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Asia Startup Pulse

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The Asia Startup Pulse Podcast, previously known as China Startup Pulse Podcast, is an original weekly podcast for anyone interested in understanding the innovation, business, and tech landscape in Asia. We bring the best of the Asian startup ecosystem, showcasing entrepreneurial stories, insights … read more

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Understanding the Hype around NFTs with Mia Deng, Partner at Dragonfly Capital

May 13th, 2021


For this special episode, we invite Mia Deng, Partner at Dragonfly Capital and Co-founder of NFT marketplace TR Lab, to dive deeper into the NFT space and also talk more about Dragonfly Capital’s latest $225 million …

Investigating China's Anti-Monopoly Enforcements on Tech Giants, with Rui Ma, founder of Tech Buzz China

May 6th, 2021


Today, we invite our guest Rui Ma, founder of Tech Buzz China and former Investment Partner at 500 Startups, to discuss these questions in detail on …

Founder Brain Food: Building Trust with Customers, and Non-market Strategic Thinking; w/ Victoria Hoang and Jack Ren

April 29th, 2021


Victoria Hoang is the Data Partner at Bristol Myers Squibb, where she counsels teams on data privacy and cybersecurity law. In her 20+ years of …

Setting your Startup for Success: VCs Perspective on Chinese startups expanding across borders, Becoming Investible, and Leveraging Investors; w/ Rui Ma, Kal Patel and Nichapat Ark

April 22nd, 2021


Rui Ma is a former VC-turned independent tech analyst with her experience spanning from seed stage to pre-IPO investing spread between the US and China. She is well versed with the startup ecosystems in the US and …

Inside the Mobile Esports Business in Southeast Asia, with Allan Phang, Regional Head of Marketing PR at EVOS Esports

April 16th, 2021


In today’s episode, we dig deeper into esports as a business in SEA with Allan Phang, the Regional Head of Marketing PR at EVOS Esports and former Head of Esports at AirAsia.

Show Notes:

02:50 Allan Phang’s experience in …

Building the Biggest Used-car Marketplace in SEA, with Aaron Tan, founder of Carro

April 8th, 2021


This is a special episode which we recorded live on Clubhouse with our guest Aaron Tan, Founder of Carro, one of the biggest used-car marketplaces in Southeast Asia.

Show Notes:

0:00 -  Introduction to Aaron Tan

1:32 - …

Why Experimentation is Imperative to a Startup's Success with Mukesh Bansal, Co-founder of Phable, and Riaz Mehta, Founder of allrites

April 1st, 2021


In this episode, we invite Mukesh Bansal, Founder and CEO of Phable, a healthcare startup from India that recently raised a $12 million Series A; and Riaz Mehta, Founder and CEO, of allrites, Asia’s leading B2B …

Evaluating the Rise of SaaS in China with Shao Lee, Partner at Global Founders Capital

March 25th, 2021


Today, we invite Shao Lee, Partner at Global Founders Capital, who spearheads their China operations. We talk about GFC’s investment thesis and their unique proposition of Geographical Arbitrage. We dive deeper into …

Secret Sauce of ByteDance’s Massive Boom with Matthew Brennan, Book Author of “Attention Factory; The story of TikTok and China’s ByteDance”

March 18th, 2021


Today, we invite one of our special friends Matthew Brennan, author of “Attention Factory; The story of TikTok and China’s ByteDance”. He is often featured in global media and has delivered presentations on Chinese …

The Rise of Technification in Southeast Asia, with Peng T. Ong, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Monk's Hill Ventures

March 12th, 2021


In this episode, we talk about Peng’s journey as an investor and how he perceives the great potential in Southeast Asia. More importantly, he summarizes a very important trend in SEA’s startup ecosystem, …

Is the GameStop saga a defining moment for DeFi with Michael Friedman, CFO of Xinhua Pictures; and Aaron Choi, VP of Global Business Development at Kava Labs

February 13th, 2021


Our first guest is Michael Friedman, CFO of Xinhua Pictures. Mike previously held the position of Director at Shune River Capital where he was responsible for investment, financial analysis, and risk management. He has …

