Evolving for the Next Billion by GGV Capital

Evolving for the Next Billion by GGV Capital

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Evolving for the Next Billion (new Season 2) is an English-language podcast about tech and entrepreneurship in the fastest-growing markets in the world, hosted by GGV Capital. In Season 1, called 996, we focused on the movers and shakers of China’s tech industry, as well as tech leaders with US-China cross-border perspectives. In the new Season 2, Evolving the Next Billion, we interview local champions and global giants who are reshaping the lives of the next billion internet users. From Beijing to Bangalore, San Paulo to Singapore, you will hear stories about ambition, ingenuity, and resilience. The show is co-hosted by Hans Tung and Rita Yang of GGV Capital.


Live in Bangalore: Fireside Chat with VG from Udaan, Manu from Xiaomi and Hans from GGV
Oct 9 • 57 min
This show is previously known as 996 with a specific focus on tech in China. You can access all the previous 996 episodes in this same feed. This episode is a recording of the fireside chat we hosted in Bangalore on September 19th. In the chat, we…
Manu of Xiaomi: The Making of India’s Favorite Smartphone Brand
Oct 9 • 50 min
This show is previously known as 996 with a specific focus on tech in China. You can access all the previous 996 episodes in this same feed. On this episode, we have Manu Kumar Jain, the global vice president at Xiaomi and the managing director of…
Kunal and Rohit of Snapdeal: From Surviving to Thriving in India’s eCommerce Battleground
Sep 18 • 58 min
Today on the show, we have Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal, co-founders of Snapdeal. Snapdeal is India’s leading online marketplace. The company started out as a flash deal website in 2010, soon evolved into a leader of India’s e-Commerce…
Vaibhav Gupta of Udaan: on Building India’s fastest Unicorn in B2B
Sep 18 • 51 min
For the first episode of the Evolving for the Next Billion podcast, we have Vaibhav Gupta, co-founder of Udaan, India’s top B2B eCommerce. The company connects manufacturers, wholesalers with retailers online, often referred to as India’s fastest…
AMA: Hans and Zara on the Origin of this Podcast and Other Questions from Listeners
Sep 3 • 59 min
GGV Fellows is accepting applicants for its 2020 cohort. The program, which is a week-long intensive learning experience in Beijing, provides a fast track for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to become part of China’s startup ecosystem. On top of…
Josh Luber of StockX: on Buying Sneakers the Same Way We Buy Stocks
Aug 6 • 49 min
Today on the show we have Josh Luber, the co-founder of StockX. StockX is the world’s first online stock market for high-demand consumer goods, namely sneakers, handbags, streetwear, and watches. On the platform, buyers place bids, sellers place…
Renee Wang of CastBox: on Building America’s Top-Rated Podcast Listening App
Jul 23 • 55 min
In this episode, GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Rita Yang interviewed Renee Wang (王小雨), the founder and CEO of CastBox, a global podcast platform often referred to as the “Netflix for podcasting”. It uses natural language…
Brian Gu of XPENG Motors: Why China’s EV Market Excites Me
Jun 18 • 66 min
On this episode, we interviewed Brian Gu (顾宏地), the vice chairman and president of XPENG Motors, also known as Xiaopeng Motors, a Chinese electric vehicle company and a GGV portfolio company. The company designs and manufactures what it calls…
AMA: Hans Tung on Breaking into VC and Other Questions from Listeners
Jun 4 • 54 min
On a special “AMA” (Ask Me Anything) episode, GGV Managing Partner Hans Tung answers questions posed by our listeners on a wide range of topics. How did Hans break into the VC world? What made he move to China and then come back to Silicon Valley…
Hao Wu on Making People’s Republic of Desire
May 21 • 43 min
We interviewed Hao Wu, a Chinese American film director, producer and writer to discuss his recent work “People’s Republic of Desire”, a documentary about the live streaming industry in China. Originally trained as a molecular biologist, Hao worked…
Tao Peng, President of Airbnb China, on Redefining Travel
May 7 • 42 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Tao Peng (彭韬), the president of Airbnb China. Prior to joining Airbnb in Sept 2018, Tao has founded a number of companies in the travel space including Breadtrip, a social app for recording and…
Jane Sun, CEO of Ctrip, on Running Asia’s Largest OTA
Apr 23 • 55 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Jane Sun (孙洁), the CEO of Ctrip, the largest online travel platform in China which is listed on the NASDAQ. It’s current market cap (at time of recording) is around $23 billion. Jane has been at…
GGV Fellows
Apr 9 • 51 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview two “GGV Fellows,” David Sun (a data scientist on Apple’s Siri team) and Bo Ning Han (a recent Harvard grad working on a startup in Beijing), on their life stories and their takeaways from the…
Chinese Overseas Returnees (Hai Guis): Opportunities and Challenges
Mar 26 • 38 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by Chinese overseas returnees (“sea turtles”, or 海归) who are interested in working in China’s tech industry. These are people who were born and raised in…
Wang Yu of Tantan on Scaling China’s Top Dating App
Mar 12 • 68 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Wang Yu (王宇), the co-founder and CEO of Tantan (探探), China’s leading dating app. Tantan is social app that help young people in China connect with one another. It has a slide-left…
Simon Zhang of GrowingIO: Learning to Grow, Chinese Style
Feb 26 • 62 min
Join GGV 996’s anniversary party in San Francisco on Friday, March 8! The event will take the form of a Trivia Night on Chinese tech. Come test your knowledge of China’s tech industry, compete to win prizes, and enjoy a great night with friends….
