China

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.

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AISpeech’s voice recognition technology has been widely applied by Alibaba, Tencent and other top companies in smart home, automotive and robotics products.

Mental health platform Yidianling gets issues sorted out faster and easier, with 24/7 access to professional practitioners.

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Wei Zhen

Co-founder and CTO of ParkBox

Co-founder and CTO of ParkBox. Wei received his master’s in Business Informatics from Université d'Aix-Marseille. In 2015, he joined Haomaiche, an O2O platform for improving vehicle sales transactions, as technical director and chief architect. From 2016–2017, Wei worked as technical director for Mobike.

Zhu graduated from Stanford University in 2012 with a master’s in Mechanical Engineering. That same year, he returned to China and co-founded Mobvoi. In 2014, Zhu left Mobvoi to work at IDG Capital Partners as the firm’s first Entrepreneur-In-Residence. A year later, he joined VC firm FreeS Fund, where he now serves as vice president.

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Established in Shanghai in 2013, Galileo Venture focuses on the application of new technologies - e.g., mobile internet, artificial intelligence and big data - in the fields of education, healthcare, agriculture and consumer products. It has invested in dozens of early-stage startups.

NYSE-listed Cheetah Mobile is a Beijing-based mobile internet company behind the popular utility applications Clean Master, Security Master and Battery Doctor. It also provides computer security software Duba Anti-virus and other platform products. Cheetah Mobile was formed from the merger of Kingsoft Security and Conew Image in 2010; it went public in 2014.

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