32 episódios

Q&A with China's top venture investors and tech company founders. Initial podcasts were launched out of Shunwei Capital, but we've since opened up the platform to invite all VCs and tech companies.

The Harbinger - China Tech & VC Podcast The Harbinger - China Tech & VC Podcast

    • Tecnologia

Q&A with China's top venture investors and tech company founders. Initial podcasts were launched out of Shunwei Capital, but we've since opened up the platform to invite all VCs and tech companies.

    A Review of Enterprise, Tech, and the Chinese Consumer – with Lightspeed Assoc Partner Zac Pan

    A Review of Enterprise, Tech, and the Chinese Consumer – with Lightspeed Assoc Partner Zac Pan

    Zac (Xiang) Pan is Associate Partner at Lightspeed China Partners (LCP), one of China’s top early stage VCs managing $2 billion USD. Zac joined LCP in January 2013, after having worked at Steamboat Ventures (Disney corporate VC) and China Renaissance. Since then, Zac has invested in some of Lightspeed’s top deals, including QingCloud, Spark Education, Full Truck Alliance (Manbang), IfChange, PeerSafe and more. With Zac, we hop on a Zoom call (while the coronavirus epidemic rages on), to explore LCP’s investment strategy, team structure, and how it collaborates with its sister funds around the world. We also touch on consumer, enterprise, deep tech, and macro trends as Zac shares what he’s looking at and what he finds interesting in the China market. The zoom call quality came out ok, apologies for some any disclarity in the audio!

    • 45 min
    Enabling Content Discovery and Sharing for the Next Billion Users – with SHAREit COO Jacky Wang

    Enabling Content Discovery and Sharing for the Next Billion Users – with SHAREit COO Jacky Wang

    Jacky Wang is COO of SHAREit, a platform that provides global users with high-quality digital content simply and quickly. Its basic file transferring function is over 200x faster than Bluetooth and enables sharing of files, photos, videos and music of any format. SHAREit has served emerging markets since 2015 and now has 1.8 billion installs and 600 million MAUs. Jacky previously worked at Google, Zynga, and Pinterest, before moving back to China to lead SHAREit. Jacky shares how SHAREit stumbled into the emerging market opportunity, deeply understanding and then serving core user needs, riding viral growth to capture a huge user base, and future monetization methods.

    • 49 min
    Blitzscaling Hotels in China – with OYO JiuDian CTO Zou Jia

    Blitzscaling Hotels in China – with OYO JiuDian CTO Zou Jia

    Zou Jia is CTO of OYO JiuDian (OYO China), a Chinese hotel chain operator that since November 2017 has scaled to over 500,000 rooms on its platform by February 2019 and raised over $800 million from Softbank’s Vision Fund. OYO JiuDian partners with fragmented hotel owners in China by aggregating them onto its platform through leases or franchises and through renovations, standardizes the user experience. Jia shares insights on why he moved back to China from SF, OYO JiuDian’s consumer product philosophy, how they manage supply, the fragmented Chinese hotel marketplace, and how he’s applied blitzscaling learnings from Uber China and Mobike to OYO JiuDian and more

    • 40 min
    Pioneering China Seed Investing – with ZhenFund Managing Director Yuan Liu

    Pioneering China Seed Investing – with ZhenFund Managing Director Yuan Liu

    Yuan Liu is a managing director at ZhenFund, one of China’s top seed funds founded by Xu Xiaoping (Bob Xu) and Wang Qiang (Victor Wang), cofounders at NYSE listed New Oriental Education, along with Sequoia Capital China. While at ZhenFund, Yuan has invested in some of their top deals, including autonomous driving unicorn Momenta, Yi23, Castbox, 12 Sigma, and more. With Yuan, we’ll learn more about ZhenFund’s investment focus, fund strategy, and how it differentiates against other funds. We’ll explore best practices when it comes to deal sourcing and portfolio management. Yuan also shares with us what trends he’s looking at in China, and some of the advantages and disadvantages of Chinese teams building start-ups tackling global markets.

    • 43 min
    Digital Asset Management with Chinese Characteristics – with Tezign Founder and CEO Dr Fan Ling

    Digital Asset Management with Chinese Characteristics – with Tezign Founder and CEO Dr Fan Ling

    The Harbinger interviews Dr. Fan Ling, founder and CEO of Tezign. We had our initial conversation with Dr. Fan back in fall 2017, and his company has since grown from 30 to nearly 200 people, so we’re quite excited to dig in and understand what’s changed at Tezign and in the broader China market since that time. As a refresher – Tezign is a digital platform for creative talent and content resources based in Shanghai. It provides two primary solutions for large global brands: a creative supplier platform (match projects and companies with the right designers and creatives) as well as a digital asset management, data intelligence solution. With Dr. Fan, we discuss Tezign’s growth, evolution in its business model, key client pain points, a competitive landscape ranging from freelance platforms and SaaS solutions to agency models, the importance of culture and talent development, and more.

    • 37 min
    Who Needs an AI Teacher? – with Liulishuo (LAIX) Founder & CTO Ben Hu

    Who Needs an AI Teacher? – with Liulishuo (LAIX) Founder & CTO Ben Hu

    We interview Ben Hu, Cofounder and CTO at Liulishuo, an AI-powered English learning solution with nearly 100 million registered users that IPOed in September 2018 (as LAIX). On Liulishuo’s platform, AI technologies are integrated with learning content, well-established language learning pedagogies, gamified features and social elements to deliver an interactive and adaptive learning experience. Ben shares his perspective on a number of topics, including: his journey from China to NYC/SF and back, what is Liulishuo and how does its AI work, the importance of integrating cutting-edge tech with a keen understanding of consumers and quality education content, how Liulishuo compares to other edtech giants in China, Liulishuo’s growth strategy, and more.

    • 42 min

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