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Author: Isabel Sum

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Charming China is a podcast created by Isabel Sum, a German entrepreneur who moved to China to build up her company and explore Chinas vast culture and possibilities. This podcast will feature interesting guests, foreigners as well as Chinese, who share their experiences of working and living in China. It is meant to help debunk some of the myths around China and give useful tips about how to start a business and how to succeed in this quickly changing environment. It is a business podcast with cultural context and aims to build a cultural bridge between China and the West.
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In der heutigen Ausgabe spreche ich mit Björn Ognibeni. Er ist erfahrener Berater in den Themen digitale Transformation und den daraus resultierenden Chancen für Unternehmensführung, Produktentwicklung, sowie Marketing & Vertrieb. Als practical visionary fiel ihm in den letzten Jahren auf, dass wir öfter den Blick nach China richten sollten wenn wir wissen wollen wie digitale Innovationen die Unternehmen von morgen verändern können. Wir sprechen also in dieser Episode über Themen wie Gesichtserkennung, Elektromobilität und das chinesische Mindset.  ChinaBriefs.io - https://www.chinabriefs.io/Björn Ognibeni auf LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ognibeni/ _____________________________________________________Ich freue mich über euer Feedback: isabel.sum@hotmail.deLinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/WeChat: ifs1803
Jack Ma gilt als das Sinnbild des modernen chinesischen Unternehmertums. Mit seiner 1999 gegründeten Firma Alibaba brach er viele Rekorde und ging in die Geschichte des chinesischen und globalen Online Handels ein. Doch wer ist dieser Mann, wie wuchs er auf und was können wir von ihm lernen? Schickt mir Feedback:Email: Isabel.sum@hotmail.deLinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/WeChat: ifs1803
Today´s guest is Joe, an American entrepreneur who is a craft beer pioneer in the city and founder of Bionic Brew. They also established the Shenzhen Craft Beer festival, which is an annual gathering where craft beer breweries and fans from all over China come together to celebrate the art of brewing and try new beers. We talk about how he started his first business when he was only 9 years old, craft beer trends in China and his previous software company Pombai, which was backed by VCs in Ireland. Bionic Brew Website: http://bionicbrew.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bionicbrew/ WeChat: BionicBrewChina Email: joe@bionicbrew.com _______________________________________________ Send me feedback Isabel.sum@hotmail.de https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/ WeChat: ifs1803
Today´s guest is Yumi, a Chinese gastronomy enthusiast who tells her story on how she opened various F&B venues in Shenzhen over the past couple of years. We discuss what Chinese customers value at western restaurants, the best times to visit the Harbin Ice festival and her funny story about screwdrivers. visit her restaurants/bars here:The BREW: https://www.thatsmags.com/shenzhen/directory/20137/the-brew-2TEQO: https://www.thatsmags.com/shenzhen/directory/1794789/teqoBarink: Bar Ink / 八印 Address: A1-101 Building, OCT Loft North area, XiangShan East Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen地址:深圳市南山区香山东街华侨城创意文化园北园A1栋首层101号___________________________________________________________Send me feedback: Isabel.sum@hotmail.deMy WeChat: ifs1803 Find me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/
Today´s guest is Daniella Santana, a Brazilian businesswoman who has been living in China for more than twelve years. She tells us about her experiences in starting her own sourcing and logistics company and how she´s helping others with her offline and online courses to export from China.She also shares her tips on how to leverage LinkedIN to get more leads and business opportunities and to build a strong personal brand and her story on how she managed to convince a grumpy factory owner to produce a new batch of defective products. If you like the show please don´t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Itunes so more people can find it and learn from it.Thank you so much for listening and I hope you enjoy this episode.  Connect with Daniella on LinkedIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellasantana/Check out her website: https://www.daniellasantana.com/ ______________________________________________________________________ Send me feedback: Isabel.sum@hotmail.deMy WeChat: ifs1803 Find me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/ 
Today´s guest is Ashlee, a meditation and NLP coach who helps the busy Shenzhen tech crowd to stay balanced. We discuss how important meditation is to turn off our always busy thoughts and how mindfulness can help us lead happier and more fulfilled lives. Add her on WeChat: ashlee3511_____________________________________Add me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/Send me feedback: isabel.sum@hotmail.deAdd my WeChat: ifs1803Support the show
