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Opinion/Analysis

Didi Will Be Apple’s Trojan Horse Into the Chinese Market

By | May 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Apple invested $1 billion in Didi, the Chinese competitor to Uber. A move like that has various positive ramifications. From a purely direct financial ROI point of view, this will prove to be a boon for Apple’s investment portfolio and it will eclipse the…

Incubator

SkyOcean: Creating an Incubator to Connect Asia to the World

By | Jul 24, 2015 at 10:00 pm

China, the country with the largest economy next to United States, certainly attracts many foreign investors from all over the world. With its rising economy for the past few years, there’s been a growing potential market in its Mainland considering the fact that it owns…

Gaming

Video Games in China: PC Gaming still Dominant?

By | Jul 20, 2015 at 10:00 pm

The gaming industry in China has always been a difficult market for Western companies to penetrate. In the 1990s, high entry costs for customers and high piracy rate for developers and publishers were amongst the biggest roadblocks for Western companies to develop within the…

Urban Development

China’s Taxi Monopolist Raises $2B. Here’s How It Compares To Uber (In 1 Graph)

By | Jul 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm

(Ferenstein Wire) – China’s taxi-hailing monopolist, Kuaidi, has raised a whopping $2B to compete with the surging presence of Uber. Kuaidi controls 99.8% of the taxi hailing app market, after it recently merged with its Chinese competitor, Didi. Even with about a year lead time and…

Funding

Chinese Valet App Ubo Raises $900K

By | Jun 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Beijing has a huge parking problem. The problem is so prevalent that the Beijing government requires residents to own a parking spot in order to own a car. Growing car ownership has led to approximately 5.48 million active vehicles in a city with only 2.76 million registered…

Funding

SF, Beijing Have Highest Concentration of Billion-Dollar Startups

By | Jan 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm

While it’s undeniable that a good bulk of billion-dollar startups come out of Silicon Valley, it seems that the majority of these billion-dollar valuations actually come from cities elsewhere. According to recent data presented on data visualization platform Silk.co., of the 156 Internet and…

Business

WalkTheChat Gives a Walk-Through of WeChat Ads

By | Sep 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm

When designing this second article on the Wechat opportunity in China, I sat down with Thomas Graziani, founder of WalktheChat, a Wechat-focused agency in Beijing and Shanghai. We discussed about the monetization of Wechat adds.  A few months ago, WeChat rolled out their ad…

Challenge Cup

Beijing Startups Take On the Challenge Cup and Win

By | Feb 20, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Starting a new company is hard enough, but when you’re innovating in the most challenging and highly-regulated industries, you have to contend with trying to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, too.  Four Beijing-based startups proved they were up to the task at…

Android

HEX3: Augmented reality first person shooter and pinpoint accurate digital drawing

By | Feb 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

You’re no stranger to digital peripherals. You’ve likely used a mouse, keyboard, touchpad, or touchscreen plenty of times. You’ve also likely played at least one mobile game or tried to draw something digitally. But did you ever feel limited in your interactions? Maybe mobile gaming or digital drawing…

Entrepreneur

Weekend Inspiration: Choosing the Startup Life in China

By | Nov 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

Fay Li was writing her application essay for graduate school, but the thoughts wouldn’t flow. She didn’t know why she wanted a master’s degree, she realized. She was doing it just because her friends were doing it. Li had always loved to create things…

Entrepreneur

Weekend Inspiration: A Love Affair with Information

By | Aug 5, 2012 at 10:00 am

For 25-year-old Lei Min, the spread of the Internet in China was more than just a new form of entertainment. It was a window into an infinite world of information. Three years ago, Min was an undergrad at Tsinghua University in Beijing, aspiring to…

Startup

4 Tips for Handling Overseas Customers or Developers, from China’s Acheev.it

By | Mar 19, 2012 at 10:30 am

Acheev.it is a little hard to keep track of – the startup is based in Beijing, but incorporated in Singapore, with developers in Vietnam, an adviser from Australia, and first customers in Malaysia. Oh, and the founders are from the US and Germany. In…

Entrepreneur

Passionate Chinese Game Developers Eager to Go Global

By | Nov 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I’m at a coffee shop in Wudaokou, the university area of Beijing, and I must look a bit absurd as I thrust my head from side to side, laughing. I’m actually playing a new iOS game called Crows Coming from a game developer called…

Location Based Services

5 Questions for CEO David Liu of Jiepang, China’s Foursquare

By | Nov 26, 2011 at 10:00 am

Founded in 2010, Jiepang’s location-based check-in service has attracted more than 1.4 million users. Those users can earn badges and mayorships, share their check-ins on Chinese social networks, and interact with 300+ partner brands. “We learn a lot from Foursquare, Gowalla, and a lot…

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