Capping off 2020 with a Big Announcement

December 31st, 2020


2020 is over, finally! Happy New Year to everyone! In today's episode, we would like to give you a quick recap of China Startup Pulse in 2020 and …

Building a Growth Mindset; Storytelling 101 for Startups; and Lessons from the Pandemic: 8x8 Global Speaker Series (3/3) with Yara Paoli, Adam Najberg, and Shamik Talukder

December 27th, 2020


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 global startup ecosystem to share key lessons for startups in …

The Making of Airbnb’s China Dream with Sean Pan, Former Head of China Operations at Airbnb

December 20th, 2020


Airbnb, undeniably the world’s most popular vacation rental online marketplace, just went public recently. In just days, Airbnb’s valuation has …

Thriving Despite Constraints; Managing Risks Holistically; and Building a Successful Tech Startup Without Technical Background: 8x8 Global Speaker Series (2/3) with Mikaal Abdulla, Lily Liu and Vu Van

December 16th, 2020


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 …

Lessons to Avoid Failure in M&As & Marriages; and Framework to Invest in Lifestyle Startups: 8x8 Global Speaker Series (1/3) with Shannon Kalayanamitr and Per Welinder

December 8th, 2020


Welcome everybody to another episode of the China Startup Pulse. We have a special one today. We are back with our Chinaccelerator 8x8 Global Speaker …

Open Innovation in Healthcare from Academia to Corporates to Startups: She Loves Tech Series with Dr. Yongqin Zeng, Senior Director Innovation Lead at Philips Venture

November 28th, 2020


Dr. Yongqin Zeng a Senior Director & Innovation Lead in Philips Venture. Her long and rich career has seen her do over a decade of research in academia before joining the private sector where she has done it all. …

Rapid Accession of China’s Capital Market Post COVID with Benjamin Qiu, Legal Expert on Cross-border Investment

November 16th, 2020


Today, we will invite one of our old friends Benjamin Qiu, Partner of Loeb & Loeb, an international law firm based in the US and Asia. He has …

Inside the VC Mind Ep2: Billion-dollar Opportunities That Investors Missed (Remington Ong, Ray Yang, William Bao Bean)

November 2nd, 2020


Our guests:

Remington Ong
Remington is Partner at Fenbushi Capital, one of the earliest and most active blockchain-focused venture capital firms, where he has managed investments into over 40 leading startups around the …

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

October 23rd, 2020


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

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

October 13th, 2020


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 …

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

September 19th, 2020


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 …

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

September 3rd, 2020


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 …

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

August 14th, 2020


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 …

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

August 7th, 2020


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 …

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

July 30th, 2020


In this episode, we have with us Cao Yin, Founding Partner of Digital Renaissance Foundation, a Shanghai-based company that is helping to accelerate …

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

July 23rd, 2020


Today, we have Greg Pilarowski, Founder of Pillar Legal, a boutique law firm with offices in Shanghai and San Francisco that provides legal support …

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

July 14th, 2020


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 …

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

July 7th, 2020


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 …

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

June 26th, 2020


Our guest today is Mikaal Abdulla, Co-founder and CEO of 8 Securities, a zero-commission mobile-only securities platform that was recently acquired …

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

June 10th, 2020


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 …

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

June 2nd, 2020


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 …

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

May 23rd, 2020


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 …

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

May 16th, 2020


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 …

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

May 2nd, 2020


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 …

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

April 24th, 2020


Today’s guest Sam Cai is a legal and policy expert in Internet-related legislation, intellectual property rights and WTO rules, involved in different …

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

April 17th, 2020


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

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

April 7th, 2020


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 …

How Snapask Started with a Facebook Page, with Founder Timothy Yu

March 30th, 2020


02:26 Welcome Tim

03:08 What is Snapask

06:08 The tutorial market and how Snapask got started

06:27 Snapaks operates in 8 markets

07:00 How the COVID-19 impacts the remote education

08:10 The vision and the first version of …

Enabling Smart Cities: The Tech in the Driver's Seat with Bruce Bateman, Chief Technical Advisor at Lite-On Technology

