My Journey as a Digital Nomad

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Who we are depends on many factors, but one of the key parts in my mind is how you define yourself. In a constantly changing world, self-definitions are important part of one’s journey from who we are and were to who we become and will be.

We take on roles, work on jobs, and develop skills, but ultimately we define ourself as we want others to see us and how we wish see ourselves.

Over the past couple years, I’ve been extremely privileged to re-define myself multiple times. These new titles, labels, skills, and responsibilities are part of my “baggage.”

Over my recent journeys, one identification in particular has stuck to me: digital nomad.

In short, a “digital nomad” is someone who uses an internet connection to do various types of work remotely, like from home, coffee shops, hotels or whoever you can be connected AND also conduct one’s life a nomadic or traveling way.

Here’s how I become a digital nomad.

The Digital Nomad: Online work means location-independent living

I’ve lived abroad since graduating from university in Chicago in 2005. I first moved to France and later China. Each place taught me many things and I was fortunate to find interesting ways to make a living and continue my education. I also had opportunities to learn new skills and even try out new business ventures, one of which become INT3C, my Drupal / web consulting firm.

About two years ago, I reached a point where nearly everything in that business was happening online. I was creating code and websites for remote clients. My fellow developers and designers were working wherever they lived. And my sales channels were all through sharing open source code and writing blog posts. It was also a point where I had enough clients and revenue to no longer need to work for anyone else.

It was at this point, I realized I had a huge opportunity: I could live anywhere I wanted. And so I did.

Initially my plans were to return to Europe and try and start a new “offline” business there to compliment by online activities. After months in Sweden, France and Spain, I had failed to find a business that made sense to me and was worth the time and monetary risk.

So, instead of settling down anywhere, I settled into a routine of nearly constant travel.

I worked online while living amazing experiences and adventures offline. I took pictures, learned and spoke foreign languages, and wrote as much as I could about my experience.

About halfway through, I learned another term for this lifestyle: location-independence, which stands for someone who “utilizes new technology to design a lifestyle that allows them to live and work wherever they want”.

Basically I had a job that didn’t require me to be in any set location. This enabled me to live according to my fancy anywhere I wanted. At least so long as I had internet access.

I worked online while living amazing experiences and adventures offline.

This journey has taken me through and in 19 countries during that time, including amazing experiences in Morocco, Greece, Colombia, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Mexico and China.

I took pictures. Learned and spoke foreign languages. I tried out new business and entrepreneurial ideas. Developed new skills. I connected with new people around the world. And I wrote as much as I could about my experiences and tips of fellow tech travelers.

And, while I might settle into a new place for awhile, it seems this journey is not yet over. Since this self-definition is not just a physical one but a mental one as well, my life as the digital wanderer is bound to ramble.

China's Startup Scene, Circa 2015: Some Lessons Learned

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Without a doubt, the startup scene in China is extremely active. It’s borderline crazy about startups, VCs and related topics.

Personally, I’ve been to some 50+ startup events and worked with literally hundreds of entrepreneurs and startup supporters over the last year. There are hundreds of startup, tech and other events infusing Chinese cities on nearly a daily basis.

From the perspective of Startup Weekend, an international 54-hour startup business creation event, where I am our principal China Regional Dev Lead, 2015 will be our most active period ever in China.

From all these events and working with startups and corporations around innovation, I’ve had a number of interesting conversations that have helped me gain an perspective on what’s happening in China’s startup scene.

In this post and for the sake of future posts on China, I’d like to share a quick overview about China, some broad generalizations about China and Chinese and some things I consider noteworthy about China’s startup scene, circa July 2015. Hopefully this post will set a few things in place for deeper dives into China’s Startup Community, Ecosystem, and Future.

Some Important Macro-Level Facts about China

It is extremely difficult to characterize China (and its startup scene) for various reasons, but mainly: It’s huge. It’s diverse. It’s changing.

Here are some basic facts about China:

  • 1.3B Inhabitants in China 
- 19% of the global population
  • 1st or 2nd largest economy in in the world in terms of GDP
  • 74.4% of Chinese are of working age (aged 15-64)
  • 353 Chinese cities have a population over 100,000.

