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China Tech Talk

Oct 15, 2017

John and Matt start with new group chat rules as well as VPNs and end up talking about deeper questions the economic implications of a truly tech-savvy Chinese government, specifically:

  • Rules affecting group chats in WeChat, QQ, and Baidu Tieba
  • The technical sophistication of China's internet control policy
  • How China's...

Oct 2, 2017

John and Matt talk with Ling Kong, CTO of Dianrong about:

  • How peer-to-peer (P2P) lending got started
  • What makes Dianrong different from their competitors (hint: there's a reason we're talking to the CTO)
  • How the government sees the P2P lending industry
  • Why and how China's credit habits are changing
  • What a private...

Sep 18, 2017

This week, John speaks with Patrick Dai, co-founder & chairman of Qtum foundation, about:

  • What ICOs are
  • Why companies want to do ICOs
  • How many ICOs are fraudulent
  • Why the Chinese government banned ICOs
  • How long the ban will last
  • How this will affect blockchain companies and applications


Sep 8, 2017

Matt and John start with Alipay's recent "smile to pay" demo and end with a discussion on why WeChat went into payments in the first place. Along the way, they talk about:

  • Alipay and WeChat's money market funds
  • WeChat's new money market fund feature
  • The dangers and benefits of ubiquitous facial recognition
  • The role...

Aug 30, 2017

This week Matt and John talk with Dannie Li, an analyst at China Tech Insights about Jinri Toutiao, a Chinese content aggregator recently valued at $20 billion, including: 

  • Why Jinri Toutiao is so popular
  • How it is so sticky
  • Its business model and why its valuation is high
  • Why advertisers love it so much
  • Risks to the...