Richard Robinson (500 Startups, Chinaaccelerator & Serial Tech Entrepreneur)

May 24, 2017, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Let's face it. The default setting for a startup is failure and even if it goes well, oftentimes the biggest battle for an entrepreneur is not competition or market forces or even managing staff or investors. The biggest battle can be the one raging inside the entrepreneur's head. Fear. Uncertainty. Doubt.

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About this event

These days the cult of the entrepreneur has reached a feverish level. People are leaping into the fray because entrepreneurship is just So. Damn. Sexy. "Ah yes, it's the entrepreneur's life for me and nothing less! Passion! Purpose! Look, Ma - I'm changing the world! I don't have a boss! Now watch me wear flip flops and a hoodie while confusing a middle-aged banker in a meeting who decides to invest anyway! Every day for the commute to my unspeakably hip office space, I fly bareback on a unicorn while it farts rainbows of glitter!"


Let's face it. The default setting for a startup is failure and even if it goes well, oftentimes the biggest battle for an entrepreneur is not competition or market forces or even managing staff or investors. The biggest battle can be the one raging inside the entrepreneur's head. A startup necessarily is doing something that hasn't been done before and oftentimes by a person who hasn't ever done anything like it before. After the ideation phase, after the excitement of recruiting the team, after the rush of convincing investors to write that check and after the initial spike in traffic FUD can start to settle in. Fear. Uncertainty. Doubt.


Fear that user growth will stall. Uncertainty that you'll be able to make payroll if that next round doesn't close. Doubt that you're good enough or smart enough or lucky or whatever enough. Or....the company has gone well, but it's been years already. Hasn't quite gone well enough. Your energy is waning. The demons start to swirl around your head at night after you've woken up to go to the bathroom and you can't get back to sleep. Then you finally get to sleep, but you don't bounce out of bed on some mornings like you used to. You were told that starting a startup was going to be a marathon, not a sprint. But *damn* after finishing the marathon then there was an ultramarathon. Then an Ironman. Now another marathon thrown in for good measure. The inner voice used to cheer but now it's a total &(#$&@(#$&!@*. I mean if that inner voice worked on the team and attended meetings and said out loud the things it thinks it would have been fired.

害怕用户增长会停滞。不确定如果下一轮投资不到位自己是否可以按时支付员工薪酬。怀疑自己是不是足够好、足够聪明、足够聪明、足够...... 或者是:公司发展得很好,但是已经这么多年了,还不够好。你的能量在消逝,晚上怪兽们在你的脑袋里打转,你起夜去卫生间却再也睡不着。等你终于再次入睡,你却没有像往常那个时间起床。有人说创业是一场马拉松,不是短跑比赛。但是可恶的是跑完马拉松还有超长距离马拉松,然后是铁人三项。现在又一场马拉松来了,以前你内心的声音是欢呼雀跃的,现在却是&(#$&@(#$&!@*。如果你内心的声音也是你团队的一员,并且在会上大声说出他所想的,那他应该会被解雇吧。

Richard Robinson is a serial entrepreneur who doesn't think that these issues are addressed enough. He'll address issues he's faced as an entrepreneur and the FUD that he's seen fellow entrepreneurs face. Richard will address ways to address and minimize the FUD along the way of the entrepreneurial journey.

连续创业家Richard Robinson认为以上这些问题没有得到足够的重视。在本次活动上,Richard会与我们分享那些他作为创业者所面对的问题以及其他的创业者要面对的FUD。同时,Richard也会分享如何解决这些问题,最小化在创业旅程中的FUD。

Richard Robinson is a serial tech entrepreneur and executive, working in China since 1996. He has served as a senior executive at three companies from pre-IPO through to their public listings then went on to found five companies of which three have exited to publicly listed firms.

Richard Robinson从1996年开始在中国工作,他是一位科技行业连续创业家。Richard曾在三家公司担任高管职位,帮助他们完成从IPO前到上市的成功过渡。此后,Richard创办了五家公司,其中有三家已经成为上市公司。

Richard is an Adjunct Professor at Peking University's Guanghua MBA program teaching Entrepreneurship in China. Active as a startup advisor, mentor, and angel, Richard is a mentor at 500 Startups, Chinaccelerator and HAX. He frequently speaks at tech conferences globally, including serving as master of ceremonies at TechCrunch Beijing, Web Summit Lisbon and Dublin, GMIC Beijing and Silicon Valley, and Startup Asia Singapore and Jakarta.

Richard是北京大学光华MBA项目的兼职教授,教授相关的企业家能力课程。Richard还在500 Startups、Chinaaccelerator和HAX担任导师,积极为创业企业提供指导、建议和投资支持。他经常在全球范围内的科技会议论坛上发表演讲,包括TechCrunch北京、里斯本和都柏林的网络峰会、北京的全球移动互联网大会以及硅谷等等。

Richard earned an MBA from RSM at Erasmus University in The Netherlands, studied at Cambridge University in the U.K., and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.


Event Info | 活动信息

English for the fireside chat(Chinese translation will be provided during the whole session), Chinese & English for networking


Time: May 24 (Wednesday), 2017, 7:00PM-9:00PM


Location: MyDreamPlus Co-working Space, Chaowai Men Center Tower B, 3rd Floor, No. 26 Chaoyangmenwai Street - Nearest Metro Station: Line 2/6: Chaoyangmen Exit A

地点:梦想加朝外MEN空间,朝阳门外大街26号朝外MEN写字中心B座3层 - 附近地铁站:2/6号线朝阳门站A口出

Agenda | 活动安排

7:00pm 签到 & 茶歇 Sign-in, Welcome Drink & Food

7:30pm 炉边谈话 Fireside Chat with Richard Robinson

8:30pm 自由讨论 & 社交环节 Drinks, Food & Networking

CHEERS are kindly offering a free flow of wines during the event to help get those creative minds flowing.

CHEERS非常贴心地为我们在活动现场准备了免费无限量供应的饮品,让我们一起畅饮、畅想、畅谈吧 :)

Admission | 费用

普通票:50元(截止至5月23日) | Regular: 50RMB (Available until May 23rd)

现场票(活动当日购买):80元 | At-the-door: 80RMB

*If you are having trouble RSVPing at this page, please email: or contact him on WeChat (jeltew).


We offer free tickets(only 3) to founders of startups and free entrance for media, please apply for that via email or WeChat(jeltew).


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  • Richard Robinson

    Mentor at 500 Startups, ChinAccelerator and HAX

  • John Artman



10:00 AM签到 & 茶歇 Sign-in, Welcome Drink & Food
10:30 AM炉边谈话 Fireside Chat with Richard Robinson
11:30 AM自由讨论 & 社交环节 Drinks, Food & Networking


  • Rebecca Xie

    Startup Grind Beijing


  • Yami Sun






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