China Tech Investor is a weekly look at China’s tech companies through the lens of investment.Each week, hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull go through their watch list of publicly listed tech companies and also interview experts on issues affecting the macroeconomy and the stock prices of China’s tech companies.Make sure you don’t miss anything.Check out our lineup of China tech podcasts.Check us out on iTunes or Spotify!In this episode, recorded May 9th, 2019 hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull are joined by Shai Oster, Asia Bureau Chief of The Information, to discuss SoftBank, the potential Vision Fund IPO and what may be the top of the tech-infused market cycle.
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What happened: Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) today issued four more licenses for operating virtual banks.The new permits have been granted to Ant Financial, Tencent’s Tenpay, Xiaomi subsidiary Insight Fintech, and Ping An’s fintech arm OneConnect.Why it’s important: The Hong Kong authority has granted eight companies the green light to operate online-only banks since the first batch of licenses was issued in March.Affiliates of Chinese online retailer JD.com’s fintech arm and online travel agency Ctrip’s financial unit were among the first to secure a license.Licensed companies are expected to begin operation in six to nine months.New virtual banks are expected to breathe fresh air into Hong Kong, which has long relied on traditional banking.
China Tech Talk is an almost weekly discussion of the most important issues in China’s tech.From IPOs to fake data, from the role of WeChat to Apple’s waning influence, hosts John Artman and Matthew Brennan interview experts and discuss the trends shaping China’s tech industry.Make sure you don’t miss anything.Check out our lineup of China tech podcasts.China’s online peer-to-peer lending industry has been in turmoil for the last three years as financial regulators have clamped down as part of “de-risking” efforts.Tuandai.com, a top P2P lender, collapsed in March due to turnover problems.
China Tech Investor is a weekly look at China’s tech companies through the lens of investment.Each week, hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull go through their watch list of publicly listed tech companies and also interview experts on issues affecting the macroeconomy and the stock prices of China’s tech companies.Check out our lineup of China tech podcasts.Check us out on iTunes or Spotify!In this episode of the China Tech Investor Podcast powered by TechNode, our hosts welcome back Technode contributor Michael Norris to discuss the IPO of Luckin Coffee.Luckin is hardly free of controversy.
Certain indicators in March are signaling glimmers of a recovering Chinese economy after several months of marked slowdown.A number of elements, the most notable being government intervention, exacerbated the effects of the slowdown on China’s tech companies.Halting video game licensing late last year throttled a major revenue stream for Tencent, one of the country’s biggest technology companies, while overall regulatory tightening has rolled across tech verticals from gaming and entertainment, fintech, online education platforms, and the rental economy.News of a nearing trade deal with the US is lifting hopes for China’s economy, underscoring how very global the two economies have become.Yet China’s tech landscape remains distinctly separate: US technology companies that regularly dominate headlines have faced either direct or indirect hurdles to expanding into China, which has instead nurtured its own ecosystem that in turn has seen relatively few successes in expanding into overseas markets.Join the discussion on May 23 at our Emerge tech conference as the hosts of TechNode’s China Tech Investor podcast, Elliott Zaagman and James Hull, record a live episode discussing the divergence between US and China tech ecosystems with special guest, Paul Mozur, who covers technology in Asia for The New York Times.
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China Tech Investor is a weekly look at China’s tech companies through the lens of investment.Each week, hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull go through their watch list of publicly listed tech companies and also interview experts on issues affecting the macroeconomy and the stock prices of China’s tech companies.Make sure you don’t miss anything.Check out our lineup of China tech podcasts.Check us out on iTunes or Spotify!Ell and James sit down with Jordan Schneider from the China Econtalk Podcast to discuss livestreaming fashion in China, Facebook vs Wechat, and the risks of stock-picking.
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China seeks to become an artificial intelligence trailblazer by 2030.And tech leaders are now beginning to stress the importance of the technology’s safe development.But is this just “ethics washing?” Or is China serious about achieving ethical AI?The implications of machines working with human beings in sectors varying from security to healthcare to government could be as unpredictable as they are lucrative.Automation of the world’s largest workforce could create a leisure society, or it could create uncontrollable inequality.A changing landscape may result in social instability, stifling control, and rampant bias.
