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.


DATABASE unicorn 58 Daojia provides on-demand personal and home services with trained staff, transparent pricing and speedy service. Its intra-city delivery service is China’s biggest.

The fastest on-demand meal delivery service, delivering in under 40 minutes. Having its own logistics team also means Dianwoba can better manage its service quality.


Serial entrepreneur with five years’ experience in O2O startups and 10 years’ experience in IT project management. Co-founded waste recycling brand Taoqibao with fellow eKuaisong co-founder Li Zhaopeng in 2015.

Xu Wenyao

Co-founder and Chief Scientist of Sennotech

Xu Wenyao received a bachelor's degree in 2006 and a master's degree in 2008 from Zhejiang University. In 2013, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Xu is founder and director of the Embedded Sensing and Computing Group at the State University of New York at Buffalo and serves as an associate professor in the university's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. In February 2015, he co-founded Sennotech in Shenzhen and has served as Chief Scientist ever since. Xu leads Sennotech’s US lab.


Founded in 2016, Shenzhen Sihai VC Co., Ltd (Qianhai) is fully controlled by Shenzhenshi Qianhai Sihaihengtong Equity Investment Ltd. The company manages multiple RMB funds, which have invested a total of RMB 1.5 billion primarily in the TMT, environmental protection, energy conservation, medtech, new materials and consumption sectors.

Founded in 2015, Initial Capital focuses on early-stage investment in internet startups. It has backed 20+ projects, investing RMB 1 million–8 million in each of them.


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