Category Archives: Alibaba

2014: A stellar year for the internet industry – Paul Gillis

China´s economic growth might no longer be double digits, the internet industry keeps on booming, says financial expert Paul Gillis at Aljazeera. Successful IPO´s contributes, although the companies did not really need money, says the accounting professor.

Wang Jianlin´s poor IPO spoiled his no.1 position – Rupert Hoogewerf

Until last week both Jack Ma of Alibaba and Wang Jianlin were in the race to become the richest man in China in 2014. A poor IPO in Hong Kong spoiled his chances, explains China Rich List founder Rupert Hoogewerf, in the China Daily. But it is not the end of the game.

China´s richest in 2014: Jack Ma or Wang Jianlin – Rupert Hoogewerf

For a short while Alibaba´s chairman Jack Ma looked like he was heading for the position of richest person in China in 2014. But at the end of the year, Wanda chairman Wang Lianlin is contesting that position, as he brings two firms to the Hong Kong stock exchange, tells China Rich List founder Rupert Hoogewerf to WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu.

Review: Shaun Rein´s “End of Copycat China” – Financial Times

Raving reviews are coming in from Shaun Rein´s The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia, this time from the Financial Times. “An intriguing book, with many interesting anecdotes, mini-case studies, and interviews.”

China firms going international: friend or foe? – Joel Backaler

Chinese companies going abroad are mostly new kids at the block for domestic and international companies. How to look at them, was a question consultant Joel Backaler, author of China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global often got. His third installment of his post-Europe trip.

Chinese pick Chinese brands on Singles´Day – Shaun Rein

A major shift in consumers preferences in China is that from foreign brands to Chinese. Author Shaun Rein of The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia explains in CNBC how the top-5 brands at Singles´Day illustrates the growing China pride.

Charity, developing fast and maturing – Rupert Hoogewerf

Former prime minister Zhu Rongji is the first senior politician on the latest annual list of philanthropists, made by the Hurun Rich List. Many new names suggest the industry is developing fast and maturing, says Hurun founder Rupert Hoogerwerf to Radio Australia. Zhu contributed YS$4 million in book royalties.

Breeding start-ups in Shanghai – William Bao Bean

VC William Bao Bean started as managing director of ChinaAccelerator, one of China´s most active breeding place for startups. ChinaAccelerator offers an international bridge for those mostly overlooked starting, smaller tech firms, he tells TechinAsia.

E-commerce: massive growth expected – Wei Gu

What is the room for newcomers in China´s e-commerce after Alibaba´s successful IPO? WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu discusses with Jef Walters of Boston Consulting, and finds that massive growth is still possible. Only half of China´s internet users is purchasing online, and mobile is still taking off in a country where most users have mobile.

Economic changes produce different Chinese billionaires – Rupert Hoogewerf

The arrival of Alibaba´s Jack Ma at the top of the Hurun rich list, is part of a profound economic change in China, says Hurun founder Rupert Hoogewerf. New billionaires will be coming from new media and entertainment, while real estate, manufacturing and mining will lose their old positions, he tells in China Economic Net.