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Charming China is a podcast created by Isabel Sum, a German entrepreneur who moved to China to build up her company and explore Chinas vast culture and possibilities. This podcast will feature interesting guests, foreigners as well as Chinese, who share their experiences of working and living in China. It is meant to help debunk some of the myths around China and give useful tips about how to start a business and how to succeed in this quickly changing environment. It is a business podcast with cultural context and aims to build a cultural bridge between China and the West.

Charming China is a podcast created by Isabel Sum, a German entrepreneur who moved to China to build up her company and explore Chinas vast culture and possibilities. This podcast will feature interesting guests, foreigners as well as Chinese, who share their experiences of working and living in China. It is meant to help debunk some of the myths around China and give useful tips about how to start a business and how to succeed in this quickly changing environment. It is a business podcast with cultural context and aims to build a cultural bridge between China and the West.
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China

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Charming China is a podcast created by Isabel Sum, a German entrepreneur who moved to China to build up her company and explore Chinas vast culture and possibilities. This podcast will feature interesting guests, foreigners as well as Chinese, who share their experiences of working and living in China. It is meant to help debunk some of the myths around China and give useful tips about how to start a business and how to succeed in this quickly changing environment. It is a business podcast with cultural context and aims to build a cultural bridge between China and the West.

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English

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+8615974492500


Episodes

#23 Bruno on how he overcame depression and addiction and is now changing expat lives in Shenzhen

6/15/2019
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Today´s guest is Bruno, a Belgian chef who has a very painful yet inspiring story. He explains how tragic events in his family lead to depression and addiction and how he overcame those dark times and is now leading a healthier and happier life. We talk about his work with the expat centers in Shenzhen, the benefits of essential oils and he gives tips on intercultural relationships and how to master them. If you like the show please don´t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Itunes...

Duration:00:48:14

#22 Raphael about his parental education system that helps Chinese parents to raise happy and fulfilled children

6/4/2019
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Today´s guest is Rafa, an entrepreneur from Israel who came to China and noticed that some cultural differences such as the relationship between parents and children can lead to big problems if the mindset is not right. That´s why he started his company where he teaches Chinese parents how to nurture a trusting and understanding relationship with their children to ensure they can lead successful and fulfilled lives. He also wrote two bilingual books about the Jewish Mindset and wisdom and...

Duration:00:52:10

#21 Zoe from 7Sense about genomic sequencing to find the right diet for your DNA

6/3/2019
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Today´s guest is Zoe, who majored in biochemistry and biotechnology in Canada and is now working on her company called 7sense, which uses genomic sequencing to determine the best possible diet for their clients. She believes that we should “use food as medicine and don’t take medicine as food’ and we discuss various types of diets, mindful eating concepts and Chinese medicine Find out more about 7sense: http://www.7sensebio.com/ 7Sense on Wechat:...

Duration:00:41:35

#20 Wolf from Dorabot about his fascination with robotics and living and working in China in an international team

5/27/2019
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Today´s guest is Wolf, a German robotics engineer who previously worked at various robotics companies and also at the TU Berlin, where his team won the prestigious Amazon picking challenge in 2015 and could defeat teams from MIT, UC Berkeley as well as many other robotics companies. We discuss the story of how the company he´s currently working at, Dorabot, got its name and what they´re currently doing to revolutionize logistics automation with smart robots. He tells us what it´s like...

Duration:00:23:35

#20 Zoe is a Chinese UX/UI design KOL who quit her job at Tencent to start her young entrepreneurs club platform called LOOVO

5/24/2019
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Today´s guest is Zoe from Loovo, an event and community platform that she created which focuses on overseas Chinese returnees and expats to find high quality connections and build a sustainable network. She explains how she became an online KOL, key opinion leader, with over 10 thousand followers on a site that´s comparable to Quora. Her blog and online presence are focused on her field of expertise which is UX and UI, user experience and human-machine interactions. She tells us why she...

