The China Startup Pulse Podcast is an original weekly podcast for anyone interested in understanding China’s innovation, business, and tech landscape. We showcase entrepreneurial stories, present key teachings from thought leaders, and analyze the strategy of the big tech giants.
Backed by Chinaccelerator, the first accelerator in Asia, we understand firsthand what it’s like to be an entrepreneur in China — the struggle, the elation, the craziness, and the thrill of success. With that in mind, this podcast offers real, practical, and outside-of-the-box insights.
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Capping off 2020 with a Big Announcement
Let’s start with a thought that would resonate with most people around the world: “2020 is over, finally!”. And as we bid farewell to this year, we are launching this episode today to thank you and to end this challenging yet critical year with a major announcement.
But before announcing it, we would like to give you a quick recap of China Startup Pulse in 2020. We selected several conversations we had with founders such as Citybox’s co-founder Neo and Snapask’s founder Timothy, and also investors such as Pegasus Tech Venture’s China General Manager Sophie and Panda Capital’s co-founder Peter. You will hear what we discussed with them and why we liked these conversations.
Apart from the conversations we introduced in today’s episode, we also interviewed many early explorers of China’s Internet economy such as Qunar’s founder Fritz Demopoulos and AliMama’s Donna Li, and also experts from iDreamSky, Tencent (WeChat), and several other influential companies in China.
Like everything else in the world, the pandemic turned out to be a central theme for several of our podcast episodes. We talked about Chinese companies’ overseas IPO and the rapid accession of China’s capital market in the post-COVID era. We also took a look at impact investing and how has it been impacted by COVID. We also looked deeper into two trendy topics in China from a founder’s perspective: new energy vehicles and DeFi.
If you missed some of them or would like to re-listen to these interviews, you can still find them on all major podcast apps.
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And now onto the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. We announce the big news at the end of this episode. Be sure to check it out!
Happy New Year to all of you!!! We at China Startup Pulse Podcast hope that 2021 brings your a plethora of happiness, goodwill and good health. See you in the new year. We’ll be waiting.
Building a Growth Mindset; Storytelling 101 for Startups; and Lessons from the Pandemic: 8x8 Global Speaker Series (3/3) with Yara Paoli, Adam Najberg, and Shamik Talukder
Today we’re bringing you the final episode of our Chinaccelerator 8x8 Global Speakers Series where we invite some of the most accomplished members of the global startup ecosystem to share key lessons for startups in eight minutes or less.
The Making of Airbnb’s China Dream with Sean Pan, Former Head of China Operations at Airbnb
Airbnb, undeniably the world’s most popular vacation rental online marketplace, just went public recently. In just days, Airbnb’s valuation has exceeded $100 billion and now eclipses even some of the world’s largest hotel chains such as Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt.
This episode is a blast from the past, where we revisit our conversation with Sean Pan, the former Head of China Operations at Airbnb, who had overseen the transformation of Airbnb’s strategy, management system, and branding in China since 2015 when the company only had 6 employees!
Today, China has become one of the most important markets for Airbnb where the company is seeing exponential growth. Airbnb, or Aibiying, as it is better known in China managed to not only survive in the China market but also growing from strengths to strengths, something that most international startups have failed to do when they enter China.
In this episode, Sean mentions one of the key obstacles confronted by many foreign companies who want to localize in China is the communication problem between the global and China team. How did Airbnb manage to successfully tackle this issue? What efforts does the company put in to build internal trust?
Thriving Despite Constraints; Managing Risks Holistically; and Building a Successful Tech Startup Without Technical Background: 8x8 Global Speaker Series (2/3) with Mikaal Abdulla, Lily Liu and Vu Van
This is the second episode from our Chinaccelerator 8X8 Global Speakers Series, where we bring 8 influential speakers to share their insights and experiences in 8 minutes. We have some great speakers lined up for this episode.
In today’s episode, we bring 3 exceptional speakers with their insights.
Lessons to Avoid Failure in M&As & Marriages; and Framework to Invest in Lifestyle Startups: 8x8 Global Speaker Series (1/3) with Shannon Kalayanamitr and Per Welinder
Welcome everybody to another episode of the China Startup Pulse. We have a special one today. We are back with our Chinaccelerator 8x8 Global Speaker Series with eight influential speakers from all over the world to share their insights for startups in eight minutes.
In today’s episode, we bring not one but two incredible investors to share their insights in building and investing in global businesses, bringing different perspectives drawn from their own careers. Stay tuned for insights from Shannon Kalayanamitr and Per Welinder.
Open Innovation in Healthcare from Academia to Corporates to Startups: She Loves Tech Series with Dr. Yongqin Zeng, Senior Director Innovation Lead at Philips Venture
Today, we have a very special episode we are bringing to you, together with She Loves Tech.
She Loves Tech is the world’s largest startup competition for women and technology. During the last 6 years, they have created the environment necessary for female lead startups to thrive. Championing the best entrepreneurs through education and mentorship, to solve the funding gap for women.
R&D and innovation are terms very often used interchangeably, especially in the business world. But how do these differ from each other? Do all inventions drive innovation? Does all the innovation require a new invention? And what is the role that startups play in the space?
We have the perfect guest to answer these questions and more. Dr. Yongqin Zeng a Senior Director & Innovation Lead in Philips Venture. Her long and rich career has seen her do over a decade of research in academia before joining the private sector where she has done it all. She led multiple research departments in different industries, drove several venture projects that led to the creation of two new business units, and also facilitated over 10 Open Innovation projects involving universities, hospitals, and of course startups. Dr. Zeng’s work on Open Innovation is also featured in the book “Innovation in China” published by MIT in 2016.
In this episode, Dr. Zeng helps us dive deeper into innovation and R&D from the perspectives of academia, corporations, and startups.