Category Archives: technology

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.

Facial recognition: the new norm – Matthew Brennan

Social media expert Matthew Brennan gives ten case studies on facial recognition in China at his China Channel. Facial recognition is becoming fast the new norms, and he summarizes a few reasons why the new technology is taking off so fast.

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?

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.

How China will execute its VPN ban – Matthew Brennan

Can the Chinese censors funnel almost all internet traffic through government-approved VPN’s? Yes, says social media expert Matthew Brennan to the Beijinger. The often-heard assumption China cannot afford a fully controlled internet might be wrong, he says. Apple pulling the plug on VPN’s might only be the start.

Apple: a ripple in China’s fintech markets – Matthew Brennan

Online payments have gained market share in China very fast, but that market is dominated by domestic players like Tencent and Alibaba, while foreign ones like Apple are less than a ripple, says fintech expert Matthew Brennan at Pymnts.

Why China is no.1 in e-commerce – William Bao Bean

Europe and America are getting the message: they are behind China in e-commerce. China veteran William Bao Bean tells an European audience at Medialaan in Brussels it is not about technology, but about the speed of adoption of the users.

Why is Didi raising so much capital? – Jeffrey Towson

Since last year car-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has been raising over US$15 billion, even after it won the costly competitive struggle with Uber. Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson sees at his weblog four reasons why Didi continues to raise so much capital. Here are two of them.

China: going fully cashless – Ben Cavender

China might have invented the paper money, it is most likely also the first one to go fully cashless, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to Motherboard. “People basically run their lives through smartphones in China.”

PBOC promises for fintech and startups – Andy Mok

Business analyst Andy Mok has nine take-away’s from this week’s central bank’s press conference. Fintech and startups got priority from the government, he writes in CGTN, and they prepare for global expansion. But domesticallly virtual currencies and digital payment systems are kept under control to avoid capital flight.