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Lars Kolind, Chairman, Jacob Jensen Design

Lars is a serial entrepreneur and investor and is currently a Board Member or Chairman at 9 companies. Our discussion with Lars will focus on how to structure an organization to promote innovation and invention. 

As business executive, Lars turned Oticon into the world’s first paperless, networked, knowledge-based organization in 1991 and placed the management concept of "spaghetti organisation" in world media and business school text books ever since. He turned Oticon’s from near-bankruptcy to €800 million valuation in his 10 years’ tenure.   

As an entrepreneur, Lars has started 25 companies since 1998 and still going strong. As investors, active board members, chairman, he has co-created disruptive and impactful startups in real estate, energy, startup platform, finance, music, etc. 

As an industry leader, Lars has helped 5 companies in 5 different industries from being the insignificant Danish provincial players into industry leaders in their fields on the global market, among them LEGO and the Danish wind energy. 

As a thinker, Lars has advocated “purpose before profit”, “stakeholders involvement”, “from boss to unboss, from limited company to unlimited company” in his books "Second Cycle", “UNBOSS", etc. 

As a passionate advocate for leadership for positive change, he spent more than 35 years as an active Scouts and more than a decade in the inner circle of the World Scouts Foundation to create the conscious and self-perception of the International Scouts from an outdoor, nature, camping after-school activities into the “largest leadership development program on earth”.

Agenda: 7 - 10PM

• 7:00 Networking, wine and a light dinner 

• 7:00 Guest workshop (TBD)

• 8:00 Fireside chat with Lars

• 9:00 Networking

Cost-Host: Danish Chamber of Commerce in China (DCCC) Shanghai Chapter 

DCCC promotes, studies, enhances and exchanges information regarding commercial relations, investments and trade between Denmark and China. We are a non-profit member organization, whose primary role is to give our members the opportunity to network with others and share experience. We organize and co-organize around 70 business and social events as well as training sessions per year. DCCC Shanghai has 160 members – 92 corporate, 42 individual, and 26 students.

Hosted By 

Erik Walenza-Slabe, Shanghai Chapter Director

Erik manages the Shanghai office of The Applied Value Group, a professional services and investment group, and support Startup Grind as director of the Shanghai chapter. Applied Value is strategic management consultancy with a focus on cost reduction, complemented by a merger and acquisition advisory and management training expertise. They combine the in-depth expertise of a global advisor with the focus, attention, and flexibility of a boutique consulting firm. 
Email: erik@startupgrind.com

Hosted By Mia Sun, Shanghai Chapter Co-Director

Guang Qin Sun (Mia) graduated from University of Macau and Erasmus University Rotterdam with a Master degree in Finance. Mia used to work in a boutique corporate finance firm in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, serving Chinese overseas investments. Currently Mia is working in the investment banking industry in Shanghai, and is focusing on the Chinese outbound mergers & acquisitions for Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies. In Mia's day to day work, she has been connected with various PEs, VCs, as well as successful Chinese entrepreneurs. 
Email: msun@startupgrind.com

Hosted By Florian Bohnert, Director of Startup Grind Shanghai

Florian has a strong international background in Europe, US and China. He is the China Director of WeSmart, a company providing smart energy management and changing the way companies and people take care of their energy expenses. He graduated with an Advanced Master Degree in International Energy Management from Mines de Paris, a Master of Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua Beijing, as well as a Master of Engineering in Eco-Design & Sustainability. 
Email: florianbohnert@startupgrind.com

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Date Time

2016-01-14 19:00 - Start

2016-01-14 22:00 - End

  • 中国 上海 黄浦区
  • 复兴中路1237号