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What To Look Forward To In China's Startup Scene, And Why You Should Care

Jason Choi | Posted 07.01.2016 | Technology
Jason Choi

China presents a fascinating place for startup founders or founder-wannabes. Despite its status as the world's second largest economy, it is still considered a developing country with plenty of space for technological and social disruption.

Are Facebook And Google Missing The True Profit Potential Of Messaging Apps?

Eli Schwartz | Posted 06.21.2016 | Technology
Eli Schwartz

While peer-to-peer messaging on a mobile phone has always been the most basic of all mobile phone features, 2016 is shaping up to be the biggest year ever in the transformation of smartphone messaging into more than just a medium for communication.

Here's How Important Message Apps Are to Business 2016

Beverly Macy | Posted 06.06.2016 | Business
Beverly Macy

Back in 2015 I wrote a piece on Message Apps as "SMS +". I said that brands and their agencies, along with enterprises, are wise to keep their eye on...

#FredinChina: Two police scandals revealed on social networks shake China

Fred Raillard | Posted 05.31.2016 | Technology
Fred Raillard

I'm Fred Raillard, CEO, Co-founder and Creative Chief Officer of FRED & FARID, a social, content, tech solutions for brands company based in Paris, Sh...

#FredinChina: Google Tilt Brush, from sci-fi to reality

Fred Raillard | Posted 05.24.2016 | Technology
Fred Raillard

I'm Fred Raillard, CEO, Co-founder and Creative Chief Officer of FRED & FARID, a social, content, tech solutions for brands company based in Paris, Sh...

#FredinChina: Durex launches the weirdest PR event ever

Fred Raillard | Posted 05.03.2016 | Technology
Fred Raillard

I'm Fred Raillard, CEO, Co-founder and Creative Chief Officer of FRED & FARID, a social, content, tech solutions for brands company based in Paris, Sh...

#FredinChina: Giant Quiz About Cosmetics on Social Networks

Fred Raillard | Posted 04.19.2016 | Technology
Fred Raillard

This week's HotTopic is about skin care products in China. There was a kind of game going on where girls would gather up all the skin care products they had in their bathroom, and then post the products on social media.

#FredinChina: Taobao Latest Campaign Is All About Post-90s

Fred Raillard | Posted 03.30.2016 | Technology
Fred Raillard

This week's HotPost is 'Papi Jiang', and is a typical modern Chinese social media story. It's the story of this young influencer called 'Papi Jiang' who is a beautiful and smart 'youtuber'.

#FredinChina: The Chinese UberEATS Gets Caught in Public

Fred Raillard | Posted 03.22.2016 | Technology
Fred Raillard

This week's HotTopic is AI -- Artificial Intelligence. This time it's related to the game of Go. Go is a very famous popular game in China, where you choose to play either black or white, and have to circle your opponent to win the game.

#FredinChina: Millennials to Steal Women's Day

Fred Raillard | Posted 03.15.2016 | Technology
Fred Raillard

'Women's Day' is on March 8th, and celebrates equality between the men and women. This is a very serious day in China, where every Chinese woman expects to be treated extremely well on this day by her entourage, family, company and her husband.

#FredinChina: New Content Regulations in China

Fred Raillard | Posted 03.15.2016 | Technology
Fred Raillard

Last week there was another regulation concerning the Chinese Internet, forbidding foreign companies from posting content on Chinese social media. In short, Beijing is getting more and more controlling over anything and everything that is broadcasted in China online and offline, on the Internet and on TV.

The Timber Has Become a Boat. The Rice Is Cooked.

David Sable | Posted 03.07.2016 | Business
David Sable

I can never be in China without marveling at all the changes that have occurred here since I first visited, back in the '80s, when I entered through Shekou and had to pass through a "Museum of Chinese History" before I could get to the street

#FredinChina: Apple Pay Among the 4 Kings of China

Fred Raillard | Posted 03.08.2016 | Technology
Fred Raillard

This week, the HotBrand is Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment system which arrived in China. This was a big topic as mobile payment is at the center of the whole digital 'big players' battle in China.

