(Yicai Global) June 29 -- The organizers of TechCrunch Disrupt, the technology summit for geeks and entrepreneurs worldwide, found that the event still cannot achieve the same level of influence in China as it has in the US when it was held in Shanghai between June 25 and 29.
Global Internet and tech giants and heavyweight investors such as Facebook and Google enjoy giving talks and media interviews, but the founders of top Chinese companies tend to shy away from such events. Even if they accept an invitation, most of them duck out straight after giving a keynote speech.
"They're unwilling to accept interviews of a challenging nature, which baffles us," TechCrunch CEO Ned Desmond told Yicai Global.
"In the States, we seldom arrange any themed speeches, and there were only three themed speeches in all of our 15 events held in the past worldwide," he said. "But we compromised in China and will arrange more speeches to attract major Chinese companies."
What started as a technology blog in 2005, TechCrunch has now grown into an influential tech media community, with more than 2 million followers on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google.
TechCrunch Disrupt was launched on the TechCrunch website as a technology summit in 2011, providing a venue for tech start-ups to display their products and services to venture capitalists and the media. It has been held in San Francisco, New York, London, Beijing and Shanghai.