By Emma Lee
From e-commerce to smart hardware, from O2O to ride-hailing, China’s tech industry seems to always be on a rollercoaster ride with the latest emerging verticals. The power of this phenomenon is vividly described by Xiaomi’s founder Lei Jun in his famous saying: “Even a pig can fly if it stands at the center of a whirlwind.”
Along with the swift change of tech trends, more and more people are digging deeper for the forces behind the rise of a particular sector: whether it’s propelled by market potentials behind them, by the investors or it’s only a hype.
At TechCrunch Shenzhen, we have invited Allen Zhu, an investor who has always one step ahead in tracking the next big things. In addition, top entrepreneurs from power bank rental and smart transportation will be sharing their insights.
Here’s a list of the confirmed speakers for TechCrunch Shenzhen, which is slated for 17 to 20th this June. Welcome to join us for a fantastic event.
Managing Director of GSR Ventures, Allen Zhu
Allen Zhu is the Managing Director of GSR Ventures, where he focuses on investments in early-stage companies in the internet, mobile, and new media sectors. Allen has rich experience in software product development and global expansion.
Prior to GSR Ventures, he co-founded eBaoTech, a leading provider of insurance core backend systems. He has also worked for McKinsey Greater China, where he earned deep consulting and implementation experience. Allen’s featured portfolio companies include Didi Chuxing, ele.me, ofo and Inke.
Founder/CEO of Xiaodian, Tang Yongbo
Tang has more than seven years working experience in O2O industry, working for Taobao’s local lifestyle unit and Taodiandian, the food ordering service of Taobao.
As one of the leading players in power bank rental industry, Xiaodian, founded by Tang in December 2016, raised RMB 350 million B round in May this year, just one month after the RMB 100 million series A led by Tencent.
CEO of Ankerbox, Yuan Yuan
Yuan Yuan is the CEO of Ankerbox, the power bank rental startup that sold 60% stake to Chinese online retailer Jumei for RMB 300 million.
Before Ankerbox, Yuan worked at Alipay since 2011, supervising marketing operation and O2O business. He’s also the founder of Taobao’s movie ticketing business Tao Piaopiao.
Co-founder/President of Ninebot, Cid Wang
Cid Wang is the president of Ninebot, a smart transportation company.
Ninebot is backed by Sequoia Capital, Xiaomi, Shunwei and West Summit Capital. It acquired Segway Inc. in 2015, making the company the global leader in self-balancing personal transportation business.
Niu Technology, Token Hu
Token Hu is the founder of electric scooter startup Niu Technology, which just launched its U1 smart e-scooter. Hu is also the founder and CEO of UTLAB USA, a technology-driven footwear company.
Prior to that, Hu worked as UX design lead with Microsoft Live, then went on to work with frog design, one of the most famous and innovative design firms around, with clients like Apple, Disney, GE, and many other Fortune 500 brands.
Founder/CEO of Singulato Motors, Shen Haiyin
Shen is the founder and CEO of Singulauto, the designer and developer of smart EV in China. The company has debuted their first EV product iS6 in April this year. The car will be put into mass product in 2018.
Before starting Singulauto, he has decades long experience in hardware, search, ad, gaming and e-commerce. Shen previously worked as CEO of Kingsoft Japan and VP of Qihoo 360.
He holds dual degrees in automation control and industrial management from Shanghai Jiaotong University.
Source:: Power bank rentals and smart transportation: Meet the experts at TechCrunch Shenzhen 2017