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Erik is a long term resident of Shanghai, where he pursues his passion for the Industrial Internet (Internet 4.0, IIoT) as a Partner at IoT ONE. Erik helps companies develop and implement their Industrial Internet strategies by providing insight into markets, customer requirements, competitors, and vendors.
He works with Industrial Internet solution providers that plan to enter Asia's growing markets, as well as companies that want to identify the best solutions to address their needs. IoT ONE is also cataloguing the global Industrial Internet landscape to help leaders make confident strategic decisions, including use cases, case studies, and vendors.
If you want to track the risks and opportunities that the Industrial Internet poses to your company, or are just visiting Shanghai and want to meet the entrepreneur community, please reach out. I'll do my best to make your visit a success.
Guang Qin Sun (Mia) graduated from University of Macau and Erasmus University Rotterdam with a Master degree in Finance. Mia used to work in a boutique corporate finance firm in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, serving Chinese overseas investments. Currently Mia is working in the investment banking industry in Shanghai, and is focusing on the Chinese outbound mergers & acquisitions for Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies. In Mia's day to day work, she has been connected with various PEs, VCs, as well as successful Chinese entrepreneurs.
Florian's personal brand is built around entrepreneurship, pluriculturalism & environmental protection. These keywords led him to China's startup ecosystem for the first time in 2010, and most recently to Mobike, where he oversees Global Partnerships and Government Affairs.
As the first foreigner in Mobike (employee #37), he internationalized the company by personally launching the service in Singapore, creating partnerships with international brands and opening up markets outside of China, recruiting brilliant talents to fuel Mobike's growth & laying out the entire foundation for international growth.
Florian strives in the international start-up ecosystem; In addition to Mobike, he is Co-Director of Shanghai's Startup Grind Chapter & Mentor at Asia's No1 accelerator program Chinaccelerator. Prior to Mobike, he founded and exited WeSmart, an energy management SaaS platform, servicing MNCs in greater China (Coca-Cola, BP Castrol, Michelin, Carrefour, Sephora, etc.), raising 7 million RMB in the company's first round of funding.
He graduated with a Post-Master in International Energy Management from Beijing's Tsinghua University & Ecole des Mines de Paris, as well as a Master of Thermodynamics, and a Master of Eco-design & Sustainable Transports from ESTACA. He is fluent in Chinese thanks to ANKI; he's also an INSEAD EMBA candidate.
I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual in 2013. In these series of 5 posts, I thought I’d share what I learned in China. Since these posts, the Chinese entrepreneurship community has continued to flourish and mature, with leading companies like Alibaba going for their IPO and making new Chinese millionaires, many of whom will become new angel investors.