Technopreneurship and the Early Stage Ecosystem in China in 2013

An overview of China’s tech and startup ecosystem in 20 slides

October 16, 2013

by Paul Bischoff

We came across this slideshow put together by Beijing-based Innovation Works partner Chris Evdemon yesterday. It’s one of the best summaries of China’s early stage tech landscape I’ve ever seen.  Evdemon covers where China is in 2013, where it’s going, and what it needs in 20 slides. If you want to educate yourself or someone else in less than half an hour, then take a look. It has pictures! Here’s a few major points:

Mobile is huge in China with Android as its central play. Chris believes that the next few billion dollar companies will probably be Android-focused.
Web and mobile penetration is growing ridiculously fast along with the upper-middle class. Chinese internet culture must be understood to capitalize on it.

Freemium is very China and the world has a lot to learn from her. Chris drafted up an interesting  ”hierarchy of needs” for Chinese gamers, claiming that Chinese game industry could pull in four times more ARPU than the US.

Despite having lots of venture capital money in China ($7 billion as Chris wrote), there are very few angels in China. China needs more early-stage investment and startup-friendly services.

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Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (www.heroinnovator.com), the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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