China is home to four out of five largest unicorns – startups valued over one billion US dollars, second to the US, says the latest report by the Hurun Global Unicorn Index, published on Tuesday.  “The rest of the world needs to wake up to providing an ecosystem that allows unicorns to flourish,” says Rupert Hoogewerf, chairman and chief researcher of the Hurun report to the South China Morning Post.Read More →

Already before COVID-19, American and Chinese internet giants fought for dominance in the booming market for food and grocery delivery, and the coronavirus crisis had cause another boom in the market, says William Bao Bean, managing director of global venture capital firm SOSV in Shanghai in Marketplace. Having dominance in their home market helps the Chinese players.Read More →

Livestreaming e-commerce took off like crazy in China in 2020, partly because of the coronavirus pandemic. Marketing guru Ashley Dudarenok opens the discussion on where this trend is leading to at Technode. “Various livestreaming platforms are maturing, becoming more mainstream and the epidemic has led to the growth of online work, entertainment, and consumption,” she writes.Read More →

Tencent might still dominate social media in China with WeChat and QQ, but competition is heating up, and the internet giant is preparing for more competition, says Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan in Asia One. Asia One: “WeChat and QQ are like huge ships … too big to change course toRead More →

China’s Single’s Day broke several records, but that is deceptive. Consumers waited for bargains and delayed purchases till Single’s Day, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters. Reuters: “What’s happened is that you’ve had a lot of consumers this year being a little bit more careful about their purchasing becauseRead More →