Yup, just back from Manila earlier this week, digging out of emails, getting some SEO training started, planning 2 events in March, and ended today with an AWESOME Shenzhen startup Tuesday! I’ve been trying to get Boyd Jones to speak at a meetup for months now, and finally our request was fulfilled! Also, a really awesome boost is Rachel & Henry from comfort works have stepped up and gotten involved helping organize events, and also redesigned shenzhen marketing website to better organize and promote these meetups!

 

 

Since Chinese New Years ended, we have re-organized the meetups to be in the Chai Huo hackerspace and moved the SZteam coworking in a special room in the back of the huge facility. People have overall given a positive feedback on the new cooperation, we are really excited to better combine the “foreign / sales / marketing” community with the Chinese hacker / programmer community. Eric Pan from Chai Huo thinks this will create huge value in the community.

 

At 7pm, there were only about 8 people in the room…I have to be honest, I was a bit worried…we tried marketing this out to our email list, were getting some phone calls on my mobile from lost people, maybe it was just a bit too early. by 7:30pm we had about 40 people in attendance!, one of our biggest and most successful meetups to date! It was a healthy mix of VC / Angels in the Chinese community, e-commerce startups, foreigners, Chinese programmers.

 

Going around the room, with Amy Gu doing a great job writing English names on the whiteboard we had each person do name, where they worked / what they were doing, and their favorite color (just to change it up a bit from week to week)

 

By about 7:30pm Boyd got up to speak, he let us share his powerpoint and I have uploaded it to slideshare for those who want to see it with images. Below I have take the text transcript and you can read the outline.

Startup financing options in China, by boyd jones

02.28.12 v.1.0 – ms ppt — Presentation Transcript

1. Startup Financing – Options from a Chinese Perspective
创业融资 – 从中国的角度看有哪些选择 从中国的角度看有哪些选择
Presented by Boyd R. Jones iTech Holdings Limited / Co-Power Ventures

2. True Early-stage VC in China
NONE . Well, not “none”, but not much. Spotty. No Silicon Valley-like infrastructure / ecosystem to support startups.

3. You Already Know What to Do Bootstrap!

4. But Be Careful…

5. Bootstrapping
defined: to promote or develop by initiative and effort with little or no assistance. Do you have skin in the game? How much have you invested? Time Money Resources Have you mortgaged your car and home?

6. FFF Approach
FFF before outside investors:
F riends
F amily
F ools

7. Post-FFF Resources
Angel Investors Accelerators Innovation Works / 创新工场 Chinaccelerator Incubators Public Private

8. Post-FFF Resources (cont)
Events / Competitions 深圳创新创业大赛 Startup Weekend Startup Labs

9. Chinese VC
Demonstrate traction Towards becoming dominant Tencent / Alibaba / Baidu strategy?

10. Go Abroad
Headquarter your firm in: Silicon Valley
Accelerators Angels Incubators VCs

Singapore Ibid. Tap abundant resources abroad

11. Conclusion
There is no short cut Build and invest in your own business Work very hard over time You can not create and fund a startup part-time. Therefore, don’t do it unless you enjoy it!

12. Contact Details
Boyd Jones
Weibo.com/BoydJones
t.qq.cn/BoydJones [email]

 

 

There were plenty of questions, as everyone wants MONEY for their idea and their startup. But we were all excited that this Shenzhen startup community is forming, and hopefully we can get more organized and build up a platform, a support network, to allow more people, both Chinese and foreigners, to successfully build and launch their ideas into a reality.

 

 

Another common question was HOW TO FIND PROGRAMMERS IN SHENZHEN there is an obvious shortage of them in the city. From the audience, we found 2 websites to go and checkout, szlug – shenzhen linux user groupand lamper.cn for LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) groups to network and find some good programmers.

 

 

This is what its all about, sharing, and helping. Thanks again to Boyd Jones for taking the time to speak to the group!

 

 

 

We will start to host the Startup Tuesday every 2 weeks, for a total of 2 times per month, to ensure that we have always a great speaker and a great topic!

