For many outside China the successful IPO on Nasdaq of group purchasing platform Pinduoduo, mildly comparable to the less successful Groupon, came as a surprise. Shanghai-based business analyst Ben Cavender tries to explain the success at Inkstone. It uses the popular Tencent platforms WeChat and QQ.
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Selling online in China needs a completely different approach compared to the rest of the world. Marketing veteran Ashley Dudarenok, author of Unlocking the World’s Largest E-Market: A Guide to Selling on Chinese Social Media explains to CER what the difference is between e-commerce and mobile commerce, and why mobile is dominant in China.
Tencent’s social platform WeChat is so huge, nobody can avoid the giant in China, says WeChat expert Matthew Brennan to Sixth Tone. Even Alibaba’s Jack Ma, Tencent’s largest competitor, has to use the platform.
William Bao Bean, managing director of the Chinaccelerator, the first and longest-running startup accelerator program in China, supported in 2017 160 investments in startups. The blockchain is becoming increasingly a feature larger companies need, and where startups can help, he says in this interview.
Over the weekend, the Hurun Report chairman Rupert Hoogewerf presented in Shenzhen his latest report, together with Xiha Finance, on the top-20 blockchain companies in China, with Waltonchain as the winner, according to the Medium.com.
China has not only been leading the way to develop self-driving cars, it has also been are the forefront of legal changes needed to allow those cars into society. The Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub gives an overview of the new regulations the government has been introducing at the China Law Insight.
China is way ahead of Europe when it comes to its digital transformation, says Zhejiang University professor Mark Greeven, author of Business Ecosystems in China: Alibaba and Competing Baidu, Tencent, Xiaomi and LeEco to the NRC. Europe is way over-regulated compared to China, he says, and companies get in China much more leeway to experiment.
Internet giants Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba increasingly buy into innovative companies to stay ahead of the competition. They have become dominant investment vehicles, 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.
European companies are running behind in defining a good strategy in catching up with China, writes Mark Greeven, professor at the Zhejiang University, in the LSE Business Review. “The reality is that Chinese companies have no choice but to innovate and upgrade in global value chains.”