Aptoide has a new office in Shenzhen, China, at the SimplyWork Space - Nanshan district. The office space is open since the 2nd of November, 2015 and is led by Manuel Saraiva, Aptoide's International Business Development Manager.

For Manuel, being in charge of Aptoide’s new Shenzhen office is "equal parts exciting and challenging". And when asked "Why in Shenzhen"? he explains: "when we talk about OEMs, whether it is about smartphones, set-top boxes or wearables, this is the place to be. It’s China’s Sillicon Valley - a young, modern and green innovative hub whose hardware startup scene is unstoppable. Things move fast and there are a lot of audacious yet brilliant ideas going around. I guess what I’m trying to say is: we feel at home here".

The localization of the office was also a big concern: "We are right at the epicentre of this ecosystem and we’ll be able to develop a close relationship with the key and upcoming players. We want to contribute as much as we want to take from it. Helping me is Junying, the smartest and most ruthlessly effective Chinese I know. Keep an eye out, though: we’re already looking to ramp up our team".

Junying is from China. She has been studying Marketing in ISCTE, Portugal, and had an internship at Aptoide, mainly focusing on creating and maintaining partnerships with Chinese Companies.

"For me it’s a great challenge to be a business development executive in such a fast-growing country, as we need to be very quick to move in order to reach our goals in the Chinese market”.

Are you around Shenzhen? You aren’t, but still interested in hearing more? Drop Manuel a line on his mail.