[Part 1/2] The New Normal: On Call with Dianping.com's Zhang Tao and JAMM Active's Chih Cheung


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"Whoever survives will become great, but you need to survive." - Zhang Tao, Dianping.com Founder and CEO

About this episode

Many talk about the “new normal” in the wake of COVID19, but what is this new normal for innovation and technology startups? How can founders in Southeast Asia truly embrace this, avoid getting left behind, and come out of this ahead of the pack? This is the first of two parts of a Zoom webinar held on 17th April, 2020, and moderated by our founding managing partner Yinglan Tan.


0:25 Guest introduction by Yinglan Tan;

2:54 Lessons from the ‘03 and ‘08 (Zhang Tao and Chih Cheung);

12:15 Zooming into trends in this new normal (Chih Cheung);

19:02 Predictions for the post-COVID world (Zhang Tao);

23:50 Balancing growth with caution (Zhang Tao);

26:20 Tapping into post-crisis consumption demand and other opportunities (Zhang Tao);

About our guests

Zhang Tao is the founder and CEO of restaurant review site Dianping. In 2015, Dianping merged with Groupon-like Meituan. He currently holds a stake in the combined business, which went public in Hong Kong in 2018. Zhang received an MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2002, and returned to China in 2003, when he set up Dianping.

Chih Cheung is the co-founder and co-chairman of JAMM Active Limited, a leading global producer of innovative performance fabrics for active apparel. He is also the managing partner of C2 Capital Limited, a private investment company. Chih also serves on the board of Wheels Up Partners Holdings LLC and Talent First Limited.

Previously, Chih was the non-executive chairman of RSI Apparel (China) Limited, a director of RSI Apparel Limited, the non-executive chairman of Yucheng Technologies Limited, the managing partner of Staples Asia Investments Limited, a director of The Taiwan Fund, Inc., the co-founder and chief executive officer of HelloAsia Corporation, the chief executive officer of Crimson Solutions and an analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York and Hong Kong.

Chih holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, a Master of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.


Podcast Intro by Tim Beek (2019)

Broken Purpose by Jukedeck (2019)

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