Fintech experts at the China Speakers Bureau

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From a cash country, where transactions were done by moving plastic bags with money between bank branches, China has turned into a leading force in fintech or financial technology. Mobile payments are standard. Bitcoins and blockchain technology found in China early adopters. Social media have – more than anywhere in the world – adopted payment systems to facilitate online trade.

Speakers at the China Speakers Bureau are in the forefront of those developments. They not only know who fintech is changing China, but also how these new technologies will conquer the rest of the world. For the traditional financial institutes there is only one way: adopt or perish.

A selection of our key experts:

William Bao Bean

William Bao Bean

William Bao Bean is Investment Partner at SOS Ventures and Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, the first and longest running startup accelerator program in China based out of Shanghai.

SOSventures is a usd235m evergreen fund known as the “Accelerator VC” with six partners running five global accelerator programs: HAX for hardware in Shenzhen, Indie.bio for biotech in San Francisco and Ireland, Food-X for food in New York and Chinaccelerator for Internet in Shanghai.  SOSventures invests in over 140 companies per year and over its 22 years has a net realized IRR of 36% putting it in the top 3% of VCs in the world.

Chinaccelerator invests in two batches of 10 startups per year in the Spring and Fall.  The focus is on Internet, helping companies from China and across Asia attack the global market and companies from across the world enter China and SE Asia.

Marc van der Chijs

Marc van der Chijs

Marc van der Chijs has been a successful entrepreneur in China in a wide variation of industries: games, e-commerce, online fashion sales, but established his reputation as co-founder of – at the time – the second-largest video hosting company in China, Tudou.

Marc is board member of SinoLending and partner at the venture capital firm CrossPacific Capital

Since July 2013 he is also on the board of Chinese P2P lending company Dianrong.com (Sinolending) and in 2014 Van der Chijs co-founded the world’s first P2P insurance company Uvamo.com.

He is currently based in Vancouver, Canada.

samflemmingSam Flemming, Co-founder and CEO of Kantar Media CIC

CIC is the first and leading Internet Word of Mouth (IWOM) Research and Consulting firm in China. Sam has been a participant of China’s digital evolution for over 20 years, first with Chinapay.com, the original online payment platform in China, and now with CIC. CIC is at the forefront of exploring Chinese digital culture, helping leading brands in China such as Pepsi and Nike understand how the Internet Word of Mouth is impacting and can be used to impact marketing communications, product research and development, reputation monitoring and public relations.

Sam Flemming is based in Shanghai, China.

Kaiser Kuo

Kaiser Kuo

Kaiser Kuo is the former director communication of China´s largest search engine Baidu. In China´s battle between the internet giants, Baidu is one of the leading forces, using innovation as a key competitive tool. For artificial intelligence, the internet of things Baidu invests in basic research.

To keep tracking among the often spoiled internet users in China, keeping up with consumer demand is equally important. With his American background, Kaiser Kuo is a major bridge building on the internet discussion, connecting China to the outside world.

Kaiser Kuo is currently based in NC, USA.

You can read about hit online activities here.

Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein, managing director of the China Market Research Group (CMR)

He is the author of The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia, his second agenda-setting book on China.

Shaun Rein is one of the world’s recognized thought leaders on strategy consulting in China. His book ´The End of Cheap China. Economic and Cultural Trends that Will Disrupt the World´, published in 2012, solidified his reputation of challenging established classic ways to frame China.

Shaun Rein is based in Shanghai, China.

You can read some of Shaun´s recent contributions here.

Andy Mok

Andy Mok

Business consultant Andy Mok is an expert speaker on China´s outbound investments and especially China´s One Road, One Road investment plans.

He was one of the first investment professionals to join Morningside Ventures in the early 1990s, where he helped formulate the group’s investment strategy and played a key role in the post-investment management of portfolio companies in health care, media and education.

Subsequently, he joined the RAND Corp where, under the leadership of Zalmay Khalilzad (former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the UN), he helped research and publish the influential and widely cited “The United States and a Rising China: Strategic and Military Implications.

You can read he stories here.