Category Archives: ecommerce

Fighting fake followers: hard to do – Ashley Dudarenok

Your number of followers might be an important metric for popularity, but figuring out who are fake or not is tough, in China, even more than elsewhere, says marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok. And at Weibo the problem is even tougher, she tells at Abacus News.

China might catch up with US innovation, in the long run – Andy Mok

Perhaps not right away, but in the long run innovation in China might catch up with the US, says business analyst Andy Mok in the South China Morning Post. “A lot of research universities in the US – like MIT, Caltech – they’ve had decades of operations [since the second world war and the cold war],” said Mok.

Prisoners: learning how to deal with e-commerce – Shaun Rein

Prisoners have to learn how to deal with a changing society before they leave prison. In China, it is obvious they have to learn how to deal with e-commerce, says business analyst Shaun Rein in Inkstone news.

How to protect your intellectual property – William Bao Bean

Protecting intellectual property is a main issue for foreign companies in China, and William Bao Bean, managing director of the Chinaccelator in Shanghai gives a few tips on how to avoid problems. First, run faster and execute better than your competitors, so they have no time to copy your IP. And, second, split up your intellectual property is several pieces, so there is not one key to your intellectual castle, he explains at China Canvas.

Visiting Alibaba’s Hema supermarket – Ashley Dudarenok

Marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok visits one of Alibaba’s Hema supermarkets, based on AI and data-collection, paving the way for new retail. She even finds a fish with QR-code so you can track where it is coming from.

Capturing the fast changing business models – William Bao Bean

Major industries like travel, retail, automotive, telecom and others see their traditional business models changing very fast. At Shanghai-based SOSV managing director William Bao Bean helps startups to make money in new ways, based on data, and capture fast emerging markets, he tells at the Phocuswright Europe conference in Amsterdam last week. Companies should not cling to melting margins, but identify where money can be made, he argues.

Sequoia, Tencent and IDG are the top investors in Chinese unicorns – Rupert Hoogewerf

Sequoia, Tencent and IDG are the top investors in Chinese unicorns, says last weeks Hurun report on 202 unicorns, start-ups valued at more than US$1 billion, in China as of the first quarter of 2019. Shanghai’s new tech board would be an attractive listing option for Chinese unicorns, said Rupert Hoogewerf, founder and chief researcher of Hurun at the South China Morning Post.

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.

Too much government money caused the China tech winter – William Bao Bean

The main reason for the current tech winter in China was the flush of money that has hit the industry, especially by the government, says VC veteran William Bao Bean to the BBC. A re-structuring of China’s start-ups’ scene is long overdue and that is good news for investors, he argues.