Startup Lessons Learnt

Tue, 29 Jan 2019 19:00:00 GMT ~ Tue, 29 Jan 2019 21:00:00 GMT
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This event is about lessons from failure. That, while we are all told to stay young (and foolish) while failing fast (as a sign of progress), the realities are that the the vast majority of startups are going to actually fail.

We are bringing together some entrepreneurs who have failed spectacularly... some of whom learned from the failure and punched through to the next level... while others didn’t.  They failed. Through the event, we hope participants will get a raw look into the process of failure, some warning signs for impending doom, and some practical advice for what to do to give the entrepreneur/ organization the best chance to thrive through the pain.

In January 29th, we invited Mr. Richard Brubaker, Managing Director of Collective Responsibility, and Wei Zhou, Founder & CEO of XNode, together with startup founders, to share the lessons learnt creating a new business.


19:00-19:30 Sign in
19:30-20:15 Panel Discussion: Startup Lessons Learnt
20:15-21:00 Networking

On Stage: Richard Brubaker 

  • Managing Director of Collective Responsibility 

  • Founder & Executive Volunteer of HandsOn China 

  • Visiting Professor of Sustainability, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

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Driven by the belief that change begins with a single step, Richard Brubaker has spent the last 15 years in Asia working to engage, inspire and equip those around him to take their first step.

Brubaker acts as a catalyst to drive sustainability, bring about needed changes in leadership and business models, and recalibrate old models so that new opportunities can be captured. His work centers around building foundations of knowledge, understanding core issues, engaging stakeholders and doing what it takes to move forward.

Currently, as Managing Director of Collective Responsibility, Founder and Executive Volunteer of HandsOn China and Visiting Professor of Sustainability at the
China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Brubaker focuses on building platforms that promote long-term organizational capacity to address the economic, environmental and social hurdles that China faces as the country’s economic growth accelerates.

To date, Brubaker has overseen the development and execution of more than 200 projects focused on solving the social, environmental and economic challenges that are faced in Asia. He is regularly invited to speak about his work in social innovation & entrepreneurship, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and leadership.

Brubaker holds a Masters in International Management from the
Thunderbird School of Global Management. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

You can follow him on Twitter at @richbrubaker

On Stage: Wei Zhou

XNode, Founder & CEO

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Wei Zhou is Founder and CEO of XNode. XNode is founded to become the center of innovation in China. Our vision is to source, filter, identify, mentor, and accelerate high-caliber startup ventures who have the passion and ability to create scalable businesses that will disrupt the traditional sectors. We plan to do this by providing each team with not only first class space, but relevant mentorship, financial investment support and business support.

Before that, from 2007-2014, Wei was founder of Belgravia Serviced Residence/Hotels, a chain service apartment/hotel company specializing in high end rental apartments for expats in Yangtze delta. Wei successfully exit in 2014 to a Japanese listed RE company.

From 2005-2007, Wei was managing director of vision capital, an European Private Equity fund. Wei was also founding venture partner of Jade Invest, a leading FOF fund in China.

From 2000-2005, Wei was consultant/project manager with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, based in shanghai office.

Wei has been sitting on board of EO (Entrepreneur Organization) Shanghai Chapter from 2011-2015 and has extensive connections with China’s Entrepreneur community.

Wei got his BA from Beijing Foreign Affairs College in 1996 and MSc in Economics/Information System Management from London School of Economics from 1997-1999.


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