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 which 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 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 grant us fast access to a diversified list of investment targets. TN VC plans to set up affiliated VC fund 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 Artman 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.

Masha Borak, Senior Reporter

Masha Borak covers China’s technology from Beijing. She likes to look at the big picture of tech development. Previously she worked at China Radio International where she was trained in the art of state media officialese. She received her MA from the University of Zagreb with her studies covering China, Russia, and India. When she is not writing about the future she is reading about the past.

Emma Lee, Reporter

Emma Lee is a Shanghai-based tech reporter who has been reporting on China’s tech scene since the early 2010s. 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. Her beats are e-commerce, social media, fintech, hardware, and virtual reality.

Nicole Jao, Reporter

Nicole Jao is a technology reporter based in Taipei. She writes about startups, blockchain, the internet, and emerging technology trends in the Greater China Region. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois. Before joining TechNode, Nicole took up an internship with International Telecommunication Union in Geneva, Switzerland, where she did reporting work that highlights technology’s role and impact on society.

Christopher Udemans, Reporter

Christopher Udemans 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 is interested in security, privacy, artificial intelligence, energy, and healthcare. Chris enjoys exploring the applications of new technologies and their effects on society.

Suzanne Tsai, Social Media Manager

Suzanne Tsai is currently Social Media Manager at TechNode. Before joining TechNode, she was Program Operations Assistant at Northern California World Trade Center. She was among the 21 Emerging Leaders selected to attend the 2018 Global Ties U.S. National Meeting in Washington, DC. She holds a B.A. in International Relations with an emphasis in World Trade and Development and Chinese from the University of California, Davis. Her professional interests lie in US-Asia Pacific relations, public diplomacy, tech in culture and society, and non-profits.

Jiefei Liu, Reporter

Jiefei Liu is a Beijing-based tech reporter. She’s been writing about content creation, social media, and agriculture, but is always looking forward to something new and exciting. She’s likely to be annoyed by overly positive pitches. Liu studied economics at Zhejiang University as an undergraduate, and received her master’s degree in journalism from Medill, Northwestern University.

Runhua Zhao, Reporter

Runhua Zhao worked on corporate management consulting and public-private partnership projects before joining TechNode. She is also interested in fundamental research. Her work and internship experience include government public affairs, China Development Bank Capital oversea projects, United Nation framework’s Northeast Asia initiative, and international law.

Heather Li, Community Manager

Yixuan Li (Heather) is the Community Manager at TechNode. She graduated from Penn State University with a dual degree in Public Relations and Political Science with a minor in Digital Entrepreneurship. Known as the “ultimate dot connector,” she’s passionate about bringing people together and building community. She’s very active in the tech/startup scene in Beijing and also enjoys exploring different ecosystems.

Bailey Hu, Reporter

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa. Before joining TechNode she wrote about culture, current events and food for a lifestyle magazine with a generic name.


Cassidy McDonald

Cassidy McDonald is a multimedia journalist who is fascinated by emerging technologies and their effects on Chinese society. She has written for the New York Times, SupChina and the Wisconsin State Journal, and cut her teeth as an intern at 60 Minutes and the CBS News Digital Journalism Unit. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame before moving to Beijing in 2017 to work as a journalist through a Luce Scholarship.

Sponsored content and advertising

Updated 30 January 2018

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