entrepreneur in Beijing, China
Into my third decade in China where I have moved to the other side of the table after 22+ years as an entrepreneur and I now invest in companies and help them crack China / Asia as a founding partner at nHack. I also teach Entrepreneurship in China at Peking University's Guanghua MBA program.
Previously with eight successive startups as a co-founder or senior exec, and with dozens of others as an investor, board member, advisor or mentor (HAX, Chinaccelerator & 500). Initially I was a senior exec at three companies from private entities through to their public listings and then went on to found 5 companies: 3 exited to publicly listed companies, a 4th landed squarely in the 'L' column and the 5th is still fighting the good fight ;-).
Active in the geek-o-system in Asia/globally and speak frequently at conferences. (I MC'ed: Web Summit Lisbon & Dublin, TechCrunch Beijing, GMIC Beijing & Silicon Valley, Rise Conference Hong Kong and TechInAsia Singapore & Jakarta).
Grew up in Greater Boston and my Boston accent and I went to study at USC in L.A. and Cambridge University in the UK. After graduation I was a wild-eyed backpacker working my way around the world as a bartender in the Virgin Islands, a concierge/ski bum in the Swiss Alps, an English teacher in post-revolution Prague, a housepainter in Norway, a grape picker in France and a BMW factory worker in Munich. In '93 I traveled overland from Switzerland to Hong Kong via the Trans-Siberian and upon arriving in Beijing fell in love with China.
Got an MBA at the Rotterdam School of Management in The Netherlands and while there in '94 I fell in love with the web. After grad school did a solo 4,000km bike trip through Africa from Nairobi to Cape Town vimeo.com/22348199
Two labors of love to exercise/exorcise my creative muse:
- Write children's books with all proceeds going to charity;
- Produce / MC stand-up comedy shows across Asia with top comedians like Jim Gaffigan or Louis C. K.
Married to a lovely entrepreneur wife & have 3 kids all 'Made in China'. Perpetual student of Mandarin.