Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Lillian Li is the writer of Chinese Characteristics, a longform newsletter analyzing Chinese tech’s design philosophies, business strategies and product idiosyncrasies. Before returning to China in 2020, Li was a venture capital investor with Salesforce Ventures and Eight Roads Ventures investing across Europe. While in London, Li also co-founded Diversity VC, a non-profit partnership promoting diversity in venture capital. Li is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics. What follows is a lightly edited Q&A. Lillian Li.Illustration by Kate Copeland Q: What was it about the Chinese tech scene that really enticed you there? A: There were a few things. Firstly, the pace of progress and the scope of ambition were very visible as someone who visited China probably about once a year; from an on-the-ground perspective, to see the pace of change, even in the mainstream, from people going from using cash to social payments to using everything tSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.