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China Tech Investor is a weekly look at China’s tech companies through the lens of investment.Each week, hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull go through their watch list of publicly listed tech companies and also interview experts on issues affecting the macroeconomy and the stock prices of China’s tech companies.Make sure you don’t miss anything.Check out our lineup of China tech podcasts.Check us out on iTunes or Spotify!In this episode of the China Tech Investor Podcast powered by TechNode, our hosts talk with the one and only Anne Stevenson-Yang, co-founder and research director at J Capital Research.
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Piezoelectric crystals are the key ingredient in many kinds of sensors that detect vibrations, and can be found in underwater sonars and medical ultrasound imaging systems.The crystals’ performance can be dramatically improved, according to a team of researchers at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China, by adding trace amounts of a rare-earth element.Piezoelectric materials can convert mechanical oscillations to electrical signals and vice versa.Currently, the most advanced piezoelectric devices often use a perovskite oxide crystal known as PMN-PT, which outperforms other common piezoelectric materials by roughly a factor of three in terms of efficiency.However, despite much research, progress toward improving the performance of these crystals has been slow over the past two decades, researchers say.Now scientists have discovered that introducing relatively minuscule amounts of samarium into PMN-PT—adding about one atom per thousand atoms of the parent crystals—could greatly enhance its performance.
English-language media coverage of China and its rapidly emerging technology industry is at best superficial and at worst plain wrong.The narrative in the Western world is that China is building an Orwellian dystopia based on AI and big data.The reality, however, is much more complex.TechNode has the largest team of English-language reporters and editors on the ground in China.Allow us to bridge the disconnect between myth and reality and be your window on tech in China so you can make informed decisions.We’re calling it TechNode Squared because, much like a town square, our membership program brings together audience and journalists to share information and insights on China’s booming tech sector.
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China Tech Investor is a weekly look at China’s tech companies through the lens of investment.Each week, hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull go through their watch list of publicly listed tech companies and also interview experts on issues affecting the macroeconomy and the stock prices of China’s tech companies.Make sure you don’t miss anything.Check out our lineup of China tech podcasts.Check us out on iTunes or Spotify!In this episode of the China Tech Investor Podcast powered by TechNode, hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull talk about Xiaomi’s Q4 earnings report, as the company is selling more smartphones but experienced a jump in inventories at year end and more.
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China Tech Talk is an almost weekly discussion of the most important issues in China’s tech.From IPOs to fake data, from the role of WeChat to Apple’s waning influence, hosts John Artman and Matthew Brennan interview experts and discuss the trends shaping China’s tech industry.Make sure you don’t miss anything.Check out our lineup of China tech podcasts.Check us out on iTunes or Spotify!With the number of English speakers around the world, it’s no surprise that Chinese AI experts and engineers are keeping up with developments across the Pacific.
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China Tech Talk is an almost weekly discussion of the most important issues in China’s tech.From IPOs to fake data, from the role of WeChat to Apple’s waning influence, hosts John Artman and Matthew Brennan interview experts and discuss the trends shaping China’s tech industry.Make sure you don’t miss anything.Check out our lineup of China tech podcasts.Check us out on iTunes or Spotify!Free cash flow is cash a company can use for whatever they want.
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Ten years ago, I left China for an academic scholarship in the US sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education and Commerce, beginning a journey during which I’ve worked in and adapted to America, Germany and and the UK.But as European companies turn to China, they’re struggling to adapt to local culture in ways I recognize.Starting as a green hand with Western culture, way out of my comfort zone, I’ve learnt step by step to navigate cross-cultural challenges, to stand on my own feet and to become a full-fledged professional in Europe.My parents still live in China but have made every effort for their daughter to live in a world where everyone has an opportunity.My road so far has crossed many chasms, I always jumped without looking back, with avid curiosity, mental discipline and a strong will to win.In an era of adverse media coverage and limited public understanding of Chinese affairs, I felt I was a complete outsider among my Western peers: the weird one with a non-cool accent, the one with a strange and hard-to-pronounce Chinese name.
