A year ago today, I was preparing “China 101” material for Uberversity (new Uber employee training).
2 days later, on August 1st 2016, Uber’s China business was merged with its fierce rival Didi Chuxing. The media drew a conclusion that Uber failed in China, calling it a “defeat” or a “failure”.
A little background: I grew up in a 3rd tier city in China and came to the US in 2006 for last two years of high school and college. I worked in finance in NYC before moving to LA to join Whisper App in Dec 2013. Over the last 10 years, I have lived between US and China and have strived to add value to the Internet space & culture exchange between US and China. twitter/instagram: @chenyuz
In July 2014, my colleague and I moved to China to set up Whisper’s operations in Shenzhen. The subsequent 14 months were my first real experience working in China, on a startup. I was fully immersed in China’s booming tech scene. This humbling journey not only made me more grounded and connected to my roots, but also taught me life-long lessons.
November 11 is Single’s Day (11.11) in China, a holiday created by the Internet giant Alibaba and marked as the world’s biggest online shopping event. E-commerce giants in China prepared for months just for the course of 24 hours.
Around $14.3 billion worth of sales are made in a single day — bigger than Facebook’s entire revenue last year.
Airbnb has let me explore cities in new and magical ways, even in my own country. I am in constant search of renovated Chinese heritage houses that preserve the old yet add a new touch of life.
Staying at the 6 artist and architect’s homes below in Guilin, Yangshuo, Dali, Mt Emei will show you a totally different China, with authenticity and transformation. I hope you make to China before the old buildings disappear.