Category Archives: Alibaba

Innovation experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

Innovation and China seemed have been at odds for a long time. But the country known for its copy-cats has made huge strides forward, and innovation has become a key feature in the country´s development. Not surprising, also speakers at the China Speakers Bureau reflect that important development.

IPO-hungry tech firms might jump the queue in China – Paul Gillis

Financial authorities in Beijing are playing with the idea to give tech firms a faster-track IPO in China, says accounting professor Paul Gillis at his weblog. Taking away some of the cumbersome restrictions for IPO’s in China might lead to the expected ban of variable interest entity or VIE’s, a side-track allowing Chinese firms to list in the US, he suggests.

Ant Financial’s strategy to go global – Ben Cavender

Alibaba’s Ant Financial investment of US$200 million into the Korean mobile payment service Kakao Pay illustrates how the leading Chinese payment platform want to gain global dominance, says business analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters. Buying into strong local players is smarter than competing with them.

Mixing online and offline retail does not work yet – Ben Cavender

Alibaba teamed up with brick-and-mortar retailer Bailian, in the latest effort to combine the best of two worlds. But while the idea seems to make sense, the results up to now have been meager, tells retail analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters.

Shaun Rein: daring thinker, say Australia´s CPA´s

Leading business analyst Shaun Rein has been selected by CPA´s in Australia as on of the top-10 daring thinkers of 2016. Author of The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia, his thoughts on China´s innovative road into the future has triggered off his selection, reports InTheBlack.com.

Few US jobs from Alibaba – Ben Cavender

Chairman Jack Ma of Alibaba promised US president-elect Donald Trump a million US jobs, but what he might get, says retail analyst Ben Cavender at CNN, are very, very few real jobs. “I don’t see a lot of job creation happening.”

Alibaba´s one million US jobs: mainly good PR – Jeffrey Towson

When Alibaba´s Jack Ma met US president-elect Donald Trump and announced he would create one million jobs in the US, it was already taken with a pinch of salt. Mainly good PR, says Peking University professor Jeffrey Towson to AFP, by a Chinese company focusing on the US as its next market.

Alibaba moves more into brick-and-mortar – Ben Cavender

Internet giant Alibaba paid US$2.6 billion for the retailer Intimate group, another sign Alibaba wants to leverage its online presence to brick-and-mortar retail operations, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters. Earlier it bought also leading retailer Suning.

The war between US and Chinese platforms – Jeffrey Towson

Chinese platforms are going global: Ctrip, Didi, Alibaba, Baidu, UnionPay. Global platforms try to enter China: Airbnbn, Uber, Google, Facebook. Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson welcomes us to the US-China platform war, and explores on his LinkedIn page the battle field.

China´s move to a cashless society – Andy Mok

Almost all Chinese consumers use their mobile phone to pay, most overwhelmingly by Alipay. Fintech expert Andy Mok discusses at CCTV the implications. The technology is inplace, but the regulators are still slowing the implementation, he says. Regulation by the government is unavoidable, but in a way that serves the consumers.