China Startup Pulse Podcast: Learn By Doing – Fail Faster, Succeed Faster

Hindsight is 20/20. This week, Kevin Chen tells us the hard lessons he’s learned since ‘committing career suicide’: quitting his corporate life with Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers to build multiple startups before co-founding Italki, a language learning social network that connects students and teachers for language exchange and paid tutoring, that closed a $3 million USD round of funding in June. In this week’s episode Kevin shares his experience and insights on recognizing bad deals, filtering out advice, and ‘zooming out’ to understand the different perspectives and motives of investors, entrepreneurs, and advisers.

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China Startup Pulse is a weekly podcast designed to give startup enthusiasts around the world a behind the scenes and on-the-ground understanding of what’s happening in China’s startup ecosystem. Founded and hosted by Ryan Shuken and Todd Embley, and produced by Vivian Law and David Xu, China Startup Pulse is sponsored by Chinaccelerator, People Squared, and TechNode.

TechNode does not endorse any commentary made in the program.