Four guests joined us at TechCrunch Shanghai in a panel,  moderated by Bruno Bensaid, founder of Shanghaivest and Mobile Monday Shanghai, chatting about differences in early-stage startups and investment in China and the U.S. Rui Ma is venture partner for Greater China of US-headquartered 500 Startups. Matt Cheng is a founding partner of Cherubic Ventures that invested in A-li.com.cn. Scott Zheng is managing partner of Buttonwood Capital which invested in location-based mobile communication app MoMo. Zhao Hong is founder of Ameba Capital which is early investor of social shopping service Mogujie.

Rui Ma with 500 Startups found that Chinese early-stage tech startups don’t have international plans while many of their peers, especially those working on mobile, in the US would either reach out to Ms. Ma on setting up an office in mainland China or have plans to expand to Asia.

Matt Cheng with Cherubic Ventures pointed out that startups in the US do data analysis with investors from early on; i.e. when they have had 50,000 users while the Chinese startups would only do so when they have 500,000 to one million users. Zhao Hong from Ameba agrees here saying they’d suggest startups they have invested in use data to determine directions from early stages.

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Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com