About us

Started in 2007 by Dr. Lu Gang, TechNode began as one man’s attempt to tell the world about what’s happening in China’s tech and startup ecosystems. Since that time, we have grown into a trusted and respected information outlet, events organizer, and an integral part of the tech and startup community both inside and outside of China with our partners at TechCrunch.

With a vast network in global innovation and entrepreneurship, China-based TechNode is in the center of a unique worldwide tech ecosystem of startups, venture capital firms, industry resources, and corporate partners. TechNode has six business units, including TN Media, TN Inno (corporate innovation services), TN Global (Asia), TN Events (branding and event services), TN Data (startup ecosystem database) and TN VC (venture capital and financing services). Through these initiatives, TechNode supports and bridges the startup ecosystem between China and the rest of the world. TechNode is also the exclusive China partner of TechCrunch.

TN Media: TN Media focuses on Chinese technology, startups, and venture capital, reporting natively in both English and Chinese. We provide daily and weekly updates on the latest happenings and events in the Chinese tech space through articles, videos, podcasts, newsletters, and more. We educate our international audience by providing accurate and unbiased coverage, in-depth analysis and helpful insights on essential information and trends.

Both sites stress ethical and professional journalism; respect for our sources, the companies we cover, and other stakeholders; and, of course, a passion for the stories we cover.

TN Inno: As a pioneer in corporate innovation, TN Inno’s services are deeply rooted in our global vision. We have entered in-depth partnerships with a series of corporations to establish a brand new innovation ecosystem with strategic innovation plans, event operation, incubator operation, advisory service for connecting resources along the industrial chain, and venture capital. We aim to accelerate the modernization process of traditional companies, as well as to speed up their diversification and digitalization.

TN Global: TN Global is a platform to bridge technology and innovation between China and the rest of the world. We aim to be the #1 pan-Asia tech-focused platform with a focus on cross-border business, events, and tailor-made marketing solutions for startups, VCs, corporates and other industry pioneers.  

TN Events: TN Events has already become an appealing brand through our work on TechCrunch International Summit, the annual award ceremony ChinaBang and global cross disciplinary-themed events that marry technology with various industries. It is an open and international communication platform for innovators and entrepreneurs.

Each year we hold three events throughout China. Our annual innovation and entrepreneurship awards ceremony ChinaBang sees the best and brightest of China get recognized for their contributions to their community and industries. On top of ChinaBang, we also organize two TechCrunch events to connect the Chinese startup community with the rest of the world. Featuring the Startup Alley, VC Meetup, Hackathon, and discussions on the main stage, our TechCrunch events bring together hungry startups, VCs looking for their next investment, and the companies that are shaping China’s future.

TN Data: TN Data connects professional data with other TechNode business units to offer data retrieval and multi-dimensional data analysis to startups, projects, and investment institutions. It also provides open tools and platforms to startup competitions, salons, and VC meetups.

TN VC: TN VC is focused on Asian innovations and aims to establish an investment ecosystem in the region. We provide one-stop service to clients from business plan ideation to funding reception, making overseas expansion strategies for local firms as well as drafting localization plans for foreign companies in China. Backed by resources from the parent company, TN VC has maintained a close relationship with thousands of VC firms at home and abroad, which grants us fast access to a diversified list of investment targets. TN VC plans to set up affiliated VC funds in the future in seek of investment targets that have high growth potentials as well as to accelerate their growth cycle.

If you would like to talk to us more about your startup (or if you just have a juicy tip for us), send us a message! If you like to talk more about partnerships, you can send us a message, too!

Our staff

John Artman, Editor in Chief

John is the Editor in Chief for TechNode, the leading English information source for news and insight into China’s tech and startups. Having lived in Beijing for almost a decade, he was previously Director of Technical Communications at CSOFT and a radio host and Assistant Programs Director at China Radio International. He loves talking about innovative products and business models, big ideas that are changing the world, and compelling communication in various mediums. He currently hosts the podcast called China Tech Talk.

 

William Clegg, Senior Editor

William joined TechNode from the English arm of Shanghai financial news outlet Yicai. A Chinese studies graduate from the University of Sheffield, he has also worked in market research and provided freelance translation services in a wide range of sectors. William strives to keep abreast of China’s ever-changing tech landscape and how emerging sectors are affecting people’s lives.

