Po Chi Wu comes from a line of illustrious scholars. His father’s epitaph was “The Father of Modern Physics in China.” One would think his ancestors presented a hard act to follow, but Po Chi has broken records of his own. Straddling both the East and West in his role as a highly acclaimed Professor in both Asia and California, he also directs an advisory firm that focuses on “Cleantech”, information technology and life sciences, and is renowned for his insight into the challenges of innovation and entrepreneurship.
The fun part of this podcast episode is listening to Po Chi’s wide-ranging expression of expertise on a variety of subjects. He references Star Trek to explain the differences in the way Chinese and Westerners view the world. And he says that American culture is similar to television programming in black and white, in contrast to Chinese culture which is like television reception with a spectrum of millions of colors. We cover lots of ground in this episode including the new Belt and Road initiative recently introduced by Beijing, the impact of Chinese investment on Africa, and why despite the fact that Shanghai is a terrible place to live, it still attracts people who seek the gateway to wealth and opportunity.
Po Chi Wu Biography
Po Chi Wu is an Innovation Provocateur & Evangelist and an investor in Human Capital. Having been an international venture capitalist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years, he offers unique insights and perspectives on the challenges of creating successful businesses.
Dr. Wu is currently an Industry Fellow, affiliated with the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at the University of California, Berkeley. In this role, he teaches and mentors aspiring entrepreneurs, especially those trained in science and engineering. Passionate about sharing the experience of the entrepreneurial mindset, he believes that “training an intelligent intuition” and “structured mentoring” are essential elements in business leadership that are often misunderstood and undervalued.
Dr. Wu is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business and Management at The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), where he teaches innovation and entrepreneurship. He also teaches at the Center for Corporate Innovation at University of Wisconsin Madison.
His most recent books are: “Angel Financing in Asia Pacific” (which he also coedited, Emerald Publishing, 2016) and “Agile Innovation: The Revolutionary Approach to Accelerate Success, Inspire Engagement, and Ignite Creativity (Wiley &Sons, 2014).
Dr. Wu has a PhD from Princeton University and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley.