From Beijing with Love – Introducing Cool People from the Beijing Startup Scene

I haven’t been writing as much as I wanted lately, and even this piece I’m writing on the plane back to Germany. I had planned to write more in my three-week vacation after attending a workshop on cyber security in Beijing as I still have a backlog of drafts for this blog. Instead I took some time off, slept a lot, met a lot of old friends, had good food, and even partied a little.

However, I didn’t completely switch off. Even before I went to Beijing, I was planning to get back into the startup scene there – For those of you wondering why I write “back”: I used to live in Beijing for about two years and was already a bit involved in the startup scene back in 2009, the days of Web Wednesdays and Mobile Mondays.

Anyway, I assumed even a big metropolis like Beijing must have its core events and with that some core people, who keep the events and community running. I posted open questions in startup related LinkedIn groups and contacted some of the more “central” people directly on Twitter, Weibo, or even good old Email. As it seems to be the case with most startup communities I got quite some positive feedback and open invitations for coffee/lunch. I met most of those who replied and even many more who I either met on events, in coffee shops, was introduced to by others, or even knew from before.

Starting a New Blog

So I decided to start a new blog. I’ve been thinking for a long time, if I should finally start a tech blog. I’ve been regularly blogging on martial arts related stuff over at gongfu brother and will still continue to do so, but I needed a new outlet to write down some thoughts going through my head from time to time. This blog will be mainly about tech, web, and mobile. I will also try to write a bit about the German or specifically Cologne startup scene. Don’t expect a lot of regularity here, but I’ll try to keep it up. In the mean time you can get in contact on either social network through the icons in the side bar.