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04/08/2020
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Are you a product manager, engineer or just techie who's interested in how China tech cos came together and helped create the health QR code system? And all the rapid changes they made to their products to facilitate COVID-19 support for their customers? Maybe it's something you could apply to your own product! Come and hang out with us, a FANNG product manager who's also worked in China, and also other Tech Buzzers from all over the world during our first Virtual Happy Hour on 4/16 THU California time 3-4PM* on the topic. It's FREE but you need to SIGN UP BELOW:

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From time to time, we hold events with our community. Our next one is a webinar with one of our favorite product managers on how Chinese tech companies came together and pushed out the health QR code system and helped the country get back on track. Hint: it was very much a bottoms-up approach. Also,...

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02/26/2020
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Instead of the promised China Tech 2020 predictions, the events of the past two weeks suggest that we focus on the effects of the Wuhan coronavirus instead.

In Episode 58 of Tech Buzz China, co-hosts Rui Ma and Ying-Ying Lu talk about grocery e-commerce, or buying fresh food o...
01/14/2020
Ep. 58: China Grocery E-Commerce: Bloodbath or Gold Mine? - Pandaily

In Episode 58 of Tech Buzz China, co-hosts Rui Ma and Ying-Ying Lu talk about grocery e-commerce, or buying fresh food over the internet. 🥬 Listen to find out more about one of the few remaining "blue oceans" in China. 💰

In Episode 58 of Tech Buzz China, our first episode of the new decade, co-hosts Rui Ma and Ying-Ying Lu talk about grocery e-commerce, or buying fresh food over the internet.

In Ep. 51, TechBuzz co-host Rui Ma speaks on some of the hottest topics, trends, and companies covered in past TechBuzz ...
09/04/2019
Ep. 51: Overview of China tech: Rui Ma on SupChina Access - Pandaily

In Ep. 51, TechBuzz co-host Rui Ma speaks on some of the hottest topics, trends, and companies covered in past TechBuzz episodes: Luckin Coffee, e-cigarettes, Baidu, EV carmakers, and 996 work culture.

Episode 51 of TechBuzz China is our second consecutive show that is in a unique format. It features a replay of TechBuzz co-host Rui Ma’s recorded call on SupChina Access, which was originally aired live on July 23.

Ep. 50 is our first ever Live Episode! It features TechBuzz co-host Rui Ma in conversation with author Matt Sheehan at t...
08/26/2019
Ep. 50: TechBuzz Live: The Transpacific Experiment: How China and California Collaborate and Compete for Our Future - Pandaily

Ep. 50 is our first ever Live Episode! It features TechBuzz co-host Rui Ma in conversation with author Matt Sheehan at the launch of his new book, titled The Transpacific Experiment: How China and California Collaborate and Compete for Our Future. It covers topics crucial to understanding the greater context that defines US-China tech today — especially given today’s geopolitical situation. Listen below!

Episode 50 of TechBuzz China is unique: it’s our first live recording! It features co-host Rui Ma in conversation with author and journalist Matt Sheehan, currently a fellow based at the Paulson Institute’s MacroPolo think tank.

Our latest episode, Ep. 42, is on the developer-led movement 996.icu, which seeks to abolish the 996 work schedule in Ch...
04/17/2019
Ep. 42: To 996, or Not to 996, That Is the Question - Pandaily

Our latest episode, Ep. 42, is on the developer-led movement 996.icu, which seeks to abolish the 996 work schedule in Chinese internet companies and has drawn international attention. Listen to find out: What's the story behind this, and what is the buzz within China?

In Episode 42 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma turn their attention to the developer-led movement 996.icu, one of the few viral China tech topics in the past few months that has made it to Western media in real time and gotten a good bit of coverage.

HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY TO US! 🎂 🎁 Techbuzz China is officially one year old today! This was our first episode, and boy we ha...
04/17/2019
TechBuzz China: A Weekly Tech Podcast on China's Innovation - Pandaily

HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY TO US! 🎂 🎁 Techbuzz China is officially one year old today! This was our first episode, and boy we have come a long way since then! 💪 Thanks everyone!! 🙏

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TechBuzz China is a new weekly technology podcast powered by Pandaily hosted by Rui Ma and Ying-Ying Lu. To listen to this week's conversation on Toutiao's Apology and Mobike's Acquisition by Meituan-Dianping, you can tune in to TechBuzz China on iTunes Podcast, SoundCloud, or simply search for Tech

In episode 38, our co-hosts discuss the Battle of the Red Packets. What started on WeChat as a way to easily gift money ...
02/20/2019
Ep. 38: Battle of the Red Packets - Pandaily

In episode 38, our co-hosts discuss the Battle of the Red Packets. What started on WeChat as a way to easily gift money for the New Year has spread to Alibaba, Baidu, Douyin, Kuaishou -- who did what in 2019? What is the significance of the phenomenon?

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In episode 38 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma dive into this year’s Battle of the Red Packets. The name refers to the custom of money-giving, which is an important part of the Chinese New Year experience.

In Episode 36, our co-hosts talk about two recent stories that grabbed headlines: the “hack” at the ecommerce company Pi...
01/28/2019
Ep. 36: China Tech is Risky Business - Pinduoduo’s Hack and DJI’s Corruption Scandal - Pandaily

In Episode 36, our co-hosts talk about two recent stories that grabbed headlines: the “hack” at the ecommerce company Pinduoduo and the corruption scandal at the drone designer DJI. What do investors and operators need to know about the risks these reflect?

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Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about the dirty, risky, and more unseemly aspects of China tech, primarily focused on two stories that grabbed headlines recently: the “hack” at Pinduoduo, and the corruption scandal at DJI.

Ep. 35 is about the three new social networking apps that launched in China on January 15. Each targets a weakness that ...
01/18/2019
Ep. 35: New WeChat Challengers: Duoshan, Toilet, and Bullet 2.0 - Pandaily

Ep. 35 is about the three new social networking apps that launched in China on January 15. Each targets a weakness that WeChat leaves open in the market. Our co-hosts break down the products, their respective strategies, and whether the apps have a real shot at success.

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https://pandaily.com/ep-35-new-wechat-challengers-duoshan-toilet-and-bullet-2-0/

In episode 35 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about WeChat competitors. Specifically, they focus on three apps that all decided to launch on Tuesday, January 15, 2019: Bytedance’s Duoshan, Wang Xin’s self-proclaimed “anti-WeChat” Toilet, and Bullet Messenger 2.0.

01/04/2019
Ep.28: The World’s Most Valuable Startup: ByteDance, Maker of TikTok & Toutiao

Having closed on $3 billion led by SoftBank, Bytedance is currently valued at $75 billion. And its lack of affiliation with either Tencent or Alibaba stands out. For the first time, our co-hosts delve into the company's founding story, and to give a snapshot of its key strengths and weaknesses.

Check out the full story here: https://pandaily.com/ep-28-the-worlds-most-valuable-startup-bytedance-maker-of-tik-tok-toutiao/

12/29/2018
Ep. 29: Alibaba Singles’ Day $30.8Bn Extravaganza - The Real Deal or Not?

Alibaba Singles’ Day, the China’s version of “Black Friday,” is the biggest e-commerce shopping festival of the year which Alibaba invented out of thin air in 2008 and now falls yearly on November 11. After reviewing the evidence, our co-hosts conclude that despite the large sales figures floating around, this single holiday is not an accurate reflection of the state of the ecommerce sector in China.

