Mosaic of China
The Running Addict (Greg Nance, Ultramarathon Runner and CEO)

The Running Addict (Greg Nance, Ultramarathon Runner and CEO)

February 25, 2020

Greg Nance’s business is in China, but his story will resonate with anyone around the world who is addicted to their life pursuits. For Greg, his addictions include ultramarathon racing, and his education business.

 

If you’re a cynic, you’ll immediately be turned off by the idea of listening to someone as positive and accomplished as Greg. And about 5 minutes into our conversation, we talk about this directly. What ensues is an interview that was highly personal and highly unexpected. If you are inspired by co-founders, endurance athletes and motivational speakers, you will love this episode. And if you absolutely loathe co-founders, endurance athletes and motivational speakers, you will love this episode too, I promise.

 

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The Immersive Producer (Roz Coleman, Sleep No More)

The Immersive Producer (Roz Coleman, Sleep No More)

February 18, 2020

At the time of recording, Roz Coleman was the International Company Manager of the immersive theatre experience “Sleep No More” in Shanghai. This has given Roz a unique appreciation of audience responses in different countries and cultures, and during our short chat she shares some great observations about human behavioural traits in China.

  

The obvious irony is that our discussion covers audience behaviour in environments where people are crammed together and inhabiting each other’s space. Well of course that’s not what we’re experiencing now in February 2020, with most facets of everyday life on lockdown in China. I hope that my chat with Roz will be a good reminder that our current situation is only temporary.

 

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The Broadcast Master (Yang Yi, Co-Founder, JustPod)

The Broadcast Master (Yang Yi, Co-Founder, JustPod)

February 11, 2020

Yang Yi is a Chinese editor, a broadcaster, and one of the trailblazers in the new world of podcasting in China. He is the host of two podcasts, a culture-themed show called "Left-Right", and a show called "Go! LIVE" where he invites reporters in China to share their eperiences in journalism. And he is also co-founder of the "JustPod" company, which currently produces four original and three branded podcasts. 

 

Yi and I discuss his personal experiences of growing up with broadcast media in China, and he makes some great observations about China's media landscape from the 1990s to today. While our interview was recorded many weeks before the coronavirus outbreak, some of the things we discuss will resonate with anyone observing how the issue is being handled in the Chinese and Western media. 

 

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The Cookie Empress (Lexie Comstock, Strictly Cookies)

The Cookie Empress (Lexie Comstock, Strictly Cookies)

February 4, 2020

Lexie Comstock is the Founder of Strictly Cookies, and we’ve known each other now for over four years. So I thought I knew all about her when we sat down for our conversation. But just like an unexpectedly under-baked cookie, Lexie's story was notable for being surprisingly raw in parts. I was amazed to hear what she had been through in the early days of setting up her cookie empire, and am inspired by her continued positivity.

 

I apologise in advance for the parts of this interview which make you want to jump up and raid your cupboards for sweet treats. You have been warned.

 

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The Events Entrepreneur (Stephane de Montgros, Riviera Events)

The Events Entrepreneur (Stephane de Montgros, Riviera Events)

January 21, 2020

Stephane de Montgros first came to China as an engineering graduate, and today is the Director of an events and hospitality company. In our conversation, we trace this circuitous career path, and make observations about the current state of the hospitality and tourism industry in China and beyond. If you’re curious to know about how hotels in China are coping with societal, environmental, and technological changes, then this conversation should be a great starting point.

 

Apart from these industry observations, Stephane also shares his practical attitude towards entrepreneurialism in China, and his positivity and enthusiasm is truly infectious.

 
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The Jewelry Craftsman (Angie Wu, AWÜ Studio)

The Jewelry Craftsman (Angie Wu, AWÜ Studio)

January 14, 2020

I didn't know I was interested in the art of jewellery design until I met Angie. Maybe that's because I didn't think about the precision of the tool-work; maybe it's because I didn't pay attention to the forms and structure of precious metals; or maybe it's because I've never met anyone as unique as Angie Wu.

 

Angie has a fascinating background, and it was a joy to spend a short time together in her company, and learn about her art and her clientele. I hope you'll enjoy it too.

 

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The Aussie Opportunist (Simon Manetti, Kantar Consulting)

The Aussie Opportunist (Simon Manetti, Kantar Consulting)

December 17, 2019

It's time to relect on the end of the year, and the end of the decade. So as you’re listening to Simon Manetti reflect on his last 10 years of choices and chances in China, take a moment to think about the forces that brought you to where you are today. Some of you might look back on your decade as a series of rational and linear decisions. Well congratulations to you. Personally I relate more to Simon: some rational decision; a few irrational ones thrown in; and otherwise a combination of luck, fate and opportunism.

 

Thank you to Simon for being so open, eloquent, and... relatable.

 

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The Urban Artist (Nini Sum, IdleBeats)

The Urban Artist (Nini Sum, IdleBeats)

December 10, 2019

Today’s interview is with the artist Nini Sum. We talk about her life and work as the co-founder of IdleBeats, the first independent screen print studio in China, as well as her take on artistic expression and the arts scene in general in China.

 

You’ll notice straight away that she has a very hypnotic way of talking, so this episode should be a nice, slow and relaxing one.

 

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Mosaic of China with Oscar Fuchs - Bonus Episode on “Community”

Mosaic of China with Oscar Fuchs - Bonus Episode on “Community”

December 3, 2019

We're marking the halfway point of Season 1 by releasing a special episode in which Oscar is interviewed by Shannon Martin, Director of Communications at Podbean, to discuss the topic of "Community".

 

Since building real and virtual communities is at the heart of the Mosaic of China project, this is a conversation that we felt was worth releasing as a bonus episode. Hopefully it will not only interest you, but also encourage you to contribute your thoughts and comments on WeChat, or on whichever platform you prefer.

 

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The FinTech Philosopher (Srinivas Yanamandra, NDB)

The FinTech Philosopher (Srinivas Yanamandra, NDB)

November 26, 2019

Srinivas Yanamandra ("Srini") is the Chief Compliance Officer at the New Development Bank (NDB), the only multilateral organisation based in Shanghai. Comprised of the BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the bank has a unique constitution and culture. Srini and I discuss his position in the organisation, with a particular focus on the similarities and differences between China and India. And our conversation soon stretches into many other areas, including his thoughts on the future of compliance and ethics in the age of Artificial Intelligence.

 

Don't be too intimidated by this introduction, our conversation also includes enough light-hearted conversation to offset the cerebral content. I promise. 

 

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