[Editor: this post is contributed by Rui Ma, Venture Partner and Stealth Assassin at 500 Startups, and Mark Saldaña, Resident marketing manager and baker at 500 Startups. It’s also published on 500.]

I went to high school and college in the United States, but was born and raised in China. I have always maintained a deep cultural connection to the country, both in terms of the language and the culture. Over the past few years, Chinese society has gone through (and continues to go through) big changes; people in China are collectively beginning to realize their massive influence in the world. As 500’s Beijing-based venture partner, I am incredibly excited to spread the #500Strong belief that technology can make the world a kinder, easier, smarter and more enjoyable place for everyone.

So why is China the place to be right now for investors and entrepreneurs? For starters, every single statistic you can think of is on a completely different scale when it comes to China. Populations are counted not in the millions, but in BILLIONS. And at nearly 500 million, the number of internet users dwarfs any number you could come up with in the West.

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