Welcome to our first virtual TREND TOUR to China. We talked about Retail and Artificial Intelligence with three different startups, each one carefully selected by the CURAZE team for its potential and groundbreaking ideas. Listen to our dialogue about future developments and get to know the founders of Touch Virtual, ZhuiYi Technology and Hotnest Technology

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Retail & Artificial Intelligence

Hosts & Moderator
Irene Ge (MY&C) | CURAZE Representative & Partner China
Christian Muche | Co-Founder & Managing Partner CURAZE

Irene Ge
Christian Muche

Touch Virtual

Touch Virtual is a leading platform of AR & VR Immersive Commerce based in Shanghai. It’s also one of the few in to reinvent the e-commerce purchase experience powered by AR & VR. The platform has enabled brands to seamlessly create a quick, easy and personalized virtual store to shop for products, with no need for an APP download or a headset, which fundamentally changes the way they engage with their customers.

Touch Virtual makes it possible for over thousands of brands and retailers to communicate with consumers in an immersive way in a shared virtual world from anywhere. It connects brands and consumers by enabling the vision of the metaverse to become a reality.

Blair Lee

Blair Lee, Founder & CEO

Blair is the Founder & CEO of Touch Virtual, a leading platform of AR & VR Immersive Commerce in China. Blair is also an experienced and passionate MarTech innovator, and was elected as the chairman of MarTech Committee of MMA China. In recent years, Blair actively promotes digital and metaverse transformation of interactive experience fueled by AR & VR.

ZhuiYi Technology

ZhuiYi Technology is an AI digital workforce supplier (“AIForce”), focusing on deep learning and natural language processing, and offers full-stack AI services including voice intelligence and computer vision. ZhuiYi Technology's AI digital workforce platform is deeply integrated with business scenarios, offering different types of digital workforces that meet the need for smarter services for marketing, operations, office ops and other scenarios, and helping customers reduce costs, improve efficiency and user experience, and drive innovation and growth.

Founded in 2016, ZhuiYi has built relationships with more than 200 enterprises, including ICBC, China Merchants Bank, AIA, Manulife, China Mobile, Mercedes-Benz, Novartis, and Hong Kong International Airport. ZhuiYi was also named as a Cool Vendor in Natural Language Technology by Gartner and Top 100 AI startups (AI 100) by CB Insights in 2020.

Terry Ke

Terry Ke, Strategy Director & Head of International

Terry is the Strategy Director and Head of International Business at ZhuiYi Technology. He oversees the corporate development and manages the strategic projects for the company, including partnership and fund raising. Prior to joining ZhuiYi, Terry had over 10 years of experience in banking and consulting and held the positions in JP Morgan, Citi, HSBC and Cognizant in the U.S..

Terry holds the CFA and FRM designation. He received an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. in Finance and Risk Management & Insurance from Temple University.

Hotnest Technology

From logistics, payments, marketing to sales across all online and offline channels, the Hotnest platform provides a one stop shop “cloud operations solution” for the largest consumer market on the planet Hotnest Technology has serviced over 200 clients and works with the world’s and China’s largest brands and advertising/ consulting groups such as Ernst&Young, WPP Group, LVMH Group, Guotai Junan Securities, China Life Insurance and Interpublic Group. Hotnest is also invested by some of China's most recognized venture capital funds.

Fabian von Heimburg

Fabian von Heimburg, Co-Founder & Managing Director

Fabian von Heimburg is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Hotnest Technology, a leading European- Chinese consumer brand acceleration platform. Hotnest enables consumer brands to scale in the Chinese market using it’s proprietary AI and Big Data-driven technology platform.

Fabian was voted on both Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 Asia and China lists and is frequently featured by international media such as Forbes, Bloomberg, CCTV, China Daily, Handelsblatt etc. He is one of the very few western entrepreneurs to start a technology start up for the Chinese market and speaks fluent mandarin Chinese. Through his position as the China Head for the German Startups Association, he also works with and advises European and Chinese government organizations and private corporations to connect the respective startup and investment ecosystems and build a bridge between China and Europe.

Fabian previously worked at Google and the United Nations and holds a degree in Economic History from the London School of Economics (LSE) and studied Economics and History at Peking University.



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