Category Archives: ecommerce

Moving to a cash- and cardless society – Andy Mok

China has all but abolished cash and bank cards, and the rest of the world might be following fast. CBS talks to economist Andy Mok. China had no good working banking system, and moved fast to mobile payment, but the rest of the world might follow soon.

How WeChat started to promote WeBank – Matthew Brennan

E-commerce expert Matthew Brennan discovered how WeChat silently started to promote Tencent’s WeBank, a potentially major move in pushing internet banking ahead of the traditional banks in China, he writes on his website China Channel. The old banks will have to run for their money.

22 years of connecting Asia – William Bao Bean

VC-veteran William Bao Bean tells about his 22-year adventure of connecting tech, banking and the internet in Asia, at Haymarkt HQ, and answers questions by Angela Kwan and her audience. How does China’s internet work?

Are Alibaba and Tencent becoming too powerful? – Matthew Brennan

Both Tencent and Alibaba have become power players, even eclipsing the formerly leading economic state-owned companies, says innovation-specialist Matthew Brennan in ATimes. So maybe they [think they] need to clip their wings a little,” adds Mr Brennan.

Aussie startups: stay away from China – William Bao Bean

Managing director William Bao Bean of the leading Chinaccelerator, on tour in Australia, warns Aussie startups to stay away from China and much of Asia, he tells the Australian Financial Review. They should look for their opportunities much closer to home, he added.

Financial institutions: earning on data – Shaun Rein

Online financial institutions like Alibaba’s Ant Financial and Tencent are developing new business models, where they make money on the giant amount of data they collect. Financial authorities are stepping in, for the right reasons, says business analyst Shaun Rein to the China Daily.

New strict regulations for infant formula – Mark Schaub

China has released new rules for infant formula milk powder, one of the most-discussed products after massive domestic scandals and waves of foreign imports, both legally and illegally. Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub discusses at Lexology the impact, as domestic and foreign formulas are now treated equally, and it is going to be more complicated.

Attracting mobile-first users is a different ball game – William Bao Bean

What internet companies coming to China forget is that the user base is completely mobile. They have always done all their online stuff on mobile devices, says managing direct William Bao Bean. of accelerator VC firm SOSV at MOX Demo Batch Day 3, writes E27.

The blurring online lines between personal and business – Shaun Rein

Communication in China has changed into a completely different ball game, most Western visitors fail to get. Especially the blurring line between personal and business communication is key to understand, says business analyst Shaun Rein at Knowledge CKGSB. For example for recruiting.

Bike sharing: catching on – Paul Gillis

Bike sharing has met mixed reactions in China, including Beida professor Paul Gillis, who wondered earlier this year whether the investments made business sense, while they are already expanding internationally. The business case still has to be proven, Paul Gillis now admits on North Carolina Public Radio, bike sharing has changed his urban life for the better.