Duration:00:32:29

#19 Henk from Troublemaker about makerspace culture and manufacturing advice in Shenzhen

5/19/2019
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Today´s guest is Henk, a dutch entrepreneur that has a vast experience in sourcing and manufacturing in Shenzhen. He and his co-founders started troublemaker, a community-oriented makerspace in the heart of huaqiangbei. We discuss the right steps for foreigners coming to Shenzhen to develop a product and talk about best practices for communicating the right quality standard to factories. If you enjoy the show please subscribe and don´t forget to give it a review on Itunes so more people...

Duration:00:37:48

#18 Brian from Brightwood explains Smarthome trends powered by IOT and AI technologies

5/17/2019
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Today´s guest is Brian, an American entrepreneur who has started his smart home company in Shenzhen. We discuss how Brian got interested in all things IOT, current and future trends in the smarthome industry, and learn about the differences in market maturity in the US vs. China. We also learn how smart, or AI, devices and systems can improve our wellbeing and life quality. If you enjoy the show please subscribe and don´t forget to give it a review on Itunes so more people can find it and...

Duration:00:43:10

#17 Caferny from ICARUS branding about reverse culture shocks and the spirit of a brand

5/10/2019
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Today´s guest is Caferny who´s born in Guangzhou and has been living in London for over ten years. She tells us about her reverse culture schock and the struggle of re-integrating in China. She also explains how she founded her branding company Icarus where she aims to grasp the true spirit of a brand and communicates it to the right audience. . If you enjoy the show please subscribe and give it a rating on Itunes so more people can find it and learn from it. Thank you so much for...

Duration:00:36:43

#16 William shares insights into China´s VC landscape and how to get funding for an AI start-up

5/5/2019
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Today´s guest is William, a Shanghai-born Chinese who emigrated to South Africa when he was young, studied in Australia afterwards and then worked on a start-up in Silicon Valley before returning to China to work in a venture capital firm where he specializes on AI start-ups. We discuss growth hacks for start-ups in the US versus China and how to acquire new users in both markets. We also learn what type of founders’ VCs in China are investing in at the moment and tips on how to have...

Duration:00:45:47

#15 Blake from Lenswriters on creative film production for chinese products that target foreign markets

4/30/2019
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Today´s guest is Blake, a highly creative film maker who has a production company in Shenzhen. We talk about how burning man brought him to the city and different approaches regarding process management and the decision-making order in film production in the US vs. China. In this episode the importance of clear communication of workflow and the hard task to collaborate with international teams are highlighted and we also discuss how working in China teaches us patience and improves our...

Duration:00:42:59

#14 Julien and Christophe from JU&KE give tips on how to build an industrial design studio in China and IP protection strategies

4/27/2019
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Today´s guests are Julien and Christophe from JuKe, two industrial designers and entrepreneurs from Belgium and France, who have designed many fascinating products in the past and present. We talk about the crossover of local culture and international influence and the advantages that arise from this hybrid in their designs. We also discuss important IP protection tips and the challenges in the Chinese market, which make it one of the hardest to compete and succeed in. Lastly, we talk...

Duration:00:51:06

#14 Julien and Christophe from JU&KE give tips on how to build an industrial design studio in China and IP protection strategies

4/25/2019
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Today´s guests are Julien and Christophe from JuKe, two industrial designers and entrepreneurs from Belgium and France, who have designed many fascinating products in the past and present. We talk about the crossover of local culture and international influence and the advantages that arise from this hybrid in their designs. We also discuss important IP protection tips and the challenges in the Chinese market, which make it one of the hardest to compete and succeed in. Lastly, we talk...

Duration:00:49:41

#13 Kathy De Leye on global e-commerce and Chinese dining culture in business

4/21/2019
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Today´s guest is Kathy, a Belgian entrepreneur and martial arts enthusiast who built up her e-commerce business with her Chinese husband. We discuss the e-commerce landscape in Belgium and how Chinese factories and brands might struggle in Europe compared to the US. We also talk about the drinking and dining culture and its importance for sustainable business relationships in China. Furthermore, we address the meaning and understanding of contracts in China versus the West and what the...

