Hutong (Ad)Ventures #7: Simon Henry - Co-founder @Uwai, co-founder @Juwai (exited)
Simon Henry, who, with co-founder Andrew Taylor, recently launched Uwai which is a tourism platform providing digital infrastructure for Chinese tourists to explore and engage with local businesses, governments and corporations. Launched in South Australia only a few weeks ago, Uwai has already onboarded 850 businesses and will be rolling out across tourist destinations globally. Simon and Andrew are probably best known for co-founding Juwai, one of China’s largest global property portals and one of the few trusted brands created by foreigners. They successfully exited Juwai in Dec 2016. Key points covered: Simon’s background and what led to Juwai and Uwai. What was it like to exit Juwai? What are the top 3 learnings from Juwai that have been applied to Uwai? What is the business model for UWai? Content and channels - Different methods of getting to the target consumers for Juwai and Uwai Why launch in Adelaide, not in cities more popular with Chinese tourists? How to build a global team from Day 1? Items mentioned: Favourite book: Platform Revolution by Geoffrey Parker Twitter: (at)hutongv, (at)haymarkethq Hutong (Ad)Ventures is a podcast on how to succeed in China featuring top venture capital investors, founders and operators with real China experiences. Hutong (Ad)Ventures is part of Haymarket HQ. Hosted by Jemma Xu.