Category Archives: innovation

Foreign car makers cannot ignore China’s self-driving cars – Mark Schaub

China is leading the market of self-driving cars, because its size and the aggressive way the government is paving the road, literally, says Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub to the China Law Insight. But investing in China offers not only huge opportunities, the challenges are equally gargantuan. 

Why big data are not the new oil – Mark Schaub

Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub dives further into the legal consequences of self-driving cars. Big data – generated by cars – are not the same as oil, as some argue, he says. Privacy is a key issue, that did not matter to oil, he writes at the China Law Insight.

Can Facebook overtake WeChat? – Matthew Brennan

Tencent’s WeChat has been a winner in China in terms of users but might even beat its Western competitors in terms of functionality, writes WeChat analyst Matthew Brennan at the China Channel. The bigger question is will the tech giants outside China ever be able to catch up?

WeChat goes for more services, as growth stalls – Matthew Brennan

Tencent’s WeChat announced a record number of monthly users over Springfestival passing one million. But WeChat expert Matthew Brennan expects that growth in numbers reached its top, and WeChat will be adding more functionality to expand its business, he tells CNNMoney.

Getting a launching platform for your startup – William Bao Bean

Most internet startups are at the mercy of Facebook, Google, and in China Tencent or Alibaba. William Bao Bean, managing director of Shanghai-based SOsV, co-founded the Mobile Only Accelerator MOX, an independent platform offering not only capital but also an audience to launch, he explains in the News Lens.

IT-giants replace real estate tycoons in policy building – Shaun Rein

A strong shift from real estate tycoons to IT-giants marks a shift at China’s economy in the ongoing political meetings in Beijing, says author Shaun Rein of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to the South China Morning Post. “China is picking five to 10 private technology companies to make them national champions.”

The Shanghai rules for self-driving cars – Mark Schaub

After Beijing Shanghai has become the second city in the race to regulate self-driving cars. Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub compared both regulations and draws from the differences some conclusions for Shanghai, he writes on the China Law Insight.

How Alibaba and Tencent retail strategies differ – Matthew Brennan

China is leading the way in digitalizing the consumer experience in retail, but both major competitors – Alibaba and Tencent – have different retail strategies, says WeChat expert Matthew Brennan to the News Lens. Alibaba focuses on the offline experience, Tencent’s WeChat will stay online. In 2018 the battle will be on mobile payment, he adds.

China’s success factor: skipping the middle management – William Bao Bean

In the search for answers to the question why Chinese companies do so well, corporate analyst William Bao Bean sees one key difference with Western competitors: many Chinese companies skipped the middle management and organized internal structures fundamentally different, he explains in Venturebeat.

How China overtook in global IT innovation – Kaiser Kuo

In less than 15 years China changed from a copy-cat factory floor of the world into a leading innovation platform, says former Baidu communication director Kaiser Kuo to India Today. When the perception of China as a copy-cat nation still persists, it is the time to change, he says.