China's Mobile Payment Revolution Is Going to Africa

Claire van den Heever | Posted 02.26.2016 | World
Claire van den Heever

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Gaining market share in Africa is a very different kettle of fish. Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu's red envelope rivalry may remain limited to China for now, but a battle for access to Africa's burgeoning mobile Internet market could be on the horizon, too.

#FredinChina: The Mobile Payment War

Fred Raillard | Posted 02.25.2016 | Technology
Fred Raillard

The HotTopic of the week is the Chinese New Year, going from the year of the Goat to the year of the Monkey. It's a huge celebration in China. It is the biggest migration of all species on the planet at that particular time of the year.

#FredinChina: Alibaba Wins the Chinese New Year

Fred Raillard | Posted 02.23.2016 | Technology
Fred Raillard

This week Alibaba, the Chinese giant e-commerce company, is the brand which has been the most talked about in China. A few years ago Alibaba launched a big e-commerce festival on the 11th of November called 11.11, which is the Chinese equivalent to Black Friday in the US.

Mobile App Fever: How to Spot the Symptoms

Heather Franzese | Posted 10.27.2015 | Impact
Heather Franzese

The idea of building an app is attractive for many reasons. First, it's tangible. You can build it and put your name on it. Second, it's completely customizable. The canvas is only limited to your imagination and your coding skill. Third, you can track it, monitoring downloads and usage. And of course, you stand to gain money and fame if your app is successful with the masses.

Innovation in China: Promise or Pipedream?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 10.17.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

If China fails to turbocharge its capacity to innovate, the country will experience a hard economic landing and social stability will be threatened. But can China evolve into an innovation powerhouse? The jury is out.

How Chinese and Americans Are Misreading Each Other -- And Why It Matters

Fu Ying | Posted 09.09.2015 | World
Fu Ying

BEIJING -- The most pronounced aspect of difficulties between the U.S. and China is America's rejection of China's political system. In the eyes of many Americans, China values collective interests and lacks democracy and human rights, while in the eyes of many in China, Americans, who believe in individual rights, have a natural tendency to engineer political evolution in other countries, and therefore we need to be on guard. These oversimplified perceptions have put the two countries at two ends of the world, running parallel and never seeming to converge.

China's Post '90s Generation: New Minds, Old World

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Twenty years ago, China's engagement with the world had barely begun. The Internet was accessible to only the privileged few. Parents still espoused "protective" values reinforced by their experiences during the instability of two man-made disasters.

Facebook's Secret Project Could Run Errands For You

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 07.14.2015 | Technology

Rumor has it that Facebook is developing its own digital personal assistant. Codenamed "Moneypenny" -- perhaps after the much-loved character Miss Mo...

Different Is the New Normal: Perspectives From China-US Travel

Pilar Stella | Posted 06.06.2015 | Business
Pilar Stella

The trip reminded me of my upbringing and the unique insights and lessons that our differences, and cross-border perspectives bring.

2015 - The Year of the Message App for Consumers and Business

Beverly Macy | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Beverly Macy

Something has been missing. The ability to communicate one-to-one privately has been lost in the world of social applications. Many-to-many has a place and is relevant much of the time.

Now, Even Texting Is In Your Rear View Mirror...

April Rudin | Posted 06.07.2014 | Technology
April Rudin

The mobile apps young people use today will likely be obsolete not long from now. But those who keep up with the dizzying pace of technology evolution will be much better prepared to engage with clients at their level and in a way they can appreciate.

Is Facebook Trying to Outrun WeChat?

Beverly Macy | Posted 04.22.2014 | Business
Beverly Macy

Facebook's purchase of Whatsapp for $16 billion is getting a ton of press. Everyone is either talking about how brilliant Facebook is, or how scared t...