In China start-ups are successful and huge, or you fail, there is no way in between, says serial entrepreneur Marc van der Chijs in the Wall Street Journal. His success was video-sharing company Tudou, other ventures saw more trouble.
The Wall Street Journal:
Since Tudou, he has helped establish two more companies in China, with varying success. The first was an online video games company calledSpilgames Asia, and most recently UnitedStyles, a website which allows users to design their own fashion. However, securing venture capital in China for UnitedStyles was difficult, prompting him to exit China’s startup scene and move to Canada as an investment professional for CrossPacific Capital Partners.
UnitedStyles “started up pretty good, but then hit a wall. It’s hard to get VC in China…because of the foreign team,” he said. “It’s tiring. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.”
That said, van der Chijs hasn’t severed links with China’s startup scene altogether as he will oversee CrossPacific’s investments made in North America looking to expand into China. The firm is currently targeting a $100 million maiden fund to close this year, he said.
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- Why I left China – Marc van der Chijs (chinaspeakersbureau.info)
- Tudou co-founder Marc van der Chijs: ‘Bye, bye, China’ (sgentrepreneurs.com)
- Why I’m leaving China – opinion (money.cnn.com)
- Dutch Co-Founder of Tudou Leaves China, Cites Worsening Web and Pollution Woes (techinasia.com)
- A Few Foreigners Are Leaving China … (theatlantic.com)