Recently I have been involved in setting up an event in Beijing, it is the Result-Symbio Partnership Symposium on Feb. 28 (Thursday).
The CEO of Result, Ola Ahlvarrson, and the CEO of Symbio, Jacob Hsu, got together and decided that it would be interesting to bring technology and business professionals together to talk about how to bring Chinese and European Internet companies together to explore each others’ markets.
Result (www.result.com) is a Stockholm-based Internet consulting firm, and has had a successful track record helping companies such as Skype, Xing and Fon expand their presence across Europe and into other markets. Symbio (www.symbio-group.com) is a software engineering solutions provider which was founded in the US, but now has extensive operations in China.
Jacob Hsu, the Symbio CEO, asked me to help organize this event. Since many of the participants are heavy-hitters in the Internet field, we decided to have two panels in the morning and leave the afternoon open for breakout sessions. The first panel, to be moderated by Ola Ahlvarrson, will be about how European companies see the China market. The second panel, to be moderated by Kaiser Kuo, writer of the Ogilvy China Digital Watch blog will be about how Chinese companies look at the European market, and will include such well-known and respected members of the Beijing digerati as William Moss of ImageThief, Tangos Chan of China Web2.0 Review and Benjamin Joffe, founder of Mobile Monday in Beijing.
In the afternoon, there will be free-wheeling breakout sessions where technology and business people will have their opportunity to list topics they would like to discuss, and those interested will be free to join the conversations. One interesting new Chinese startup is Qifang.cn, founded by Calvin Chin. This P2P financial website was programmed and designed by Symbio’s web services group based in Chengdu, and has already received coverage in TechCrunch in the US. Calvin will be attending the event and will be talking in detail about Qifang.
The venue for the event will be the Beijing Guxiang 20 Club (actually it’s a boutique hotel) in Nanluoguxiang near Dianmen. Recently this neighborhood has become popular with discriminating visitors to China, and there are many small cafes, restaurants and bars in the nearby hutong.
If you are a reader of this blog and are, or will be in Beijing on Feb. 28, and think that this is something you would be interested in coming to, consider yourself invited by me. You can read the online invitation with details for the event here.
Just mention my name at the door and ask for me. I will be there all day.
Look forward to seeing you there!