I always like the vibe I get in Shanghai, and today’s episode I recorded with Tiffany Ma – a fashion e-commerce entrepreneur who also works at an incubator here in Shanghai helping companies enter the Chinese market. I always bump into her at startup and business events while in Shanghai and I’m excited to ask her some tips and tricks for getting into the Chinese e-commerce space and some overview of the fashion and creativity scene – let’s listen up!
Topics Covered in this Episode
- Introducing Tiffany Ma to our listeners
- we’re in a in a tech incubator here in Shanghai, can you explain a bit more about it
- You’re doing your own business , Gutora.com – your personal closet – can you tell us the story about it?
- So I know tons of listeners are so interested in e-commerce in China – what are some high level tips?
- Basically – selling in China is a totally different world than selling internationally – payment, shipments. Tips on doing both?
- do you need your own website when doing chinese ecommerce
- the importance of relationships in china business
- alibaba (TaoBao) is more mainstream , tencent is for younger generation
- I have no clue about fashion, can you give me and the listeners an idea on the fashion scene in Shanghai and what you’re doing
- They’re your own designs? I see you work with other designers?
- So you source your goods from a local market? Where can people source fashion goods?
- Steps to start on Chinese e-commerce, when starting from scratch
- where to source fashion clothes in Shanghai, the designs, not the products
- How can people contact you for more information and get involved with your business?
People / Companies / Resources Mentioned in this Episode
- gravity asia incubator
- gutora – your personal closet
- social video cam – license entertainment to china with Social Media for brands here in China
- taobao – Chinese eBay
- jd.com – Jingdong (formally 360buy)
- wechat (weixin) moments mall – basically where people share photos of products and to buy you must contact them (similar to posting a photo on facebook)
- weidian 微店 app (translated to micro shop) – allows shopping inside wechat with tencent payment
- zhifubao (alipay) – The Chinese equivalent of Paypal
- caifutong (Tenpay) – the Tencent payment method competing with alipay zhifubao (an Alibaba paypal like service)
- haiwai taobao 海外 淘宝 – allowing foreigners to buy off taobao in English with western credit cards
- xintiandi district – marketplace / district in Shanghai with lines of fashion designers from shanghai and all over China
- contacting Tiffany Ma on Linkedin
Episode Length: 18:39
Hope everyone enjoyed Tiffany Ma on the show – I am glad to get more women business people on the show – especially in China there doesn’t seem to be as many women on the business track than men – but I do see trends improving at meetups and events.
She got into a lot of acronyms and tools that even I hadn’t heard of, and I’m researching them now right now. I’ll put them in the show notes as well on GlobalFromAsia.com/episode39 !
Til next week everyone, keep up the international business hustle!
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