On a macro-level, China is a dominate player but its economy is fragile and not particularly structured towards economic independence yet.

Keeping Things in Perspective: China’s business scene is huge and fragmented

Even with its size, it’s important to note a few things about China:

Major regional differences: China is huge yet fragmented. People in different parts of China speak, act and orient themselves differently, meriting more of a regional or continental approach over purely national strategy. There is no such thing as “one China,” and companies can’t assume a national strategy.

Demographics Matter: Educational level, age, international experience, and wealth matter more a lot in China. You need to think about someone’s background and current status in order to conceptualize the best way to work with some. People wear personas, and where some is from and where they are situationally matter in China.

Little Interpersonal Trust: Historically and contemporaneously Chinese have very little trust between themselves. This creates challenges of legitimacy and trust for any company or brand in China. This is one of the most important things to remember about working in China: Trust is not assumed. You need to create and protect a situation of mutual interest and values more than mutual and assumed trust.

Business Culture: Even through historical periods (like mid-Century Communism and Collectivism) have had experiments with planned economies, Chinese people in general have always been and continue to be entrepreneurial. They like to drive their own future and are aspirational. There is a strong business culture in China, though with slightly different rules and practices compared to the West.

Active Startup Scene: While influenced by Western elements, China’s isolation and unique culture have created a divergent form of startup culture, both more commercial and more opportunistic. In some ways there are two major startup circles in the world: China and the rest of the world (The West). The last few years have seen a significant increase in the concept, events and importance of startups and ventures in China. There have also been some heavily funded ventures and VC firms in China.

What about China’s Startup Scene?

In general, I’d say China has some amazing talent, some great products and teams, and yet some challenges and limits remain:

Fragile: In particular the startup scene is characterized by its fragility and lack of collaboration, teamwork and open sharing, helping, etc. Startup Culture is weak.

Predatory: Like the general lack of trust in China, there are a number of predatory elements in China startup scene, including fake investors, fake mentors and special “training schools.” All of them create a slowdown and lead to a lot of confusion. This hinders some of China’s best talent from success and shared learning. It also creates the impression that there are certain “insiders” that can just make things happen without typical business development cycles. The “lottery ticket” mentality towards business leads to youngsters look for it and elders sometimes manipulating it.

Lack of Good Mentorship: China’s fresh entrepreneurs are especially lacking in good mentorship. Culturally, successful entrepreneurs do not necessarily come back and help the next generation of talent and start-up-ers. There are exceptions but I’d say the general status remains of few and not readily accessible, #givefirst elder entrepreneurs. This leads to a serious lack of knowledge sharing in the startup scene. Young entrepreneurs attempt their own businesses with few local resources to help them. Early stage investment is not reliable and tends to be “dumb” rather than “smart” money.

Conclusion: Some Lessons Learned about China and Its Startup Community Situation

I’m a huge fan of Brad Feld and his writings about Startup Community and other topics. Brad’s Boulder Thesis is an amazing crystallization of how to understand and build startup communities. Especially important is the concept that startup communities and ecosystems need to be led by entrepreneurs. Many players support and feed that community, but ultimately it is the entrepreneurs who need to be the leaders and drivers of a startup scene.

Unfortunately, for China, one of the big challenges to this thesis is the concept ofcommunity. Personally, I’ve been obsessed by definition and functional aspect of community in society and decision making for awhile.

While the definition of community goes beyond this post, it’s important to realize the community is not a universalistic concept but cultural one. As such, different cultures, languages, religions, legal systems, etc. evolve they provide a different framework for how individuals and groups fit together. These, in turn, structure how we go about making decisions and taking actions–individually and collectively.

In the case of China, there is no real community here. Instead we have a series of small groups that reflect something like a “community situation”. This might have to do with the problems of trust, but I think it goes deeper and connects to China’s past and culture of a clan, family-led society. People tend to trust and work most closely with their family unit. This has been a huge driver of progress in China’s economy too.

As an organization and person, my mission has been to help try to push and create open, inclusive, collaborative startup communities around China. This is not easy with such entrenched cultural norms. I still believe in this mission, but we’ve had to accept certain realities as we grow our activities and as we cultivate people in that community.

