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.
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.
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.
Hypes are a part of China’s competitive climate, and with the hypes VC capital floods industries, like bike-sharing and food deliveries. And that might be nice for a while, warns Shanghai-based VC veteran William Bao Bean, it does not mean the best ideas get funded, he tells the Globe&Mail.
China’s ride hailing app Didi Chuxing just raised over US$5 billion, more than it would need for its China operation. After kicking Uber out of China, Didi might be preparing to go after the US company on a global scale, suggests managing director of the Chinaccelerator William Bao Bean to Bloomberg.
Shanghai-based VC William Bao Bean explains why the China startups he supports focus on South-East Asia and Eastern Europe, rather than the US. “We are trying to break the grip of Google and Facebook on startups.”
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.
2016 is going to be the year where outbound investments from China are going to be a major story. Not only generate IPO´s from Alibaba and JD, much capital that used to be locked up in China, is now looking for opportunities to go abroad. A few of our speakers at the China Speakers Bureau focus on that development.
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.