5 episodes

Q&A with Shunwei's venture investment partners, portfolio company founders, and other KOLs within its ecosystem.

Founder Adam Bao has since launched a sister podcast called 'The Harbinger - China Tech & VC Podcast', which is an open platform that invites all top VCs and founders in China to share their insights.

The Shunwei China Venture Capital Podcast Adam Bao

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Q&A with Shunwei's venture investment partners, portfolio company founders, and other KOLs within its ecosystem.

Founder Adam Bao has since launched a sister podcast called 'The Harbinger - China Tech & VC Podcast', which is an open platform that invites all top VCs and founders in China to share their insights.

    Understanding Xiaomi’s Global Strategy – Donovan Sung, Xiaomi Global’s Head of Product & Marketing

    Understanding Xiaomi’s Global Strategy – Donovan Sung, Xiaomi Global’s Head of Product & Marketing

    We recently visited the Xiaomi office to chat with Donovan Sung, Director of Product Management and Marketing at Xiaomi Global. Over the past few years, Donovan has led not only product development, but also helped build the global team at Xiaomi responsible for launching in dozens of new markets around the world and turning Xiaomi into a truly global brand. We discuss Xiaomi’s global product and business strategy, how this varies by market (e.g. China vs. developing markets vs. developed markets), key channels and partners, and how Xiaomi has been able to achieve incredible international success in such a short period of time.

    • 37 min
    ofo and the Future of Urban Transportation - With ofo SEA GM Alan Jiang (via The Harbinger)

    ofo and the Future of Urban Transportation - With ofo SEA GM Alan Jiang (via The Harbinger)

    Today we are joined by Alan Jiang, Head of Southeast Asian business for ofo, the world’s leading station-free bike sharing company. Alan oversees the company’s strategy and operations in Southeast Asia. Previously, Alan worked at Uber for four years, helping to launch Uber’s business in China, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Today, Alan starts by first sharing his story at Uber, before transitioning to ofo. Alan tells us more about how bike sharing is drastically different from ride sharing, and the impact that companies like ofo have on cities where these programs are located. Alan also talks about ofo’s global strategy, particularly in Southeast Asia.

    • 25 min
    The Do’s and Do Not’s of China Market Entry – with O’Melveny Managing Partner Walker Wallace

    The Do’s and Do Not’s of China Market Entry – with O’Melveny Managing Partner Walker Wallace

    We sit down with Walker Wallace, managing partner of O’Melveny’s Shanghai office, to discuss how foreign tech companies should think about entering the China market. It’s worth noting that most tech start-ups should not even consider China entry in the early days, as building up tech and achieving a focused product-market fit should be the only priority, and a premature obsession over China could very well be a huge distraction. But for companies that have built up a relatively sustainable business and are looking to scale, a thoughtful, well executed China strategy could create significant value.

    Today we discuss: what type of tech companies should consider entering the China market? What should their key considerations be before designing a market entry strategy? What are the different options and structures available? How do JVs work, and what is the value exchange between JV partners? Any other best practices to keep in mind?

    Walker J. Wallace is a leader in O’Melveny’s China practice. He has extensive experience in international transactions and has worked with clients in a wide range of projects across Asia, from multi-nationals seeking to invest in China, to private equity funds pursuing investment strategies in Southeast Asia. In China, Walker has helped clients negotiate the complexities of investing and structuring business operations in numerous industries, including consumer products, healthcare, real estate, software, media and entertainment, retail and education.

    Walker has been working in the Shanghai office since 1997. He is the former Chairman of the Legal Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, and is the co-author of “Acquisitions of Companies with Chinese Assets,” “Foreign Private Equity Investment in China: Which Way to the Exit?,” “Onshore Financial Investing in China,” and “Enforcement on Defaulted Loans and Mortgage on Real Property under Chinese Law.” Walker was named as a leading lawyer by Chambers Asia 2016/2017 under the categories “China, Corporate/M&A” and “China, Private Equity: Buyouts (International Firms)”.

    Walker earned his J.D. from Columbia University, and his B.A., cum laude from Williams College. He is admitted to the bar of New York.

    • 30 min
    “Rent-to-Buy” the Chinese Runway – with YCloset COO Michael Wang

    “Rent-to-Buy” the Chinese Runway – with YCloset COO Michael Wang

    Today we catch up with my good friend Michael Wang, who is currently COO of YCloset, an online clothing rental and subscription service that raised $20m Series B in March and has already scaled to 40 cities in China. Before YCloset, Michael was on the other side of the table, having spent a few years at KKR before joining IDG Capital, where he was also the lead investor for YCloset's Series A+ round. As such, Michael offers a unique view, speaking from both an operator and investor perspective, and can help us understand the following:

    Clothing rental companies only recently became popular in China, whereas comparable companies abroad such as Rent The Runway have been around since 2009… what's different now? How does YCloset compare against global and domestic competitors? What are key success factors in this market, from optimizing logistics to central dry cleaning to capital accessibility? What role do China's tech giants (e.g. Alibaba or JD) play in this arena? What is the "rent-to-buy" model, and what might this market look like in the near to medium term?

    • 32 min
    A Gradual, Evolutionary Approach to Disrupting Education - with 17zuoye Cofounder Dun Xiao

    A Gradual, Evolutionary Approach to Disrupting Education - with 17zuoye Cofounder Dun Xiao

    Dun Xiao's pursuit of a quality education has taken him around the world, from Cambridge University to MIT and Harvard, where he studied electrical and information engineering. Armed with a lifelong passion for education and his technical background, Xiao Dun was inspired to found 17zuoye.com, (a.k.a. Homework Together), the largest online homework platform for K12 students in China.

    And so today, we explore Chinese Edtech - a market of particular significance in China given its traditional reverence for learning and the lucrative commercial opportunity this yields. With Dun, we explore key topics and trends, including: how do you segment the Edtech market in China (e.g. by learning groups, product and delivery type?) How do you look at future of education… does this involve building disruptive products that can be applied immediately (e.g. Alt School or Minerva in the US), or should it be more of an evolutionary process where technology is used to complement existing models? What drives key stakeholders in education ecosystem, and why is it relatively more difficult to scale a education business that involves working with teachers, students, parents, school systems, and the government? What is the role of data in education? How do you apply customized learning solutions onto the existing education system? And lastly, how do you get teachers to buy in on using new teaching solution and onboard them efficiently?

    • 41 min

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