Marc van der Chijs, a serial entrepreneur who has been in China for 13 years, has moved to Vancouver three weeks ago. Marc is best known as the co-founder of Chinese video sharing site Tudou.
More recently, he founded and invested in unitedstyles, a site that allows users to design, share, and buy their fashion items. He also became a partner at CrossPacific Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in American or Canadian companies which have an eye on Asia. Read more
So, a few videos interviews I did at DEMO Asia 2012 two weeks ago mysteriously disappeared and now have reappeared on my (i)phone. This short interview with Marc van der Chijs, Dutch founder of Chinese video-sharing site, Tudou, is thus a bit delayed but nevertheless still relevant.
In here, he talks about the diversity of ideas but yet how some of the companies he saw at DEMO Asia — a launchpad for emerging technology – had small visions, but “it’s okay, you can start with a small vision but still build it up to a bigger company eventually”.
Watch out also for his advice to foreign entrepreneurs trying to enter Asia. Read more
Dr Ni Zhengdong (second from left) and Marc van der Chijs (second from right).
Depending on who you speak to, China is either a dead zone or the land of milk and honey for foreign entrepreneurs who want to set up a new enterprises there.
Firmly entrenched in the Avoid China camp is Marc van der Chijs, who, ironically enough, is the founder of Tudou, the second most popular video sharing site in China. It was recently bought over by Youku.
“There are less opportunities in China these days; the environment is not so positive anymore,” he says at the sidelines of DEMO Asia in Singapore, “I’ve been there for 12 years, had a great time. I still love the country. But doing business as a foreigner has become more difficult.” Read more
Kicking off DEMO Asia is a panel discussion featuring Dr Ni Zhengdong, founder of China’s leading venture capitalist web portal Zero2IPO, Marc van der Chijs, founder of Tudou.com, China’s version of YouTube, and Antonny Liem, CEO of Merah Putih Inc, Indonesia’s first tech startup incubator. The discussion will be moderated by Prof Wong Poh Kam of the National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Centre. Read more
On day zero, startups were busy preparing for their pitches.
DEMO Asia is the premier tech startup launchpad in Asia, part of the DEMO brand of conferences. Over its illustrious history, it has debuted many well-known products such as Salesforce.com, Adobe Acrobat, and Skype for mobile. In DEMO Asia 2012, held in Singapore, we’ve seen 76 startups from 14 countries launch their products and pitch their ideas in front of a live audience.
SGE was the official online media partner for DEMO Asia 2012, and we’ve provide complete coverage of the conference (full program). Below is a compilation of all the live blogs, interviews, and articles we’ve written about the landmark event. Read more