At Transmit China last week, experienced and prominent business people gave keynote speeches. Si Shen, founder of Papaya Mobile was one of them. She told of her ups and downs. Her key message was to “never give up,” an underlying factor of all successful entrepreneurs.

Si Shen grew up in Beijing and entered the prestigious Tsinghua University to complete a degree in Computer Science. She then joined Google in America to become a Product Manager for the China, Japan and Korea Search team. Later she transferred to the Mobile Division.

In 2007, she moved back home to work at Google’s Beijing office. After a while, she told her boss she wanted to leave to start her own company. But her boss persuaded her to stay by offering great conditions. One, she would still earn her salary in USD$ and two, she would be her own boss. Attracted by these terms, she decided to stay and built out the Google Maps team over one year.

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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.