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Introducing TechCrunch Shanghai Speakers: Xu Xiaoping, Soul Htite, Ned Desmond
There’s less than one month away from our TechCrunch Shanghai event. We are putting final touches on the program. We’re delighted that we have managed to put together a speaker lineup that not only includes Chinese entrepreneurs & investors, but also western entrepreneurs that have started businesses in China or want to enter China market shortly.
Xu Xiaoping is founder of ZhenFund, an angel investment fund founded in 2006. In 2012, ZhenFund and Sequoia Capital China established an angel investment fund which is called ZhenFund 2.0, planning to invest in approximately one hundred Chinese startups from 2012 to 2014.
Well-known Chinese Internet companies ZhenFund has invested in include US-liseted LightIntheBox and Jiayuan. Other startups the fund has invested in include Yongche, an online/mobile car rental service, Da Yi Ma, a mobile health tracking tool and community for women, and Dijiuke, an online course marketplace.
Mr. Xu is also a co-founder of New Oriental Education & Technology Group, one of the largest private educational services in China.
Soul Htite is co-founder of Lending Club, a US-based online peer-to-peer lending platform.
He came to Shanghai and founded SinoLending.com, or Dianrong in Chinese, a China-focused peer-to-peer lending site in 2011.
Before the founding of Lending Club, Mr. Htite was at Oracle building enterprise software.
Ned Desmond is COO of TechCrunch and GM of Aol Tech Media that includes Engadget, TUAW and Joystiq.
In 2009 he co-founded an outdoor sports site Go Sportn. Before he became an entrepreneur he had been a veteran in media that once served as a foreign bureau chief at Time Inc. during the 90’s, and the president of Business 2.0.