Profile Of A Chinese Millennial & Entrepreneur: Chelsea Lu

Having an entrepreneurial spirit and the urge to create one's own company is becoming increasingly characteristic of Millennials all over the world. Regardless of their country or continent, many young people seek to pursue their passions and create a name for themselves. This is the case for Chelsea Lu, a young entrepreneur in China, who after attending college and working in the U.S., moved back to China to create an Internet application. One of our Youth Advisory Board members, Bryan Spencer, interviewed her in the latest installment of his "Profile of a Chinese Millennial" series, highlighting this universal desire among young people to make a difference. 

Profile Of A Chinese Millennial & Entrepreneur: Chelsea Lu

Mark SaysBryan Spencer: So you're a 20-something year old entrepreneur in China. Can you tell me a little about your company? How did you form your company and what were you doing?

Chelsea Lu: I started this company after I quit my last job in digital advertising in the U.S. and came back to China. My sole motivation for quitting my job and coming home was to start my own tech company — the typical "Silicon Valley" style, and by that I mean focusing on building one consumer Internet application. I realize this was a pretty atypical path for a person on the buying side of digital advertising and with no coding experience. However, retrospectively, I think the seed for this adventure was planted during my first summer internship when I was working with a digital media team.

I especially remembered one guy from a startup that does verified code ad coming in for an introduction one afternoon. He was the co-founder of his own company and was VERY passionate about the product. To this day, I can still recall the goosebumps I got listening to him...in a good way.

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