Category Archives: Shanghai

How M&S got it wrong in China – Paul French

Fashion retailer M&S got it all wrong in China as they focused on non-exciting customers, says retail analyst Paul French to Bloomberg. M&S decided to close down some of its China operation to cut their losses, after a very ambitious start in 2008 in Shanghai.

Age: no barrier for Chinese tech investors – William Bao Bean

The story of the Briton Ross Walked, 73, desperately looking for investments in his tech company, hit the media as he got capital from Chinese investors. Tech guru William Bao Bean from Shanghai explains in the Sixth Tone why age is not a barrier in China, unlike in the UK.

More rich leave China in 2016 – Rupert Hoogewerf

The trend of China´s rich planning migration to other countries has increased to 60 percent in 2016, according to the latest report by the Hurun Rich list. A weaker currency and fear for a collapsing domestic real estate market are the main reasons, Hurun founder Rupert Hoogewerf tells in the South China Morning Post. The US topped the list, followed by Britain, Canada, Australia and Singapore.

Why bike-sharing is no ride-sharing – Jeffrey Towson

Investments have been flooding into bike-sharing, with Shanghai-based Mobike and Beijing-based Ofo as main players, including funds from ride-sharing giant Didi. But bike-sharing is nothing like ride-sharing warns Peking University professor Jeffrey Towson on his LinkedIn page. Five arguments.

Why I won´t invest in Europe or the US – William Bao Bean

China has a booming and innovative startup scene, looking for global expansion. But leading VC William Bao Bean of the Shanghai based Chinaccelerator is not going to put his money in the European or US markets. Facebook´s Zuckerberg is effectively stopping any startup from becoming the next Zuckerberg, he tells a German audience.

Smart move: Wanda hires Disney exec – Ben Cavender

The battle between Wanda and Disney got a new twist as the Chinese company hired Andrew Kam, former managing director of Disneyland Hong Kong. A smart move, says retail analyst Ben Cavender in the China Daily.

Shanghai Disney is not yet there – Shaun Rein

Shanghai Disney opened with a lot of hype, but the number of visitors fell short of the expectations. The entertainment park is not yet where it wants to be, says business analyst Shaun Rein, although it might still bounce back from its current under-performance, he tells the South China Morning Post.

Mobike: great service, but no viable business model – Paul Gillis

Emerging startup Shanghai Mobike expanded to Beijing, to the delight of its citizens. But while accounting professor Paul Gillis likes and uses their service, he does not see how this VC-financed operation is going to make any money, yet, he writes at this weblog.

The end of the cable – William Bao Bean

Light can transport data in higher volumes and speed than the current cable systems, shows an experimental setup at Shanghai´s Fudan University in the documentary “Smart China” at Discovery Channel. It documents how the massive data exchange at food chains in China can guarantee food safety. Our technology speaker William Bao Bean comments at the documentary.

The Roma community in old Shanghai – Paul French

Author Paul French has added yet another subject to his long list of current and historical affairs with his latest book Gypsies of Shanghai: The Roma Community of Late 1930s and 1940s Shanghai and Their Role in the City’s Entertainment Industry. The book is small and cheap, Paul adds on his weblog, but it illustrates the amazing diversity of pre-war Shanghai.