018: CHINA’S GAMING & E-SPORTS INDUSTRY WITH DANIEL AHMAD

This week Matt and John talk with Daniel Ahmad, an analyst at Niko Partners about: The uniqueness of China’s games market The size of the e-sports industry How gaming and e-sports are becoming more mainstream Tencent’s position in the games market The […]

017: CHINA’S LARGEST RETAILER WITH JOSH GARTNER OF JD.COM

This week Matt and John talk with Josh Gartner, veteran China hand and VP for International Corporate Affairs at JD.com, about: How JD stacks up against Amazon and Alibaba Early challenges and a crucial pivot towards in-house logistics Tencent as […]

016: ICO MADNESS & BITCOIN FEVER WITH NEIL WOODFINE

This week Matt and John talk with Neil Woodfine, former COO at Remitsy about: What bitcoin and blockchain are What Ethereum might be Why ICOs don’t make sense How bitcoin is going to play a bigger part in decentralized transactions […]

015: BAIDU AIN’T THAT BAD WITH KAISER KUO

This week Matt and John talk with Kaiser Kuo, veteran China hand and former International Communications Director for Baidu, about: What the early China internet was like How he joined Baidu How Chinese companies are like ice age tribes VPNs […]

014: TENCENT’S OTHER KILLER APP

This week Matt and John talk about Honor of Kings aka Strike of Kings aka Arena of Glory, Tencent’s uber popular mobile multiplayer game, including: Background on mobile gaming and MOBA’s Why it’s become a cultural phenomenon Why Tencent is […]

013: ALI & TENCENT IN SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH BERNARD LEONG

This week John and Matthew talk with Bernard Leong, host of the Analyse Asia podcast, about Alibaba and Tencent’s activity in Southeast Asia, including: Why banks aren’t competing with each other but with other tech companies Why Southeast Asia may be Amazon’s Waterloo […]

012: TECHCRUNCH ASIA WITH JON RUSSELL

This week John and Matt talk with Jon Russell, TechCrunch’s man in Asia about covering China from the outside. We cover topics including: Biggest challenges in covering China from outside the country Explaining China to people who aren’t familiar with […]

011: BRINGING YOUR APP TO CHINA

This week John and Matt talk with Shlomo Freund and Michael Michelini, hosts of the China Business Cast, about bringing your app to China, including: Why games are difficult to bring to China How app markets monetize Why there is no […]

010: INFLUENCERS IN CHINA & THE FUTURE OF BRANDS

John and Matthew talk with Elijah Whaley, Chief Marketing Officer for ParkLU, about: Why big ad agencies are failing to keep up How content is being democratized Why Taobao is dominating live streaming How influencers are building the brands of the future […]

009: HOW TO BECOME A CHINESE LIVE STREAM CELEBRITY

John and Matthew talk with Lauren Hallanan, an internet celebrity in China about: Differences in live streaming platforms Gifting as a business model How to make a live stream interesting Agency practices (hint: it’s not always ethical) Transition from streamer […]

008: HOW CHINESE INTERNET CELEBRITIES ARE TAKING OVER E-COMMERCE

 John and Matthew talk with Dannie Li, an analyst at China Tech Insights, about China’s internet celebrities, including: Differences between wanghong (网红) and KOLs/influencers A brief history of the wanghong industry Why they’ve become so popular (hint: Taobao ain’t that […]

007: WECHAT’S PIVOT IN PROGRESS

John and Matthew talk about the future of Tencent and WeChat, including: What a WeChat hardware device might be Possible AR features and products The role of mini-programs in the WeChat ecosystem WeChat team learning how to make partnerships with big […]

006: SMARTPHONES IN CHINA – APPLES GROWING WEAKNESS

John and Matthew talk about Apple’s challenges in China, including: A brief history of the iPhone in China A look at some strong competitors and their ability to appeal to Chinese customers Apple’s non-existent services ecosystem Tensions between Apple and […]

005: FROM THE VALLEY TO CHINA WITH STEVE HOFFMAN

John and Matthew talk with Steve Hoffman, Founder and Captain of Founders Space. Steve has tons of experience in the Valley and has been spending more and more time in China. We talk about a variety of things, including: How does […]

004: INTERVIEW WITH FLORIAN BOHNERT OF MOBIKE

This week we switch up the format a bit to do our very first interview! Continuing our discussion of bike sharing, we invited Florian Bohnert, Head of International Expansion at Mobike, to talk about Mobike, bike sharing, and their plans […]

003: BIKE SHARING BUSINESS MODELS – MOBIKE & OFO

John and Matthew go deeper on bike sharing and respond to some listener feedback. Questions they answer: How many bikes are on the streets? How many users do Mobike and ofo have? How much are these two companies worth? How […]

002: MINI-PROGRAMS – WECHAT’S KILLER FEATURE

John and Matthew talk about WeChat’s mini-programs. Introduced earlier this year, the full potential of mini-programs were not apparent at launch, leading some to speculate that they would never be useful. Matt is pretty bullish while John has a wait-and-see attitude. […]

001: AN INTRODUCTION TO CHINA’S BIKE SHARING

John and Matthew talk about bike sharing. Since the middle of 2016, China’s streets have explosions of yellow, orange, blue, and green as the bike sharing wars take off. Who are the big players? Why is it taking off in […]

000: INTRODUCTIONS

This episode is all about introductions: who we are, what we do, and what this podcast is about. John Artman is Editor-in-Chief at TechNode English. Matthew Brennan is the founder of ChinaChannel.