Bowei Gai is co-founder of CardMunch, a 500 Startups company (acquired by LinkedIn). In 2011, his report on China unexpectedly became a viral hit on the internet and it inspired him to do more to help others in need. World Startup Report is his new venture to give back to the global startup community. This post was originally published here.
The world is flattening before our very eyes.
Now more so than ever, we’re seeing innovation come from every corner of the globe. The number of startup incubators, funds and activities are all growing at a pace faster than anyone can keep up with. Naturally, this begs the question,
“What’s going on in the global startup community?”
The answer to this question is our mission.
World Startup Report is a social mission intended to document and connect the global startup community. Championed by world-class startup organizations and individuals, World Startup Report aims to cover every startup ecosystem’s culture, market, players, challenges and innovations. Furthermore, World Startup Report plans to create a network of resident volunteer ambassadors who will help others – locally and globally, further understand and integrate with local startup ecosystems.
Over the next 9 months, World Startup Report will be traveling to 29 countries and 36 cities in 6 continents. Here’s our plan and itinerary:
This is a great opportunity for world startup community to learn about each other beyond just numbers and names. What makes each community unique and how can we help one another? If we can bring accessible and actionable information to the relevant entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers, it could one day become the foundation for a better global startup community tomorrow.
Major thanks goes out to 500 Startups, StartupWeekend, StartupDigest, LinkedIn, Boingo, XComGlobal, AngelHack, FlightFox, Brad Feld, Dave McClure and hundreds more that are volunteering their time, energy and enthusiasm to make World Startup Report a reality. The trip wouldn’t be possible without all of your help!
Our journey starts on 1/1/2013. Join us
Let’s go change the world!