Community Builders are introverts

Introverts are leading Communities

Panels are high chances to engage with a broader audience and throw some new ideas to steer debates. At a recent one with Community Builders, we wanted to test an assumption. We paused our conversation and asked the audience to raise their hands if they…

Manufacturing in China – Podcast

This is the fourth podcast in a series that started with Best Practices on Mentoring, starting businesses/communities in Shanghai, and our favorite books with impact. My fellow Carnet.cc author Vincent accepted to endure a live recording with questions on his experience in manufacturing in China.…

Matthieu facilitating Techstars Startup Weekend PolyU

What a ride! Three years at Techstars

April Fools day in 2016 – Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. A special day: I stood up on stage to host their second Techstars Startup Weekend. Plus, I announced to everybody that I was going “Professional.” Three years ago, I joined Techstars as the Regional…

What is Apple strategy in China?

The updates announced at the Steve Jobs Theatre on Monday 25th of March got commentators with plenty to argue about. Once again! Beyond new services such as Apple News+, Apple Arcade or the software updates, the keynote was a powerful signal sent to its international…

Ten books with impact – Podcast

This is the third podcast in a series that started with Best Practices on Mentoring and starting businesses/communities in Shanghai. It was fun so we keep this going! Last week, Felix and I picked our top 5 books for entrepreneurs and shared what we liked…

Shanghai is always on the go

weHustle & TECOM – Podcast

Listen to my interview of Marian on Anchor.fm: And here is the transcription: So Marian, can you please introduce yourself first? My name is Marian, the founder of weHustle. I came to China seven years ago, first in a city close to Beijing and then…

Hitting the “writing-wall”

Several years ago, I anticipated the need to be a better writer. Putting down on paper good stories, posts, jokes, speeches. It started with 750words.com and the idea that one should write three pages of text without sharing it. Doing this exercise daily, it didn’t…

Mentoring – Podcast

Finding a mentor is challenging. Making sure the relationship works is even more difficult. I tried being a good mentor and a mentee but failed at both! As an entrepreneur and community builder, surrounding yourself with good people supporting your journey is more critical than…

Zaozuo

Ikea meets Xiaomi, Zaozuo is offering furniture and homeware mostly online with a few flagship brick and mortar locations in Shanghai and Beijing. Next stop develop a stronger Chinese design identity, that goes beyond red and rosewood.

Playing around with the Pomodoro Technique

Have a conversation on productivity, and you will encounter two enemies: “focus” and “procrastination.” Most of us struggle revealing our true potential despite our best intentions. These two keep lingering around. Staying Focused Recently, my wife took a picture of my desk. It had five…