Todaýs guest is Caroline, a Swedish entrepreneur who makes people aware of the bad air they might be breathing. Her and her fiancés company makes air monitors and installs them in various places in India and all over the world. We discuss how bad the air that we´re breathing actually is and she gives us some intersting tips on how to be safer and what we should know about air pollutionCaroline on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolinehasl/Her blog: http://www.carolinehasl.com/Her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carolinehasl______________________________Connect with me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/Send me feedback: isabel.sum@hotmail.deAdd my WeChat: ifs1803
Unser heutiger Gast ist Wolfgang Hirn, Journalist beim Manager Magazin und Autor des Bestsellers Herausforderung China (2005). Er berichtet seit vielen Jahren über China und seine Bücher bieten einen intensiven Einblick in die Geschehnisse vor Ort und was wir über das Reich der Mitte wissen sollten. Wir haben uns in Shenzhen getroffen um die aktuellen Ereignisse in Bezug auf China zu diskutieren. Weitere Bücher von Herr Hirn sind: Angriff aus Asien (2008)Der nächste kalte Krieg: China gegen den Westen (2013)Chinas Bosse (2018) _________________________________Vernetzen Sie sich mit mir auf LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/Senden Sie mir Feedback: isabel.sum@hotmail.de
Today´s guest is Mr. Ryan, who brought stand-up comedy culture to Shenzhen. We discuss the comedy scene in the city and compare it to other areas inside and outside of China. He explains how they´re developing talent in China´s Silicon Valley and the best strategies on how to win against hecklers in the crowd. WeChat: easternliberty86Instagram: takeoutcomedyszn ____________________________________ Add me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/ Send me feedback: isabel.sum@hotmail.de WeChat: ifs1803
Today´s guest is Mohamed, a designer from Egypt who started a design platform where designers, project owners and suppliers can find each other. He talks about the design industry in China and how their platform can help to connect the right people with the right products at the right prices. Arch17 website: https://www.arch17.com/Mohamed´s LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohamed-mahdy-90013097/____________________________________________Connect with me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/Send me feedback: isabel.sum@hotmail.deAdd me on WeChat: ifs1803
Today´s guest is Bruno, a Belgian chef who has a very painful yet inspiring story. He explains how tragic events in his family lead to depression and addiction and how he overcame those dark times and is now leading a healthier and happier life. We talk about his work with the expat centers in Shenzhen, the benefits of essential oils and he gives tips on intercultural relationships and how to master them. If you like the show please don´t forget to subscribe and give us a rating on Itunes so more people can find it and learn from it. Thank you so much for listening and I hope you enjoy this episode. Brunos Wechat: zenrithEmail: chefbruno.tic@gmail.com______________________________Add me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/My WeChat: ifs1803My email: isabel.sum@hotmail.de
Today´s guest is Rafa, an entrepreneur from Israel who came to China and noticed that some cultural differences such as the relationship between parents and children can lead to big problems if the mindset is not right. That´s why he started his company where he teaches Chinese parents how to nurture a trusting and understanding relationship with their children to ensure they can lead successful and fulfilled lives. He also wrote two bilingual books about the Jewish Mindset and wisdom and explains how he learned Chinese and why it´s important to learn the language to comprehend the culture fully. Connect with him on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raphael-genis-83985b2a/Company WeChat ID: Alef-Rafa Rafa´s WeChat: Rafa666rafa______________________________________________________________________Send me feedback: Isabel.sum@hotmail.deMy WeChat: ifs1803 Find me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/
Today´s guest is Zoe, who majored in biochemistry and biotechnology in Canada and is now working on her company called 7sense, which uses genomic sequencing to determine the best possible diet for their clients. She believes that we should “use food as medicine and don’t take medicine as food’ and we discuss various types of diets, mindful eating concepts and Chinese medicine Find out more about 7sense: http://www.7sensebio.com/7Sense on Wechat:  sevensensebio _____________________________________________________________ Send me feedback: Isabel.sum@hotmail.deMy WeChat: ifs1803 Find me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/
Today´s guest is Wolf, a German robotics engineer who previously worked at various robotics companies and also at the TU Berlin, where his team won the prestigious Amazon picking challenge in 2015 and could defeat teams from MIT, UC Berkeley as well as many other robotics companies. We discuss the story of how the company he´s currently working at, Dorabot, got its name and what they´re currently doing to revolutionize logistics automation with smart robots. He tells us what it´s like being a polyglot and speaking many different languages at the same time. We also talk about working with global teams and the beautiful landscape of Yunnan province. If you enjoy the show please subscribe and don´t forget to give it a review on Itunes so more people can find it and learn from it. Thank you so much for listening and I hope you enjoy this episodeFind out more about Dorabot: https://www.dorabot.com/Find out more about Wolf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9TRV-YJbRI _____________________________________________________________Send me feedback: Isabel.sum@hotmail.deMy WeChat: ifs1803 Find me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/
