After moving to China in 1995, Goldkorn lived in a workers dormitory, started and managed several magazines and a design firm, and rode a bicycle across Xinjiang and Tibet. In 2003, he founded Danwei, a website about Chinese media and Internet which became a research firm that he sold to the Financial Times in 2013. He has written for publications as diverse as China Economic Quarterly, Cosmopolitan’s China edition (时尚杂志), and The Guardian. He is an affiliate of the Australian Centre on China in the World and a co-editor of the China Story Yearbook and website.
Goldkorn’s writing, public speaking, and podcasting activities cover a range of subjects from media regulation, Internet business, censorship, and the habits of Chinese Internet users, to Sino-African affairs, the Great Wall, and Chinese consumer culture. Goldkorn was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. He moved from China to Nashville, Tenn in 2015.