Photo Gallery 002: An Inno-Way You Don’t Know About
摘要： In the second issue of TMTpost Photo Gallery, we have two very special newcomers: a 70-year-old entrepreneur who has come to Beijing to find investment and has spent 12 nights on the sofa of a café; a 30-something young entrepreneur who wants to find people that share the same goal with him. So, how will their stories go?
Not long ago TMTpost’s editor Chen Zheng spent three days with young CEO Xu Ke experiencing her very daily entrepreneurial life, and that’s exactly what our first issue of TMTpost Photo Gallery and also the following galleries will focus on. TMTpost Photo Gallery aims to record interesting individuals that are shining in their own respective fields: entrepreneurs that have just found their spot in the startup scene; star investors that walk through different conferences; programmers who spend hours of time writing codes in front of the computer screen; Internet operators who devoted much of their time to work; geeks who bury themselves in developing cutting-edgetechnologies and even delivery guys who go around the city under the glowing sun. All these people’ lives are deeply influenced by the Internet, and their fractured moments of life are worth capturing.
This time we turn our cameras towards the Inno Way of Zhongguancun, an area full of cafés that serve entrepreneurs and investors in Beijing. Supported by the national Mass Innovation and Mass Entrepreneurship campaign, the startup scene in China is undergoing tremendous changes with every passing hour. TMTpost aims to record stories that readers seldom see on other media platforms. In TMTpost Photo Gallery, we offer readers another chance of looking at the world of entrepreneurs.
Two Newcomers At The Inno Way
In Beijing, you can pretty much expect to hear heated discussion about financing, projects, entrepreneurial stories, and gossips about the Internet industry when you are having a cup of coffee in a café, especially so around The Inno Way area. Here people feel this is the closest place to legends, even the center of time. Even if people will eventually leave this street, more people will come. TMTpost Photo Gallery records the stories of two different entrepreneurs who have just come to this street. In our galleries, we don’t intend to impose ideas on readers about these people and we didn’t capture their hardest time on purpose. All we want to do is record their stories and spread them to our readers.
The old guy who sleeps on the couch in a café
On November 4th, 70-year-old Wang Xiuyu sat for 9 hours on the train from Jiaozuo to Beijing. After arriving in the very capital of China, he went straight to the Inno Way located in Zhongguancun.
He’s looking for investment, so that he could practice his research on wind and water energy. Up till November 16th, he has already spent many sleepless nights on a couch in some café at the Inno Way. Every morning he wakes up and only has a bowl of instant noodles for breakfast. After the quick breakfast, he will go to universities, energy companies, and investment organizations at the Inno Way to promote his research. At night, Mr. Wang will return to the café he’s staying in and talk to different people about his project.
“I learned from CCTV news that this is the place where I could find investors,” Wang said, seemingly disappointed since so far he hasn’t found any one. According to Wang, he used to work in a bank managing loan services and later went to study wind and water energy for 20 years after retiring. He believes the new power equipment he developed could sparkle a revolution within the power industry. To realize his dream, he hasn’t given up yet. During this process he had bought tickets back home for multiple times but ultimately cancelled them.
“Some professors in universities like my idea. It gives me confidence in what I am doing,” Wang finally has some good news after staying in Beijing for 12 days.
An entrepreneurial drifter who found his partner through chess games
Entrepreneurial drifter is used to describe people who are fighting for their entrepreneurial dreams in a completely different city.
Wang Xiaosheng, who’s in his 30s, has tried many different ways to have an entrepreneurial journey in recent years, including taking some odd jobs, opening his own shop, and running an shop on Taobao, but none worked out for him. He likes to play basketball. And at one time it occurred to him that he could have developed an app on which users could ask other users out for a game. He wanted to make an app that could fill the gap where other similar apps failed to, and especially, he wanted to use his hobby as an entry point to the Internet sector. This idea grew stronger gradually and eventually he said goodbye to her girlfriend and came all the way from Chongqing to Beijing on November 7th. On the plane he wrote down he framework and basic ideas about his product and the operation model. After arriving in Zhongguancun, he found a place to stay near the CBD and then went to different cafés at the Inno Way and set up a chess game everyday there in hopes of finding people who share the same goal with him. Surprisingly, he actually found one after 4 days of trying.
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Translated by Garrett Lee (Senior Translator at ECHO), working for TMTpost.