Today´s guest is Zoe from Loovo, an event and community platform that she created which focuses on overseas Chinese returnees and expats to find high quality connections and build a sustainable network. She explains how she became an online KOL, key opinion leader, with over 10 thousand followers on a site that´s comparable to Quora. Her blog and online presence are focused on her field of expertise which is UX and UI, user experience and human-machine interactions.  She tells us why she quit her job at Huawei to work at Tencent and then why she quit that job also to start her own business. If you enjoy the show please subscribe and don´t forget to give it a review on Itunes so more people can find it and learn from it. Thank you so much for listening and I hope you enjoy this episodeFind out more about Loovo: https://loovo.club/ ___________________________________________________________________ Send me feedback: Isabel.sum@hotmail.deMy WeChat: ifs1803 Find me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/
Today´s guest is Henk, a dutch entrepreneur that has a vast experience in sourcing and manufacturing in Shenzhen. He and his co-founders started troublemaker, a community-oriented makerspace in the heart of huaqiangbei. We discuss the right steps for foreigners coming to Shenzhen to develop a product and talk about best practices for communicating the right quality standard to factories. If you enjoy the show please subscribe and don´t forget to give it a review on Itunes so more people can find it and learn from it. Thank you so much for listening and I hope you enjoy this episodeFind out more about troublemaker: https://troublemaker.site/___________________________________________________________________Send me feedback: Isabel.sum@hotmail.deMy WeChat: ifs1803 Find me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/
Today´s guest is Brian, an American entrepreneur who has started his smart home company in Shenzhen.We discuss how Brian got interested in all things IOT, current and future trends in the smarthome industry, and learn about the differences in market maturity in the US vs. China. We also learn how smart, or AI, devices and systems can improve our wellbeing and life quality. If you enjoy the show please subscribe and don´t forget to give it a review on Itunes so more people can find it and learn from it. Thank you so much for listening and I hope you enjoy this episodeCheck out Brightwood: https://www.brightwood.ai/en/ ___________________________________________________________________Send me feedback: Isabel.sum@hotmail.deMy WeChat: ifs1803 Find me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/
Today´s guest is Caferny who´s born in Guangzhou and has been living in London for over ten years. She tells us about her reverse culture schock and the struggle of re-integrating in China. She also explains how she founded her branding company Icarus where she aims to grasp the true spirit of a brand and communicates it to the right audience. . If you enjoy the show please subscribe and give it a rating on Itunes so more people can find it and learn from it. Thank you so much for listening and I hope you enjoy this episode Caferny´s LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caferny-du-icarus-branding-and-marketing-solutions/ICARUS branding: http://www.icarus-bms.com/___________________________________________________Send me feedback: Isabel.sum@hotmail.deMy WeChat: ifs1803 Find me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/
Today´s guest is William, a Shanghai-born Chinese who emigrated to South Africa when he was young, studied in Australia afterwards and then worked on a start-up in Silicon Valley before returning to China to work in a venture capital firm where he specializes on AI start-ups. We discuss growth hacks for start-ups in the US versus China and how to acquire new users in both markets. We also learn what type of founders’ VCs in China are investing in at the moment and tips on how to have higher chances at getting funding by seeing the world through a VCs eye. Thank you so much for listening and I hope you enjoy this episode Send me feedback: Isabel.sum@hotmail.deMy WeChat: ifs1803 Find me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/
Today´s guest is Blake, a highly creative film maker who has a production company in Shenzhen. We talk about how burning man brought him to the city and different approaches regarding process management and the decision-making order in film production in the US vs. China. In this episode the importance of clear communication of workflow and the hard task to collaborate with international teams are highlighted and we also discuss how working in China teaches us patience and improves our overall soft skills. Connect with Blake on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/blakenolanbrown/Lenswriters Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lenswriters/Lenswriters Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn5dOtKEo2ewNZsIEi3ISvw _____________________________________________________________________ Send me feedback: Isabel.sum@hotmail.deMy WeChat: ifs1803 Find me on LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-sum/
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