When I first landed in China for Tripalocal in late 2014, many Chinese wondered why anyone would do a startup in a country with the population of Beijing. Over the subsequent 18+ months, I met with hundreds of Chinese investors, partners and peers. We closed our angel round of capital, formed partnerships and grew across China. It has been an exhilarating rollercoaster ride as we tackled the biggest market in the world.
In its simplest form, Tripalocal is an online platform that connects travellers with locals so that they can have authentic experiences. However, as we know, other startups have tried and failed in this space over the last couple of years.