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China Tech Talk

Jul 21, 2017

This week John and Matthew talk with Bernard Leong, host of the Analyse Asia podcast, about Alibaba and Tencent's activity in Southeast Asia, including:

  • Why banks aren’t competing with each other but with other tech companies
  • Why Southeast Asia may be Amazon’s Waterloo
  • Why WeChat and WhatsApp have been so...

Jul 15, 2017

This week John and Matt talk with Jon Russell, TechCrunch's man in Asia about covering China from the outside. We cover topics including:

  • Biggest challenges in covering China from outside the country
  • Explaining China to people who aren't familiar with the market
  • Challenges for bike sharing outside China
  • Chinese brands...

Jun 30, 2017

This week John and Matt talk with Shlomo Freund and Michael Michelini, hosts of the China Business Cast, about bringing your app to China, including:

  • Why games are difficult to bring to China
  • How app markets monetize
  • Why there is no paid app category in China's app stores
  • How to tell if your app will be...

Jun 23, 2017

John and Matthew talk with Elijah Whaley, Chief Marketing Officer for ParkLU, about:
  • Why big ad agencies are failing to keep up
  • How content is being democratized
  • Why Taobao is dominating live streaming 
  • How influencers are building the brands of the future
  • Why it's better not to focus on viral content (hint: being...

Jun 16, 2017

John and Matthew talk with Lauren Hallanan, an internet celebrity in China about:
  • Differences in live streaming platforms
    Gifting as a business model
    How to make a live stream interesting
    Agency practices (hint: it’s not always ethical)
  • Transition from streamer to KOL


  • Lauren Hallanan: