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TripAdvisor China’s first BD & Sales Director, Gong was also a former vice-president of a daily deals site, heading its travel business.

In January 2006, Chen Hua (Tony Chen) co-founded, a Chinese travel and hotel search engine that was acquired by TripAdvisor in 2009. Chen exited Kuxun in late 2008 and joined Alibaba in early 2009, working on the application of search engine technology. He resigned in February 2011 and started a mobile tech enterprise. In May 2012, he released Changba, an app offering users a portable solo KTV booth that attracted over 1m users in just one week after its release.

Established in 2011, Shilling Capital Partners is a Portuguese angel investment fund and one of the three subsidiaries of Mogope, a Portuguese investment manager, whose partners are also co-founders of Shilling. To date, the company has invested in 18 startups, both tech and bricks-and-mortar, and has managed three exits, including BestTables that was acquired by TripAdvisor. It typically invests between €250,000 and €1m in seed and Series A rounds and ensures liquidity until the next funding round, or when the startup becomes capable of funding its own growth. Recent investments include petcare marketplace Barkyn, healthy meal service delivery app EatTasty and blockchain-based online betting application BetProtocol. 

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