062: AI SUPERPOWERS WITH KAI-FU LEE

Kai-Fu Lee joins us this week to talk about his new book, AI Superpowers, and the distinct advantages and differences between the US and China in this increasingly important technology. Links AI Superpowers site Buy the book on Amazon Guests […]

061: HOW TECH HAS CHANGED MUSIC IN CHINA

Ahead of Tencent Music Entertainment’s IPO, John and Matt are joined by Wang Boyuan, translator and editor of TechCrunch.cn, to take a look back at how the music industry has been influenced by tech as well as the evolving online […]

058: IS BULLET MESSENGER A WECHAT KILLER?

This week, John and Matt talk about the messaging app that’s shot like a bullet (pun intended) to top of app store charts as well as brief discussion of shady PR and persuasion practices in China. Links Matt’s infamous tweet […]

057: THE SECRET HISTORY OF WECHAT WITH HEATHERM HUANG

This week, John and Matt talk with Heatherm Huang, a founding member of TalkBox, one of the first chat apps with push-to-talk functionality, about the history of chat message apps in China. Links MailTime Guests Heatherm Huang: heatherm@mailtime.com Hosts John […]

056: CHINA COFFEE WARS REVISITED: LUCKIN VS. STARBABA

This week, John and Matt look at the recent developments in China’s emerging coffee conflict and examine the Tencent/Alibaba turf war, whether the Starbaba tie-up will be a game changer, and the power of rethinking business models for the mobile […]

055: HUAWEI’S WOLF CULTURE: KILL OR BE KILLED, PART 2

This week, John and Matt talk with Elliot Zaagman, writer, executive coach, and corporate trainer, and Samin Sha, co-founder of ChinaChannel, about the intense internal culture at Huawei. This is the second of two parts. Links Thinking About Working For […]

054: HUAWEI’S WOLF CULTURE: KILL OR BE KILLED, PART 1

This week, John and Matt talk with Elliot Zaagman, writer, executive coach, and corporate trainer, about the intense internal culture at Huawei. We even sneak in a surprise interview with an insider at the end. This is the first of […]

053: THE CHINA THAT CAN BE UNDERSTOOD IS NOT THE REAL CHINA

 This week, John and Matt talk about how to understand China from a macro-level, including its role in the world, the different cultural values, and the difficulty in explicating a nuanced understanding of the Middle Kingdom. Links The China […]

044: CHINA’S HOTTEST APP OF 2018: DOUYIN

John and Matt talk about Douyin 抖音, the breakout short video app of 2017, how it stacks up against Kuaishou 快手 (aka Kwai)—China’s “low” humor video app, and some predictions for short video apps in 2018. Links China Tech Talk […]