301: Ryan Pyle – From Toronto to Shanghai (Founders in Asia FIA7)

301: Ryan Pyle – From Toronto to Shanghai (Founders in Asia FIA7)


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Podcast highlights:

  • [00:40] Ryan shares his backstory on how he ended up in Shanghai, where he is today, to what his business is and what he's doing
  • [24:40] How does Ryan go about the commercial aspect of his business? How does he go out there and work with partners to sell his programs and distribute content?
  • [44:25] "Television is gonna come back. The whole Kardashian era and the whole reality-tv era is coming to a grinding halt." - Ryan

Podcast notes:

  • [00:05] Welcome Ryan Pyle to Founders in Asia with Jodie Collins
  • [00:40] Ryan shares his backstory on how he ended up in Shanghai, where he is today, to what his business is and what he's doing
  • [06:15] Jodie had quite a similar experience with Ryan in China and found the Chinese people to be welcoming, friendly and helpful. Was that what Ryan found on his travels as well?
  • [07:30] What does Ryan do now? What is his business?
  • [09:45] How did Ryan arrive in his decision to follow his passion of photography and television? How did he get to think he's gonna give it a go and follow it?
  • [11:55] How did he transition from when he started as a freelancer, a contributor, who only got himself to worry about, and then building it into a production company where he has a number of people working for him?
  • [14:10] Ryan manages a team of 20 people based around the world. How does Ryan find these people and how does he build relationships with them?
  • [18:00] What type of productivity tool does Ryan use in order to run a remote team particularly?
  • [19:45] When things get tough, how does Ryan stay motivated?
  • [24:40] How does Ryan go about the commercial aspect of his business? How does he go out there and work with partners to sell his programs and distribute content?
  • [33:10] How does Ryan grow his business? Is he looking to expand through working with other partners and developing other types of content?
  • [38:00] One of the reasons Ryan started this is because the narrative about China was not what he was experiencing? Has that narrative changed?
  • [41:15] How does Ryan work with brands? Does he let them know where the line is?
  • [44:25] "Television is gonna come back. The whole Kardashian era and the whole reality-tv era is coming to a grinding halt." - Ryan
  • [49:25] What is Ryan working on now? And what's next?