TechNode just hosted ChinaBang Awards 2018 in Shanghai and invited the most promising tech startups and investors inside China. (Here’s the full list of award winners.) But how did these companies get to where they are now? We hit up with people from five Chinese companies who won the awards and asked what were their achievements and their competitive edge of winning the turf war.

VIPKID is one of the new-born Chinese unicorns in 2017 in the education space, providing one-on-one online English class to children between the ages of five and twelve. The Beijing-based company hired 40,000 English teachers from North America taking the concept of geek economy and reportedly has 300,000 paying users in China. The teachers on the platform get a wage between $14-22 for a 25-minute class.

Many married women, mainly coming from the east and middle part of US joined the platform, and VIPKID team gave them empowerment and training. In September 2017, a VIPKID teacher lost her job at VIPKID and criticized the company online. VIPKID told TechNode that they hire teacher managers to communicate with its teachers and solve these problems. For example, they organized a VIPKID meeting and seminar in Utah to form a community around hundreds of teachers in the US.

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Eva Yoo

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