Category Archives: AI

Retail: the mirror of China’s AI revolution – Ashley Dudarenok

China’s retailers, with Alibaba’s Hema at the helm, are leading the AI revolution in online and offline space. Consumer expert Ashley Dudarenok explains how AI, online and offline retail combine at a dazzling pace, at CFOinnovation.

Privacy with Chinese characteristics – Matthew Brennan

Chinese surveillance technology, especially social credit systems and facial recognition, is seen by Western media as a final end to privacy. But Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan sees this innovation works differently on the ground, in China, he explains in Metro.

Facial recognition: the new normal in China – Matthew Brennan

A short video clip of Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan went viral, as he noted facial recognition tools at China’s airports. Most reactions from outside China were rather negative, he notes at CGTN, but in China itself, facial recognition is becoming the new normal. More debate is certainly needed, he adds.

How WeChat is turning to e-commerce – Matthew Brennan

Fighting Alibaba on e-commerce is a tough struggle, but Tencent’s WeChat is clearly delivering on improving its shopping environment, even when it does not beat Alibaba, says Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan to TechNode.

Why China is important for brands and their marketing – Matthew Brennan

China has not only the largest group of online consumers but also a fully different digital ecosystem compared to the rest of the world. Digital veteran Matthew Brennan explains why the rest of the world needs to learn from China.

What does China’s 5G development means for you – Sara Hsu

Fintech expert Sara Hsu explains at her YouTube channel why China is eager to speed up the development of its 5G network, and what it means for the rest of the world. How do US and European concerns on cybersecurity relate to China’s development, ZTE, and Huawei, and how does it relates to you.

How Tencent became a winner with WeChat – Matthew Brennan

China’s internet giant Tencent has become a winner, first by copying US competitors, but now it has become their inspirator, says Tencent-watcher Matthew Brennan to Leadersleague. “WeChat does not monetize data, but it is a growth lever for other businesses in the Tencent group. It’s a bit like iOS or Android in that regard,” says Brennan.

China leads innovation in global retail – Shaun Rein

China is leading the innovation for retail and two to three years ahead of the US, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, to CSB News. Internet giants like Alibaba started on mobile and then turned to brick-and-mortar, unlike the traditional retail who try to force online upon their customers.

WeChat starts to tell stories, at last – Matthew Brennan

China’s most popular short-messages platform WeChat has at last included Snapchat/Instagram style stories. Long overdue, says Tencent and WeChat specialist Matthew Brennan at his website. He tells how it works, and why – if very late – this is a smart move.

How Tencent moves into the cloud – Matthew Brennan

Tencent is moving its business model from mainly WeChat and B2C to the cloud. Tencent expert Matthew Brennan looks at the China Channel to the results he sees at the 2018 3Q results. It was the first time Tencent disclosed figures on their cloud activities.