May 24, 2020
In this episode of the
Millennials in China podcast we interview Ukrainian entrepreneur
Marian Danko. Marian (Marik) first arrived in China in 2011 for
importing building materials to Ukraine. He eventually decided that
he was not interested in import/export, and started pursuing
tech-related ventures. He encountered failures along the way but
always managed to overcome them with his remarkable persistence,
and he is currently running one of the largest tech startup
communities in China called WeHustle.
- Marian introduces himself and talks about how
he ended up in Shijiazhuang, China from Ukraine and via cruise
ships sailing across over 30 countries.
Marian decided to leave import/export and do something that he was
more interested in.
- Marian’s keys to successfully building a
community - passion, focus, and consistency.
- Marian introduces his company, WeHustle, and
the array of community building, networking, services, and events
they provide for tech startups in Shanghai.
is Chinaccelerator and how it can help foreign entrepreneurs
wanting to reach the Chinese market.
with COVID-19 shutting down events for months, Marian’s business
manages to get on just fine as he is always adjusting to
situations, pivoting, and focusing on the highest
biggest personal rewards for Marian - seeing people meet and gain
mutual value through his community.
- Marian explains his views about what the China
startup scene will be like in the next few years, and talks about
China’s initiative to make Hainan into a “Silicon
- Marian’s advice on the pros and cons of
hustling in China, as well as some words of wisdom for aspiring
young China hustlers.