Episode 6 - "What's Hot in China?" - LIVE between Shanghai & Singapore

19 November 2010 | 1500 - 1700 | National University Hall Auditorium

What is the hottest now in China?  Micro-blogging?  Groupons?  Find out more in our speakers session, LIVE from Shanghai!

National University of Singapore, University Hall Auditorium
Lee Kong Chian Wing, Level 2, 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119077
Descriptions: Organised by: NUS Enterprise, Chinese Entrepreneurship Organsiation Singapore and SHEN (NUS Overseas College students in Shanghai)

Aditi- NUS Entrepreneurship Centre 
6516 6322 / necv4@nus.edu.sg


Dixon Yuan was born in Xin Jiang and graduated from the Xi’an University of  Architecture and Technology.
In 2001, he has been heavily promoting direct marketing in China emphasizing on the channels and methodologies in helping customers increase their effectiveness through direct mail, email, fax etc. 

Between 2006-2009 he has started off several businesses around China in supporting direct marketing efforts in the region. In June 2008, he founded www.yesmywine.com an online platform selling imported wine. This initiative was well received and sold over 1000 bottles in a day. 

And in July 2009,www.yesmytea.com was officially launched and up and running till today.

James Tan is COO of 55tuan.com, where he directs the fast, lean and stable expansion of the company across China.

Prior to 55tuan, James was in the technology and financial sectors with companies in the Singapore Technologies group and JPMorgan Chase. His functional roles included operations, sales, marketing and product management, with the last in a regional capacity and head of a financial product with Singapore’s largest payment network.

James is an active angel investor. In Singapore, he is an executive member of the Business Angel Network of Southeast Asia. In China, he was president at Tsinghua MBA for entrepreneurship, venture capital and innovation. His areas of interest and angel investment include consumer finance, technology and education. Recent investments include EMBA.com.cn, a China-based start-up that taps on the high-end education market in China; and Sino-Africa LC, an Africa-based education start-up that taps on the growing demand for Chinese education in Africa.

James is based in Beijing and has an MBA from Tsinghua – MIT Sloan. For leisure, he reads, backpacks Asia and volunteers as a scuba diving guide for marine conservation in Singapore.

Fang Yi is the Founder & CEO of MR Tech Group. He holds Master of computer science from Zhejiang University, and he was also awarded for Innovation Star of University Entrepreneur in China. 

He has been dedicated to mobile data backup solution for 5 years, and was funded by famous angel investor and co-founder of NASDAQ company WebEx Min Zhu and SGX listed mobile design house company founder Mr Du. 

He and his ventures were frequent reported by CCTV, Sina and other major media. 

Now he leads his team into mobile Internet area as core supplier of mobile data backup system for China Mobile and also develops new generation of free mobile IM.

David Liu, Founder and CEO of Jiepang.com. 

After graduated from UCLA in 2007, he involved in a couple of Internet and Mobile startups in Silicon Valley and Taipei. 

He founded the location based social network website Jiepang.com in Beijing in 2010, and soon become the leading companies in location based mobile service in China. 

David is currently based in Beijing and developing the business iin Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong.

Andre Pan, a.k.a POPOEVER, is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Brandigg Strategy. 
He worked for ThermoQuest Corporation, Finnigan MAT Inc. since 1997 as Chief Representative of Shanghai Office till 2000, left for a self-teaching of web design & developing. 

Started from 2001, Andre worked with the famous chinese film director, Mrs.Shi ShuJun, the kind lady who explored the popular movie star Ms.Zhou Xun, contributing for China Ancient Town protection and renewal projects. ZhuJiaJiao, QingPu, Shanghai is a significant result of the work, and the project DVD was gifted to Shanghai APEC VIP guests.

During his self-teaching in 2000, Andre helped his friends started an online community, Blueidea, which is now the biggest and most popular chinese community for web designer and web developer serving more than half million members.

In 2002, Andre fell in love with blog at the first sight, kept blogging actively, and became popular tech blogger in mainland China quickly, exchanging perspectives and minds with his blogger friends, evolving into an individual has sharing spirit within, devoting to some online open projects since 2004, like help organizing CNBloggerCon, and leading the team of Digital Nomads Project which help those valuable individuals setup their online digital base.

