069: RESTRICTIONS AND RESTRUCTURINGS — 2018 IN REVIEW, PART 2

This week, Matt and John take a look at the stories and trends of 2018, including gaming restrictions, Tencent’s restructuring, the delivery and coffee wars, WeChat mini programs, and Bullet Messenger Links The relevant episodes: Gaming:  18: China’s gaming and e-sports […]

067: IPOs IN A BEAR MARKET WITH SHAI OSTER

This week, John and Matt talk with Shai Oster, Asia bureau chief for The Information, about the rash of Chinese IPOs in a down market, looking at Tencent Music, Xiaomi, Pinduoduo, Meituan Dianping. We also talk about the possibilities for […]

066: THE NEXT FACEBOOK WILL BE CHINESE

Bytedance, formerly known as Jinri Toutiao, is on deck for discussion this week. Beginning from pure textual content and recommendation, Bytedance has seemingly found the key to human attention. While this makes for a great product, and compelling business, whether […]

065: WALMART CHINA: TED HOPKINS LIVE FROM TECHCRUNCH SHENZHEN

Ted Hopkins, Senior Director of Walmart Ecommerce, joins us to talk about mini programs, eliminating lines in stores, and the future of retail in China. Links Briefing: Walmart’s mini program “Scan to Buy” has attracted over 10 million users Guests […]

063: FAKE NUMBERS IN CHINA & THE MAFENGWO SCANDAL

Wang Boyuan is back! This time we’re talking about Mafengwo and the curious case of extremely unreliable numbers in China. Not only Mafengwo, but also Alibaba, JD.com, and Dianping are mentioned in the discussion. Links TechCrunch中文版 Mafengwo accused of faking […]

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 […]