I’d say largely Chinese cities, neighborhoods and companies are creating startup silos. They try to find and run all of the elements of a thriving startup ecosystem but by having it all internal and not necessarily opening up to a larger community with others together. This model creates the perception of a “full-stack” startup community. It is a weak form. These various companies end up with a few suboptimal programs and fail to focus on one main area. We also miss opportunities to work with other groups, companies and individuals and their speciality and focus. We fail to complement each other and try to take up the roles in all areas.

For Techstars, UP Global and Startup Weekend, we cannot push our version of community upon China just yet, though we can run programs and work with partners that believe and support the embryonic steps towards that vision of what we think works best.

China’s startup scene is hyper active right now. While strong in some areas (talent, capital and regulations) and weak in many other areas (culture, hubs), it’s an energetic time to be involved in China.

Personally, I’m excited to be involved in the genesis of China’s latest startup scenes. I’m also aware that this genesis will be painful at times. It will reach plateaus, take odd and nonproductive turns and sometimes fail. But like any startup, these startup scenes will eventually pivot towards its optimal state or they will fail and we will have to try again. Hopefully we will be there along the way to help guide the birth and maturity of China’s startup ecosystem.

Persistence of a Dream: From Startup Weekend Chengdu Winner to Draper University

by Shin Liang, participant of Chengdu Startup Weekend

从成都创业周末第一名到Draper University from Mark Koester on Vimeo.

Hello, I’m Liang Xingsheng. I’m a software engineer, so-called code guy. I participated in the first startup weekend in Chengdu. I want to introduce myself, and what happened after Startup Weekend Chengdu.

This is our Startup Weekend team. A very big team, about 10 people, two of which are are programmers. Our team name was TuJiaoJiao. We had a very simple product: a way to put photos together to teach you a new skill.

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While we won the event, almost like a sign leaving the event, we got into a car accident that night. Luckily, nobody was hurt.

Tianfu ThinkZone gave us some office space – an office for a whole year. Four of us wanted to continue, 3 of us were doing part-time jobs. Another team member had a full time job.

I kept thinking about that car accident, like it was a sign for how our new startup project would be going.

We then decided that we couldn’t continue with this project. First of all, all of us couldn’t put enough time into it, and our target customers weren’t clear. We felt that the project failed.

I participated in the second startup weekend in Chengdu. And at SWCD #2 I met this girl called Dengshun. It’s from her that I learned about Draper University.

Draper university is a 7-week Startup Training Program. It was founded by Tim Draper, a well-known Silicon Valley investor. He invested in Skype, Hotmail, Baidu and Tesla and other well-known companies.

It was from here that I quit my job at Maipu and took a plane to San Francisco.

This is Draper University. It’s not a traditional university. So there aren’t a lot of people. This time there were 30 students. Next time probably around 80 students.

The most amazing thing is Tim Draper invites a lot of renowned guys from Silicon Valley that come and talk with us.

Bill & Tim Draper are pioneers of venture capital. In other words, they invented “VC,” the very concept of venture capital. Teachers taught us that every Monday you wake up if you think “what the hell another monday!”, then don’t waste your time. Do what you love since life is short.

If I hadn’t attended Startup Weekend, there is a good chance I never would have known about Draper University. Everyone said they had attended Startup Weekend at this place or another and what their projects had been. It’s easy to connect with new people about Startup Weekend.

I feel for a guy like me who once had only a work life in Chengdu, Startup Weekend helped me open up and introduced me to the whole reality of the IT Industry. In the end, I recorded a video with my classmates.

To all my peers at Chengdu Startup Weekend, I wish you success. Thanks everyone.

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Chengdu Startup Weekend Add Oil! 成都创业周末 加油!

You can connect with Shin Liang on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.  Learn more about Startup Weekend in China at or our facebook page!


Persistence of a Dream: 从成都创业周末第一名到Draper University

从成都创业周末第一名到Draper University from Mark Koester on Vimeo.

