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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]