Young US Tech Brands Are Breaking Into China with Record Speed Thanks to LYVC

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Check out these 11 hot tech brands and the millennial entrepreneur that helped fast-track them into the Chinese market.

Will Zheng, CEO, LYVC

Will Zheng, CEO, LYVC

“We’ve sought out consumer technology brands that are taking a creative approach in their niche and utilizing the globalizing power of new internet advances,” explained Zheng.

Start-up technology brands are finally getting a leg up in the Chinese marketplace thanks to millennial entrepreneur and Chinese immigrant Will Zheng.

Zheng’s Silicon Valley-based, early stage venture capital LYVC is boosting up-and-coming brands onto the global stage by providing funding, facilitating manufacturing partnerships in China, and navigating the paperwork and political intricacies of starting a business abroad.

“We’ve sought out consumer technology brands that are taking a creative approach in their niche and utilizing the globalizing power of new internet advances,” explained Zheng. “So far we’ve written checks for 11 start-ups that are expanding like wildfire across the US and soon China.”

Get to know the rising stars of the tech world:

Spin -- As North America’s leading bikeshare brand, Spin is helping cities and campuses offer affordable and environmentally-friendly forms of personal mobility.
Joy -- This company has built an intuitive platform for sending beautiful wedding invitations, tracking guests, sharing slideshows, and highlighting other event details that’s completely free. Paid-for options are in the works.
Lifeprint -- This portable photo printer lets users print memories and then watch them come to life when scanned with a phone.
NexGenT -- Believing that education is for everyone, this online academy offers real world training developed by engineers and mentors that won’t saddle people with student debt.
OohLaLa -- This student platform is boosting student participation in the college experience with campus updates, information about services, maps, and more.
Kiana Analytics -- Using cutting-edge IT infrastructure, this cloud-based platform is answering questions about shopper behavior and helping improve safety and security at campuses, transportation hubs, and more.
Paragon One -- This online coaching site is uping students’ chances of landing their dream jobs.
Snackoo -- Global snacking has arrived with this monthly goodie box filled with bites from around the world.
Totango -- Companies finally have a faster way to compile and leverage their customer data to drive results.
FlutterWave -- Their payment technology platform is opening up Africa’s digital economy to fuel a new wave of prosperity.
Testim -- This bug reporting tool offers developers everything they need to identify, reproduce, and fix problems in their programs, apps, and more.

Currently, LYVC is investing in companies in the VR/AR, FinTech, SaaS, Automotive, Education, Mobile Internet, Big Data, TMT, eCommerce, and Transportation industries as well as several early stage venture funds.

About LYVC
LYVC is an early stage venture capital firm that backs companies and funds who share the values of integrity, pragmatism, innovation, and efficiency. They believe that great entrepreneurs create enduring companies that improve the world. Although based in Silicon Valley, the firm has access to incredible resources in China through the Li Yuan Group.

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