China Tech 101 - Innovation & Internationalization
Today, China is already the world's largest Internet, smartphone and e-commerce market. Yet, most people outside the "Great Firewall" would have difficulty naming even 3 Chinese technology brands. Furthermore, there are frequent misperceptions around China's capacity for innovation and creativity.
Chinese technology companies are not just derivative or inspired "copies" of US businesses. Rather, they are increasingly pioneering indigenous innovations and unique models that focus first at home, and then globally.
In a world of two Internets -- this talk will demystify the technology landscape behind China's Great Firewall, debunk the myths of "cheap China" and explore both the challenges and sizable opportunities of bridging innovation between China and the US.
Pacific Technology Ventures
Justin Tsang is a technology investor based between the US and China. He is a partner at Pacific Technology Ventures, an early-stage technology investment firm across Beijing, Hong Kong and New York. Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of Scoop St., a pioneer in social e-commerce - ultimately acquired by Gilt.
Previously, Justin managed US business development efforts for Tencent Holdings, China's largest Internet company. Prior to Tencent, Justin founded HaoXiaoYou, a leading Chinese online edu social networking service. He began his career in technology investment banking at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong. Justin graduated with honors from Georgetown University with a B.S. in International Economics.
Justin is an advisor to First Growth Venture Network and is a Socrates Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is also a founder and organizer of Hackers+Founders, an invitation-based, global entrepreneurship organization with over 4,000 members since its inception in 2009.