Richard Robinson: the guy every start up wishes for. For nearly two decades Robinson has been a senior executive or co-founder to eight successive startups, and an advisor, mentor, and investor to dozens more.
Robinson studied at Cambridge University in the UK in 1988, and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 1989. In 1996, he received an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. But those are not even the biggest accomplishments of this bon vivant. He just seems to know how it’s done — Robinson has been a serial tech entrepreneur in China since 1996 and has founded five companies himself. Three exited to publicly listed companies, while two “landed squarely in the ‘L’ column”.
Rich Robinson’s journey as an entrepreneur in China has made headlines in The New York Times and China Daily. For the last two decades, on stage running ChopSchticks standup comedy, where he is constantly chasing those belly laughs. In addition to being the Founding Partner at Whip Wham, he is a frequent guest at tech conferences, where he is just as entertaining as a keynote presenter, panelist, and event MC. He is based in Beijing, married to his entrepreneur wife, and has three kids all Made in China.
At the MQ! Innovation Summit 2019, Richard Robinson was on stage as moderator. He made the speeches, workspaces, and many other points on the agenda passionate experiences, while also giving the audience some motivating words: “When you are not asking why, then somebody else is. Then somebody else is going to disrupt you unless you can disrupt yourself from within.”
Whip Wham is Rich’s advisory practice which helps companies to succeed in China and Asia and vice versa.