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China Tech Talk is a weekly podcast about what's happening on the ground in China's tech and startup ecosystems.

It is hosted by John Artman, Editor-in-Chief of TechNode English, and Matthew Brennan, founder of ChinaChannel

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China Tech Talk is a weekly podcast about what's happening on the ground in China's tech and startup ecosystems.

It is hosted by John Artman, Editor-in-Chief of TechNode English, and Matthew Brennan, founder of ChinaChannel

    87: China tech through the lens of Bytedance

    87: China tech through the lens of Bytedance

    This episode, Matt and John embark on a wide-ranging discussion about China tech in 2019. Using Bytedance as a lens, they explore the disruptive power of new companies, Bytedance's successes and challenges outside of China, as well as what the world is learning from China tech.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    86: China's social credit system: Everything you know is wrong with Kendra Schaefer

    86: China's social credit system: Everything you know is wrong with Kendra Schaefer

    China's social credit system (SCS) gets a lot of attention outside of China yet it's still very misunderstood. Many scholars and China watchers have shed light on the topic, but none have done it so concisely and accessibly as Kendra Schaefer and her team at Trivium China. She joins us this week to explain how the SCS is a broad framework for better regulation and enforcement and how it applies to companies, individuals, and government agencies.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    85: Private traffic in China — Taking back the power from platforms

    85: Private traffic in China — Taking back the power from platforms

    After an extended hiatus, John and Matt are back! This week, they look at the increasingly effective trend of private traffic. Powered by WeChat and its mini programs, marketers and brands are increasingly creating and driving organic traffic to their shops. Like owned traffic in the West, this is a direct response to the rising costs of reaching fans and followers. Matt delivered a presentation on the topic during the ChinaChat 2019 conference and they take a deep dive into the phenomenon this week.

    • 54 min
    84: Facebook's Libra and China's Central Bank with Zennon Kapron

    84: Facebook's Libra and China's Central Bank with Zennon Kapron

    John and Matt talk with Zennon Kapron about Libra, QQcoin, and China's digital currency.

    • 52 min
    83: Podcasting and why the open web is dead in China with Rio Zhan

    83: Podcasting and why the open web is dead in China with Rio Zhan

    At the end of 2018, Connie Chan of Andreesen Horowitz, wrote about how podcasts in China monetize. However, what she calls podcasts aren't really what we call podcasts: they're more like paid-for educational audio content. Podcasting, like what we do at China Tech Talk, is actually still very immature in China. But that doesn't mean there aren't content creators following the "traditional" podcasting model.
    To talk about this, we're joined this week by Rio Zhan, early stage VC and host of the Crazy Capital podcast. We share notes on podcasting and talk about how China's content models have evolved away from the open web.
    Key questions

    Why is the China market different for audio content?
    Why is the open web almost non-existent in China?
    What role does culture play in creating acceptance of paying for content?
    How might Facebook's Libra enable monetization for Western podcasts?

    Links

    Crazy Capital (in Chinese)
    Outgrowing Advertising: Multimodal Business Models as a Product Strategy
    The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet
    WeChat Conference: CHina CHat 2019!
    Become a member of TechNode Squared

    Guest

    Rio Zhan, @RioJot

    Hosts

    John Artman, @knowsnothing, TechNode
    Matthew Brennan, @MattyBGoooner, ChinaChannel

    Editor

    Peter Isachenko

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    Music: "Theme from Penguins on Parade" by Lee Rosevere, Music for Podcasts 3

    • 1 hr 1 min
    82: Tech conferences in China

    82: Tech conferences in China

    In the tech and startup ecosystem, there's always another conference to attend. The landscape isn't all that clear, however, with some conferences getting more public hype and others keeping it low-key. After organizing and attending many of them, John and Matt sit down this week to go over what's out available, what makes certain conferences different, and which are some of the best to attend and why.
    Key questions

    What kinds of conferences are there?
    What should you consider before going to a conference in China?
    How do conferences monetize?
    How much work goes into a successful conference?

    Links

    WeChat Conference: CHina CHat 2019!
    Become a member of TechNode Squared

    Hosts

    John Artman, @knowsnothing, TechNode
    Matthew Brennan, @MattyBGoooner, ChinaChannel

    Editor

    Peter Isachenko

    Podcast information

    iTunes
    Spotify
    RSS feed
    Music: "Theme from Penguins on Parade" by Lee Rosevere, Music for Podcasts 3

    • 47 min

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How to find transcripts?

Is transcripts of podcast episode available? Esp. Episode 61 on technology and music in China.

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Smart, informative discussion of tech in China

Great unbiased discussions giving an insider view of tech in China. Rare to hear such clarity and well researched views on this lively market.

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Excellent resource for investment research

I work for a small investment fund. We are trying to learn more about the China tech landscape. This has been a really wonderful resource. Thank you guys so much!

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