March 18th, 2020


02:13 Who is Bruce Bateman

09:54 Starting up in Asia is different from that in Silicon Valley

12:00 Design for manufacture and its challenges

14:30 The …

How to Recruit and Manage A Strong Startup Team with Lucas Englehardt, Serial Entrepreneur with Successful Exits

March 10th, 2020


02:00 How Lucas got into food delivery in the early days

06:30 Customer acquisition for online service

08:50 Offline flyers was a weapon for Waimaichaorenn

11:20  How to increase the conversion rate of online and offline …

Gamification is Not Copying Games with Monte Singman, iDreamSky Technology

February 28th, 2020


01:47 Welcome Monte to the podcast

02:13 How Monte got into gaming

04:01 Transition to business

06:30 What drove Monte to the US

09:30 Adoption of games in Asia

11:57  Drivers behind creating new games

16:15 Asian games focus …

The Go-to-Market Playbook by NIU: a NASDAQ-listed Chinese Smart E-Scooter Company

February 4th, 2020


02:12 Introduce Joseph Constanty

03:08 Introduce NIU Technologies

03:37 How Joseph ended up working in mobility

04:40 Urban transportation problems in …

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

December 24th, 2019


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

B2B Sales Strategies and Tactics with Jonathan Wu, VP of Sales and Co-founder of GrowingIO

December 20th, 2019


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 …

How to Prevent PR Crisis in China, with Alex Duncan, co-founder of KAWO

December 13th, 2019


01:53 About Alex and KAWO

02:37 What brought Alex to China

03:45 How Alex started working for a technology company

05:26 What has KAWO achieved

06:28 …

Applying Design Thinking to Launch an IoT Product with Alvin Chiang, Founder of Gululu

December 3rd, 2019


[2:08] Introducing Alvin Chiang
[3:13] About Gululu
[4:22] How Gululu chose which problem to solve
[9:40] Design thinking in Chinese internet companies

What’s Next for Ctrip ( Group) with Margaret Feng, Head of Innovation

November 21st, 2019


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 …

How to Understand Venture Capital in China with Victor Chao, Partner at SAIF

October 31st, 2019


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 …

Building Community-Based Startups, "Dancing with Gorillas", How to Choose a Co-Founder; 8x8 Speakers Series (3/3) with Jill Tang, Shameen Prashantham, and Catherine Kang

October 23rd, 2019


This is the third and final episode from our Chinaccelerator 8x8 Speakers Series. Twice a year, we invite some of the most accomplished and …

Finding Opportunities in India, Doing Well By Doing Good (Impact Investing), How to Ruin Your Fundraising; 8x8 Speakers Series (2/3) with Shirley Mao, Paul Meyers, and Katherine Lui

October 16th, 2019


Today we’re bringing you the second episode from our Chinaccelerator 8x8 Speakers Series. Twice a year, we invite some of the most accomplished and …

8 Entrepreneurship Lessons, How to Hire Better, Growth Simplified; 8x8 Speakers Series (1/3) with T.R. Harrington, Sarah Keenlyside, and Guy Sivan

October 8th, 2019


We have a special episode today, it’s the Chinaccelerator 8x8 Speakers Series! Twice a year, we invite eight speakers to share key lessons for startups in eight minutes or less. This time, our speakers include serial …

How to Succeed in China B2B with Olivier d'Arros, Investor and Serial Entrepreneur

September 17th, 2019


Navigating the world of B2B in China is tough business, especially when you are dealing with giant state-owned enterprises. It can be even more …

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

September 10th, 2019


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 …

Investigating Live Streaming's Social Impact with Hao Wu, Director of "People's Republic of Desire"

August 23rd, 2019


Every technology has a human impact. Live streaming is certainly no exception. In China, live streaming platforms have connected millions of viewers …

Investing in Interactive Entertainment with Richie Zhu, Partner at Makers Fund

August 16th, 2019


In the gaming space, China's strength is taking technological innovation and applying it to the market. This is the claim of Richie Zhu, Partner at …

