Robert COLLINS 高林斯
DOING CHINA BUSINESS LLC
Rob Collins specializes in cross-border business between China and the U.S. He represents U.S. companies expanding into China and Chinese companies coming to America. Lately, China’s fast growing e-commerce market keeps him busy bringing U.S. consumer brands to China. Rob has lived and worked in China for nearly 20 years, but now spends most of his time in Chicago.
What was your first job, and how did it shape your life?
I started my entrepreneurship career early at the age of 13 as a paper boy delivering newspapers. You learn how to run a business, responsibility, how to deal with people, how to manage money, organizational skills, and more.
When do you feel most free?
I feel the most free when I am bicycling in the countryside in China. My favorite destination are in the mountains of MoGanShan and for island life it would be Heng Sha Dao—both of which are outside of Shanghai. I’ve biked more than 3,000 miles in China.
What is an extraordinary place you have recently traveled to?
My son taught English in rural China in a village called Da Zhai. It’s located in the mountains of central Yunnan province. It is a beautiful rural setting with a cavernous valley and brilliant show of stars at night. After two flights to get to the nearest city, you must take a three hour bus ride on dirt roads that twist through the mountains. While stunningly beautiful, the mountainous journey is not for the faint hearted.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I do a lot of mentoring to millennial just starting out and start-up businesses. I like to give something to others and also to help entrepreneurs succeed.