The December 2010 issue of Tennis Club Magazine, China’s leading monthly tennis magazine, features a four page article about me. It’s a general profile about me as a player, talking about my playing style, asking me for a couple of things like my favorite players, strategies, matches, etc. and how I see the tennis scene in Shanghai in general. A big part of the article is also about the story of Rimagine and how we started of as a small photo studio in Shanghai in 2004, and became one of China’s leading full service photography companies.
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09Dec 2010Lorenz featured in Tennis Mag
29Oct 2010Speech at World Photography Festival
On Friday Oct 15th, I was invited to speak at the World Photography Festival, an event which invited the leading photojournalists, fine art and commercial photographers of China. The event took place at the posh Bund18, which offered a beautiful setting for this new photography event. In total, several hundred attendants of all circles of the industry made it to the event.
The panel discussion I took part in had the topic “Marketing & Commercial Photography in China – The International Exchange”. Besides our host Scott Thode (editor of VII photo magazine), Steven Harris (director m97 Gallery, Shanghai), Yao Lu (Professor, School of Design at The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing) and me talked about strategies and what it takes to succeed within local and foreign photography markets.
Watch the first 5-6 minutes of the panel discussion below.
On the same day, I took part in The Portfolio Workshop. We reviewed and gave advise to four photographers, on how to assemble their portfolios and tailor each portfolio depending on who they are presenting to.
On Sep 9th, I was invited to take part in a panel discussion on the topic “Perspectives and Possibilities for Entrepreneurs in China”. The event, organized by the German Chamber and the chapter of the Wirtschaftsjunioren, Germany’s largest association of young entrepreneurs and executives took place at the German Center Shanghai, counted roughly 80 guests.
Questions like the following were discussed:
Is China the right place for entrepreneurs?
Am I the right person to start an enterprise?
How to start and operate a company in China?
The discussion was interesting and inspiring to me, and U think all the guests gained a couple of really insightful new points of view (or learnings), which I like to briefly summarize below:
Learning number 1:
One learning was for example that all the service-business entrepreneurs basically recommended all guests to rather stay away from the service industry, and all the entrepreneurs from the manufacturing industry recommended to stay away from the producing domain! Funny, but I’d also agree ..
Learning number 2:
Another insight was that all panelists agreed that starting a business in China is rather easy, as the entrepreneurial fruits hang rather low. However, the real challenge is to manage and scale a business to an interesting size, where it makes enough annual profit. Main challenges while trying that are HR and un-educated markets (on client side). Bobby Ma, a serial entrepreneur in China, came up with the claim that the 5-5-5 system seems to be applying: You need 5 years to build the foundation, 5 years to scale it and 5 years to sell it. That’s whooping 15 years – so everyone starting a business in China should be prepared to stay and commit himself for this amount of years!
Learning number 3:
Try to start small, and grow step-by-step, instead of taking a huge bank loan. Try first to collect money from friends and family, and keep expenses to a minimum till you see that payments are coming in.
27Aug 2009DW-World Profile on Lorenz
DW-World journalist Sandra Petersmann spent 10 days in Shanghai getting to know our GM Lorenz to produce an in-depth profile of him. In total, a 45min radio clip was produced in which you can hear Sandra and Lorenz talking about the good and bad sides of living and working in a city like Shanghai. The clips (in German) were broadcasted nationwide via several radio stations such as WDR, 1Live, Bayern3 or SWR3.
Read the articles as PDFs (in Germany only):