Fritz Demopoulos has been an entrepreneur and investor in the Chinese media and internet industries for over a decade.
Fritz is a founder of Qunar.com, China ‘s largest travel portal with over 40 mln monthly unique visitors and ventured-backed by Mayfield, Tenaya, GSR and Granite Global. This past July before leaving Qunar as CEO, Fritz sold a majority stake in Qunar to Baidu, making it the largest private transaction in the history of the Chinese internet. Qunar means “where are you going?” in mandarin Chinese.
Prior to Qunar, Fritz co-founded Shawei.com, China ‘s largest sports portal which means “brave shark” in Chinese. After securing investment from Intel, Softbank and IDG, the company was profitably acquired by Tom.com.
Fritz was also the SVP of Corporate Development for Netease.com, one of China ‘s largest online game platforms and was the best performing equity on the NASDAQ exchange from 2001 to 2003.
He first came to China with the News Corporation at which he was responsible for a range of BD projects for News Corp businesses including Twentieth Century Fox, NDS, ChinaByte and STAR TV.
A native of Southern California, Fritz was educated at UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, the University of Heidelberg in Germany , and the Chinese University of Hong Kong . He has lectured frequently on entrepreneurship and the Chinese market at Stanford, Harvard, Tsinghua, Beijing University , UCLA and the Communist Party College in Nanjing .
He is a supporter of the Arsenal Gunners of the English Premier League.