Category Archives: innovation

Fintech experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

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.

Economic slowdown does not stop growth of wealth – Rupert Hoogewerf

The stagnation of China’s growth caused a massive drop of rich out of the Hurun China Rich List, says Hurun chief researcher Rupert Hoogewerf. But that drop has been more than compensated by the record growth of new unicorns in the country, he tells the South China Morning Post. China fostered almost 100 new unicorns in 2018.

How Tencent’s WeChat takes on Apple – Matthew Brennan

Tencent’s WeChat released last week to manage its successful mini-programs, moving ahead with an operating system, pushing against the already embattled competitor Apple, says Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan in CNBC.  The fight focuses on China, where mini-programs are most popular.

Hainan: visa for talents – William Bao Bean

Bureaucratic rules have hampered China’s access to international talents, for example because of troublesome rules on visas for experts. But Hainan is going to do this better, says innovation expert and managing director of the Chinaccelarator in Shanghai William Bao Bean to the South China Morning Post.

What Tencent does better than Apple – Matthew Brennan

Zhang Xiaolong, the founder of Tencent’s WeChat, delivered a speech on how the future of the company looks like. Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan looks at the way Tencent is doing things different than Apple, and why their mini-programs might be a winner, in Technode.

Can Hainan become China’s Silicon Valley? – Jim Rogers

US investor Jim Rogers visited on January 8th the Hainan Global Fintech Innovation Summit and explored the possibilities of the island to become China’s Silicon Valley at Contact Hainan. “You have fabulous weather, you have a fabulous lifestyle in Hainan if you continue to open up, and make it easy for people to come here, Hainan probably will become the greatest place in China.”

China tech firms withdraw from CES Las Vegas – Shaun Rein

The US-China trade war has another casualty: the CES consumer electronics trade show in Las Vegas, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to the South China Morning Post.

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 China can hit Canada – Shaun Rein

China threatened Canada with severe consequences after it arrested Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou on the request of the USA. Business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, spells out what those consequences could be for AFP.