Hi! I'm Jan Smejkal. I build communities and help businesses succeed in China & Asia. Currently, I run the world's largest entrepreneur community (Startup Grind) in China (16+ cities) and APAC (around 60 cities and counting). 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 (the company that incubated and invested into 100+ companies with the valuation exceeding $15B) in 2 markets, built an online business (and successfully exited the business) while still in college 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).