This is the first post in our series: Say Hello To China’s Expat-preneurs, where we will talk to a mix of foreign founders who have tackled China’s growing tech space and won. Stay tuned over the coming three weeks as we talk to foreign founders from Beijing to Shenzhen about what it takes to thrive in China. You can follow our updates at @technodechina, or check back here for new stories in the series.

Moving to China is a daunting project for anyone, but moving to China to grow a business from seed to superpower is a whole new level of terrifying.  So why do foreigners leave home, learn one of the world’s most mind-bending languages, and brave the smog and paperwork of China’s entrepreneur scene?

Over the next three weeks, Technode will be asking a spread of successful foreign entrepreneurs exactly that.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com