Online markets are fast moving to mobile. The US$1.7bn purchase of Skyscanner by leading travel booking service Ctrip illustrates that move, says Jeffrey Towson, business professor at the Peking University in the Financial Times. “What they need next is a hotel network,” adds Towson.
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The ChinaAccelerator, a tech-focused US$200m fund, picked Shanghai over Beijing, although typically most IT firms started off in Beijing. Shanghai is more international, says managing director William Bao Bean in the Economist.
Logistics firms in China, like ZTO Express, build on the booming e-commerce. Despite their success in China, it might take quite some time before they become global players like FedEx or UPS says business analyst Shaun Rein, and author of The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia,to CNBC.
The story of the Briton Ross Walked, 73, desperately looking for investments in his tech company, hit the media as he got capital from Chinese investors. Tech guru William Bao Bean from Shanghai explains in the Sixth Tone why age is not a barrier in China, unlike in the UK.
The trend of China´s rich planning migration to other countries has increased to 60 percent in 2016, according to the latest report by the Hurun Rich list. A weaker currency and fear for a collapsing domestic real estate market are the main reasons, Hurun founder Rupert Hoogewerf tells in the South China Morning Post. The US topped the list, followed by Britain, Canada, Australia and Singapore.
Investments have been flooding into bike-sharing, with Shanghai-based Mobike and Beijing-based Ofo as main players, including funds from ride-sharing giant Didi. But bike-sharing is nothing like ride-sharing warns Peking University professor Jeffrey Towson on his LinkedIn page. Five arguments.
The move by Blackstone not to sell a landmark California hotel to the Anbang Insurance group for security concerns shows domestic volatility in the US and serious risk for Chinese companies looking for investment opportunities, says business analyst Shaun Rein to the South China Morning Post.
Former Citi-group banker Arthur Hayes started BitMex, a bitcoin exchange. Bound to be a success, says VC and innovation expert William Bao Bean to Bloomberg, as Chinese are looking for ways to invest their capital outside China, where growth it slowing down.
Famous wealthy Chinese like Wang Jianlin and Jack Ma are still up and running, but a new wave of billionaires is moving up in the ranks of the annual Hurun China rich list, says its founder, Rupert Hoogewerf to Reuters. “Today it is about using the capital markets for financial investment,” he says, like Baoneng’s Yao Zhenhua.
McDonald´s China is trying to sell its 2,200 stores for up to US$2 billion to third parties. A move that makes sense, says retail analyst Ben Cavender in CFO, because the number of people able to run chain stores has gone up exponentially.