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Lab has always been a place where the newest ideas and innovation emerge. So what does a smart lab look like? This episode we invited Kenny Li, CEO and Co-founder of our Batch five startup iLabService. Kenny received his Bachelor’s Degree from Zhejiang University and then went on to receive his Masters from Nanyang Technological University. He came back to China around 2010, and his follow-up careers were mostly in lab-related industries. In 2016 to 2017, Kenny started iLabService as a Co-founder. iLabService focuses on providing automatic solutions to all labs, aiming to create smarter labs. Kenny’s ultimate goal is to help scientists to become more efficient through digital transformation, advanced analytics and automation. Today, with Kenny Li, we learn about his past careers and how he has used his industrial know-how to make a difference in the lab industry. 

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0:33 Introduction

1:06 Kenny’s personal experience

2:04 How did Kenny get involved in lab service

4:01 Problems encountered when iLabService first started

6:02 Risks involved in the business

7:31 How iLabService was born

8:59 A global business goal

9:48 Can a Chinese-specific solution be copied and pasted to other countries

10:43 How ‘smart’ can iLabService be

12:08 The most valuable lesson Kenny has learned from YC

15:05 A transition from an engineer to a CEO

15:50 The most important thing in doing well in a CEO role

17:07 In-depth knowledge and accumulated experience, determining factors for to B start-ups

18:38 Team structure

20:54 Challenges encountered and overcome

22:20 Plans for the future

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