Investor and startup mentor Philip Beck has been in China since 2005 and has seen his share of victory and defeat. He has established joint ventures, launched new brands, and is now an active investor in early and angel stage startups through his private fund Dubeta Ventures China. His primary areas of focus are consumer technology, gaming, and e-commerce.

Mr. Beck is also an active mentor at Chinaccelerator, guiding both Chinese and international teams with perfecting their strategies. With over twenty years of experience with advertising groups like WPP and Publicis China, he offers advice on branding and marketing to mentees. We were lucky enough to have him share his insights on some FAQs:

I’d say two thirds of the weight of my decision is a strong team. Often the concept that startups present me with is nothing like what they actually end up doing – they pivot, as the industry calls it, but it’s really a euphemism for trying something different after a failure. Knowing that this will happen, focusing on the idea they have is not the most important thing.

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April Ma

Based in Beijing, April Ma writes on tech trends and covers startups that may (or may not) be the next BATs. Reach her at April.ma@technode.com or Mafangjing (Wechat).