Todd spent 8 years in China, the last 4.5 years of it running Chinaccelerator Asia’s top early-stage tech accelerator, for the fund SOSV. He also co-founded and hosted Asia’s top English podcast on the startups scene in China, The China Startup Pulse. He then spent 8 months in San Francisco running a co-working space and building out a post-accelerator growth program for funded startups entering the USA market. For family reasons, he’s returned to his home country and province, BC, and is taking some time to explore the local ecosystem before deciding on his next adventure. We'll be discussing all things startup-related in China and you'll get an insight about the Chinese business infrastructure and the opportunities you can find there. But not only that. Todd can speak about many aspects of the business creation path as he has numerous experience with mentoring startup teams, speaking at conferences plus giving lectures and seminars, as well as judging startup competitions.
Todd is great, outspoken achiever who is seeking new entrepreneurial adventures in BC, is passionate about working with high-energy, dynamic teams, and wants to use is excellent experience to mentor startup founders. Don't miss our conversation and ask anything you ever wanted to know about the best way to conquer the biggest Asian market!
Todd is a serial entrepreneur who had been living in China for 8 years before moving to San Francisco last summer to run the oldest co-working space in SF, PARISOMA. He has now returned to Canada to help build up Canada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Todd was the cofounder and co-host of China’s most popular English podcast on the local startup ecosystem the China Startup Pulse that was acquired earlier this year. He has also vetted more than 2000 applications for SOSV’s Chinaccelerator where he was Program Director for 4.5 years, working with more than 75 graduating companies and 300 founders. Todd has been a speaker at StartupFest in Montreal; East Meets West in Honolulu; Global Accelerator Network partner conference in San Diego; BREAK in Bali, Indonesia; START Summit in St. Gallen, Switzerland; LIFT conference in Geneva; DreamPlus in Seoul, Korea; Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing; TEDxSuzhou @ SuzhouU; and GSMA Innovation Labs in Shanghai. He has also hosted talks on entrepreneurship & innovation in China for APAC Global heads from Google, Johnson & Johnson, Coca Cola and others. Todd’s main areas of expertise lie in Lean Startup Methodology, Relationship Building, Mentoring, Community Building, Pitching/Storytelling, Asia (China specifically), Whole Brain Thinking, Marketing, Product Development, UX, Customer Development and Fundraising.