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 […]

037: WEIBO INFLUENCER WOES WITH ELIJAH WHALEY

Matt and John talk welcome Elijah Whaley, CMO of PARKLU, onto the show again. We catch up with what’s he’s been working on lately and then discuss some new heavy-handed rent-seeking from Weibo. Links theINSIDER KOL Marketing Catalog 010: INFLUENCERS […]

036: DIVING DEEP INTO WEIBO WITH MANYA KOETSE

Matt and John talk with Manya Koetse, found and editor-in-chief of What’s on Weibo, about how the role of Weibo in Chinese society and its continuing relevance in public discourse. Links What’s on Weibo Manya Koetse How to leave an […]

035: A CHANGE IN WECHAT IS A CHANGE IN CHINESE SOCIETY

Matt and John talk about recent developments in WeChat, including new insights from WeChat Open Class, the role of mini programs and games, and “WeChat as a Platform” (WaaP). Links Eva Yoo: WeChat mini programs 1 year on: Key figures and […]

034: MAKING, HACKING, & HARDWARE WITH NAOMI WU AKA SEXY CYBORG

Matt and John talk with Naomi Wu, a well-known online personality based in Shenzhen and known for her hardware and making projects. Thanks a bunch to @Broadcastorm for the suggestion and making the intro! Links Naomi on Twitter Naomi on YouTube Naomi’s […]

033: FINTECH IPOS & THE FUTURE OF CHINA MONEY (ZENNON KAPRON)

Matt and John talk with Zennon Kapron, founder of Kapron Asia, about fintech in China, P2P lending, fintech IPOs, and money in China Links Emma Lee: Chinese microlender Qudian under fire after splashy US IPO Timmy Shen: Chinese microlender Lexin files for […]

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 […]