212: Johan Nylander – Shenzhen Superstars

212: Johan Nylander – Shenzhen Superstars

 

Podcast highlights:

  • [03:10] An introduction to the book Shenzhen Superstars by Johan Nylander and the story of Silicon Valley veteran Scotty Allen
  • [17:10] Is the shift to Asia a real thing and will Shenzhen be the new New York? What's hype and what's reality in the emergence of one of the most exciting megacities in the world?
  • [37:55] The Greater Bay Area: An introduction to the Pearl River Delta Integration Plan introduced by the Chinese Government. Is this megacity construction project going to be a game-changer felt globally?

Podcast notes:

  • [00:05] Welcome Johan Nylander author of Shenzhen Superstars to Asia Tech Podcast Stories
  • [01:00] Where is this city of 20 million people called Shenzhen anyway? An introduction to the home of the world's leading emerging tech and start-up companies that few people outside of Asia have even heard of yet.
  • [03:10] An introduction to the book Shenzhen Superstars by Johan Nylander and the story of Silicon Valley veteran Scotty Allen
  • [08:20] Are people unprepared for the kind of technology coming out of Shenzhen? We take a look at the WeChat app as business platform and how it's used in ways that many outsiders to Asia will be surprised by
  • [13:25] Is telling the story of Shenzhen and the people going to be hard for the world to swallow? Is the world ready for Shenzhen?
  • [17:10] Is the shift to Asia a real thing and will Shenzhen be the new New York? What's hype and what's reality in the emergence of one of the most exciting megacities in the world?
  • [20:35] The story of Naomi Wu aka SexyCyborg: the most sexual approach to technology
  • [23:50] Is the "punk" culture, DIY approach to making technology and medai particular in Shenzhen or prominent all over China?
  • [26:40] How culture plays an important part in forging entrepreneurial mindset at the grass roots level of Shenzhen
  • [30:10] Shenzhen and its historical parallels with 20th century San Francisco: the backstory behind telecom company Huawei
  • [33:40] How would a conversation be like between Shenzhen and Sweden, London, LA 20-somethings
  • [35:00] Are parallels between Shenzhen and Blade Runner justified?
  • [37:55] The Greater Bay Area: An introduction to the Pearl River Delta Integration Plan introduced by the Chinese Government. Is this megacity construction project going to be a game-changer felt globally?
  • [42:25] Why Johan chooses to live in Hong Kong despite Shenzhen being only 15 minutes away
  • [44:35] Johan offers advice for a young graduate in the West: be curious and open-minded
  • [48:15] Where to find information about Johan Nylander and the book Shenzhen Superstars