Our guest for today, Fritz Demopoulos is the Founder of Queen's Road Capital. He has been an entrepreneur and investor within the media and internet industries for over 15 years. He co-founded Qunar.com, China’s largest travel internet company; and Shawei.com, China’s largest sports internet company. Fritz also had senior positions at Netease and The News Corporation. As an expat witnessing the exponential growth of China since the late 1990s, he brings a very unique and interesting perspective of internet in China and the determinants of success for early internet founders.
02:30 Introduction to Fritz Demopoulos
03:05 Internet in China in 1997
05:15 How Fritz decided to come to China
05:44 What stood out in the Chinese business environment
07:33 The Dotcom Bubble and its Impact on China
09:12 The Major Driver of Business Growth in China
12:13 The Evolution of Early Internet Businesses in China
13:42 Appetite for Monetization
17:00 Value Addition over Monetization
18:41 User Interface in early 2000s
21:36 The First Generation of Chinese Internet Founders
24:35 Fritz's leap into entrepreneurship
26:48 Differentiating a Business and Standing Out of the Crowd
31:03 Raising Capital as a Foreigner in China
32:58 Inflection Point for China Internet that Changed Everything
35:11 China's Role in Global Tech
39:04 What keeps Fritz busy now
40:00 Fritz's Investment Thesis and Areas of Investment Interest
41:30 How to contact Demopoulos
41:55 Advice to Everyone
Many thanks to our guest; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com
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