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Offline Smartphone Sales Are Booming in China

By | Oct 20, 2016 at 9:15 am

Recently the market research firm Sino released a market report about the Chinese smartphone market. One of its major conclusions is that the market share of Apple, Samsung and other global brands has declined to 13.3% in August, while last year this market share…



Want to Expand Your Startup Into China? Just Win This Competition

By | Oct 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Finally, a chance to easily grow your business internationally: If you win the Dongsheng International Entrepreneurship Competition, you’ll have a shot to expanding into the one of the biggest, fastest-paced markets in the world. By this time next month, you could be among the final contestants….



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…



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…



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…


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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…



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…



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, of the 156 Internet and…



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…

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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…



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…



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…