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Chinese startups get taste of Silicon Valley with TechCrunch

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San Francisco-based TechCrunch brought a taste of Silicon Valley to Beijing this week, with more than 50 startups showcasing their innovations to tech fans and investors at a two-day event in the Chinese capital.

Beijing (CNN) -- San Francisco-based TechCrunch brought a taste of Silicon Valley to Beijing this week, with more than 50 startups showcasing their innovations to tech fans and investors at a two-day event in the Chinese capital.

The conference attracted some of the most forward-thinking and dynamic Chinese technology wannabees, including ANTVR, a wearable gaming device company.

The startup attracted a long line of visitors eager try out its very first product, ANTVR kit.

Consisting of a headset and a controller, ANTVR claims the kit can provide a "fully immersive experience" by projecting a high-definition image onto users' retinas without distortion and provide an experience similar to an IMAX movie.

During the demo, the player is thrown into a pitch-dark room and told to find the source of a sound, which leads to a pale ghost with blood trickling down her face.

Qin Zheng, founder of ANTVR said the kit is compatible with all major gaming consoles and will hit both Chinese and overseas markets by the end of the year.

The 27-year-old said ANTVR went through the same difficulties as many startups in China — it was hard to find proper platforms to release products and raise funds.

Qin founded the company half a year ago, and to get started raised initial funding of $231,095 on U.S. crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

"Fund-raising is hard (here). I think this is why everybody rushes to crowdfunding sites," Qin said.

Lu Gang, head of Technote, TechCrunch's partner in China said that Chinese startups face a unique set of challenges.

"I think Chinese startups (face) much tougher competition, like copies," said Lu. "We've found so many copycats."

By bringing TechCrunch to China, Lu hopes to bring the originality and creativity that Silicon Valley is known for and inspire Chinese companies to invent something that "really makes a difference."

"I think the TechCrunch brand obviously stands for original work for entrepreneurs, and for creating something out of nothing, which is ideal. I think this is what everybody's striving for," says Lu.

"We want to encourage people here to be truly innovative instead of copying."


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How to raise money for your startup from VCs and investors in Asia

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Thomas Clayton has started and run numerous high-tech startups in Silicon Valley. He is currently CEO of Bubbly, a social media startup backed by Sequoia Capital, SingTel Innov8, and JAFCO. The company is one of the largest VC–backed startups in Southeast Asia, having raised over $60M in funding.

We’ve asked him to give us some insight into starting, building, and funding a company across Asia. This is the final part of a four-part series.

The final piece of my four-part guide to expanding a business into Asia is tailored more towards local startups and a big issue that affects many of them: raising funding from investors.

The process of raising money in Asia is very different from raising money in Silicon Valley and, frankly, it’s not nearly as easy. Asia has far fewer VC firms and institutional investors, each of which invests a far smaller amount of capital. Moreover, the fundraising process is not standardized like it is in the Valley, and that is not going to change anytime soon.

Many Asian entrepreneurs tell me that they want to raise funds from Silicon Valley firms because they perceive the valuations to be higher. But the problem with this is that most VCs in the Valley, especially early stage ones, only like to invest in companies that are within driving distance from their offices. They are highly unlikely to invest in companies based outside of the Valley — much less in another country 8,000 miles away!

I try to emphasize to them that they’re simply wasting their time in trying to court the Valley VCs from all the way over here. The only Valley VCs that’ll invest in Asia startups typically are those that have a presence here in the region (e.g. Sequoia, Accel, NEA, etc.). However, this primarily applies to businesses within China and India, where these big firms reside, as they rarely invest in startups outside of those two countries.

If your business is based in Asia, despite a potentially tougher hill to climb, you’re still much more likely to be successful raising funds locally.

In order to help those looking down this path, I’ve mapped out what startups should expect in the process and how to come out on top.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, September 15, 2013 12:04 PM

Fabulous article, great comparison of the Asian VC situation compared to how things work in Silicon Valley.

If you're looking for VC in Asia, read this series of articles. Higly recommended.

How to court VC funding companies? Check out VC Guide: https://growthink.infusionsoft.com/go/vcguide/gt4045/