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.