Doing business in China can be both a blessing and a curse. In spite of the fact that China‘s astonishing growth rate has recently slowed down, the vast potential of the country‘s economy is unquestionable. To be sure, successfully implementing reforms and transitioning the Chinese economy from a production-based to a consumption-based one requires a lot of skill and won‘t happen without some hiccups. At the same time, an increased sophistication in Chinese consumer spending and a growing demand for professional services creates many opportunities for Western businesses and entrepreneurs.
Being a China entrepreneur myself, I cover the following central topics in my talks:
- Differences between Western and Chinese business cultures
- Start-ups in China (with a particular focus on tech start-ups)
- The future of the service industry in China
- Strategic frameworks for Transnational Entrepreneurs
- Market entry strategies for SMEs
- E-commerce and digital marketing in China
The first business I started in China was a social community website. It failed. But many years of hard work gave me valuable insights and I have drawn squarely on them while running my next business, an international digital agency named AKRYL. Today, the company serves a number of high profile clients, including MNCs and governmental institutions, and AKRYL has successfully branched out into strategic consulting services and risk management.
In 2013, I co-founded ChinaEntrepreneur.net, an online platform for aspiring China entrepreneurs that now has close to a 1000 members. In this context, I was also appointed as an Adjunct Professor at Peking University‘s Guanghua School of Management and was invited to co-teach a seminar to international MBA students. I regularly write and comment on entrepreneurship in China and have been invited to talk on many occasions.
Based on my first-hand experience as a China entrepreneur, I speak knowledgeably on doing business in China.