Blog Archives

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.

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.

Tencent and Alibaba: China’s two internet ecosystems – Matthew Brennan

China is not having one internet apart from the rest of the world, but two, tells internet expert Matthew Brennan. Both Tencent and Alibaba have their own ecosystems, and they do not talk to each other. When dealing with China’s internet, you need to deal with both, he tells.

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.

Overseas fintech strategies for Alibaba and Tencent – Matthew Brennan

After a killing domestic competition between Alibaba and Tencent, the fintech branches of both take their struggle international. Fintech analyst Matthew Brennan looks in TechNode at the strategies of Alipay and WeChat to conquer foreign markets.

Outbound China investment experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

2017 will not beat 2016 in terms of volume of outbound investments, but China is still expanding fast – despite increased government limits on financing outbound deals.A few of our speakers at the China Speakers Bureau focus on that development.

Tencent hits high on gaming – Matthew Brennan

Internet giant Tencent might be most known for its loss-making WeChat, but that chat tool is effectively used to generate revenue through gaming, says e-commerce expert Matthew Brennan on QZ. The company reported a stellar performance of the second quarter.

Credit score: next in the Tencent, Alibaba fight – Matthew Brennan

Alibaba’s Ant Financial has been leading the charge in online financial transactions, but Tencent wants to gain back market share by setting up its own credit sharing system. A much needed move, says fintech expert Matthew Brennan to Pymnts.

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.