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The Tech in Shanghai podcast is all about having casual, open discussions with the leaders of the Shanghai/Chinese startup and technology scene. We speak with founder and CEO's about the tremendous change and innovation happening in China right now, but also get them to share with us the personal challenges encountered operating in this environment, and more importantly, the tips and tricks they use to overcome these challenges and succeed!

The Tech in Shanghai podcast is all about having casual, open discussions with the leaders of the Shanghai/Chinese startup and technology scene. We speak with founder and CEO's about the tremendous change and innovation happening in China right now, but also get them to share with us the personal challenges encountered operating in this environment, and more importantly, the tips and tricks they use to overcome these challenges and succeed!
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The Tech in Shanghai podcast is all about having casual, open discussions with the leaders of the Shanghai/Chinese startup and technology scene. We speak with founder and CEO's about the tremendous change and innovation happening in China right now, but also get them to share with us the personal challenges encountered operating in this environment, and more importantly, the tips and tricks they use to overcome these challenges and succeed!

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EP32: Rina Joosten-Rabou of Seedlink

9/21/2017
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Rina is the co-founder of Seedlink, a company based in Shanghai that uses AI and machine-learning to assist companies in more effectively managing their HR decisions. By analyzing the speech patters of candidates, and comparing that to a data set of top performs in different positions throught the company they are working with, Seedlink is able to drastically increase the likelihood that companies will make hires that are better equiped to do the job well, and who are also likely to be a...

Duration: 02:30:29


EP31: Stone Shi of Bon App!

9/4/2017
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Stone Shi is the founder of the extremely popular social food-discovery app, Bon App! In this interview we discuss the reasons why Stone decided to walk away from a lucrative corporate career, to jump into the highly uncertain world of tech startups. As well as what the journey has been like as a result, both pros and cons. We also discuss the many challenges that consumer app startups face in terms of building a broad user base, a passionate community, and of course, a sustainable...

Duration: 01:12:53


EP30: Jay Thornhill of Baopals

8/9/2017
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Jay is one of three co-founders behind the wildly popular ecommerce site, baopals.com If you haven’t heard of Baopals, it’s basically taobao, but with language and function customized for english speakers. Same enormous selection (over 800million products and services!), just way easier to use, especially if your mandarin isn't up to snuff. Baopals is less than two years old but has grown from humble roots in the founders’ apartment to a big office and a full-time staff of 30 people...

Duration: 01:25:10


EP29: Brian Tam of Let's Make Great

7/2/2017
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Brian Tam is the founder of Creativity and Innovation Consultancy, Let’s Make Great, as well as the hot new ’startup card game’, Proto. Brian is a 3-time Tedx speaker and is on a mission to drive the next 100 years of innovation in China. He is also a super intelligent, articulate and empathetic dude, who know’s who he is, know’s what he’s good at, and has leveraged that awareness to build the business and life that he wants. In this episode, Brian and I rap pretty broadly on a...

Duration: 03:28:01


EP28: The future of 'good' food - Matilda Ho

10/17/2016
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Welcome back gang! In this episode of the show, I speak with Matilda Ho. Matilda is the founder and CEO of sustainable farm-to-table e-commerce grocery platform YiMiShiJi (http://www.yimishiji.com) and the Managing Director of Bits x Bites (http://www.bitsxbites.com), a brand new, Shanghai-based Accelerator program and VC that focuses exclusively on companies that are "shaping the future of ‘good’ food”. Though Matilda is now in full-on entrepreneur mode, she previously worked at...

Duration: 01:05:36


EP 27: The Bitcoin Revolution w/ Bobby Lee of BTCC

7/29/2016
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Bobby Lee is the co-founder and CEO of BTCC, the world's leading Bitcoin financial platform. This is actually the second interview I’ve done with Bobby (I highly recommend listening to the first too!), and I always feel so privileged to have the opportunity to speak with someone who is at the very forefront of something so world-changing. Seriously, it may be hard to see now, as we are still in the early days of Bitcoin, but make no mistake, this technology is REVOLUTIONARY, and one way...

Duration: 01:22:19


EP26: 'naked' - Grant Horsfield

6/29/2016
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Hello ladies and gents, and welcome back to another episode of the Tech in Shanghai podcast. Today on the show I am joined by one of China’s most prolific expat entrepreneurs, and the founder of the ’naked’ brand and group of companies, Mr. Grant Horsfield. For several years Grant and the team at naked have run one of the most popular and environmentally conscious resorts in all of China, which have a strong and loyal following amongst both local and expat clientele. Then last year in 2015...

Duration: 00:14:11


EP25: Saucepan - Wolf Illing

5/3/2016
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Hello everyone and welcome back to another episode of the Tech in Shanghai podcast. This week on the show I speak with Wolf Illing, one of two co-founders of local O2O startup, Saucepan. Saucepan is a food delivery company that focuses on providing ready-to-eat, great-tasting, and healthy meals, using the highest quality ingredients. Launched in 2014, Saucepan has slowly but surely begun to refine it’s product and service, to one that is beginning to resonate with an ever-growing...

Duration: 00:14:00


EP 24: ChinaScope - Tom Liu

4/16/2016
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What’s up everyone! Welcome back to another episode of the Tech in Shanghai podcast. This week on the show I am joined by the co-founder and CEO of ChinaScope, Tom Liu. ChinaScope “applies big data technologies and methodologies to financial applications”. Translation? They use machines to sift through an endless amount of data, so investors can use only the most relevant decision-making insights. As Tom proudly describes, it’s a major step towards levelling the playing field between the...

