Start ups aren’t all tech nerds and T-shirts – some evolve into elegant and classy enterprises, paid to throw glitzy parties from the rooftops of China’s hottest cities. This weeks guest, Stephane de Montgros, shares how he uprooted from France, moved to China, and co-founded China’s leading luxury hospitality events management company, Riviera Events, and The Hotelier Awards!

Pivoting from a working revenue model which focused on catering for Shanghai’s nightlife, Stephane talks about how he took the risky leap of specializing exclusively in high-end luxury brands. He also shares some of the struggles that came with staying true to his own vision and the importance of building trust and guanxi.

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