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Richard Robinson


Richard Robinson is a serial entrepreneur in Beijing. He has
been in China for 17 years as an entrepreneur, angel investor,
and mentor/advisor.

Richard is the President of Yolu which he co-founded with the founder
of to create mobile apps for business professionals

He is also Co-founder and Chairman of venture-backed Kooky
Panda and was previously co-founder of Shouji Mobile acquired
by China's largest internet comany Tencent (HKSE:0.700HK);
co-founder and CEO of Dada Asia which was acquired by Milan-listed
Dada; VP of Int'l for Linktone (NASDAQ:LTON); founder and CEO of
MIG which was acquired by Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU) and a founding
executive as VP of Marketing and Sales for which raised
$37 mln, listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2000 and was
then acquired in 2001.

Richard is the co-founder of the first Beijing Chapter for EO
(Entrepreneurs' Organization; is a mentor at
both - the leading startup incubator in China
affiliated with TechStars in Boulder, CO and at in
Shenzhen - the world's first accelerator for hardware startups.

ChopSchticks Comedy Schows is his labor of love
on the side and he opened for Louis CK at a 325 year-old Peking Opera
theatre in Beijing in 2012. ChopSchticks has proudly given sore abdominal
muscles to tens of thousands of expat attendees across China and Asia
since 1998 ;-).

After graduating from college in '89 and before getting his MBA in '94
Richard was a wild-eyed backpacker who worked his way around the world
as a bartender in the Virgin Islands, a concierge/ski bum in a Swiss
Hotel, an English teacher in post-revolution Prague, a housepainter in
Norway, a grape picker in France and a BMW factory worker in Munich.

In 1993, he first came to China overland from Switzerland via
hitchiking and through the trans-Siberian railway. He rode a
1942 Harley-Davidson through Vietnam's Mekong Delta in '94 and did a
4,000km solo bicycle trip through Africa from Nairobi to Capetown in

Richard received an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management at
Erasmus University in The Netherlands in 1996, studied at Cambridge
University in the UK in 1988 and holds a B.S. in Business
Administration from the University of Southern California in Los
Angeles in 1989.

He's a perpetual student of Mandarin Chinese and has two
boys Made in China. ;-)

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