Previously, Rui worked for corporations such as Merryll Lynch, Morgan Stanley and the Raine Group. Now, as partner for 500 Startups, she sources and invests quality angel and seed-stage technology venture deals in Greater China.
In this interview, Rui will guide us through the startup and investment climate in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea, the differences between those countries and what it takes to start investing and doing business in the region.
- 10:00: Government money in China for startups.
- 11:30: The merits of angel money vs. government money.
- 13:00: The current state of early stage investing in Asia.
- 16:00: Cultural factors affecting local startup founders, and those who want to work with them. Key cultural differences between mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea.
- 19:40: Lessons on business and investment climate in Korea, vs. mainland China vs. Taiwan
- 23:00: Comparing Korean vs. Chinese vs. Singaporean government subsidies for startups.
- 24:15: Expected investment and consumer trends for the next 3-5 years.
- 28:00: Most exciting recent investments in China. The one up-and-coming industry in China that is worth watching.
- 30:00: Top 4 recommendations for people who manage small investment funds in the U.S., and are interested in Asia investments.
- 34:45: Advice for entrepreneurs who want to start a company in China from scratch. Best and worst time to expand to startup. Best time to fundraise if you have product-market fit already.
- 38:45: Trends of thought and behavior common in successful companies in entering China, and the right stage for a company to consider expansion.
- 42:15: The most common mistake companies make when entering the China market.
- 45:30: Why nationality doesn’t matter in an entrepreneur’s success in China.