Editor’s note: This op-ed was contributed by Tay Choon Chong, Managing partner of Vertex Ventures. Vertex Ventures China invests in high-growth internet and technology start-ups across mainland China and provides funding support and value-add services to portfolio companies in their growth stage.

With Mobike launching in Singapore, it’s first market outside of China, we thought we’d take a look at how we at Vertex Ventures China ended up embarking on this bicycle ride.

In 2014, we had our annual Vertex network conference. It’s our change for partners, associates, and teams from all of our five funds get together to share updates, methodologies, and insights from across the world. That year, it was in California, the golden state. And as most know, who’ve pilgrimaged to the holiest site of the tech world, the Bay Area is a beautiful place. Despite being the tech capital of the world, where cement, bits, and technocracy supposedly rule, San Francisco and the Silicon Valley stretch across endless green.

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