Twenty years ago Chinese academics sent their first online message and since then the internet has changed China beyond recognition. Despite efforts by the government to keep freedom of speech in check, China´s internet users are freer than even. A few of our speakers are key experts in this field.
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If at any place the switch from brick-and-mortar is going fast, it is China. Permanent online consumers comment, exchange information, and buy 24/7. When you sit down in a restaurant, you first ask the code for the free wifi, before the menu. When you travel abroad, you constantly discuss with friends and family back how, what to buy, or what not to buy.
From a cash country, where transactions were done by moving plastic bags with money between bank branches, China has turned into a leading force in fintech or financiel technology. Mobile payment are standard. Bitcoins and blockchain technology found in China early adopters. Social media have – more than anywhere in the world – adopted payment systems to facilitate online trade.
Chinese consumers are becoming a force to be reckoned with. Often erratic, but massive because of their size, says business professor Jeffrey Towson on this first #ChinaConsumer vlog. Three predictions on where to watch this force of the future on hyperadoption and mobile.
The internet in China has become the country’s public sphere, says China watcher Kaiser Kuo, former Baidu communication director, at the Paulson Institute. Despite blocked websites and government control, it is the place where netizens express their opinions and discuss.
Making money on mobile apps is – despite their popularity – almost impossible. Taiwan-based MOX and Shanghai-based Chinaccelator try to break the stranglehold of Google and Facebook on this industry, says William Bao Bean, managing director of both, to Tech in Asia.
Competition in China is bloody and fierce, but as the Chinese internet companies go global, also China’s internet wars go global, says William Bao Bean, partner at SOSV to FTChinese. Didi taking on Brazil’s 99, its home-grown taxi-hailing app, it a telling sign.
It sounds odd to hear from the managing director if the Chinaccelator in Shanghai, but William Bao Bean sees it as a success when startups decide to avoid the China market and explore other markets. “Interestingly enough, the greatest help that Chinaccelerator can give to start-ups considering China is convincing them otherwise,” he tells Inc-ASEAN.
More Chinese internet users are looking for good answers and are willing to pay for it. Paid Q&A apps emerge in China and business consulent Andy Mok discusses at CGTN America their business models and their chances to succeed.