Startup Digest

China Tech

January 06, 2017

Weekly news and insights about startups and innovations happening in China.

China Tech Startup Digest is curated by:
Xu Tao

Xu Tao - Senior writer of CBNweekly

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Edith Yeung

Edith Yeung - Partner at 500 Mobile Collective Fund

Contact Edith Yeung at

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Alibaba’s Ma Meets With Trump to Talk About Creating Jobs

Selina Wang - Bloomberg

The Chinese e-commerce giant said the positions would be generated through Alibaba adding 1 million small and medium-sized U.S. businesses to its platforms, estimating that each one will hire a new person as a result of the added commerce.

China’s Tencent Takes on the App Store with Launch of ‘Mini Programs’ for WeChat

Jon Russell - TechCrunch

Already, developers can use official accounts and bots to reach and interact with users away from mobile apps, but now the experience is all the richer. There’s no app store to house the programs — Apple doesn’t allow apps to house app stores — so instead they are found by searching inside WeChat or scanning a QR code, such as those printed on ads on the subway in cities or other places, as is popular in China.

Alibaba Looks to Bricks and Mortar With Bid for Mall Operator in China

Amie Tsang and Paul Mozur - NYT

Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce behemoth, already owned 28 percent of Intime, which is listed in Hong Kong, and made an offer with Shen Guo Jun, the founder of the department store chain, to take the company private.

KFC China is Using Facial Recognition Tech to Serve Customers - But are They Buying it?

Amy Hawkins - The Guardian

KFC has teamed up with Baidu – the search engine company often referred to as “China’s Google” – to develop facial-recognition technology that can be used to predict customer’s orders.

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