Three Chinese companies, Ant Financial, Didi Chuxing and Bytedance top the inaugural global unicorn list 2019 for startups in this century, says Hurun chief researcher Rupert Hoogewerf according to the CEO Magazine.

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.

China’s telecom giant Huawei turned on an unprecedented PR machine after it got into rough weather and even exposed its reclusive founder to foreign journalists. Too late, too little, but not untypical for most Chinese companies, even when they have global aspirations, says marketing veteran Tom Doctoroff to the Holmes Report.

Financial authorities have been cracking down on protest caused by financial scandals, especially in P2P lending. Financial analyst  Sara Hsu looks at her weblog at the expectations for China’s fintech industry in the near future during a slowing economy.

Marketing guru Ashley Dudarenok co-authored with Lauren Hallanan her latest book, Digital China: Working with Bloggers, Influencers and KOLs, a hands-on introduction into the tricky e-commerce market in China for foreign companies, for one week available at Amazon for only US$0.99.

China overtook the US as the home of most unicorns, startups with a valuation of over US$1 billion, says the latest Hurun Report, according to the South China Morning Post. Hurun publisher Rupert Hoogewerf: “These unicorns, mostly in the new economy, are the fastest-growing companies with the most potential to grow big against a slowing economy.”

Digital transformation is key in the planning of companies, governments and individuals, as the world is changing beyond recognition. But for the world outside China it often remains unclear how the most innovative country is going to influence their digital future. 

Speakers at the China Speakers Bureau can help you to make sense out of this often disruptive change of the world. Here we bring together a group of leading experts on China and how its digital transformation is going to change the world outside China too.

The China Speakers Bureau is happy to announce that Hong Kong-based marketing veteran Ashley Dudarenok is joining her speakers’ agency. Ashley not only has 12 years of business and marketing experience in China, and is an expert on social media but also using those tools in a very creative way.

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 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.

Private companies in China can only survive when they team up with Tencent or Alibaba, creating a business scene that is unprecedented, 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. “They basically have a gun to your head and you have to choose which of the two companies you want to work with.”

China’s companies are going global in a fast speed. A few decades ago China was only a few percent of the global economy, but those days are far behind us. What happens in China, now has global impact, and what Chinese companies do, cannot be ignored.