Let’s PowWow is one of the latest start-ups to enter the LBS space in China. The model is a mix of LBS group-check in with deals, mainly focused on expat targeted bars and restaurants like Modo and Alameda. Deals are usually in the form of buy-one-get-one free during a certain period. PowWow was founded by Jack Zhu (founder of Clubzone), Adam Guli and Antonio Tinto in November 2010. According to Crunchbase, it has US$100k in angel funding.

Last night they had their official launch party at The House, a popular club in Gongti Beijing. Jack officially welcomed everyone to the event and announced the reason for starting Let’s PowWow was because Adam once saw a beautiful girl at a café but didn’t have an easy way to talk to her. I’m not sure how well Let’s PowWow can be used as an ice-breaking tool? With a crowd of roughly 300 people, the night was loud and buzzing with techno music. Everyone received an impressive goody bag of gifts, including wireless mouse, chocolate, coupons for spa resorts and tanning salons well as a bunch of marketing brochures from sponsors. But despite the big public relations dazzle, does Let’s PowWow have what it takes to compete in this very competitive check-in deal space?

Here are some reasons why and why not.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.