Skyping in from the Silicon Valley to CHINICT, the Founder and CEO of AngelList, Naval Ravikant talked about his style of investing and take on China.

AngelList is the most prominent purely online network for start-ups and investors to connect. Acting like a dating site for start-ups and investors, the platform has empowered both sides to build a trusted profile and communicate with each other. Some of the prominent deals that have been done are Uber, Pinterest, Foodspotting and Skillshare.

Now that China’s investment market is heating up, it was only a matter of time before a Chinese AngelList was created. The most similar Chinese versions are AngelCrunch, a rather unoriginal named combined of AngelList and TechCrunch; and 36Tree. It will be interesting to see how these investing networks can overcome China’s cultural need to have strong personal networks before doing any deals. At least it can provide a means to connect first.

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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.