 

Alberto Sperindio, Newsletter Editor

Alberto holds an MSc in International Business from the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, as well as a master’s degree in Oriental languages and civilizations from the University of Naples L’Orientale. He has worked in Shanghai in a Chinese tech startup, as well as amassing years of freelancing with articles published on Asia Times and Italian magazines.

 

Carolyn Surh, News Editor

Prior to joining TechNode Carolyn worked in investment research covering Chinese consumer-facing technology companies. Carolyn has freelanced for on topics from IP security to social media platforms. She holds a MSc in Business Reporting from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley. Carolyn finds the pace at which tech innovation in Asia transforms the socioeconomics of surrounding communities fascinating.

 

Suzanne Loo, International Branding and Marketing Manager

Based in Shanghai, Suzanne builds and promotes TechNode domestically and globally by designing and implementing online and offline marketing campaigns and events. A Global Studies graduate from St. Lawrence University, she has spent her career working in international sales and marketing, particularly in the international education industry in China. She is fascinated by the technological advancement in China and is honored to be a part of a community that brings like-minded people from various backgrounds and expertise to share inspiring stories in tech. Feel free to contact Suzanne at suzanne.loo@technode.com if you have any business-related ideas or a keen interest in being a part of TechNode Squared.

 

Emma Lee, Reporter

Emma is a Shanghai-based tech writer, covering e-commerce, supply chain digitalization, and social media. Prior to her work as a reporter, Emma worked for a university and financial information service provider. As someone who has witnessed China’s startup boom, she tries to explain China tech trends in contexts.

 

Nicole Jao, Reporter

Nicole is a Beijing-based reporter covering blockchain, fintech, and enterprise services. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois. Before joining TechNode, Nicole took up an internship with the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva, Switzerland, where she did reporting work that highlights technology’s role and impact on society.

 

Christopher Udemans, Senior Reporter

Christopher has reported on technology from two continents. Having previously written about African tech, he is now fascinated by the ever-changing environment in China. He covers artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. Chris enjoys exploring the applications of new technologies and their effects on society.

 


Jill Shen, Reporter

Jill is based in Shanghai and covers news from across China’s tech landscape while keeping a close eye on developments in the fields of artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. Before joining TechNode, she was a tech reporter in the Beijing bureau of Nanfang Media. Her earlier professional career includes time at Sony and Ele.me. Jill holds a master’s degree in communication from Hong Kong Baptist University.

 

Wei Sheng, Reporter

Wei is a Beijing-based reporter covering hardware, smartphones, and telecommunications, along with regulations and policies related to the China tech scene. Before joining TechNode, he wrote about China’s cyberculture, Internet privacy, and social media for various Chinese publications.

 

Tony Xu, Reporter

Tony holds a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His interests include video games, tech startups, live-streaming, and entertainment. He currently covers Bytedance, Tencent gaming and content, and entertainment in general.

 

Jiayi Shi, Visual Reporter

Jiayi is the Shanghai-based visual reporter helping provide multimedia elements about China’s fast-changing technology and culture. She holds a BA in Convergence Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. As a visual storyteller, she believes everyone has a story to tell.

 

Eliza Gkritsi, Community Listening Reporter

Eliza is TechNode’s community listening reporter at the Shanghai office.  She acts as a link between the editorial team and TechNode Squared members. She holds a Double MSc in Global Media and Communications from the LSE and Fudan University and holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of York. She previously worked as a reporter for WikiTribune and AthensLive.

 

Coco Gao, Visual Reporter

Coco is TechNode’s Beijing-based visual reporter. Passionate about producing multimedia content on Chinese tech and industry, she holds a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her previous work has been published across various media agencies, including Coconuts Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Free Press and the Asian American Journalists Association.

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Lavender Au, Reporter

Lavender covers regulation and its effects on people. She previously worked in a policy advisory analyzing China’s internal governance for foreign governments and multinationals. A History graduate from the University of Oxford, she is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

 

Liqiao Han, Visual Reporting Intern

Liqiao is a multimedia design student studying at Monash University, interested in telling good stories and creating awesome shots.

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Branded content and advertising

Updated 30 January 2018

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