Internet startup investment is no longer a game just for geeks as the tech market swells. From Ashton Kutcher to Novak Djokovic, celebrities all over the world are racing to invest in innovative tech projects or bootstrapping their own startups. This trend is also in full swing in China.

Chinese singer-songwriter Hu Yanbin (Tiger Hu) is known as a talented all-round musician who encompasses genres such as R&B, hip-hop and rock & roll. Hu recently launched NEWBAND, a music education app that offers online video courses on vocal, piano, guitar, bass and jazz drumming.

Authored and taught by Hu and other professional musicians, the courses are around 20 minutes in length. Learners can access tutorials for singing and tips on playing multiple instruments via exercises and demonstrational videos. To attract a mass audience, the courses are based on pop songs. The app, currently available only on Android, updates with courses centered around current hits every week.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.