032: CHINA TECH TRENDS IN 2017, PART 2

This week, Matt and John discuss the top 5 trends (plus some honorable mentions) in China’s tech for 2017 and make some predictions going into 2018. This is the second of two parts. Links Previous episodes referenced: Live streaming Episode […]

031: CHINA TECH TRENDS IN 2017, PART 1

This week, Matt and John discuss the top 5 trends (plus some honorable mentions) in China’s tech for 2017 and make some predictions going into 2018. This is the first of two parts. Links Previous episodes referenced: Bike rentals Episode […]

030: LIVE FROM TECHCRUNCH – BINGOBOX & XIAOMI

This week, we hear from BingoBox and Xiaomi about their products, market strategy, and the future of their verticals. Links Eva Yoo Chinese smartphones increasing market share in India in Q3: report Video: We tested one of China’s unmanned stores […]

029: TENCENT’S $2 BILLION BET ON SNAP

This week, Matt and John talk about what Tencent’s $2 bln investment in Snap means for both companies (John also goes down a rabbit hole about Chinese consumer psychology). Links How to leave an iTunes review Hosts John Artman, @knowsnothing, TechNode Matthew […]

028: REINVENTING COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE WITH NAKED HUB

This week, Matt and John speak with Dominic Penaloza, CIO of naked Hub, about co-working in China as well as what naked Hub is doing to reinvent commercial real estate. Links Emma Lee: Co-working Startup naked Hub To Add Up To […]

27: CAN THE IPHONE X SAVE APPLE IN CHINA?

After a lackluster response from China for the iPhone 7, and consecutive quarterly declines in market share, many have wondered if we are watching the beginning of the end for Apple in China. This week, Matt and John revisit their […]

026: THE UBER CHINA MAFIA WITH CHENYU ZHENG

Some call Uber’s China foray a failure but looking at the DNA of the company, its values of radical ownership and operational focus have reshaped entrepreneurship in China. This week, Matt and John talk about the lasting impact Uber has […]

025: MOBIKE GOES GLOBAL WITH FLORIAN BOHNERT

This week John and Matt follow up with Florian Bohnert, Head of Global Partnerships about what Mobike has been up to since we last talked, including: How Mobike has expanded into global markets The challenges of globalizing from China Finding […]

024: THE WATER WE SWIM IN (REFERENCE EPISODE)

The first reference episode for China Tech Talk delves into the broader conditions enabling China speed, including: Economic growth and habituated pace of change Generational differences in user habits Super apps Values that don’t include net neutrality or the open […]

023: CHINA’S NEW GROUP CHAT & VPN RULES

John and Matt start with new group chat rules as well as VPNs and end up talking about deeper questions the economic implications of a truly tech-savvy Chinese government, specifically: Rules affecting group chats in WeChat, QQ, and Baidu Tieba The […]

022: P2P LENDING WITH LING KONG CTO OF DIANRONG

John and Matt talk with Ling Kong, CTO of Dianrong about: How peer-to-peer (P2P) lending got started What makes Dianrong different from their competitors (hint: there’s a reason we’re talking to the CTO) How the government sees the P2P lending […]

021: CHINA’S ICO BAN WITH PATRICK DAI

This week, John speaks with Patrick Dai, co-founder & chairman of Qtum foundation, about: What ICOs are Why companies want to do ICOs How many ICOs are fraudulent Why the Chinese government banned ICOs How long the ban will last […]

020: ALIPAY VS. WECHAT & WHY SMILE TO PAY MATTERS

Matt and John start with Alipay’s recent “smile to pay” demo and end with a discussion on why WeChat went into payments in the first place. Along the way, they talk about: Alipay and WeChat’s money market funds WeChat’s new […]

019: CHINA’S $20 BILLION NEWS APP WITH DANNIE LI

This week Matt and John talk with Dannie Li, an analyst at China Tech Insights about Jinri Toutiao, a Chinese content aggregator recently valued at $20 billion, including: Why Jinri Toutiao is so popular How it is so sticky Its […]

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 […]