Financial analyst Sara Hsu, co-author of the 2020 publication “China’s fintech explosion”, discusses how tech companies became the leaders in fintech, leaving the country’s giant banks behind. She addresses an online panel of USC’s US-China Institute and explains how an underserved community offers a fertile basis for the fintech explosion.
The creation of a digital currency does not mean China can create a reserve currency for the international markets, says financial expert Victor Shih in Quartz. Domestically, it could mean the digital currency could try to catch back the financial room now occupied by commercial players like Alibaba’s Alipay and Tencent’s WeChat, he adds.
In a wide-ranging interview with the South China Morning Post, China veteran Kaiser Kuo explains why – unlike many others – he did not become a China-whiner, also not after he returned in 2016 to the US. He is now a leading voice on the relations between China and the US, without taking sides for either country.
China watcher Kaiser Kuo opens a panel on innovation in China at the (pre-corona) AMR Festival 2019 discussing how the West had flipping narratives on how the technology works in an authoritarian climate. And both say more about the China observers in the West than China itself, Kaiser argues.
Observers got alerted when internet giant Tencent said it wanted to take search engine Sogou private, even tough Soguo is smaller than market leader Baidu. Marketing specialist Ashley Dudarenok explains to KR-Asia why the move makes sense, “Sogou lacks Baidu’s larger market share but possesses better search technology and algorithms, allowing for better user experience,” she says.
Many industries have to rethink the way their business and business models are organized when they resume action as the coronavirus crisis subsides. The travel industry is one of them, says Shanghai-based VC-veteran William Bao Bean, at WebInTravel. “Travel needed to solve a very big problem – high customer acquisition costs – and he said it needed a new model in which everyone wins, and not like now “where everyone loses but the platform”.
Online education is one of the big winners in the ongoing corona crisis, next to health care, says Hurun rich list maker Rupert Hoogewerf in the South China Morning Post. “Valuations of traditional education institutions had recorded a severe drop, compared to the quick rise of education technology-focused companies,” he says.
William Bao Bean, partner at SOSV managing director at the Shanghai-based Chinaccelerator, discusses the investment climate in the US, China and Europe at the F50 Global Capital Summit 2019 Fall. He does not fear the Trump administration, he says, “governments cannot stop businesses even if they want to,” he adds.
Getting customers in the China market was already expensive and the 2019 capital winter makes live for startups even harder, says William Bao Bean, managing director of the Shanghai-based SOSV. That might be bad news initially, but makes them more competitive in the longer run, he says according to Pymnts, quoting the Financial Times.