George Godula

Founder and CEO, Web2Asia | Partner, Jimdo | Managing Director of Asia, mhdirekt

George Godula is an Internet entrepreneur and angel investor with a focus on e-commerce. He currently acts as CEO of Shanghai-based digital marketing agency & TP (“Taobao Partner”) Web2Asia (http://www.web2asia.com) – a company he started in 2006. At the same time George is shareholding partner at global website creator & eShop solution Jimdo (http://www.jimdo.com), a startup founded in 2007 by former classmates from Gothenburg University, and which is now among the top 3 largest players globally in this industry with offices in Hamburg, Shanghai, Tokyo and San Francisco.Jimdo triggered George’s passion for Internet & e-commerce startups and he is an active mentor and angel investor at CHINACCELERATOR (http://www.chinaccelerator.com) and AngelVest (http://www.angelvestgroup.com) – both based in Shanghai.

He frequently publishes and speaks on the topic of China Multi-Channel, E-Commerce and Digital Marketing and has been featured in among others The Washington Post, The New York Times, Reuters, Techcrunch, Mashable, Pando Daily, The Next Web and Venture Beat.

Prior to moving to China in 2006, George was Business Development Manager and Head of Special Projects at OMICRON Electronics in Austria. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Innsbruck, Austria and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. George is an Austrian national, but has spent most of his professional life as expatriate and speaks German, English, Swedish, French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

His favourite quote is: “The world is like a ride at an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it, you think that it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly coloured, and it’s very loud and it’s fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question – is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us. They say ‘Hey! Don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because, this is just a ride.” – Bill Hicks

Based in Shanghai.

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