“From a pile of dead men, he pushed himself forward,” said an anonymous investor.

Serial entrepreneur Wang Xing had over a dozen failed projects under his belt before striking it rich by founding Meituan. In a longform profile, author He Jiayan details Wang Xing’s failures in first imitating Twitter, then Facebook, and then finally finding success adapting the Groupon model to China. He is also known for picking fights with half of China’s internet companies. It remains to be seen just how far his ambition can take him. What follows is an extended paraphrase of the piece.

He Jiayan, The House of Startups (Chuanye Jia), May 25, 2019

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Jordan Schneider

Jordan Schneider is a freelancer based in Beijing and the host of the ChinaEconTalk podcast.