Understanding Influencer Marketing in China with Hillary Han, Director of iResearch Training Academy

August 9th, 2019


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 …

Growth Hacking an Audio Sharing Platform with Tian Sun, Vice President of Business Intelligence Center at Ximalaya App

August 2nd, 2019


Getting your app off the ground in China is tough. No matter what industry, internet companies not only need to have a great product, but they also must use data, analytics, and growth hacking to gain an advantage on …

The Making of Airbnb’s China Dream with Sean Pan, Head of China Operations at Airbnb

July 19th, 2019


Many foreign startups have tried to enter China, most have failed, yet a minority have flourished. Airbnb is one of the few living the China Dream, as after only 4 years it is winning the China home-sharing market.

In …

Creating a "Great Place to Work" with Alicia Tung, Chief Operating Officer at Great Place to Work, Greater China

July 12th, 2019


996, 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week. You must have heard about 996 a lot in the past few months. This buzz has triggered discussion around the balance between work and life, employee engagement, productivity and the working …

Playing to Create a Mentally Healthy World with Enoch Li, Founder of BEARAPY

July 4th, 2019


“I was feeling completely drained, drained of energy and mental strength. Just being empty going through the days trying to cope with my daily work.” This is just one story we heard from entrepreneurs. While …

Entering the Realm of Co-working Space in China with Yintao Feng, Founder and CEO of MIXPACE

May 17th, 2019


Random seating at the hot desk area, flexible working style in a diverse environment and open interactions in a borderless office – these are just the tip of the iceberg as to what a co-working space actually entails! …

Building a Holistic Ideal Experience for Your Customers with Michael Lai, PhD, Dean of X Academy & Partner at TANG

May 10th, 2019


More thoughts are required when cultivating the relationship between the brands and users, from a level of “friendship” to being part of a one big …

Burning Your Money; Pitching to the Media; Art of X-thinking Design; 8X8 Speakers Series (4/4) with Maggie Tan, Russell Flannery and Michael Lai

April 25th, 2019


Welcome back to the FINAL episode of Chinaccelerator 8X8 Speakers Series 2019 Spring with Maggie Tan, Former Co-head of Strategy & Planning, Uber China, Russell Flannery, Chief Editor of Forbes China, and Michael …

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

April 18th, 2019


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 …

Braving the Winter, Conquering the Fear, Managing the Reality; 8X8 Speakers Series (2/4) with Lu Guo, Jane Lin-Baden and Yintao Feng

April 11th, 2019


This week, we shall continue with the second part of Chinaccelerator 8X8 Speakers Series with Lu Guo, Founder and CEO, USHOPAL, Jane Lin-Baden, Managing Partner of APAC, Publicis Group and Yintao Feng, Founder of …

Know Your Customers, Be Your Own Salesperson, Follow Your Passion; 2019 Spring 8x8 Speaker Series (1/4) with Dirk Eschenbacher, Rhea See and Jaeson Ma

April 4th, 2019


Last month, we just hosted Chinaccelerator 8X8 Speakers Series where we invited 8 of our mentors - serial entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investors - to share their personal stories about entrepreneurship in …

Why community matters, even for developers with Ricky Ng-Adam and Frederic Bazin, Co-founders of Coderbunker

March 22nd, 2019


What is your first impression when you think of a co-working space? Ricky Adam and Frederic Bazin envisioned it to be an open community of developers …

Behind the Scenes of China Music Industry with Kenny Bloom, 40-year Music Guru and “Zero-man” for Warner in China

March 15th, 2019


Tencent Music, China’s answer to Spotify, filed for U.S. IPO with its soaring valuation at approximately $20 billion in 2018. What is happening in China music and entertainment industry?