TUESDAY, Feb 28, we will start having Startup Tuesdays in Chai Huo! SZteam is cooperating with Chai Huo hackerspace,

Date: Tuesday Feb 28th, 2012
Time: 7pm – about 9pm
Topic: We have Boyd Jones, a Venture Capitalist from copowerpe.com located here in Shenzhen, and also a key force behind the newly launched Startup Labs in Taipai, Taiwan. He will discuss attracting investors for your startup!
Location: At ChaiHuo.org hackerspace (its behind the holiday inn in nanshan district)

Chai Huo hackerspace
#0728, Bld #5, Dong Hua Yuan (Next to Holiday Inn)
Nanhai Avenue, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China

MTR – Luobao Line (line 1) to the Tao Yuan stop (just past Shenzhen University) and about a 10 minute walk

Thanks guys, I have a feeling a lot of people will get lost, but you can call Mike Michelini’s china mobile at +86 15816859376 , I also have whatsapp,
View Larger Map

Walking directions to Chai Huo hackerspace Shenzhen from TaoYuan MTR stop:

Taoyuan
广东省深圳市南山区学府路
China
1. Head south toward 学府路
51 m
2. Turn left onto 学府路
140 m
3. Turn right onto 南山大道
400 m
4. Turn left onto 滨海大道
120 m
5. Continue onto 滨海大道辅路
300 m
6. Turn right onto 南光路
120 m
7. Turn left
83 m
8. Turn right
Destination will be on the left

Hope everyone had a good Chinese New Year, and is excited for the “Year of the Dragon”

SZteam is cooperating with Chai Huo hackerspace, and the next Startup Tuesday will be at the Chai Huo hackerspace

THIS TUESDAY, Feb 7, we will start having Startup Tuesdays in Chai Huo!

Date: Tuesday Feb 7th, 2012
Time: 7pm – about 9pm
Topic: We have a visitor from Silicon Valley, USA speaking, in english, about his startup platform, www.lifecraft.com his name is Haegwan Kim
Location: At ChaiHuo.org hackerspace (its behind the holiday inn in nanshan district)

Chai Huo hackerspace
#0728, Bld #5, Dong Hua Yuan (Next to Holiday Inn)
Nanhai Avenue, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China

MTR – Luobao Line (line 1) to the Tao Yuan stop (just past Shenzhen University) and about a 10 minute walk

Thanks guys, I have a feeling a lot of people will get lost, but you can call Mike Michelini’s china mobile at +86 15816859376 , I also have whatsapp,


View Larger Map

Walking directions to Chai Huo hackerspace Shenzhen from TaoYuan MTR stop:

Taoyuan
广东省深圳市南山区学府路
China
1. Head south toward 学府路
51 m
2. Turn left onto 学府路
140 m
3. Turn right onto 南山大道
400 m
4. Turn left onto 滨海大道
120 m
5. Continue onto 滨海大道辅路
300 m
6. Turn right onto 南光路
120 m
7. Turn left
83 m
8. Turn right
Destination will be on the left

  • Author: michelini
  • Category: 新闻

Shekou district WANTS ITS OWN COWORKING SPACE! Last week at Christmas Eve dinner my friends Marshall, James, Chris, Tully, Erik and others were talking about coworking space, shared office. People really do need this service. Many are tired of working in coffee shops, bars, home offices.

I remembered many times I had talked to Mark Wong, owner from Sidewalk Cafe (now called Sorrelle Cafe) in Rose Garden 2 commercial district about a coworking space. He has a nice open 2nd floor of the coffee shop which he has utilized for a few other things. He rented it out to a company before, and he also used it for some sort of Chinese daycare / training center.

I also didn’t push too hard in the past conversations with him as the past couple years I have been traveling so much between Philippines, Dongguan, Shenzhen, Hong Kong how could I have committed to this local business venture.

But now the stars seem to have aligned

Mark and the other owners of Sorrelle cafe currently have the 2nd floor vacant, the daycare center they say was too loud. Also, the zoning on the 2nd floor didn’t have proper fire escape. Currently they are looking for a new tenant.

I am so lucky that on Christmas eve after talking with Marshall and others, James and I walked down the street to see what the deal was.

Below is what we are currently negotiating with them:

2nd floor of Sorelle Cafe
Shop #30 Rose Garden 2

Cafe hours from 7am to close at about 1am
Monthly cost for 2nd floor, average cost 7,000rmb (after utilities + internet, etc)
VIP card for cafe food, drinks
Need air conditioner in conference room
Coffee shop lease is for 2 more years
Sign one year contract , maybe can do 6 mo
If 24 hour access, maybe need cafe staff working onsite….have to know who is who.

