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


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"There is incredible opportunity in a lot of different industries, particularly traditional industries that may need to be digitized, and might have a new way of selling." - Chih Cheung, co-founder and co-chairman of JAMM Active Limited

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 and avoid getting left behind? This is the second part of a Zoom webinar held on 17th April, 2020, and moderated by our founding managing partner Yinglan Tan.


0:32 Fundraising during a crisis, lessons from Dianping (Zhang Tao);

4:26 Supply chain opportunities (Chih Cheung);

5:52 Capturing opportunities while managing burn rates, leaner headcount (Chih Cheung);

8:25 Impact of COVID on M&A and consolidation (Chih Cheung);

10:21 Industries that will bounce back post-lockdown (Zhang Tao & Chih Cheung);

14:56 Advice for twenty year-old self in 2020 (Zhang Tao & Chih Cheung);

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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