Today we have Kenny Bloom who …

Live recorded from MWC 2019: China, Copycat, Creator with Yossi Vardi, Israel’s Hi-tech Godfather and Chairman of 4YFN

March 1st, 2019


With his five-decade experience co-founding and investing in over 90 IT companies, Yossi is unofficially titled with “Israeli hi-tech godfather” and twice received the Prime Minister Award for life achievements in the …

Reinventing entertainment through social commerce with Greig Charlton, CEO at 247tickets

February 21st, 2019


247tickets is a leading social commerce platform for entertainment in China, which just secured $2M in Series Pre-A led by Artesian Venture Partners with the participation from SOSV and Haitao Capital, and the company’s …

Make yourself visible for exits with Benjamin Joffe, Partner at HAX

February 14th, 2019


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 …

What Corporate VCs Get Wrong About Startups with Andrew Gaule, CEO of Aimava

January 31st, 2019


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 …

Tackling the healthcare challenges of the China's aging society with Mark Spitalnik , CEO of China Senior Care

January 24th, 2019


Many people don't believe that the senior care is a big healthcare need in China. Our guest for today, Mark Spitalnik, CEO of China Senior Care, is actually one of the first movers in this area from 2009 to educate the …

How Can Failure Make You Strong; 8X8 Speakers Series (2/2) with Sophie Yao, Gen Kanai, and Prakhar Khanduj (PK)

January 17th, 2019


The second episode of the 8X8 Speakers Series is about lessons learnt from failures from the perspective of an investor, a successful entrepreneur …

Know Yourself and Be Yourself; 8X8 Speakers Series (1/2) with Dalida Turkovic, Em Roblin and Andrew Schorr

January 9th, 2019


8X8 Speakers Series is back! Today, we are happy to present you the first 3 talks selected from Chinaccelerator 8X8 Speakers Series events in Autumn 2018 about how knowing yourself matters while running your business. …

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

January 3rd, 2019


Happy New Year everyone! Today we invited Sean O’Sullivan, Founder and Managing General Partner of SOSV, the fund behind Chinaccelerator, to start …

How VCs do due diligence: blockchain and priorities with Aly Madhavji and Mansoor Madhavji, Partners of Blockchain Founders Fund

December 12th, 2018


In the second episode of our series on due diligence, we learn from Blockchain Founders Fund about how they evaluate blockchain startups and what they specifically look for in the due diligence process.

Recording from …

How VCs do due diligence: metrics and team with Carman Chan, Founder & Managing Partner of Click Ventures

November 29th, 2018


Entrepreneurs looking for funding can not escape from the due diligence from investors. In order to have more founders to understand the process of investment due diligence, we are introducing a new and special series, …

UX Best Practices and Product Localization for Chinese Consumers with Samuel Jesse, Co-Founder of UXSPOT

November 21st, 2018


What’s the differences between Chinese market and international market in terms of User Experience (UX)? What’s the key principles to localize your design for Chinese market? Samuel Jesse is the right person to talk …

Bridging the gap between China-India startup ecosystems with PK, co-founder of InstaLively and Pulse (Acquired by Hike Messenger)

November 14th, 2018


PK is an Indian entrepreneur and angel investor in social network, content and live-stream space who built, grew and finally sold his startups …

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

November 8th, 2018


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 …

Leveraging WeChat ecosystem to build a profitable cross-border product with Drew Kirchhoff, Co-Founder and Head of Product of Yoli

November 1st, 2018


Drew Kirchhoff is a product guy. After studying finance in the USA and working for a diamond investment firm in China, Drew became one of the most …

How China's Media Digitalization Innovates Startups with Philip Beck, Chairman of Dubeta

October 24th, 2018


Today we have invited Philip Beck, who has had more than 40 years experience in the social media and marketing industry in and out of China. He commented on China’s digital transformation and how it is infusing …

The Breakthroughs of Voice AI Technologies with Chen Wei, Senior Director and Chief Scientist of Sogou Voice Interaction Technology Centre

October 18th, 2018


The system of human perceptions is multi-faceted and voice is one of the perceptions that people pay the most attention to in Artificial Intelligence …

The rise of Pinduoduo and how it is disrupting Chinese e-commerce with Nicolas du Cray, Partner at Cathay Capital

October 10th, 2018


You must have heard of the Chinese social commerce legend Pinduoduo, the fastest-growing mobile shopping platform featuring “team purchase” and social sharing function in China which became a $23 billion empire in under …

