Yesterday I attended the China Entrepreneurs BizSpark MEGA Angel Investment Forum at the Microsoft Office in Beijing. The first panel discussion was about ‘Finding the right early stage investor’.

Of course much of the conversation revolved around the importance of finding a strategic partner that invests ‘smart’ money as opposed to ‘dumb’ money. Meaning, investors who can bring a wealth of business partnerships, legal and strategic value etc. are investing ‘smarter’ money. Investors who just put in money but no real time or extra benefits are said to be investing ‘dumb money’.

Moving on from that discussion, one thing that was interesting to hear was a comment by Paul Asel, Partner of Nokia Growth Partners China; the VC arm of Nokia. He said, compared to America, there is “significant resistance for Chinese start-ups to taking outside independent directors that can add outside value.” The role of independent directors is to add an independent perspective backed by a strong track record of experience and can help guide the company and make decisions.  So if independent directors have the potential to add such great value, why is there is a difference between America and China in respect to bringing them on?

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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.