Marbridge’s multinational, multilingual team of consultants has over 80 combined years of China-focused telecommunications, IT, consulting, and investment banking experience. With that experience comes a strong network of government and industry connections, a vital resource for any company planning to do business in China.
Senior team members include:
Mark Natkin has over 20 years’ experience working in East Asia for telecommunications and IT focused consultancies and various major multi-nationals, including Weyerhaeuser, Qualcomm, Motorola, and General Electric. He has a strong background in business consulting, general management, market research, strategic planning, sales, and marketing, and has led successful projects in China market entry, M&A due diligence, business development strategy, manufacturing localization, distribution channels development, and best practices. He is a graduate of Princeton University, holds MBA and MA Asian studies degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, and is highly proficient in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.
Richard Robinson is a serial tech entrepreneur and executive, working in China since 1996. He has served as a senior executive at three companies – Modem Media, Linktone, and Renren – from pre-IPO through to their public listings, and subsequently went on to found five companies – MIG Asia, Shouji Mobile, Dada Asia, Kooky Panda, and Yolu – of which three have exited to publicly listed firms. Active as a startup advisor, mentor, and angel, Richard frequently speaks at tech conferences globally, including serving as master of ceremonies at TechCrunch Beijing, GMIC Beijing and Silicon Valley, and Startup Asia Singapore and Jakarta. He is also the founder of ChopSchticks, an agency that organizes standup comedy shows for expats in China and other parts of Asia, and which has featured Louis CK, Russell Peters, Marc Maron, The Second City, and other major performers. Richard earned an MBA from RSM at Erasmus University in The Netherlands, studied at Cambridge University in the U.K., and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Robert Tanner has worked in China for over 25 years, where he currently serves as Director of Global Business Development for mobile keyboard software developer Kika Tech. Prior to Kika Tech, Rob served as Director of International Strategic Cooperation at China's leading third-party mobile browser developer UC Web, opening offices in India and Silicon Valley for UC Browser while securing local content partnerships. Rob has previously held a variety of China-focused positions, including CDMA Technology Business Development Manager at Nokia China, Mobile Data Product Management Director for Siemens Shanghai Mobile, where he was responsible for the development of the company's mobile data strategy and sales, Executive Director of Business Development for eSAMSUNG China, where he devised eSAMSUNG's investment strategy and designed their Internet incubation development center for wireless/mobile start-ups, Consultant with Accenture's (formerly Andersen Consulting) China Strategy Group, and China Operations Supervisor for Baskin-Robbins International in Beijing. He has also led Chinese Internet market research studies and devised market entry formulations for eBay and CNK Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Ltd. He is a graduate of Wittenberg University (Magna cum Laude), holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a fluent Mandarin speaker.
Alexander Ronalds is a gaming enthusiast, entrepreneur, and executive. He currently works in Silicon Valley as a Product Manager at Amazon’s live streaming video unit Twitch Interactive, developing next generation social products for gamers, prior to which he served as a Product Manager at Facebook, running the social networking giant’s multi-billion-dollar web gaming business. Alex has over 10 years of work experience in China, where he served in various posts, including COO of Balanced Worlds, a THQ and engine technology developer that was wholly acquired by San Francisco-based gaming firm Kabam in 2012. From 2009 to 2015, Alex also ran Argine Consulting, a game development consulting firm he founded to create end-to-end solutions for developers and publishers globally. Alex graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.