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As Nanjing emerges as a hotspot for innovation, we talk to two serial entrepreneurs on how to make it happen on an international dimension. Marian (Marik) Danko and Jiang Wei will all let us know how they have guided their companies to cross the China - West divide to build international startups. We will also be proud to announce and introduce the first ever Techstars Startup Weekend in Nanjing, held from December 14th to 16th at Zijin Valley.
Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO
Let's Make Great
Jiang Wei, is the founder of Alpha Psychology, an AI based application to relieve stress, anxiety and provide depression management services for urbanites. Bachelor of Beijing University and Master at Tsinghua University in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Linguistics, he has served as Baidu Engineer, Project Director at SK Telecom, and is a a serial entrepreneur. Previously, he has worked with Huawei, Mei, China Mobile, Heilian Home, Nanjing Industry Newspaper and Hang Seng Electronics amongst others.
Founder and CEO of China Classifieds, which is a community of international professionals who are passionate about innovation, and built around startups, scaleups, and corporates. Originally from Ukraine, Marian moved to China in 2011, where his entrepreneurial journey began. He completed the SLP along with other emerging startups. Marian kept growing his passion for startup scene and entrepreneur lifestyle, meanwhile he joined the Startup Grind team and became an ambassador at AngelHack in Shanghai.
Brian leads corporate innovation teams in China. Over the past 6 years, since founding Let’s Make Great!, he has worked with dozens of early-stage teams to systematically develop new products, services and brands.
In addition to regular speeches at conferences like TEDx and PechaKucha, Brian has written over 400 articles on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Furthermore, in 2017 he led the creation of PROTO, a successfully crowd-funded storytelling game to inspire innovators.
Whether through one-day workshops or a 6-month incubation program, the goal is the same: to help inexperienced corporate teams work through the creative chaos and come out
the other side with a fresh solution. From user research to rapid-prototyping and business-modeling, Brian leads a multi-disciplinary team at Let’s Make Great!, which guides clients through a step-by-step strategic exploration process.
Born in New York and proudly raised in New Jersey, Brian came to Shanghai in 2007 to drive the dynamic changes that were starting to take hold. An avid cyclist, he is currently preparing for his next big adventure across Europe.