Duration: 00:17:16


EP23: 500 Startups - Rui Ma and Norman Chang

3/9/2016
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What’s up people. Welcome back to another episode of the Tech in Shanghai podcast. I’m very excited to announce that today on the show we speak with Rui ma, partner at 500 Startups in Charge of the Greater China region, and her colleague and investment associate at 500, Norman Chang. Over the past year or so we’ve spoken with a number of great entrepreneurs on the show, but there's been a notable abscence of guests that fall in to the ‘investor’ category. With fundraising often being a...

Duration: 00:52:12


EP22: Erik Walenza-Slabe of Startup Grind

2/28/2016
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Hello everyone, and welcome back! The largest annual human migration on planet earth is now over, and after a lovely couple weeks of calm and quiet, Shanghai is back to it’s normal raucous self. To get things kicked off in the year of the Monkey, today on the show I am speaking with Erik Walenza-Slabe, Director of Startup Grind Shanghai and founder of IoT One, a platform devoted to promoting the adoption of industrial internet solutions. I wanted to have Erik on the show, not only for the...

Duration: 01:25:19


EP21: ChaseFuture - Greg Nance

1/28/2016
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Bonjourno everyone and hello again from icey Shanghai. I recently bore the elements to track down the offices of ChaseFuture and one of Shanghai’s most switched-on and inspiring young entrepreneurs, Mr. Greg Nance. ChaseFuture is an online, mentorship-based, university admissions preparatory service, and Greg is it’s founder and fearless leader. If you want to dramatically increase your chances of getting into the University and/or program of you choice, be sure to check out ChaseFuture....

Duration: 01:14:28


EP20: Darwin Marketing - T.R. Harrington

1/19/2016
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Welcome back everyone and Happy New Year! We are back in action, and have got a great show for you. In this episode I sit down with another vetern of the China tech scene, Mr. T.R. Harrington. T.R. is the founder and CEO of Darwin Marketing, a company which describes itself as ‘a data company that does marketing’. T.R. is also an Angel Investor, Start-up advisor and mentor at China’s top accelerator program, Chinaccelerator. I’ll warn you in advance, this was a long one. With someone as...

Duration: 01:56:23


EP19: Kapron Asia - Zennon Kapron

11/29/2015
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As you might have picked up from previous episodes, I’m pretty interested in the whole Bitcoin phenomenon, so this is one of the reasons why I was excited to speak with today’s guest, Mr. Zennon Kapron. Zennon is the owner of Kapron Asia, a well-known financial consulting and china market research firm in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. It is in this capacity that Zennon became familiar with Bitcoin, and watched closely in 2013 when Bitcoin-mania was sweeping through China. Since then...

Duration: 01:43:31


EP18: Sherpa's - Mark Secchia

11/24/2015
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Welcome back everyone to another episode of the Tech in Shanghai podcast. This week on the show I had the very good fortune to speak with a legend of the Shanghai entrepreneurial community, and an all around nice guy, Mr. Mark Secchia, founder of the extremely well known Shanghai food-delivery service Sherpa's. Mark initially thought it was a bit odd that I wanted to have him on the podcast, as he doesn’t really consider himself as a quote un-quote ‘tech’ entrepreneur. However, with 2013...

Duration: 01:32:01


EP17: ebay - Vvivi Hu

10/15/2015
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On today’s show, I was honoured to have the chance to speak with Vvivi Hu, Chief Strategy Officer for ebay Greater China. Vvivi is also an Angel Investor through the AngelVest group, a former entrepreneur, a Harvard grad, and a soon-to-be published author. I invited Vvivi on the show so she could share with us her perspective on the role of quote-unquote ‘grandfather’ technology companies in the current ecosystem, and soon realized I would be getting much more! Vvivi had some fascinating...

Duration: 01:20:08


EP15: New Pathway Education - Sam Hwang

9/14/2015
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This week on the show we are joined by Sam Hwang, CEO and founder of New Pathway Education, now part of the EIC Education group. Sam is a Korean American and represents a great example of a foreign entrepreneur living the quote unquote ‘Chinese dream’. However prior to his success, Sam encountered many of the same issues that confront so many who take the leap into entrepreneurship in a foreign country. In this show we discuss how to deal with negative and discouraging feedback...

Duration: 00:44:54


EP14: The Squirrelz - Bunny Yan

9/2/2015
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In this episode we are joined by Bunny Yan, CEO and co-founder of The Squirrelz. The Squirrelz began as a retail shop in Shanghai in 2013, selling a variety of uber-creative ‘up-cycled’ goods (meaning they were made with materials that otherwise may have been destined for the land-fill). In early 2015, The Squirrelz decided that to really have an impact on the huge amount of unwanted or wasted materials being pumped-out on a daily basis by factories, they had to scale. Enter...

Duration: 01:07:04


EP13: BTCChina - Bobby Lee

8/24/2015
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In this episode we speak with Bobby Lee, Co-founder and CEO of BTC China, one of the world’s largest and most trusted Bitcoin exchanges (and more as it turns out!). Bitcoin is an extremely hot topic in the tech world today, and though many have extremely high hopes for it, still others remain confused about how to get it, use it, and how significant of a technology it truly is. We discuss the history of Bitcoin, why it is so revolutionary, and why understanding it (and potentially other...

Duration: 01:25:49


EP12: Strikingly - David Chen

1/31/2015
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In this episode we sit down with David Chen, co-founder and CEO of Strikingly. Strikingly is a very popular service, which provides users with the easiest possible way to build beautiful, mobile-optimized websites. Strikingly is also a graduate of the world-renowned Y-Combinator accelerator program. In this show we speak with David about his experiences in going through this program, how his team rebounded from initial rejection, keeping the faith after harsh criticism, being inspired by...

Duration: 02:10:28

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