of Europe." This week, Tobias Pfütze, Consultant at Mediaman Shanghai, Partner at China Fintech, and G20 delegate for the Young Entrepreneurs Summit, makes a strong case in arguing how Fintech in Asia is not only different from everywhere else, but in fact, proves that China is leading the World in Mobile Payment Solutions, with the Fintech crown jewels of Wechat Wallet and Alipay.

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    Becoming the Superhero Entrepreneur; 8X8 Speaker Series (1/3) with SiokSiok and James Fong, Storytelling Film Makers

    Throughout time, superheroes have had a common set of attributes: unmatched resilience, defiance against doubters, and generally making the World a better place. Superhero Entrepreneurs are no different! This week, we welcome two awesome storytelling film makers, SiokSiok and James Fong, recorded Live! from Chinaccelerator's 8x8 event in Shanghai, as they share how to market yourself as a Superhero Entrepreneur in a movie style narrative.

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    China Startup Crunch; with Ned Desmond, COO of TechCrunch

    TechCrunch -the leading technology media platform, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups and reviewing new Internet and tech news. What better way than to pick the brains of Ned Desmond, COO of TechCrunch, who joined us Live! at Shanghai's TechCrunch 2016 Conference! Ned chats to us about the hottest cross-border startups, the $6billion USD which TechCrunch companies raised, and also looks back on the biggest challenges TechCrunch faced. We also discuss the cultural phenomenon of Silicon Valley, its representation in popular media, and the impact this image has had on global startups. It doesn't matter whether you're in Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley in Beijing, this episode has something for every curious entrepreneur, investor or listener!

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

    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!

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    Learn By Doing. Fail Faster. Succeed Faster; with Kevin Chen, Co-Founder of Italki

    Hindsight is 20/20. This week, Kevin Chen, tells us the hard lessons learned since ‘committing career suicide’; quitting his corporate life with Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers, to building multiple start-ups before co-founding Italki, a leading language learning social network that connects students and teachers for language exchange and paid tutoring, which recently closed a US$3million round of funding.

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    "Made in China" to "Made by China", with Jacob Rothman, Founding Partner of Platform88

    Disruptors within the manufacturing space are forcing a change to the old adage 'Made in China'. This week’s guest, Jacob Rothman, Founding Partner of Platform88, tells us exactly how technology has caused manufacturing in China to pivot. Platform88, a manufacturing network that brings ideas to life, is at the forefront of this movement.

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    Coffee, Bagels & Beer Oh My! with David Seminsky, Founder of Sumerian Coffee and Dogtown

    Known for amazing bagels and craft lattes in Shanghai, David Seminsky tells us about his whirlwind China adventures including his early days at Apple and sharing an office with Steve Jobs, to accidental China jail time, to founding a string of successful brick-and-mortar businesses: Sumerian Coffee, Boom-Boom Bagel and everyone's favorite curbside pub Dogtown!

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    Digging Under the Great Firewall, Steve Mushero, Co-Fouder of ChinaNetCloud

    Ever wondered who operates the internet? This week, Tudou’s first foreigner CTO, Steve Mushero, tells us how he uprooted from the Valley, moved to China, and co-founded China’s 1st and leading cloud service, ChinaNet Cloud - essentially running the backend to the World’s largest internet user base!

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    The Solo Bootstrapper, with Ronan Berder, CEO and Founder of Wiredcraft

    Building a startup is hard enough but going solo in China, without a Chinese co-founder, is exactly what Ronan Berder, CEO and Founder of Wiredcraft, did. This week we talk about how he bootstrapped his company from the ashes of a failed startup into a global DevOps company, with huge international clients such as the UN, CNN, Starbucks and the Worldbank.

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    The Hard Thing about Hard (China) Things, TR Harrington, Founder of Darwin Marketing

    Failing in China’s harsh start-up climate is an all too common occurrence for those foreigners with the guts to chase middle kingdom success. If success is met however, one must then begin the arduous task of then just keeping the door open. Successfully exiting? Folklore. This week’s guest, TR Harrington shares with us the hard things he learned along the way: breaking up with business partners, optimising deal terms with stakeholders, raising money just before the financial crisis, and how he managed to complete his journey on a high by being acquired by iProspects!

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    3D Printing a Better World ; with Lucio Pentagna Guimaraes Neto, Founder of XinFab

    Entrepreneurs worldwide have a set of common values. Do work you love. Embrace change and risk. Build things that matter. Make a positive impact. This week’s guest, Lucio Pentagna Guimaraes Neto, tells us how he pivoted from his Brazillian legal, MBA and corporate CEO background, to sailing the world, end up in China, self-learn 3D modelling, and go onto founding Shanghai’s first collaborative maker space, XinFab.

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    Winning With Attitude; with Jared Turner, Co-Founder of Cinnaswirl

    We've discussed the value of Guanxi when starting up in China, but there is another cultural phenomenon here commonly known as "giving face". This can be one of the most difficult pills to swallow for foreigners starting up in China but can prove to be an extremely valuable asset for those that can pull it off well. This episode really dove deep into how to mitigate your frustrations with some of China's systems and beaurocracy, and where to look for opportunites in them instead.