Doris Ke on Marketing Across the US and China
Feb 12 • 53 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Doris Ke, a marketer and writer who has had an interesting career across the US and China. Doris grew up in China and went to the US for college, where she attended Bard College in New York. She…
Orion Zhao of Moka on Being a Sea Turtle Entrepreneur and SaaS in China
Jan 29 • 33 min
This is a cross-over episode between 996 and Founder RealTalk, which is a biweekly podcast hosted by GGV managing partner Glenn Solomon. Glenn and Zara interview Orion Zhao (赵欧伦), the co-founder and CEO…
Chuhai: Why Chinese Entrepreneurs are Targeting Emerging Markets Across the World
Jan 15 • 34 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang discuss the trend known as “Chuhai” (出海), or Chinese founders targeting emerging markets outside of China, such as Southeast Asia, India, Latin America, and more. As the mobile Internet market in China…
George Yan: From Microsoft China to Clobotics
Dec 18, 2018 • 43 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview George Yan (严治庆), the founder and CEO of Clobotics, (扩博智能). Founded in 2016, Clobotics is a computer vision startup that seeks to make traditional industries more intelligent. It is…
Yan Li and Token Hu of NIU on the Journey to IPO
Dec 4, 2018 • 51 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Yan Li and Token Hu, the cofounders of NIU, or 牛电科技 (a.k.a 小牛电动车) in Chinese. NIU designs and manufactures smart and high-performance electric scooters. It is currently the…
Tony Fadell on Finding the New New Thing
Nov 20, 2018 • 71 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung, Jenny Lee, and Zara Zhang interview Tony Fadell, the inventor of the iPod, co-inventor of the iPhone, founder and former CEO of Nest, the company that pioneered the “Internet of Things,” and currently the Principal at…
Ashley Peng of Xiaobu: When Chinese Millennials Become Parents
Nov 6, 2018 • 52 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Ashley Peng (彭琳琳), the founder and CEO of Xiaobu (小步), a mobile platform for young parents in China with kids aged 0-6 years old. By providing high-quality content and tools, Xiaobu helps…
David Li of YY: Pioneering Live Streaming in China
Oct 23, 2018 • 59 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview David Li (李学凌), the founder and CEO of YY, one of the first live streaming platforms in China. YY went public on the NASDAQ in 2012 and is now a multi-billion dollar company. YY also owns Huya,…
Why We Invested in Yellow
Oct 9, 2018 • 28 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang discuss the firm’s recent investment in Yellow, a leading micro-mobility startup based in Brazil, which recently raised $63 million in Series A led by GGV Capital. Yellow launched Brazil’s first dockless…
Toby Sun of Lime on Scooters and the Future of Transportation
Sep 25, 2018 • 53 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Toby Sun, the co-founder of Lime, a GGV portfolio company that’s disrupting last-mile transportation in the US. A few months ago, we had Brad Bao, the other co-founder, on the show, back when the…
Jixun Foo of GGV Capital: Behind the Scenes of China’s Venture Deals
Sep 13, 2018 • 64 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Jixun Foo (符绩勋), who is a Managing Partner at GGV Capital based in China. Jixun joined GGV in 2006 and has more than 20 years of experience in venture capital investing. He focuses on…
Grant Horsfield of naked Hub: Creating a Lifestyle Brand in China
Aug 29, 2018 • 61 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Grant Horsfield (高天成), a South African serial entrepreneur who came to China in 2005 and founded naked Group, which includes the coworking space naked Hub (裸心社) and the luxury resort brand…
Zilin Chen of BingoBox on the Future of New Retail in China
Aug 14, 2018 • 65 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interviewed Zilin Chen, founder and CEO of BingoBox, China’s first scalable 24-hour cashier-free convenience store and a GGV portfolio company. BingoBox features a smart counter for a staffless check-out…
Unpacking Xiaomi’s IPO
Jul 31, 2018 • 30 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang have a conversation about Xiaomi’s IPO, which took place in Hong Kong on July 9. Hans is one of the early investors in Xiaomi and a former company board member of the company. Hans recounts the original pitch…
Justin Kan of Twitch and Atrium: From Builder to Entrepreneur
Jul 17, 2018 • 52 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview serial entrepreneur Justin Kan. In 2007, he co-founded Justin.TV, a website that allowed anyone to broadcast video online. In 2011, Justin.tv spinned off its gaming division as Twitch, which went on…
Eric Yuan of Zoom: From Immigrant to Top CEO