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What happened: Domestic tech firms made up 15 of LinkedIn China’s Top-25 Companies list in 2019, compiled based on feedback from the site’s 40 million users in China, an increase from the eight seen in 2018.Alibaba was again crowned as the most sought-after employer, with Baidu and Bytedance replacing Amazon and Apple for second and third place, respectively.Other tech companies that made it to the top include Nio, Didi, Huawei, and Meituan Dianping.New to the list this year include Tencent, JD, Didi, Ant Financial, Kwai, and Xiaohongshu.Why it’s important: Chinese tech giants are increasingly popular employers, highlighting the country’s quickly evolving tech scene.The internet and technology industry, widely known in China for its high salaries, paid some of the highest bonuses with an average year-end additional compensation of RMB 8,801 (around $1,311) in 2017.
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When the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) recently unveiled its list of nine companies that had been approved to file initial public offerings (IPO) on the proposed Science and Technology Innovation Board (STIB), one stuck out.Suzhou-based semiconductor manufacturer Hejian Technology is remarkable because it is the only company on the list that has yet to turn a profit.It reported a net loss of RMB 146 million (around $21.7 million) in 2018, and has run at a loss for three years, according to its prospectus (in Chinese) filed to the exchange.China’s two stock exchanges, also known as the A-share markets, have a series of stringent entry requirements that allow only profitable companies to list.If Hejian Technology passes all of the regulatory reviews, a process expected to last as long as six months, and lists on the STIB, it would be the first loss-making company to launch an IPO on mainland China’s two stock exchanges, Dong Dengxin, director of the Financial Securities Institute at the Wuhan University of Science and Technology, told TechNode.Other companies on the list included three electronic equipment makers, three high-end equipment manufacturers, and two companies from emerging industries such as new materials and biology.
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China Tech Investor is a weekly look at China’s tech companies through the lens of investment.Each week, hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull go through their watch list of publicly listed tech companies and also interview experts on issues affecting the macroeconomy and the stock prices of China’s tech companies.Make sure you don’t miss anything.Check out our lineup of China tech podcasts.In this episode of the China Tech Investor Podcast powered by TechNode, hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull discuss live streaming, Pinduoduo’s results and cash flow conundrum and Meituan’s 2018 performance.Michael Norris joins to share his insights on the companies we follow and his article “Growing in a mature market: Six directions for China’s tech giants”.
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China Tech Talk is an almost weekly discussion of the most important issues in China’s tech.From IPOs to fake data, from the role of WeChat to Apple’s waning influence, hosts John Artman and Matthew Brennan interview experts and discuss the trends shaping China’s tech industry.Make sure you don’t miss anything.Check out our lineup of China tech podcasts.Check us out on iTunes!One of the earliest companies to get into bitcoin mining, Bitmain makes and sells mining equipment and manages one of the world’s largest bitcoin mining pools.
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Vaguely akin to the Oscars, with the rich and famous showing off their loyalty to the Communist Party of China on the red carpet, China’s Two Sessions, or lianghui, can be bewildering for the uninitiated: lots of bold pronouncements, wacky ideas from celebrities, and a virtual (pun intended) isolation from the rest of the world as the government gets serious about unlicensed VPNs.Previously the realm of economists, policy wonks, and seriously hardcore China watchers, the noises made at the Two Sessions are increasingly relevant for us China tech watchers, as more and more attention is paid to the sector both by entrepreneurs, billionaires, and governments.The annual meeting of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC) kicked off last earlier this month in Beijing.Unlike the National Congress of the Communist Party, the most important political event in China, which is held every five years (usually in October), the Two Sessions is the perfect place for the famous and elite of all stripes to show off their pet projects.With a density of celebrities unavailable at any other time of the year, journalists from China’s state-run media are known for swarming delegates for an interview, soundbite, and even sometimes a selfie.For the eagle-eyed and stalwart China tech watcher, most of the platitudes and policies should come as no surprise.
China Tech Investor is a weekly look at China’s tech companies through the lens of investment.Each week, hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull go through their watch list of publicly listed tech companies and also interview experts on issues affecting the macroeconomy and the stock prices of China’s tech companies.Make sure you don’t miss anything.Check out our lineup of China tech podcasts.In this episode of the China Tech Investor Podcast powered by TechNode, hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull discuss JD’s surprisingly positive earnings report, and invite Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan on to discuss Alibaba and Tencent’s power struggle at the “Goldman Sachs of China,” and get deep into the balance sheets of Chinese tech companies.The discussion should not be construed as investment advice or a solicitation of services.
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