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    Marketplace Lending in China; with Dr. Tharon Smith, Managing Director of Lendit China

    China is the largest market place for internet lending in the world, almost quadrupling the rest of the world combined at nearly $60 billion in 'originations' (where loans are being 'originated'). We discuss why this is the case talking about the 'black economy' in China that has moved online, and the lack of the ability to gain credit or obtain a proper credit score. We also talk about the role that internet banks are going to play in this field helping small to medium businesses obtain loans in the future.

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    China’s Bitcoin Obsession; with Bobby Lee, CEO of BTCC

    Stanford before it was cool; Yahoo! before internet mail and search; Walmart e-commerce in China: To say Mr. Lee has been ahead of the game would be a serious understatement. Joining BTCC as CEO in 2013, Mr. Lee has grown BTCC to become China’s no. 1 Bitcoin giant, and one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges in the world.

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    Advertising the China Movement, with Milo Chao, Chief Strategy Officer at TBWA

    Milo is an expert in advertising, who knows how to bridge the gap between big business and the solutions startups bring to the table. He is an Expert in Residence at Chinaccelerator who helps teams develop their story and message. He has worked at many of the big names in advertising and brings his experience and approach to startups in today's cast.

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    Starting Up: It's A Marathon; with Greg Nance, founder of Dyad

    Greg gives us insight into how he has raised money from leading investors, SOSV and 500start-ups. He tells us his passion for informing and inspiring the marketplace through client obsession to boost their net promoter score. Greg, as “a chief everything officer”, shares how to run a start-up like he runs ultra-marathons and why entrepreneurs should “start before they are ready!”

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    China's Legal Landscape for Startups, with Benjamin Qiu, Partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP

    This week we dive into the legal landscape of starting up in China with the man who helped Kai Fu Lee put together the $500 million U.S. dollar fund, incubator and accelerator, Innovation Works. Benjamin left California to become an IP lawyer in Beijing in 2006, then post Innovation Works Benjamin joined Cooley LLP in China before recently joining Loeb & Loeb, so he has an incredible amount of experience and knowledge that he brings to the podcast.

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    Inside China's Tech World, with Dr. Lu Gang, founder of Technode

    After a successful blogging career with Mobinode Gang then turned it into the first full-blown tech and startup online news site Technode. Ganglu also runs TechCrunch.cn, the China version of TechCrunch, and is a fixture in startup journalism in China. We tap into his incredible experience covering news and trends in China looking to better understand where the ecosystem has come from, where it is, and where it's going.

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    Crowdsourcing, co-founders and the first Chinese start-up to be accepted to Y-Combinator.

    Buckle up as we welcome one of China's top entrepreneurs David Chen, CEO of Strikingly.com. Having quit Goldman Sachs and his studies at the University of Chicago, despite his parent's wishes to the contrary, David never gave up on his dream and followed it to Silicon Valley despite not getting into Y-Combinator on his first attempt.

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    Power networking with female founder and future leader - Stephany Zoo

    Stephany Zoo joins us on this week's show bringing energy and insight to the art of networking. Founder of The League of Extraordinary Women, Co-Founder of BUNDSHOP, Founding Partner of LeagueX, SH Director of UN Charter School World Acadamy for the Future of Women, (the list continues)...we dip into a variety of topics to hear about Stephany's vast experiences.

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    Digital Marketing in China - going beyond WeChat

    This week we talk with local entrepreneur Natasha Fang, Founder of the upstart digital marketing agency Tolmao Group in Shanghai discussing channels beyond WeChat and which you should consider and why.

    One key topic was why only marketing online isn't enough. Tolmao Group promotes event marketing to grow brands and build a following offline, and Natasha shares some local knowledge on a marketers guide for multi-tier cities in China.

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    Who needs a plan when you've got a big bag of hustle?!

    In this episode we talk with Andrew Collins, CEO of Mailman Group and one of Shanghai's most successful entrepreneurs. After moving to Shanghai in 2006 and acquiring The Mailman Group, Andrew has turned it into a leading digital, social media and investment group in China. Andrew also shares his stories about launching their new ventures KAWO and Shopilist via Mailman Ventures.

    We also have a very special announcement by Andrew and the KAWO team regarding their latest product release and in the spirit of supporting local startups and entrepreneurs in China, will be giving it away FOR FREE! Details inside so get listening!

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    "Maker to Market" - China's spin on the maker movement, with the legendary David Li

    In this episode, we chat with David Li, the founder of China’s first Makerspace Xinchejian and the co-founder of the think-tank focusing on technological production Hacked Matter. Over the past 20 years, David has started several open source software projects and contributed to many others.

    David shares his insights on the maker-manufacturer scene in China – a particular type of grassroots innovation led by makers and Shanzhai manufacturers through informal and open source systems. The term Shanzhai originally referred to cheap copy cats of brand products and particularly mobile phones in China’s hardware manufacturing center Shenzhen, but as David argues, has become way beyond copying.

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    In with the Old, Out with the New! With guest Bunny Yan, founder and CEO of Squirrelz.

