Innovation experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

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William Bao Bean

Innovation and China seem to have been at odds for a long time, at least in the past centuries. But the country known for its copy-cats has made huge strides forward, and innovation has become a key feature in the country´s development. Not surprising, also speakers at the China Speakers Bureau reflect that important development.

China has not only become a favorite testing ground for international companies to try out their new innovations, because of its huge market, since a few years amazing innovations have developed in China. Here is a selection of our speakers, who focus on those new developments in China.

 

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.

You can read some of his articles here.

 

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.

You can read about hit online activities 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.

Jeffrey Towson

Jeffrey Towson is a business strategy professor at the Peking University and an expert on how China is disrupting global markets.

His recent talks include:

How the Internet and e-commerce became Chinese: Lessons from Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba and others.

How China became the global epicenter for mobile innovation. Lessons from Apple, Xiaomi, WeChat and others.

You can find some of his articles 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.

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

 

Bill Fischer

Bill Fischer

Bill Fischer is a professor at IMD [the International Institute for Management Development] in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he specializes in issues relating to corporate strategy, particularly in technology-related organizations, and in the management of operations and technology, as well.
In 2012 Bill Fischer co-published The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make them Happen.

His recent research focus on China´s leading innovative firm Haier.

You can read some of his stories here.

 

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

 

You can read some of his stories here.