Pro for this Shekou Coworking

  • Basically its ready to go
  • Will meet many more people in the area
  • Flexible in terms, know the owner / management for years
  • Seems like a reasonable price
  • Already have at least 5 members ready to go!
  • Mostly in foreigner area – mostly will be foreigners there – but seems foreigners are willing for shared office like this!
  • Shekou is pretty far from Futian and Luo Ho, the people here are not willing/able to go to High tech park / other areas

But all in all, I think I am ready to take this jump….I’ve been working inside a Shekou districtChinese Foreign Trade office lately, but miss the openness, friendliness of an open office…

I think this is destiny, and will confirm more this week.

Comments / feedback please!

Here is a video I recorded:

Mike Michelini

  • Author: michelini
  • Category: shekou

After so many wonderful tuesdays we had had together, and so many times we had invited some wonderful guests to be our speaker, i got an idea: how about you guys anyone who wants to present your ideas or got great experiences to share to tell us that you wanna be our speaker?! Come on and show us!

Therefore, we decided to stop some Startup Tesday meeting from this week in order to hear more voices saying that you wanna come and be our honorable speaker. Also, we wanna know how you really feel about our activities before and please share us your great ideas on them, your kindly help will be highly appreciated!

Our Startup Tesday meeting will be back, keep attention!

Want to be our speaker?! Please email to : [email protected] .

  • Author: huangminchao
  • Category: 新闻

We had a really exciting startupweekend this past weekend – we will post the story soon – but tomorrow’s Tuesday meeting is postponed til next week.

All that great hard work from the teams has exhausted us, so rest up and stay tuned for next Tuesday!
Mike

  • Author: michelini
  • Category: 新闻

I’m truly overextended with all these meetups….but its really picking up steam, went to startup saturdays in Hong Kong, been networking with others from Shenzhen who are attending the Hong Kong events, asking how to build up the Shenzhen startup and entrepreneur community here. From that, being connected with John Biggs from Tech crunch to have a quick, informal Shenzhen techcrunch meetup.

During my trip in USA confirmed and met up with Ahmed from startup weekend to confirm the first official Startup weekend in shenzhen.

Its already coming up next weekend! – I know I’m overextending myself, but I am building up a “new-age” team of freelancers and independent, self-motivated people in the Shenzhen community…and I am trying my best to delegate tasks. Even the time it takes to delegate the tasks for all these events and community building tasks is daunting.

Ok, enough of my rant, here is the plan and breakdown so far for next weekend’s (Nov 11 – 13) Official Startup Weekend:

We will have a USA delegate here on site from the Startup weekend, Ahmed Siddiqui. He is also going to the startup weekend in Shanghai for the weekend afterwards, and spending some time in Hong Kong mid- week.

Similar to our Shenzhen BootUP! weekend a couple months back, this is a full weekend event.

Here is some information from shenzhen.startupweekend.org:

Information about Shenzhen’s official Startup Weekend

  • What: – Startup Weekend, weekend long event, Friday night until sunday night dedicated (well, hopefully get SOME sleep at your home)
  • When:Friday nov 11, 7pm til about 10 or 11pm then Saturday Nov 12 all day, and then Sunday Nov 13 all day, until judges at night.
  • Where: SZteam coworking space, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China. Check szteam for directions
  • Who: – For entrepreneurs, startups who want to try a hack over the weekend, and other small business enthusiasts, mentors, investors
  • Why: – Taking a “break” from your normal startup or daily life and focusing on a new startup with a new team over a weekend is a great exercise to learn how to make things quick with limited resources and people you don’t know already.
  • How Much: – 100rmb
  • How: – Apply here –
  • Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

    Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!

    Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

    Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees are encouraged to bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams design and develop business plans while constantly streamlining their startup vision. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes, listen to judges’ feedback and in some cities, win prizes.

    Startup Weekends are specifically designed for entrepreneurs interested in receiving feedback on an idea, looking for a co-founder, or who want to learn a new skill. We also welcome anyone looking to test the entrepreneurial waters. Startup Weekends are risk-free environments where everyone is expected to roll up their sleeves and dive into the exhilarating world of startups.

    We have to charge a small admission fee this time, we are asking for 100rmb (about 15 usd) per person as we have to cover basic costs and also want to make sure those attending are committed to attending.

    I am sure people will really enjoy it, last time we got tons of feedback and positive relationships and team building, I’m sure a bunch of those people will apply again!

    Apply for the Shenzhen Startup Weekend here

  • Author: huangminchao
  • Category: 新闻

Tonight Mike will share his splendid Techcrunch meeting last week ! Come and enjoy the story about this experienced businessman !

Also he will talk about preparations for startup weekend11-13this month.