    Ever heard of upcycling? Neither had we! Today we talk with Bunny Yan and learn about her story of selling upcycled products offline to online. Bunny discusses how she tailors her pitch while "talking social" to VC's in China. How about running a multi-cultural team? Discover the benefits and challanges of having an International team while doing business in China.

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    Raising a startup in China with mom-trepreneur Hong Cheng, Founder and CEO of Uparenting

    Is raising a child and founding a startup at the same time even possible?  Serial entrepreneur Hong Cheng discusses with us what it takes to be a mom-trepreneur and how she’s able to balance spending time with her family whilst building an empire.

    Uparenting is a mobile platform connecting parents and professional parenting practitioners, to source trusted, tailored, and real-time solutions for daily parenting advice.  As an experienced and successful business women, Hong also shares with us her secrets to hiring, managing and retaining talents.

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    Is the Holy Grail of marketing simply not marketing at all? This and more with world class word-of-mouth marketing expert Sina Farzaneh.

    In this episode, we sit down with China’s word-of-mouth marketing expert Sina Farzaneh to discuss how brands can grow organically by studying and engaging customers systematically.

    In 2010 Sina co-founded Advocacy, a marketing agency that helps identify and activate brand advocates for consumer goods companies. He is currently working on his new venture PullPath, a software platform to bring what he’s built at Advocacy to a grassroots level.

    We also discuss the advantage of word-of-mouth over traditional marketing methods, differences between doing marketing in Silicon Valley and China, and the role human behavioral understanding can play in technology advancement.

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    Raising an entrepreneur regardless of gender, with podcast superstar Jenny Zhu

    We bring on the show our first female guest Jenny Zhu, who was the voice behind the iconic Chinese learning podcast ChinesePod. Jenny is now working on her new venture OpenLanguage to help young Chinese learn English using engaging audio and video content.

    In this episode we discuss the gender imbalance in entrepreneurship and Chinese parents’ influence on their children's career choices. Jenny also shares with us lessons she learned building and growing OpenLanguage and the importance of going local and mobile.

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    From mini golf to Kickstarter - the power of storytelling; with serial entrepreneur Joe Constanty

    Joe Constanty is the co-founder of THE UT.LAB, a technology driven footwear brand designed in Shanghai and sold globally, initially through Kickstarter. UT.LAB’s first Kickstarter campaign back in 2013 was the most successful footwear campaign ever and launched an entire new category for footwear brands on the Kickstarter platform.

    We also discuss why crowdfunding in China is radically different than in the West. We wrap with Joe sharing his new project called Purple Spread and what the local startup ecosystem can look forward to from Next Step.

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    The Great Wall of “guanxi” – Doing business the Chinese way with serial entrepreneur Alvin Wang Graylin

    Understand China’s “guanxi” (social connections and relationships) culture, what it takes and how to capitalize on it with seasoned technology entrepreneur Alvin Wang Graylin. Alvin is the CEO and Founder of mobile social networking platform Guanxi Inc. and has over 20 years of business management experience in the technology industry, including 15 years in Greater China.

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    China’s mobile revolution with Justin Mallen, Founder & CEO of Silk Road Technologies

    In this episode we chat with Justin Mallen, the Founder and CEO of Silk Road Technologies, a Hangzhou-based corporate telecommunication services provider.  The company builds data center for Alibaba, which processed $5 billion in sales online in the first 90 minutes of China’s Black Friday on November 11.

    Justin came to China 23 years ago and has been building businesses since then.  As the sixth internet user in China, Justin discusses how China has developed from zero internet connectivity to an ecosystem taken over by smart phones and apps.

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    How to enter China – Everything about China’s startup ecosystem and VC scene with William Bao Bean of SOSV & Chinaccelerator

    Check out our latest episode with William Bao Bean, a Partner at SOSV and the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, the first startup accelerator in the East and sponsor of China Startup Pulse.

    William shared his insights on the startup and investment scene in China and what it takes for foreign or global startups to succeed in China. We also discussed WeChat being a useful tool to engage customers or users with very low acquisition cost. This is a must-listen episode for those of you who are trying to understand what’s really going on here and how it is different from the West.

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    Hiring and retaining talent, enterprise selling, and data science (big data 2.0)

    A knowledge-filled episode with serial entrepreneur Jacob Cooke, founder and CEO of Web Presence in China. Launched in 2009, Web Presence is a full service digital marketing and technology agency based in Beijing. Jacob talks about why he chooses to spend more than his competition on hiring and training, the value of hiring female staff, the future of data science (big data) in China and touches on how to sell B2B in China.

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    Work 3.0, the secret sauce behind a successful co-working space, and discussing the differing ecosystems across the PRC, with Bob Zheng, founder and CEO of People Squared

    In this episode we caught up with Shanghai’s co-working space superstar Bob Zheng, the founder and CEO of People Squared (sponsor of The China Startup Pulse). Bob discusses how People Squared got started, it's rapid growth over the last few years and what the future holds. We also discuss the evolution of China's startup culture, the revolution around the way people are working here, and where to be based on the vertical you are innovating in.

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