The Growth Story of An Emerging E-Commerce Startup with Lu Guo, Founder of Shopal

September 26th, 2018


As an early pioneer in cross-border commerce, Lu Guo chose to leave a multinational company and jump into the jungles of entrepreneurship. She shared …

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

September 19th, 2018


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 …

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

September 13th, 2018


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, …

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

September 5th, 2018


Chinese companies are exploring many initiatives to achieve business sustainability, including‘s RELAB and Meituan’s emphasis on environmental protection. Ofo, Mobike and many Chinese bike sharing companies ever …

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

August 29th, 2018


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 …

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

August 22nd, 2018


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 …

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

August 17th, 2018


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.

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

August 8th, 2018


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 …

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

August 1st, 2018


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 …

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

July 25th, 2018


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 …

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

July 18th, 2018


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 …

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

July 11th, 2018


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 …

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

July 4th, 2018


Being a good entrepreneur is a multi-faceted skill. Proficiency in one aspect does not guarantee overall success, but failure or inefficiency in one …

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

June 28th, 2018


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 …

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

June 20th, 2018


This episode’s guest is a pioneer and innovator in blockchain technology and cryptocurrency: Emurgo senior advisor and Chinaccelerator alumnus Darren …

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

June 13th, 2018


In this episode, we have invited Florian Bohnert, head of global partnerships for Mobike. As an entrepreneur, Florian developed an interest for Asian …

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

June 7th, 2018


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, …

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

May 23rd, 2018


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 …

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

May 17th, 2018


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, …

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

May 9th, 2018


Aiming to build diverse culture and mindset in the whole ecosystem, Jan manages Startup Grind China & APAC as the Community Director. Startup …

How to build a Star Trek team with Alan Clayton, Roaming mentor of SOSV

May 2nd, 2018


Are you struggling to form a team and curious what influence team dynamics?
Alan Clayton, roaming mentor of SOSV took us through a journey on team building, diversity and people development. Having worked with over 700 …

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

April 18th, 2018


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 …

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

April 11th, 2018


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 …

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

April 4th, 2018


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 …

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

March 14th, 2018


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 …

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

March 7th, 2018


“Entrepreneurship helps me to define who I am,” says Brian Tam, the founder of a creative and innovation consultancy named Let’s Make Great. …

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

February 28th, 2018


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 …

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

February 21st, 2018


When independent, young 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, the first and one of a …

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

February 14th, 2018


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 …

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

February 7th, 2018


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 …

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

December 26th, 2016


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 …

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

November 20th, 2016


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 …

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

October 12th, 2016


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 …

Mindful Entrepreneurism and the Unicorn Start-up Fantasy; with Geoffrey Handley, Founding General Partner at China Scot Fund

September 28th, 2016


If you don't plan, then plan to fail. This week, Geoffrey Handley challenges the assumption that start-up failure is good and emphasises how founders …

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

September 14th, 2016


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 …

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

September 8th, 2016


Living China comes hand-in-hand with having Wechat -one does not function without it. With payment solutions, business accounts, taxi services and …

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

August 31st, 2016


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 …

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

August 23rd, 2016


"Mobile payments in China are at least 3-5 years ahead of Europe." This week, Tobias Pfütze, Consultant at Mediaman Shanghai, Partner at China …

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

August 17th, 2016


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 …

China Startup Crunch; with Ned Desmond, COO of TechCrunch

August 11th, 2016


TechCrunch -the leading technology media platform, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups and reviewing new Internet and tech news. What better …

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

July 29th, 2016


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 …

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

July 21st, 2016


Hindsight is 20/20. This week, Kevin Chen, tells us the hard lessons learned since ‘committing career suicide’; quitting his corporate life with …

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

July 15th, 2016


Disruptors within the manufacturing space are forcing a change to the old adage 'Made in China'. This week’s guest, Jacob Rothman, Founding Partner …

Bitcoin Unchained: Blockchain without the Bitcoin; with Remington Ong, Partner of Fenbushi Capital

July 7th, 2016


Blockchain isn’t entirely synonymous with bitcoin. Want to know how to differentiate Blockchain vs. Bitcoin in under 30 seconds? Then tune in with Remington Ong, Partner of Fenbushi, a $50million fund, that is …