Andre met microblog in the end of 2006, which led him to a much more open and crossing life style. After almost 3 years microblogging experience and market study, Andre co-founded the Brandigg Strategy with his good friend, bring new media practice into China market. During the Shanghai Expo 2010, Brandigg is contracted as the official social media solution provider of USA Pavilion.

2:15pm Registration
3:00pm Opening Address by Prof Wong
3:05pm Keynote by Dixon Yuan followed by Q&A
3:50pm Coffee Break
4:05pm Panelist Introduction
4:25pm Panel Discussion (Moderator Led)
5:00pm Panel Discussion + Q&A from the audience
5:45pm Closing
6:00pm Dinner & networking

What's Hot in China: The Soaring of IT in China

posted Nov 26, 2010, 11:57 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 27, 2010, 12:09 AM ]

As one episode of the events series during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Singapore, which aims to inspire the youth to embrace innovation and creativity, the event “What’s Hot in China” was co-organized by NUS Enterprise and two organizations led by NUS students, namely Chinese Entrepreneurs Organization Singapore (CEOs) and Shanghai House of Entrepreneurs NUS (SHEN). The event was hosted on 19 Nov 2010, with the aim of promoting awareness of the current trend in the China market.

Since most of the speakers are in China, the main venue has been set to Shanghai, where newly born companies gather. The branch venue in Singapore is selected to be NUS University Hall, as tertiary institutions are places where young and inspiring ideas arise. This long-distance two-venue conference itself manifests creativity and innovation, as it was realized by advanced technology - video conferencing.

On top of that, to facilitate the Q&A sessions for the video conferencing event, a newly developed Internet platform, Pigeonhole, was employed for the audience to post and vote for questions of their interests. The platform was developed by two young NUS entrepreneurs who are embarking on an inspiring entrepreneurial journey themselves.

Despite the fact that the focus of this event is on the China market, interested audience came from a wide range of countries including Singapore, China, India, Vietnam as well European countries. The topic attracted students and academic staff, from NUS and other institutes, as well as investors and individual businessmen.

So what’s hot in China? The lineup of speakers who are all actively involved in IT industry reflects the fact that IT business is soaring in China now.

The event commenced with opening address by the Director of NUS Entrepreneurship Center, Prof. Wong Pah Kam. Prof Wong pointed out the importance of innovations in this information era, followed by a brief overview on how and why China of of particular interest on the topic.

Afterwards, Mr. Dixon Yuan, the Founder and CEO of YesMyWine, shared his experience of developing YesMyWine, the online platform selling imported wine. Mr. Yuan explained how YesMyWine differentiates itself from online customer-to-customer (C2C) platforms such as TaoBao.com by focusing on brand building and customer education, as well as the initiatives YesMyWine have taken to build dedicated distribution channels in various cities to cater for the needs from customers from all over China.

After a short intermission, Mr. Andre Pan, Co-founder and Managing Director of Branding Strategy, moderated the discussion with the panel consists of three entrepreneurs from China’s Internet start-up companies: Mr. James Tan from 55tuan.com, Mr. Fang Yi from MR Tech and Mr. David Liu from Jiepang.com.

The panel shared that it is not necessary to have the idea and product well developed before execution. Mr. Fang Yi took his own companies as an example and explained how they tried to research and develop at the same time. The panel also recommended to take advantage of the short development cycle of IT product so as to rapidly develop and change the produce in order to better serve the demands of the customers. The panel also cautioned the audience that although there are good ideas proven to work in other markets, such as the USA, they do not necessarily suit China market directly. Adaption and execution are critical in bringing such ideas to China market, where the competition level may be quite high.

The event concluded with an networking session, where audience discussed take-aways from the event as well. It is clear that IT is getting increasingly popular now, but as many people heading towards it, the competition level is also becoming increasingly fierce. To achieve success, one should always keep creative, innovative, well informed and swift to adapt and react to changes.

Contributed by CEOs Members: Wu Jingxian, Li Zhige, Xia Fan

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