The Chinese tech ecosystem has become a mirror world to the West tech world, innovating in divergent and parallel ways to their counterparts. English information on the state of Chinese tech is limited and refracted through narratives that do not deliver reality. This newsletter wants better for its readers.

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About me

I was born in China but left for the UK when I was 8. I returned to China in August 2020 to explore this world. As a sea turtle (slang for a Chinese oversea returnee) with a background in venture capital and management consulting across US and Europe. I'm curious to explore the design philosophies, business strategies and product idiosyncrasies of the Chinese tech ecosystem from a western tech and venture lens.

I’m on Twitter @lillianmli and can be reached for consulting enquiries at