大家好,我叫梁兴盛, 我是一名软件工程师,俗称码农。 也是成都创业周末第一届参与者。 接下来我想跟大家介绍一下,自从我参加成都创业周末以后。

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首先介绍一下这是我们的团队。 非常大的团队,有十个人。其中两个是程序员。 我们的团队叫图教教。 这是个很简单的产品。几张图教会你一项新的技能。 我们不知道为什么就获得了冠军。




然后再后来我们发现这件事越来越做不下去了。 第一是大家时间投入不够,产品方向也不明。 就把这件事停下了。

停到之前我们还参加了第二届成都创业周末。这次创业周末我认识了, 图中这位握着话筒的这位,邓顺。从她那里,我知道了硅谷的draper university,这个神奇的存在。

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draper university 是个为期7周的创业培训项目。大家可以百度一下。

Tim Draper创办的。Tim Draper是硅谷著名的投资人。 他投资过skype, hotmail, 百度。还有Tesla. 这样的企业。

然后我就最终辞掉我的工作,迈普 Mai Pu Li。 坐上了一班去往旧金山的飞机。

这个是draper university的外观。 它并不是传统的大学。所有人不是很多。 像我们这期有30个人。 下一期可能扩招到80个人。 然后最为神圣的一点是Tim Draper会用他在硅谷。 人脉关系请打很多牛逼的。 演讲者来交流。比如很多人都是从电视,历史书,维基百科上

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这个是bill draper,tim draper的老爸。这几个人是风险投资行业的先驱。 夸张的说是他们发展的VC。 风险投资这个概念。

这个是Pebble的创始人。 这位是AirBnB的创始人,和联合创始人兼首席技术官。 这位是Solar City的CEO,也是联合创始人。 他是Elon Musk的表哥。他也过来给我们交流。 他讲过最重要的就是每个周一你醒来。你就说我x又是周一,那就别把时间投入到里面因为人生苦短啊!

然后draper university 怎么说呢?如果我没有参加创业周末,我就根本没有机会知道draper university 这个项目。 也正是因为我参加过draper university 我跟这边很多人交流才知道他们中间很多人也参加过创业周末。 我们当时的项目是什么什么。 你就很容易融入圈子。

我觉得对于一个在成都工作的码农,至少对我来说创业周末为我打开了。 通向整个IT行业。


成都创业周末 加油!




Interview with the 16-year old winner of SWCD (Chinese Version)


2014年11月14-16日,第二届成都创业周末在高新区目咖啡成功举办。本届活动吸引了超过100位参赛者的参与,组队13个,各种有趣的创意点子在这里点燃火花,最后由2名16岁的高中生带队的WTU脱颖而出获得冠军。其中的一名高中生Nono是我的一名学生,我还清晰记得活动开幕前一周她很兴奋地拉着我询问各种关于创业周末的信息,同时也表达了他们想要参赛的担忧。作为年纪最小的参赛者,他们的参与给整个活动带来了更多激情和活力。最后的获胜可能连他们自己也没有想到, 但是,创业周末就是这样一个奇妙的舞台,无论你从事什么行业, 处于什么年纪阶段,敢想你就来,说不定下一个桂冠就属于你!感谢Nono在繁忙的学习中抽出时间接受创业周末的采访,与大家分享她和同伴Jackson参与创业周末的难忘经历。


Candy: Nono你好!首先恭喜你们团队获得第二届创业周末的冠军。作为年纪最小的参赛者,可以简要介绍一下你们的背景吗?

Nono: 谢谢Candy!很荣幸有机会参与到成都创业周末的活动。我叫范诗琦, 大家可以叫我Nono, 我和我的搭档Jackson是小学同学,现在都是高二的在校学生。

Candy: 你们是通过什么渠道知道成都创业周末的呢?

Nono: 第一次听说创业周末是通过一个国外的社交网站,然后发现成都也有一个分部,这让我们很兴奋,因为我们刚好有一个创业想法。因此我们就很期待创业周末可以给我们提供一个这样的平台。


Candy: 那接下来你们都做了哪些准备呢?

