I was talking to a source today. She said Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström will visit Beijing in January. After selling Skype to eBay in 2007, Niklas founded his own venture capital company, Atomico. The first fund is about 40 million Euro, which he invested in startups in America and Europe. Recently, he raised a new fund, around 165 million Euro, which he hopes to invest part of it in some Asian startups.
In the coming trip, Niklas hopes to understand more about the internet environment in China. The source said Niklas has already arranged private meetings with many of the internet titan in China, such as Baidu’s CEO, Robin Li, Alibaba’s CEO, Jack Ma, Kongzhong’s CEO, Wang Lei Lei and Netease’s CEO, William Ding.
But he is not going to neglect the general public. He will also speak at a public event organized by Baidu. By the way, Niklas’ wife is also coming with him and she would like to meet with some green and environmental groups in this trip.
The source said he and his wife would also like to meet with some Chinese media. Interested parties, please contact with Cindy Jiang of Mobinode (yichenjiang AT gmail.com)