Topic/ Agenda: Techcrunch meeting last week, and preparations for startup weekendWhat: Startups Tuesday, Shenzhen Meetup

For Who: People that are in startups, VC, investors, want to get into a startup, or are just curious

When: Tuesday, Nov. 8st, 7pm to around 9pm

Where: SZteam.com coworking office, (for directions see below)

Cost: Free

Dress: Casual

For reservations:

email us at [email protected]

Address:深圳市南山区高新区南区粤兴三道6号南京大学深圳产学研基地大楼B区502号 518057

502 B-Block, Nanjing University Research Center Shenzhen
Branch, 6 Yuexing 3rd Road, High Tech Park South, Nanshan, Shenzhen 518057

We will arrange the seat according to the reservation. Please tell us your name, occupation and contact information.

NOTE

This building, 南京大学 (Nanjing University), is quite new here, so you cannot find it on the map now, but you
can use the name of next door building, such as 中国地质大学产学研基地

by Shenzhen Metro:

Take the Shenzhen Metro to the stop ‘Ke Yuan’ 科苑 on the Shekou line and get out at exit D, and it’s the building on your left.

by Shenzhen Buses:

1. 南山外国语学校高新分部,bus no:109、b606、b608、b682

2. 科苑南路,bus no:109、b682、m208

3. J1 or 364 to 万科东海岸 stop

4. 高新南十一道 bus 72

  • Author: huangminchao
  • Category: 新闻

Seriously on a roll lately with networking and community building! Wish I could make it to Techcrunch’s Disrupt Beijing! conference this week, but luckily one of their editors, John Biggs, will be in Shenzhen visiting for a few days and planned a quick, informal meetup for this coming Friday, November 4th:

John Biggs, the gadget guy from Tech crunch is here. He is interested to meet startups and entrepreneurs here in Shenzhen! So please come out and represent!

Entry is free, but please try to make a 2 drink minimum (after 10% discount) to cover the cost of sectioning off the section of this bar on a Friday night!

Please tweet or Weibo (is that a thing):

We will have a Techcrunch Meetup in Shenzhen here @Le_Bistro next Friday nov 4 at 7pm.

Website is WWW.lebistro.me

I’m http://weibo.com/johndbiggs on Weibo

See you on Friday!

The location is at a nice outdoor bar, centrally located in Coco park (futian) Shenzhen, called Le Bistro.

Le Bistro
Coco Park Entertainment District
Min Tian Rd, Shopping Park 138
Futian CBD –Shenzhen
Restaurant Phone: (0)755 8316 9651 Mobile: 138 0986 9688

深圳市福田区购物公园民田路138号

More to come, just wanted to get this out there….

FYI, also one in Hong Kong, Wed Nov 2

Wednesday, November 2 · 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Location Pier 7 cafe and bar, Hong Kong

  • Author: michelini
  • Category: 新闻

Tomorrow night Mike will discuss about our next startup weekend, welcom everybody to come and show us your splendid ideas, or any plans you got in mind.

shenzhen.startupweekend.org

Topic/ Agenda: Talk about your idea on our next startup weekend

What: Startups Tuesday, Shenzhen Meetup

For Who: People that are in startups, VC, investors, want to get into a startup, or are just curious

When: Tuesday, Nov. 1st, 7pm to around 9pm

Where: SZteam.com coworking office, (for directions see below)

Cost: Free

Dress: Casual

For reservations:

email us at [email protected]

Address:深圳市南山区高新区南区粤兴三道6号南京大学深圳产学研基地大楼B区502号 518057

502 B-Block, Nanjing University Research Center Shenzhen
Branch, 6 Yuexing 3rd Road, High Tech Park South, Nanshan, Shenzhen 518057

We will arrange the seat according to the reservation. Please tell us your name, occupation and contact information.

NOTE

This building, 南京大学 (Nanjing University), is quite new here, so you cannot find it on the map now, but you
can use the name of next door building, such as 中国地质大学产学研基地

by Shenzhen Metro:

Take the Shenzhen Metro to the stop ‘Ke Yuan’ 科苑 on the Shekou line and get out at exit D, and it’s the building on your left.

by Shenzhen Buses:

1. 南山外国语学校高新分部,bus no:109、b606、b608、b682

2. 科苑南路,bus no:109、b682、m208

3. J1 or 364 to 万科东海岸 stop

4. 高新南十一道 bus 72

  • Author: huangminchao
  • Category: 新闻