Nono: 首先,我们在SWCD的官网上了解了很多详细的信息,比如第一届活动的流程、比赛照片,成果等,这些都更激发了我们想要参与的激情。然后我们也会关注SWCD的官方微博,了解最新信息。很有意思的是,我在无意中看到了Candy的照片,于是在学校上课的时候就迫不及待的向你了解更多信息。


Nono: 看到你是组织者的一员以后,我很是兴奋,觉得创业周末离我们更近了。说实话,刚开始,我们很是犹豫和忐忑,作为高中生,没有太多的社会经验,我们不确定能不能够很好的融入整个活动。很幸运有Candy老师一路的鼓励和支持,告诉我们要相信自己,抓住机会展示自己,不要去担心结果, 尽情享受活动的过程就好,“If you never try, then you will never know!” 这些话消除了我们的顾虑,然后就毫不犹豫报名了。

Candy: 我也很感激你们的参与给活动带来了更多的活力和精彩。那你们创意点子的由来是什么呢?

Nono: 我们会被繁重的学业所束缚,很渴望更多的课余活动丰富我们的生活。作为学校杂志的主编之一,Jackson在搜集各校消息的时候发现很不方便,各校之间同学交流太少,然后他就有了建立一个平台供大家交流学习的想法。起初,他做了一个试用版的“We together”的app,以文学类作品的交流为主, 范围太窄和推广不够导致了项目的流产。之后他又想做一个更全面的,以社团为基础的平台,那就是今天的WTU.

Candy: 那WTU代表什么呢?

Nono: WTU是“We together union”的缩写,目的在于为成都中学生打造一个良好的交流平台。以各校社团活动为主,帮助同学们了解到与自己有相同爱好的小伙伴都在干什么,激发同学们想要培养兴趣爱好的欲望,并从线上推广到线下的交流活动。



Candy: 你们有想过自己的创意会脱颖而出获得冠军吗?

Nono: 没有。星期五晚上的初选被选中,已经让我们很惊讶,因为很多参赛者都是专业人士。但是很幸运,我们在现场组成了一个很棒的团队,谢谢每一位组员和在场导师的帮助才让我们获得最后的胜利。


Nono:首先很感谢SWCD给我们提供了一个这么好的平台,让我们有机会展示自己。最重要的是,认识了很多优秀的朋友,给我们很多有用的建议与帮助,没有导师们的耐心指导也不会有我们今天的成绩。 同时我也再一次感受到了团队协作的重要性。最后,再一次感谢团队里的所有成员的努力,感谢所有工作人员,专业的导师组和评委组,谢谢你们的肯定和鼓励!总之,SWCD让我们这个周末很开心、很难忘!

Candy: 以后还会继续参与到创业周末活动吗?

Nono: 当然! 而且我也希望有更多的年轻人能知道SWCD,并且积极参与进来。年轻,没有什么不可以!


by Candy Gao

Candy Gao is a local Startup Weekend organizer in Chengdu, China. She’s an English trainer and teacher. Her English and Chinese language skills as interpreter and translator have helped bring Startup Weekend to a wider audience in China.

成都第二轮创业周末活动回顾 2nd Startup Weekend Chengdu Recap

成都第二轮创业周末活动回顾 2nd Startup Weekend Chengdu Recap


成都第二轮创业周末活动回顾 2nd Startup Weekend Chengdu Recap

Chengdu’s 2nd Startup Weekend took place November 14-16 at See & Seen Coffee in the High Tech Zone. The event saw over 100 participants present over 40 pitches on Friday night and, after voting, form into 13 teams. The teams then competed over the weekend for the top prize and a chance to move on to the Global Startup Battle.

成都第二轮创业周末活动回顾 2nd Startup Weekend Chengdu Recap



After only 54 hours, team worked hard to complete their product prototypes and business plans. On Sunday evening, they presented to a panel of four judges who included a mix of local and foreign investors and technical experts.

成都第二轮创业周末活动回顾 2nd Startup Weekend Chengdu Recap

This time around the event was particularly inspiring since the winning team was led by two 16-year old high-school students!

获胜团队如下/ The winners and prizes are as follows:

1. WTU


WTU is a communication tool for students inChengdu, which provides both on-line communication and off-line events (such assecond-hand trading, various events of student hobby groups) to serve as an effective networking platform.




