China Luxury Advisors
Sage’s China experience includes researcher, investor and entrepreneur with a focus on digital and mobile strategy. Sage first visited China in 1987, and has been studying and speaking the language and culture ever since.
Sage has advised companies on their China market entry and digital strategy as a co-founder of HotPot Consulting, including leading development of L2′s research and advisory platform in China and market entry for research company, Symphony IRI Holdings, and Evernote.
In Shanghai, Sage was the Chief representative of China operations for Hong Kong-based hedge fund Pacific Sun Investment Management. He was the general manager of Shanghai-based Pacific Epoch, a boutique telecom and technology research firm, later acquired by Pacific Crest Securities. Sage was also a consultant for telecom, media and technology firm BDA, based in Beijing.
Sage contributed the weekly “Sage Brennan’s This Week in China” column to Dow Jones’ MarketWatch for two years, and remains a frequent commentator on China-related media and technology issues in print media and on programs such as CNBC’s Asia Squawk Box, Wall Street Journal and others.
Sage is a founder and curator of the Shanghai chapter of MobileMonday, with over 3,000 participants, and founded the TEDxShanghai chapter. He is also a regular speaker on China at conferences such as SouthXSouthwest, AdTech and others.
A native of Boston, Sage holds both an MBA and an undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and harbors a lifelong passion for Mandarin and China.