Meet Jasmine Zhang, CEO Longhash Germany and European Director of She Loves Tech. Jasmine has led several international accelerator programs and specializes in EU-China cross border investments. She did previous stints in quantitative research at Deutsche Bank in London and in strategic consulting at Detecon Consulting from Germany. We spoke to her about the role of Tech in her professional life and about her failings.
Three adjectives that come to mind when you hear the word technology?
Disruptive. Creative. Exciting
What role does technology play in your everyday life?
Regarding my professional life, as an early-stage blockchain investor, I appreciate the opportunity to listen to new ideas from innovative, passionate people and follow how they have been developed in various industries. Regarding my private life, I tend to buy new products that are innovative as a small contribution to the development of the future.
Tell us a bit about your journey? How did you get to where you are now?
My background is in Mathematics and Statistics, majors that I have always been interested in. I studied and worked in London, Shanghai, and Beijing before I moved to Berlin in 2015. After having worked only for German corporates, like Deutsche Bank, Volkswagen, etc., I wanted to check the opportunities in Germany and got drenched into the vibrant urban tech-scene of Berlin immediately. Bridging different ecosystems, corporate and startup consulting have been my focus for the past 4 years here in Germany, until I joined LongHash in May 2018.
Please finish this sentence: I have failed in …. and these were my learnings…
I have failed a few interviews that I thought were very crucial for my career at that time and was really depressed and now I am fully enjoying what I am doing, and that has been exactly what I wanted to do.
These were my learnings:
1) Lots of things matter, of course, you feel depressed when goals are not achieved; but when you look back and realize what you have accomplished until now, every failure will become fundament of your future success, which you might have completely different definitions later as well.
2) Good things will come, as long as you are patient and always ready for challenges.
What are three tech trends you see happening in the next 5 years?
Definitely blockchain (the field that I am standing now), AI and IOT.
What has been a moment of fame this week?
I have just announced an afternoon-long meetup in May where our close network of investors from Asia are coming as well. I hope to meet you all there.
If you travel back in time and then into the future, what advice would you give your 23-year-old self and your 75-year-old self?
Don’t get stuck on a specific “failure”, it won’t mean anything when you look back, so calm down!
Travel more, meet new people, learn what you have interest in and find a job that has content that you are passionate about.
Stay curious, healthy and never stop caring for things around you.
Jasmine has led several international accelerator programs aboard and specializes in EU-China cross border investments. She is CEO Longhash Germany and European Director She Loves Tech. She did previous stints in quantitative research at Deutsche Bank in London and in strategic consulting at Detecon Consulting from Germany. Jasmine holds a B.S. in Financial Mathematics from the University of Liverpool and an M.S. in Statistics from the University College London.