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 […]

042: CHINA’S MOBILITY & TRANSPORT MARKET GETS ALL MIXED UP

This week, John and Matt talk about recent developments in China’s mobility and the O2O market as Meituan acquires Mobike and joins others encroaching into Didi territory. Links Didi recruits food delivery riders in Wuxi to challenge Meituan Meituan acquisition […]

041: ALIBABA’S NEW RETAIL WITH STEPHANE MONSALLIER

We’re back! Sorry for being gone so long. Hope you didn’t miss us too much. This week, John and Matt talk with Stephane Monsallier, founder of Shops of the Future, about new retail and Alibaba’s strategy with Hema. Links Video: […]

040: INTRODUCTION TO CHINA’S NEW RETAIL

Matt and John try to understand the recent (and not so recent) moves by China’s internet giants into offline retail. Links Alibaba to invest $4.6 billion in China electronics retailer Suning JD vs Alibaba: The war for China’s fresh food […]

039: PLAYER UNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS & STEAM IN CHINA

Matt and John talk with Charlie Moseley, an American games developer based in Chengdu. We start the conversation about PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds and then go into the future of Steam as well as PUBG’s prospects in 2018. [This was recorded on […]