Only a few weeks ago, there seemed to be absolutely no interest for tech startups in Shenzhen, China (or at least, among the English speaking community). As a startup guy, I was pretty upset by the seemingly nonexistent community. Of course, there was Hong Kong nearby with a vibrant community but I wanted something in Shenzhen. I decided I’d prove myself wrong by creating a ”Startups and technology SZ” group on a popular expat social network called ShenzhenStuff.com.
It turned I was wrong about the lack of interest! The group grew to 32 members within only a few days. Within the same time frame, Michael Michelini, an American expat, and his associates were officially launching a coworking space aimed at web workers and freelancers. Talk about timing! Michael from SZTeam offered to host and run a first “Startup Tuesday” meeting which turned out to be a huge success.
Michael wrote a nice outline of the event and published his slides. The ~50 (I suck at guesstimates) attendees came from all kinds of backgrounds (technical, business, finance, curious people, etc.) and the crowd was about half foreigners, half Chinese.