Jul 10, 2018 • 42 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Eric Yuan, founder and CEO of Zoom, the leading video conferencing solution for enterprise. Zoom is used by a third of Fortune 500 companies and 90% of the top 200 universities in the US. Eric was…
Jenny Lee of GGV Capital on Being a VC in China
Jun 8, 2018 • 65 min
Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Jenny Lee, a managing partner at GGV Capital based in Shanghai. Jenny joined GGV in 2005 and was instrumental in setting up GGV’s presence in China. Forbes recently ranked Jenny as the world’s 16th most powerful…
Yasheng Huang of MIT on the Future of U.S.-China Trade Relations
May 23, 2018 • 69 min
In the first joint live session of GGV Capital’s 996 Podcast and the Sinica Podcast, we interviewed Yasheng Huang, a renowned economist and professor of global economics and management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. GGV Capital’s Hans Tung…
Yinglian Xie and Fang Yu of DataVisor on Fighting Frauds with Machine Learning
May 9, 2018 • 62 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Yinglian Xie and Fang Yu, the co-founders of DataVisor, a fast-growing startup in Silicon Valley that provides big data security analytics for consumer-facing websites and apps. Its customers include…
Bertrand Schmitt on Starting App Annie in China
Apr 25, 2018 • 60 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Bertrand Schmitt, the CEO and co-founder of App Annie, the leading global provider of app market data. Bertrand started App Annie in Beijing in 2011 and has since then grown it into a truly global…
Nathan Blecharczyk on Lessons From Airbnb’s China Expansion
Apr 11, 2018 • 56 min
On the first live show of the 996 Podcast, GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interviewed Nathan Blecharczyk, the co-founder and chief strategy officer of Airbnb, and the chairman of Airbnb China. In front of 150 audience members gathered at…
Brad Bao of LimeBike on Tackling America’s Last-Mile Problem
Mar 28, 2018 • 69 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Brad Bao, the co-founder and chairman of LimeBike, a fast-growing dockless bike-sharing company in the U.S. based in San Mateo, California. Founded in January 2017, LimeBike is currently in more than…
Miranda Qu of Xiaohongshu on Powering Ecommerce With Community
Mar 14, 2018 • 50 min
Miranda Qu is the co-founder of Xiaohongshu (“Little Red Book” in Chinese), the world’s largest lifestyle platform that integrates community and content with ecommerce. Over 75 million users spend a total of over 100 million yuan per month on…
Yi Wang of Liulishuo on Teaching English with AI
Feb 28, 2018 • 73 min
Yi Wang is the founder and CEO of Liulishuo (a.k.a. LingoChamp), China’s leading mobile learning platform for spoken English, with over 70 million users. It uses speech recognition technology to enhance the learning experience and provide learners…
Lin Bin on How Xiaomi Engineered Its “Surprise Comeback”
Feb 14, 2018 • 61 min
Lin Bin, the co-founder, president, and head of mobile for Xiaomi, reveals the secret sauce of one of the most valuable private companies in the world, which is reportedly going public later this year. Xiaomi had an unprecedented “comeback year”…
Tao Zhang of Dianping on Merging with Meituan and the ‘Groupon War’
Jan 31, 2018 • 69 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Tao Zhang, the founder of Dianping, a lifestyle services company that is often known as “the Yelp of China” but is much more than that. In 2015, Dianping merged with the group buying giant…
Liu Zhen on Bytedance’s Global Vision and Why Toutiao Is Unique
Jan 16, 2018 • 59 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Liu Zhen, the senior vice president of Bytedance (Toutiao), one of the fastest-growing Chinese tech startups that has made a lot of headlines. You may know Bytedance through its flagship product,…
Kai-Fu Lee’s Journey From Google China to Sinovation Ventures
Jan 16, 2018 • 43 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Kai-Fu Lee, the founder and CEO of Sinovation Ventures (an early-stage VC fund in China) and a renowned computer scientist known for his work in artificial intelligence. He was the founding president…
Andrew Ng on China’s Ambitions in Artificial Intelligence
Jan 16, 2018 • 54 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Andrew Ng, one of the world’s leading experts on artificial intelligence and deep learning, who was the chief scientist at Baidu from 2014 to 2017. Andrew is also the co-founder of Coursera and the…
Jerry Yang of Yahoo: Why I Believed in Alibaba
Jan 16, 2018 • 82 min
GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Jerry Yang, the founder and former CEO of Yahoo, who orchestrated arguably the best deal in tech history: In 2005, he arranged for Yahoo to invest $1 billion for a 40 percent stake in fledgling…