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Mark Koester

Advisor Shanghai City, China, CN

Regional Development, Greater China, Techstars and Founder / Co-Organizer / Co-Director, Startup Next Boston.

Regional Development, Greater China, Techstars and Founder / Co-Organizer / Co-Director, Startup Next Boston.

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Involved In

Founder

Startup Next Boston
Language Corner
Diverific
Startup Next: Shanghai
Hacking Language
Language Corner

Advisor

Startup Next Taipei

Positions

Owner / Senior Drupal Developer International Cross-Cultural Consulting, LLC January 2010 - present
Mentor / Program Coordinator Startup Next Taipei March 2016 - present
Curator Startup Digest January 2015 - present
Founder Diverific February 2016 - present
Regional Development, Greater China Techstars June 2015 - March 2016
Founder / Co-Organizer / Co-Director Startup Next: Shanghai April 2015 - February 2016
Community Development Manager Startup Weekend August 2014 - June 2015
Founder, Principal Language Hacker Hacking Language April 2014 - November 2014
Organizer Startup Weekend Chengdu February 2014 - September 2014
Co Founder, Technical Lead Language Corner January 2011 - July 2013
Professor of Web Design & Business English Writing Southwest University of Finance and Economics September 2010 - June 2012
China Representative Zaarly, Inc June 2011 - January 2012
English Language Assistant L'Académie de Strasbourg October 2005 - April 2007
Office Assistant Lavergne Group June 2003 - September 2003
Website Design & Promotion MEGO Consulting June 1998 - December 2002
Office Assistant SKT Midwest August 1998 - August 2002

Education

Southwest University for Nationalities Chinese 2010 - 2011
Tourism College of Zhejiang, Xiaoshan Chinese 2008 - 2008
Université de Strasbourg Philosophy 2006 - 2008
DePaul University Philosophy 2002 - 2005

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Hardware
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Education
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Travel
  • • Social Impact
  • • Robotics

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Web Development • Business Development • Entrepreneurship • Startups • Chinese

Key Accomplishments

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Stefan Daniels
They're my friends  •  Previously Global Management Intern, Sherwin-Williams. Previously NBA Global Marketing Partnerships Intern, National Basketball Association.
Mark has a clear passion for startups/entrepreneurship. This combined with his breadth and depth of knowledge and experiences make him a tru ... e player in the game. Mark is genuine and always willing to provide quality guidance and advice. I hope I can continue to get his insight as my project moves forward.
Thomas Merritt
Co-founder, Hirely.asia. Previously Practice Lead Asia Natural Resources Financing & Investment, Human Capital.
Mark is a born hustler. He has brought his experience in the US tech start-up scene to China and the wider region woking tirelessly with loc ... al entrepreneurs advising them on everything from MVP development, productivity hacks, go to market strategy, accelerator programs and fundraising. He's one of the rare americans who speaks fluent French, Spanish and Mandarin. He's a passionate person who will always go the extra mile for projects he believes in. We've been lucky to count him as an advisor on our journey.
Moo Kyung Kang
Global Accelerator Manager, N15. Previously Internship, NAVER Corp. University of Washington grad.

Stefan Daniels
They're my mentor  •  Previously Global Management Intern, Sherwin-Williams. Previously NBA Global Marketing Partnerships Intern, National Basketball Association.
Stefan doesn't let the haters and barriers keep him from advancing. I've seen a lot of folks talk abut the problem he is trying to solve but ... he is one of the few who is actually pushing to get a solution and product out there. Tough place in China, glad Stefan is getting stuff done.

Lionello Lunesu 李欧
Co Founder, Enuma Technologies. Previously Technology Advisor, #be ... the digital me.
Lio has a ton of technical and business experience. He has worked for a number of large corporates as well as on lots of hardware and softwa ... re-integrated projects. Great wealth of experience and knowledge.

Thomas Merritt
Co-founder, Hirely.asia. Previously Practice Lead Asia Natural Resources Financing & Investment, Human Capital.
Tom has a strong cross-cultural, cross-border background with an emphasis on sales and new regional market development. He is a hungry and p ... ersistent entrepreneur focused on execution and KPIs.

William Ross
Partner, Nest.vc and Member of the Advisory Board, Nest.vc. Queen's grad.
"Uncle Will" is an experienced and trustworthy startup sherpa. His background and approach is much needed in Asia's emerging startup scene. ... Good mentor and advisor to have in your court.

Erik Walenza-Slabe
They're my friends  •  Partner, IoT ONE and Shanghai Chapter Director, Startup Grind.
Erik is a solid startup operator and supporter of other startups, specifically through his long support of Startup Grind Shanghai. Great con ... tributor and leader.