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

June 29th, 2016


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, …

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

June 15th, 2016


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 …

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

June 1st, 2016


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, …

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

May 25th, 2016


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 …

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

May 19th, 2016


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 …

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

May 11th, 2016


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 …

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

May 4th, 2016


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 …

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

April 27th, 2016


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 …

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

April 19th, 2016


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 …

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

April 13th, 2016


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 …

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

April 5th, 2016


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, …

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

March 30th, 2016


After a successful blogging career with Mobinode Gang then turned it into the first full-blown tech and startup online news site Technode. Ganglu …

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

March 25th, 2016


Buckle up as we welcome one of China's top entrepreneurs David Chen, CEO of Having quit Goldman Sachs and his studies at the …

Investing in Humanity - with Sean O'Sullivan, Managing Director of SOSV the Accelerator VC

March 15th, 2016


A treat for the China Startup Pulse as we welcome the man behind one of the most successful VC funds in the world. Sean tells us about his passion …

Power networking with female founder and future leader - Stephany Zoo

March 8th, 2016


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 …

Cocktails, coding and coaching - How to run a sucessful IT business in China.

February 25th, 2016


On this week's podcast we welcome Stephane Monsallier, a coder since the age of 10. After leaving France in 2003, Stephane setup System in Motion - …

Digital Marketing in China - going beyond WeChat

February 13th, 2016


This week we talk with local entrepreneur Natasha Fang, Founder of the upstart digital marketing agency Tolmao Group in Shanghai discussing channels …

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

February 4th, 2016


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 …

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

January 26th, 2016


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 …

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

January 18th, 2016


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 …

The elusive secret to creating killer content with Willie Chou, Co-founder and CEO of

January 12th, 2016


In this episode Willie Chou shares with us the secret weapon that makes NeoNan the largest male fitness and lifestyle online resource in China. We also discuss whether virality is random, whether premium content is …

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

January 5th, 2016


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 …

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

December 22nd, 2015


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 …

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

December 16th, 2015


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 …

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

December 8th, 2015


Joe Constanty is the co-founder of THE UT.LAB, a technology driven footwear brand designed in Shanghai and sold globally, initially through …

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

December 3rd, 2015


Understand China’s “guanxi” (social connections and relationships) culture, what it takes and how to capitalize on it with seasoned technology …

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

November 24th, 2015


In this episode we chat with Justin Mallen, the Founder and CEO of Silk Road Technologies, a Hangzhou-based corporate telecommunication services …

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

November 19th, 2015


Check out our latest episode with William Bao Bean, a Partner at SOSV and the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, the first startup accelerator in …

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

November 13th, 2015


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 …

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

November 3rd, 2015


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 …

Banking on startups in China. We discuss Silicon Valley Bank's entry into China, internet banks, and the option of venture debt vs equity financing with Arman Zand founding partner at Red Lion Capital

October 28th, 2015


In this episode we talk with Arman Zand founder of Red Lion Capital. He gives us a lay of the land for investments in startups in China. We learn how Silicon Valley Bank built their legacy in China and his thoughts on …

Brewing up an F&B empire; going local and ever evolving with our guest Lee Tseng, founder of Boxing Cat Brewery and Liquid Laundry

October 20th, 2015


In this episode, we chat with Lee Tseng, founder of Boxing Cat Brewery and Liquid Laundry about the changing market dynamic in China, how to cater a western-style service to a local taste and benefits of working with …

Dragons in the East, WeChat, and cutting through red tape with guest Andrew Schorr, founder of Grata.

October 14th, 2015


In this episode we chat with Andrew Schorr from Grata the WeChat product services platform. We learn what a content marketing success on social media looks like and the challenges of starting a business in China.

China, Volcanos, Sharks and Startups with guest Phillip Beck

September 21st, 2015


Welcome to the first episode of ​The ​China​ ​Startup​ ​Pulse. ​We kicked off with a great chat with Phillip Beck, a China startup ​guru​ with over …

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