21 episodes

Between Meetings is a series of on-the-go interviews in which we discuss innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. Our guests are industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and corporate innovators. We catch them between meetings. In a car ride across town, they share inspiring stories, personal experiences, industry insights, and practical advice on how to scale your way to success.

Between Meetings Marian Danko

    • Business

Between Meetings is a series of on-the-go interviews in which we discuss innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. Our guests are industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and corporate innovators. We catch them between meetings. In a car ride across town, they share inspiring stories, personal experiences, industry insights, and practical advice on how to scale your way to success.

    Ferdinand Klauser, Partner & General Manager at KISKA Shanghai, Brand Strategy & Marketing Consultant

    Ferdinand Klauser, Partner & General Manager at KISKA Shanghai, Brand Strategy & Marketing Consultant

    Takeaways
    Looking at the economic situation, the speed, and the drive that China had, all I could see was an opportunity Our focus is on creating great client experience and understanding this fast-changing marketWe work with Western brands to identify how they can stay true to the core and at the same time be sensitive to the local marketOur job is to absorb the differences and to facilitate productive collaboration and cooperation.We have to be intentional about collaboration, intentional about diversity. Ferdinand Klauser is an international brand strategy and marketing consultant serving clients in automotive, sports performance, and lifestyle products. He is passionate about collaborating with KISKA’s multidisciplinary teams to deliver relevant experiences that move people, shape brands, and create impact.
    Between Meetings is a series of on-the-go interviews in which we discuss innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. Our guests are industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and corporate innovators. We catch them between meetings. In a car ride across town, they share inspiring stories, personal experiences, industry insights, and practical advice on how to scale your way to success.
    Follow the host Marian Danko on LinkedIn.
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    • 28 min
    Momo Estrella, Head of Digital Design at IKEA China.

    Momo Estrella, Head of Digital Design at IKEA China.

    Takeaways:
    💡 Through technology you can create little tools to enhance a creative expression. 
    💡 I am not educated to educate other people. 
    💡 When you are a retailer you grow either by acquiring new customers or by making existing customers more profitable. And those two things are becoming harder to do for home furniture. 
    💡 Everything that surrounds us has the opportunity to be better. 
    💡 Here you are able to launch things that may not be hyper polished. But you can launch them in a spirit of learning.
    Momo Estrella is an advocate for human-centered design, change agency, and neurodiversity inclusion.
    🚗 In China Between Meetings is a series of on-the-go interviews in which we discuss innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship at the speed of China. Our guests are industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and corporate innovators. We catch them between meetings. In a car ride across town, they share inspiring stores, personal experiences, industry insights, and practical advice on how to scale your way to success in China and beyond. 
    This podcast is brought to you by the team of weHustle, a Shanghai-based platform for innovation and growth, dedicated to supporting local and international teams as they navigate China’s dynamic business landscape. In partnership with Startups Gear which connects startups to growth opportunities in just one click.
    Follow the host Marian Danko on LinkedIn.
    Please follow our Linkedin page 
    Other activities:
    Founders Breakfast
    Weekly meetup connecting startups & founders to the entrepreneurial ecosystem via expert talks & trustful connections.
    Startups Gear
    We connect startups to growth opportunities in just one click.
    TECOM
    China's first international technology and innovation conference.
    Subscribe to the podcast via other services to be notified when a new episode is released. We are on WeChat Channel, YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn + Alexa, and more.

    • 27 min
    Anthony Leung, ?What If! Innovation Greater China Lead & Accenture Managing Director, aka King of Innovation.

    Anthony Leung, ?What If! Innovation Greater China Lead & Accenture Managing Director, aka King of Innovation.

    Takeaways:
    💡 Carve your own path
    💡 Languages shaped my passion to go and explore different places
    💡 In the last few years, innovation has had to lean and point almost directly towards China
    💡 Innovation moved from something that was on the edge, things people thought about as something new and different, it moved into the center where everybody should be thinking about innovation
    💡 Innovation is a way of thinking
    💡 Innovation is a muscle
    Anthony Leung, ?What If! Innovation Greater China Lead & Accenture Managing Director.
    Anthony is an expert in utilizing consumer understanding, cultural context, trends, and creativity to uncover insight generation, and develop breakthrough innovation and brand positioning for start-ups, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies in a range of industries, including technology, advertising, healthcare, retail, and events/entertainment.
    🚗 In China Between Meetings is a series of on-the-go interviews in which we discuss innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship at the speed of China. Our guests are industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and corporate innovators. We catch them between meetings. In a car ride across town, they share inspiring stores, personal experiences, industry insights, and practical advice on how to scale your way to success in China and beyond. 
    This podcast is brought to you by the team of weHustle, a Shanghai-based platform for innovation and growth, dedicated to supporting local and international teams as they navigate China’s dynamic business landscape. In partnership with Startups Gear which connects startups to growth opportunities in just one click.
    Follow the host Marian Danko on LinkedIn.
    Please follow our Linkedin page

    Other activities:
    Founders Breakfast
    Weekly meetup connecting startups & founders to the entrepreneurial ecosystem via expert talks & trustful connections.
    Startups Gear
    We connect startups to growth opportunities in just one click.
    TECOM
    China's first international technology and innovation conference.
    Subscribe to the podcast via other services to be notified when a new episode is released. We are on WeChat Channel, YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn + Alexa, and more.