Check out the full story here: https://pandaily.com/ep-29-alibaba-singles-day-30-8bn-extravaganza-the-real-deal-or-not/

12/21/2018
Ep. 30: The Greatest Trainwreck of China Internet -- Renren, China’s Facebook

Renren. Inc., the former near-monopoly on the Chinese social networking space, which had formerly raised $800 million in its 2011 IPO, recently announced that it would sell all of its renren.com social networking assets to Beijing Infinities Technology, a holding company, for a mere $20 million in cash and $40 million worth of stock. This episode explores: what happened?
Check out the full story here: https://pandaily.com/ep-30-the-greatest-trainwreck-of-china-internet-renren-chinas-facebook/

What is RED? Why is it described as "Instagram and Pinterest sprinkled with a dose of Taobao," and why did Alibaba injec...
12/11/2018
Ep. 31: Alibaba and The Little Red Book (Xiaohongshu): Powering Ecommerce with Content - Pandaily

What is RED? Why is it described as "Instagram and Pinterest sprinkled with a dose of Taobao," and why did Alibaba inject $300 million earlier this year?

This week, we tell this story!

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In episode 31 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about Xiaohongshu, also known as RED, which had received a $300 million investment from Alibaba. Though the money was injected in June, the two companies have recently announced an additional cooperation that links them at the pr

11/26/2018
Ep. 27: Poking at the Hornet’s Nest: Fake Reviews in China Tech

In Ep. 27, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma discuss the latest scandal to come out of Chinese internet -- fake reviews on one of China’s leading travel websites Mafengwo. Mafengwo had $1.5 billion in sales last year, 63k transactions, and over 100 million monthly active users. It’s already backed by some of the best investors in the business, including Temasek, Hillhouse, General Atlantic and Capital Today, and in August, it was leaked that it was in the middle of raising $300mm at a valuation up to $2.5Bn.

In episode 30, our co-hosts talk about Renren Inc., the closest Chinese analogue to Facebook.The platform almost had com...
11/21/2018
Ep. 30: The Greatest Trainwreck of China Internet - Renren, China’s Facebook - Pandaily

In episode 30, our co-hosts talk about Renren Inc., the closest Chinese analogue to Facebook.

The platform almost had complete monopoly on the Chinese social networking space in 2011 but recently announced that it would sell all of its renren.com social networking assets for a mere $20 million in cash and $40 million worth of stock.
What happened Renren?!

In episode 30 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about Renren Inc., the closest Chinese analogue to Facebook. The former near-monopoly on the Chinese social networking space, which had formerly raised $800 million in its 2011 IPO, recently announced that it would sell all of it

In Episode 29, our co-hosts talk about China’s version of “Black Friday,” the biggest e-commerce shopping festival of th...
11/21/2018
Ep. 29: Alibaba Singles’ Day $30.8Bn Extravaganza - The Real Deal or Not? - Pandaily

In Episode 29, our co-hosts talk about China’s version of “Black Friday,” the biggest e-commerce shopping festival of the year which Alibaba invented out of thin air in 2008 and now falls yearly on November 11.

How did it get started? Why does it have such mindshare in the world of China internet? And how did it go this year?

In Episode 29 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about China’s version of “Black Friday,” the biggest ecommerce shopping festival of the year which Alibaba invented out of thin air in 2008 and now falls yearly on November 11. Rui and Ying-Ying delve into the history behin...

11/19/2018
Meet Rui Ma - Co-host at TechBuzz China Podcast by Pandaily

Rui is a well-versed professional on the subjects of technology, venture capital, and finance. As one of the co-hosts of Techbuzz China, Rui and co-host Ying-Ying are here to bring you the latest buzzing news in one of the largest and fastest growing tech industry in the world. Check out TechBuzz China by Pandaily!

Link:
https://pandaily.com/podcast/
https://supchina.com/series/techbuzz-china/
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-8295209

TechBuzz China is also available on Apple Podcasts and XimalayaFM

In Ep. 28, our co-hosts tell the story of Bytedance, maker of Toutiao & TikTok. At $75 billion, this AI company has just...
11/09/2018
Ep. 28: The World’s Most Valuable Startup: Bytedance, Maker of Tik Tok & Toutiao - Pandaily

In Ep. 28, our co-hosts tell the story of Bytedance, maker of Toutiao & TikTok. At $75 billion, this AI company has just topped Uber to become the highest-valued startup in the world.

