About Me

Hi! I'm Jan Smejkal and I help businesses succeed in China & Asia. Currently, I run the world's largest entrepreneur community (Startup Grind) in China and APAC. I work with some of the brightest and most passionate people to build the bridge between Asia and the rest of the world.

Previously, I helped launch a venture for Rocket Internet (in 2 markets), built an online business during my last year of BA and found a passion in connecting and educating people in the startup world. 

I grew up in a small village in the south of the Czech Republic with a strong desire to explore the world and challenge myself. I studied Mechatronics in high school, have a BA in Economics and Finance and am now pursuing an MSc in Management at the Peking University HSBC Business School in Shenzhen (China).

In my free time, I study Mandarin Chinese and mentor companies, startups, and individuals on how to master the art of building long-lasting relationships (business networking).

Check out my podcasts on SoundCloud, articles on my blog, and my LinkedIn profile for more information.


Success isn’t always about ‘greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.
— Dwayne Johnson


   I have been following Gary Vaynerchuk for a quite some time already and love the stuff he puts out. Pure entrepreneurship. Enjoy!