“Kitchen Guest” is O2O platform that connecst chefs, restaurants, food manufacturers and related service providers and hobby groups together. 厨房客 provides various customized service for various venture chosen by customers from specified hobby groups.



“广告市场”是为沟通小企业和专业市场营销公司搭建的平台,它能够促进小企业的产品以及服务的营销。它既是一个学习交流的工具,同时也是小企业将市场营销工作外包给知名广告公司和个人的业务平台。 is a network for small business and professional marketers to connect and facilitate the promotion ofproducts and service from small business. The web-app serves both as a learning tool and as a meeting point for businesses looking to outsource their marketing to reputable marketing companies, or individual contractors.

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 看一下优胜团队都拿到了哪些奖品/ Check out some of the prizes received by the winning teams:

– 世服宏图服务式办公室区域1年的使用权。(成都香格里拉中心写字楼或成都航天科技大厦). 1 Year Servcorp Serviced Office space workstation (Shangri-LaOffice Tower or One Aerospace Center)

– 雷格斯仁恒置地广场商务中心6个月的白金套餐,其中包括5天的高管办公室和 1天的董事会议室使用权. 6 Months Regus Yanlord Landmark Center Business Word Platinum Plus Package, incl. 5 days executive office + 1 Boardroom usage for a day


– ECFO提供的一年期的季度财务计划和年度财务计划评审服务. 1 Year financial plan and quarterly review by ECFO

-雷格斯仁恒置地广场商务中心提供的办公地址. A prime business address at Regus Yanlord landmark Center

-由DigiChina(网博会)提供的5-15小时数字营销咨询. 5-15 Hours digital marketing consulting by DigiChina

-由Uber(优步)提供的价值人民币2000元的代金券. RMB 2000 Uber Vouchers

Moreover, all attendees received 1 month free trial for Servcorp virtual office package and a 1 hour boardroom voucher



Congratulations to all the participants, and a special thanks to our mentors, judges and sponsors for making this another amazing event. Let’s wish the winners good luck at the next stage!

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11月14-16日: 第二届成都创业周末, 快来围观丰厚奖品! 2nd Startup Weekend Chengdu

11月14-16日: 第二届成都创业周末, 快来围观丰厚奖品! 2nd Startup Weekend Chengdu

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感谢我们所有赞助商们为这次的成都创业周末活动获奖者提供非常炫目的奖品。Join us!快来注册吧


A: 成都世服宏图服务式共享办公空间的12个月免费使用权

B: 成都虚拟办服务式办公室商务中心铂金级包半年使用权.

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D: DigiChina 5~15小时市场咨询服务

E: ECFO一年财务计划和季度分析服务


Servcorp成都虚拟办公室: 航天科技大厦,香格里拉中心写字楼

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Chengdu Startup Weekend Prizes

Thanks to all of our sponsors for helping provide great prizes; check out some of them:

A. 1 Year Servcorp Serviced Office space workstation Servcorp

B. 6 Months Regus Serviced office Business Word Platinum Plus Package incl. 5 days executive office + 1 Boardroom usage for a day at Regus Yanlord Landmark

C. A prime Regus business address at Servcorp Yanlord landmark

D. 5-15 hours digital marketing consulting with DigiChina

E. 1 year financial plan and quarterly review by ECFO

All attendees:

  • 1 hour Servcorp Boardroom Voucher
  • 1 month Free Trial for Servcorp Virtual Office Package

创业周末是啥?What’s Startup Weekend?


Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday and ending on Sunday, Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where anyone can share business ideas, get feedback from peers and create teams. Teams present their findings in front of local entrepreneur leaders, and get practical evaluation and feedback.

