A famous Chinese saying goes “first make friends, then talk business” (先交朋友 再谈生意 xīanjīaopéngyou zàitánshēngyì). A large part of making those friends is going to and hosting parties and Chinese VCs are turning out to be the most creative in using online tools to make offline events more fun.

“Chinese culture is different from that of the US. So we have to design different ways to make people feel comfortable and open up. While networking in the US is more straight forward, Chinese usually close their mind first. So the key to a networking party is to make way to open up their mind,” Richard Wang, managing partner at DFJ DragonFund told TechNode.

Richard, having experienced both the US and China before joining a Silicon Valley-driven fund, has invited friends from finance, investment, media, consulting, real estate, law and other sectors into one WeChat group. More and more common, these WeChat groups for professionals play an important role in sharing valuable information between trusted friends.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com