What makes Bytedance unique, especially as compared with other Chinese companies? How has its founder shaped its growth? What's next? Listen to find out!

In Ep. 28 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about the Chinese AI company that recently toppled Uber to become the highest-valued startup in the world: Bytedance. Having just closed on $3 billion led by Softbank, the company is currently valued at $75 billion. Though our co-hos

In Ep. 26, we talk about Koubei, an Alibaba affiliate central to the e-commerce giant's bid to dominate "local services,...
10/25/2018
Ep. 26: The O2O Local Services War: Alibaba vs. Meituan? Part 2: Koubei - Pandaily

In Ep. 26, we talk about Koubei, an Alibaba affiliate central to the e-commerce giant's bid to dominate "local services," a concept increasingly tied up with New Retail.

Our hosts discuss: how is China arguably leading the world in innovations in New Retail? How are the divergent approaches of Alibaba and rival Tencent (part-owner of Meituan) to staking out ownership leading to different results in China’s latest tech battlefront?

Tune in for the story, and for comments by expert Ed Sander!

In Ep. 26 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma discuss Koubei, rounding up the second installment of a two-part deep-dive into the local services space in China. An Alibaba subsidiary, Koubei recently merged with ele.me, another Alibaba-owned (via acquisition) entity which was covered

This week, we dig into the story of ele.me, including the food delivery service's sale earlier this year to Alibaba, and...
10/17/2018
Ep. 25: The O2O Local Services War: Alibaba vs. Meituan? Part 1: ele.me - Pandaily

This week, we dig into the story of ele.me, including the food delivery service's sale earlier this year to Alibaba, and the ongoing "O2O" (online-to-offline) services battle in China.

This episode is first in a series of deep dives on the local services space in China.

In Ep. 25 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about Alibaba’s recent moves to firm up its strategy around local services, putting pressure on Meituan-Dianping to defend itself. This war of “O2O,” or online to offline, is shaping up to be intense, with the latest battle rou...

It is often said that "everyone who’s anyone in China tech" is connected to Fan Bao or has done business with him. Indee...
10/11/2018
Ep. 24: The Man and the Firm behind China’s Tech Renaissance - Pandaily

It is often said that "everyone who’s anyone in China tech" is connected to Fan Bao or has done business with him. Indeed, Bao's firm, China Renaissance Group, is behind almost all of the mega deals that have headlined China tech in the past few years.

How has this man, who describes himself as a “bald Shanghainese dude who loves F1 and MMA" and is in many ways the perfect bridge between two completely different capital markets (China and the West), applied massive amounts of ambition and aggression to succeed?

Listen to our latest Ep. 24 to find out!

In Ep. 24 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about China Renaissance Group, a tech-focused investment bank founded and led by one of the country’s most famed rainmakers, Bao Fan. While the episode covers the firm’s recent Hong Kong IPO, as well as some of its top deals, its...

Our Pandaily team is taking vacation for Mid-Autumn Festival and Golden Week, but we don't want to leave you hanging! Li...
09/26/2018
[Replay] Ep. 10: Meituan, the Super App that Won Against a Thousand Clones

Our Pandaily team is taking vacation for Mid-Autumn Festival and Golden Week, but we don't want to leave you hanging! Listen (or re-listen) to our Episode 10 on Meituan-Dianping, which just raised a healthy $4.2 billion in its IPO. Angel investor James Hong weighed in as well.

Happy holidays to all our loyal listeners!

Happy Holidays, TechBuzz listeners! That’s right, it’s Mid-Autumn Festival, followed closely by Golden Week for the Pandaily team back in Beijing. In honor of the holidays — and to commemorate *alm

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I just came across your Podcast EP37 on mini program, really enjoy it. Now i'm wondering how does Tencent actually monetize these mini program?
Have you heard of China's craziest shopping festival?