Twenty-five years ago Chinese academics sent their first online message and since then the internet has changed China beyond recognition. Despite efforts by the government to keep freedom of speech in check, China´s internet users are freer than ever. A few of our speakers are key experts in this field.
Now Alibaba, JC.com and many others prepare for the IPO, the questions broaden, not only focusing on China´s development, but also zooming in on the question what China´s internet companies are going to do on a global market.
Matthew Brennan is a well-known speaker and writer on the topics of WeChat and the China digital ecosystem.
He is regularly quoted in international media (The Economist, Bloomberg, Forbes, The Financial Times, BBC, TechInAsia). His company organizes China’s largest WeChat marketing conference series for international companies.
Matthew’s company China Channel is a China focused tech consultancy and research firm. He holds 13+ years on the ground entrepreneurial experience in mainland China. Co-host of the China Tech Talk podcast produced together with Technode, China’s largest English language tech media.
Kaiser Kuo is one of the thought leaders when it comes to the internet in China. As an American-Chinese he was formerly director of international communications at the Chinese search engine Baidu and now the host of the Sinica podcast at China-focused media startup SupChina. He has a longstanding reputation as journalist, bridging the gaps in perception between China and the rest of the world.
Marc van der Chijs was the co-founder of China´s successful video-sharing firm Tudou, now Youku Tudou. He joined a range of online ventures, including the gaming giant Spil Games, for who he developed their Asian activities.
He is currently board member of Sinolending, a firm on making getting loans for Chinese companies easier. He is also closely following the developments of Bitcoins, and its close relationship with China.
Marc van der Chijs is currently working as VC from Vancouver, Canada.
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.
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, WeChatand others.
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