Who are you?

Well, it shouldn't come as any surprise to you that my name is Ryan King. I'm currently in Hong Kong running a blockchain accelerator program for Emurgo, the venture builder for the Cardano protocol. I was previously a professor of international relations and Asian studies at Fudan University, host of a tri-weekly talk show on Chinese state radio, and mentor to startups and small businesses in and around Shanghai, China.

Why am I here?

You probably heard, read, or were told about my book, I Spent 10 Years in Asia and All I Got Were These Lousy Stories. In case you haven't clicked through and bought it yet - it's a collection of short stories from my time in three Asian countries: Japan, South Korea, and China. Each of the stories are light-hearted and funny (at least I think so), but aim to teach something at the same time. I hope that while you have fun reading, you also come away from the experience having learned something new...or ridiculous.

Have you written anything else?

Sure, blogs and whatnot, but no other books. Not yet. I'm currently working on my next title and will let everyone know when it is ready. If you'd like to be among the first to know, sign up in the form below to be notified.

What if I have any more questions?

Feel free to drop a line on the Get In Touch section.

Anything else you want to add?

Living in a foreign country often means being on the edge of having no money on a surprisingly frequent basis, and so, like many others, I have done a huge number of jobs in the past, some full-time and others part-time. So, before you here from someone else, here is a list of some of the highlights:

  • head of marketing at an eco-fashion startup
  • CEO of a mobile training startup
  • manager of a corporate training company for five-star hotels
  • podcast host for a Chinese language learning company
  • corporate trainer
  • salesman for a tobacco company
  • China news correspondent for a Korean radio show
  • the voice of the auto-recording for a Shanghai boat cruise
  • voice-recognition tester for a Korean mobile phone company
  • co-host of a Japanese radio show
  • foreign model for corporate photographs
  • English teacher
  • Chinese teacher
  • Japanese teacher
  • French teacher (I don't really speak French)
  • stand-up comedian
  • childcare worker
  • soccer coach
  • security guard
  • real estate agent
  • travel agent
  • test subject for Japanese medical trials

In the Press


Crypto Titans Podcast - Ryan King, Director of Acceleration at Emurgo

CryptoTitans - Apr 10, 2018

Podcast interview, discussing all things blockchain, RegTech, an cryptocurrency.

[INTERVIEW] Emurgo Director of Acceleration Ryan King

Blockchain News Korea - Apr 05, 2018

Interview I gave to Blockchain News Korea, explaining my new role accelerating blockchain startups building on the Cardano protocol.

Shanghai BarCamp Fall 2017

Techyizu - Oct 28, 2017

Schedule of talks to be given at the Fall 2017's BarCamp event, featuring a history talk by myself.

The insider's startup guide to Shanghai

Technode - Sep 15, 2017

Handful of tips and resources for entrepreneurs and startups in Shanghai, some provided by yours truly.

This startup wants to bring classifieds to all of China's expats

Technode - Jan 24, 2017

A few comments on the finalists chosen by me at the Launch Day for Startup Leadership Program Batch 5.

Tips for Foreign Founders: QR Codes and WeChat

Technode - Dec 22, 2016

Excerpts from my interview with Technode about the difficulties for foreign startups in China.

This Startup Is Selling China's Landfill Fabric To The US

Technode - Feb 22, 2016

Interview with me in Technode, acting as the spokesperson for the Squirrelz, an eco-materials startup I worked for earlier in my career.

Chinaccelerator shows off a diverse batch of 10 new startups at demo day

Tech in Asia - Jun 05, 2015

Review of the demo day for Chinaccelerator Batch 7, a program I went through with a previous company, SXT Learning.