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About Me

Hi! I'm Jan Smejkal. I build communities and help businesses succeed in China & Asia. I ran the world's largest entrepreneur community (Startup Grind) in China (25+ cities) and APAC (around 90 cities and counting).

I work with some of the brightest and most passionate people to build the bridge between Asia and the rest of the world.

Previously, I helped launch a venture for Rocket Internet (the company that incubated and invested into 100+ companies with the valuation exceeding $15B) in 2 markets, built an online business (and successfully exited the business) while still in college and found a passion in connecting and educating people in the startup world. 

I grew up in a small village in the south of the Czech Republic with a strong desire to explore the world and challenge myself. I studied Mechatronics in high school, have a BA in Economics and Finance and MSc in International Management from Peking University HSBC Business School in Shenzhen (China).

In my free time, I study Mandarin Chinese and mentor companies, startups, and individuals on how to master the art of building long-lasting relationships (business networking).

Check out my podcasts on SoundCloud, articles on my blog, and my LinkedIn profile for more information.


Success isn’t always about ‘greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.
— Dwayne Johnson


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We had a phenomenal event in Shenzhen organized by Jan and his team, bringing together top industry leaders across finance and cutting edge technology.
— Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, XPrize & Singularity University


   I have been following Gary Vaynerchuk for a quite some time already and love the stuff he puts out. Pure entrepreneurship. Enjoy!