    • 29 min
    Matt Spriegel, founder and CEO of Atiom, Chinaccelerator, Entrepreneur's Organization, HR Training

    Matt Spriegel, founder and CEO of Atiom, Chinaccelerator, Entrepreneur's Organization, HR Training

    Takeaways:
    💡 Every day we change forever
    💡 Working for corporates teaches you processes, how to work with big teams, how to allocate resources
    💡 You cannot check for understanding when you share training or communication piece 
    💡 We find it difficult to convince Chinese companies that we are a better service provider than domestic companies 
    💡 We see a lot of localization in recent years in China
    💡 A lot of our multinational clients bring us outside of China


    Matt Spriegel's lifelong dream is to bring education and resources to the most remote regions in the world. 
    Atiom's vision is to transform workplaces into agile, engaging, and uplifting communities with both people and the planet in mind. 
    🚗 In China Between Meetings is a series of on-the-go interviews in which we discuss innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship at the speed of China. Our guests are industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and corporate innovators. We catch them between meetings. In a car ride across town, they share inspiring stores, personal experiences, industry insights, and practical advice on how to scale your way to success in China and beyond. 
    This podcast is brought to you by the team of weHustle, a Shanghai-based platform for innovation and growth, dedicated to supporting local and international teams as they navigate China’s dynamic business landscape. In partnership with Startups Gear which connects startups to growth opportunities in just one click.
    Follow the host Marian Danko on LinkedIn.
    Please follow our Linkedin page 
    Subscribe to the podcast via other services to be notified when a new episode is released. We are on WeChat Channel, YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn + Alexa, and more.

    • 23 min
    Alvin Wang Graylin, China President at HTC, Virtual Reality VR, XR, metaverse

    Alvin Wang Graylin, China President at HTC, Virtual Reality VR, XR, metaverse

    Takeaways:
    Metaverse allows more fluidity for economic class5% of your customers generate 80-90% of your profitabilityThe right timing is key to successI‘ve been lucky throughout my career that people have trusted me to execute and to be able to think independently Entrepreneurship is toughAll the things that we have been seeing in sci-fi movies are going to be a part of our real world soonI learned more in that year and a half than I did at all my courses at MITYou need to be very careful looking at your legal documentsWe did all the mistakes you could do as a venture-backed entrepreneurMr. Graylin (汪丛青) is the China President at HTC leading all aspects of HTC's business in the region (Vive/VR, phone, Viveport content platform, partnerships and investments) and the company’s XR Suite Business globally. He is also currently Vice-Chairman of the Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance (IVRA.com) with 300+ company members, President of the $18B Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance (VRVCA.com) and oversees the Vive X VR Accelerators (VIVEX.co) in Beijing, Shenzhen and Tel Aviv. Mr. Graylin is a sought-after speaker and thought leader in the areas of VR/AR, AI, Entrepreneurship, and doing business in China by events and media globally.
    🚗 In China Between Meetings is a series of on-the-go interviews in which we discuss innovation, technology and entrepreneurship at the speed of China. Our guests are industry leaders, entrepreneurs and corporate innovators. We catch them between meetings. In a car ride across town, they share inspiring stores, personal experiences, industry insights and practical advice on how to scale your way to success in China and beyond. 
    This podcast is brought to you by the team of weHustle, a Shanghai-based platform for innovation and growth, dedicated to supporting local and international teams as they navigate China’s dynamic business landscape. Supported by Startups Gear, a one-click application tool for startups, and TECOM Conf, China's first tech and entrepreneur communities conference.
    Follow the host Marian Danko on LinkedIn.
    Please follow our Linkedin page 
    Subscribe to the podcast via other services to be notified when a new episode is released. We are on WeChat Channel, YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn + Alexa and more.

    • 45 min
    Natalie Lowe, Managing Partner at The Orangeblowfish, Creative, Branding, China, Selfbranding, Phygital

    Natalie Lowe, Managing Partner at The Orangeblowfish, Creative, Branding, China, Selfbranding, Phygital

    Natalie Lowe, Managing Partner at The Orangeblowfish, Creative, Branding, China, Selfbranding, Phygital
    you can't have everything now, you can’t be everything nowpersonal branding helps you to better understand what your core values areCOVID was an enabler of China moving forward with from admiring Western brands right up to incorporating a lot of Chinese culture and design into their creative campaigns that just speak to local audiencesthe new term "phygital" how do you get people into physical spacesdoes your brand resonate with your client's values?never lose sight of why you did this in a first placeNatalie Lowe, the Managing Partner at The Orangeblowfish, is a woman who wears many hats. She is an entrepreneur, a mother of 2 beautiful children; a wife; and an active volunteer in the global business community.
    🚗 In China Between Meetings is a series of on-the-go interviews in which we discuss innovation, technology and entrepreneurship at the speed of China. Our guests are industry leaders, entrepreneurs and corporate innovators. We catch them between meetings. In a car ride across town, they share inspiring stores, personal experiences, industry insights and practical advice on how to scale your way to success in China and beyond. 
    This podcast is brought to you by the team of weHustle, a Shanghai-based platform for innovation and growth, dedicated to supporting local and international teams as they navigate China’s dynamic business landscape. Supported by Startups Gear, a one-click application tool for startups, and TECOM Conf, China's first tech and entrepreneur communities conference.
    Follow the host Marian Danko on LinkedIn.
    Please follow our Linkedin page 
    Subscribe to the podcast via other services to be notified when a new episode is released. We are on WeChat Channel, YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn + Alexa and more.

    • 28 min