为啥参加?Why Participate?
所以无论你是想成立公司,寻找合伙人,结交新朋友,或学到日常朝九晚五工作之外的新技能,任何人都可以从创业这个看起来有些乱但是很有趣的世界里找到乐趣。Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual job, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

Uber Speaker

Speaker 演讲者

张严琪出生于成都,毕业于中国人民大学财政金融学院,加入Uber 之前就职于中国银行总行全球金融市场部,负责G7 发达市场货币的自营交易以及跨境人民币交易做市。张严琪同时负责全球市场部资金业务前中后台一体化系统(Murex)的建立。张严琪2014年6月加入Uber, 并在北京、深圳和成都等多个中国的城市启动Uber的产品和业务。

Yanqi Zhang, born in Chengdu, graduated as Bachelor of Economics in Finance from Renmin University of China. Before Uber, Yanqi worked 4 years in Global Financial Market Department of Bank of China Head Office. He joined Uber in June 2014, and has been working on Uber’s expansion in China,including launching of various Uber products in Beijing, Shenzhen and Chengdu.

Make friends. Build your idea. Improve your skill. Find a mentor. Start a company.

门票价RMB200, 格包含整个周末伙食,类似工作餐,以及无限茶水和柠檬水。

Price: RMB 200, includes food for the entire weekend, as well as unlimited tea and water.

Join us!快来注册吧

Send us an email or go to our website.

微博Weibo: 成都创业周末StartupWeChengdu

介绍成都创业周末评委Steve Li, 天使投资人, 抱团科技

Steve Li(See English Below)


成都有很多顶级导师和评委,首先向大家介绍的是Steve Li。

Steve Li抱团投资总监,Tap4Fun的天使投资人。


成都创业周末 #2 (11月14~16日)


SWCD#2 Spotlight: Steve Li, Angel Investor, BaoTuan

Get ready for another amazing edition of Startup Weekend in Chengdu in Nov 14-16. Amazing prizes. Interesting Judges and mentors. And the added interest of Global Startup Battle!

For Chengdu we have lots of great mentors and judges to tell you about. First up is Steve Li.

Steve Li is the Investment Director of BaoTuan, Tap4Fun’s angel fund. He is an enthusiast of mobile gaming industry and is interested in investing in the best gaming start-ups.

BaoTuan (抱团科技) is an angel investment fund serving and partnering with the world’s best mobile gaming entrepreneurs to present brilliant productions to players all around the world. As the subsidiary of Tap4Fun, the world’s top simulation game developer located in Chengdu, BaoTuan has a unique investment philosophy, industry insights and the ability to help start-ups on the whole process of running an unparalleled mobile game as well as building a long-term winning strategy and workforce.

Steve previously served as Business Development Director for the Chengdu Tianfu Software Park.

Startup Weekend Chengdu #2 (Nov 14-16)

11月14-16日: 第二轮创业周末 Nov 14-16: 2nd Startup Weekend Chengdu

Register now for Startup Weekend Chengdu #2 (Nov 14-16)

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. The non-profit organization is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world.



Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday and ending on Sunday, Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where anyone can share business ideas, get feedback from peers and create teams. Teams present their findings in front of local entrepreneur leaders, and get practical evaluation and feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual job, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

2014年6月, 第一届成都创业周末顺利闭幕.89名参与者,40个想法,13支队伍,16位导师和评委,18家赞助商,这就是成都创业周末奇妙的第一次。
The first Chengdu Startup Weekend was successfully organized in June 2014 [see pictures]. There were 89 participants, over 40 ideas pitched, 13 teams formed, 16 mentors/ judges, and 18 sponsors!

Register now for Startup Weekend Chengdu #2 (Nov 14-16)


Join us!
Registration open now! Send us an email or go to our website.
加入我们,迎接你人生中一个难忘的创业周末。 快来注册吧!上我们网站查看详情或者发给我们邮件。

微博Weibo: 成都创业周末StartupWeChengdu
Linkedin: Startup Weekend Chengdu

Make friends. Build your idea. Improve your skill. Find a mentor. Start a company.

*Early bird price (Valid till Oct. 31th)/ 早鸟价(十月有效): RMB 160
*Normal price: RMB 200

Ticket price includes food for the entire weekend, as well as unlimited tea and water.

Sponsors/ Donations 赞助及捐款:
Startup Weekend is looking for support – cash, products and services.


For details, please contact our Marketing and Media coordinator Dieter [13730871837 or WeChat “waffleman”].