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Beyond the legendary success stories of Alibaba and Tencent, China has developed into a vibrant, competitive ecosystem of innovative technology startups. That comes as no surprise, given the country’s fast-rising economy and consumer society, vast pool of world-class talent, and quick adoption of new technologies. CompassList China, our first chapter, was born to provide insights and the context of China’s startup and tech scene to the rest of the world. Through unraveling the local cultural, social, economic and business landscapes, we reveal how China’s startup economy has boomed amid the complexities of a giant nation, home to some 1.4 billion people today.


Bright Ideas
Movers and Shakers
Movers and Shakers
Bright Ideas


Specializing in AI-managed precision pesticide solutions, McFly aims to make China's agricultural producers more eco-friendly and efficient.

Used car trading platform Tutuche has experienced appraisers run the cars through 200+ tests, determining their safety, market value – improving a messy, fraud-ridden market.


Zhang Wei

Co-founder and community CEO of Maimai

Co-founder and community CEO of Maimai.  He was formerly head of business development at RSS reader and the feed sharing social platform

Wang Zhuoran

Co-founder and CEO of Trio.AI

Co-founder and CEO of Trio.AI. Wang, who received his doctorate in Computer Science from University College London, has a decade of experience in the fields of intelligent interaction, machine learning, domain-specific dialogue systems and multi-turn dialogues. Acting in a leading role, he helped established Toshiba’s first-generation dialogue system in 2010.After returning to China in 2015, he worked at Baidu as a decision maker for its Xiaodu robot project, now known as DuerOS.


Divine Capital was founded in Shanghai in 2009. The private equity fund manages total assets of RMB 3bn and mainly invests in consumer services, manufacturing, clean technology and mid-sized startups. Divine Capital has completed 20 investment deals to date. 

As the private equity arm of Hanfor Holdings Ltd., it makes buyout, venture and co-investment within China.


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