Duration:00:39:27

#12 Tony Li about PR and marketing for big foreign brands in China

4/19/2019
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Today´s guest is Tony, a Shanghainese marketing and PR veteran. He explains how he went from global trading to working in the Museum of Contemporary art in Shanghai up until managing the campaigns and market entry to China for big brands such as Henkel and New Balance. We talk about the new WeChat functions and compare the app to Tik Tok and Weibo. He also explains how they created a new term in marketing that is now used in Chinese language and the importance of offline marketing in...

Duration:00:30:24

#11 Huiling Zhao on the challenges of event management in China and educating Chinese people about Africa through her vlogs

4/13/2019
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Today´s guest is Huiling, a Shanghai-born event manager and vlogger who grew up in Africa, studied in the US and lives and works in China now. With her vlogs she tries to shine a light at what´s going on in Africa and educate Chinese people on the unique vibes and energy of the cities there. We discuss trends in the event business, why Shanghai is so metropolitan what you should prepare to bring to the table if you´re planning to come...

Duration:00:38:49

#10 Pernille Leschly Halle from Stylebutler about building a successful fashion brand in China

4/12/2019
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Today´s guest is Pernille, a Danish entrepreneur who built a successful global fashion brand based in Shanghai. She tells us how style and fashion in Shanghai changed in the past years, how a luxury bag can be helpful at a construction site and which opportunities lie in the Chinese market. We also discuss trademarking and working with KOLs. Thanks so much for listening and I hope you enjoy this episode! Connect with Pernille on LinkedIN:...

Duration:00:40:05

#9 Timo Herrmann and his experiences working for Porsche in China, their largest growing market worldwide

4/6/2019
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Today´s guest is Timo, a German with Taiwanese roots. We talk about what it´s like growing up as a mixed child, what Chinese people think about Germans, and how status symbols like luxury cars are perceived in Chinese society versus in Germany. We also talk about the 9-9-6 work concept and electromobility in China. Connect with Timo on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timo-tianhao-herrmann-52174868/ _____________________________________________ Send me feedback:...

Duration:00:44:20

#8 Cody Giannotti on how his thesis at Stanford about training organizations play-based learning concepts for adults got him a call from Disney to work in China

4/2/2019
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Today´s guest is Cody Giannotti, an educational development genius who started out with composing music for Interscope Records, then wrote his PhD thesis on play-based learning concepts for faster and more efficient learning for adults in organizations and thus came to China where he´s working in various leading HR and L&D positions for some great companies. We talk about the difficulties of retaining employees in the age of a gig-economy mentality, what it´s like to come to China for the...

Duration:01:06:44

#7 John Graham Harper talks about how he got CEOs to fight each other in the ring and made a business out of it

3/29/2019
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Today´s guest is John Graham Harper, an Australian entrepreneur who started out in the fitness industry in Shenzhen around 18 years ago. He is so energetic and driven that his passion and positivity WILL motivate you. We talk about why China was the perfect spot for adventurers, how to cater to the Chinese as well as the expat community and how to create a sports platform like WCFN. It´s a very interesting interview where John shares some of the mistakes he made and tips on how to avoid...

Duration:00:57:46

#6 Nicholas Kinports talks about chosing Chinese factories with the right mindset as sustainable partners in creating amazing brands through E-commerce

3/28/2019
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Today´s guest is Nick, an e-commerce and branding specialist who tells us which important features to look for in a Chinese factory. He is such a knowledgeable and resourceful guy and we talk about the new stage of evolution regarding sourcing from China, where quality, design and look & feel matter most with the goal to not only distribute, but also brand a product from China in foreign markets. It´s a really insightful episode, not only regarding China, but also global business best...

Duration:00:57:50