Tech Buzz China by Pandaily

Tech Buzz China by Pandaily

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TechBuzz China by Pandaily is a biweekly technology podcast that is all about China’s innovations. It is co-hosted by Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma, who are both seasoned China-watchers with years of experience working in the technology space in China. They share and discuss the most important tech news from China every week, and include commentary from investors, industry experts, and entrepreneurs.


56: Not just TikTok: A short history of Chinese short video abroad
Nov 22 • 33 min
Episode 56 of TechBuzz China is all about short video, which our co-hosts comment should by now be considered one of China’s “New Four Great Inventions.” It’s sweeping the world, and has become an arena in which Chinese companies’ battle for users and…
55: Kuaishou: The Anti-Douyin/TikTok?
Nov 8 • 37 min
Episode 55 of TechBuzz China is about a company we have admittedly relegated to a “supporting role” thus far here on TechBuzz: Kuaishou, which is rightfully known as the original Chinese short-video app. Rui and Ying-Ying explain that while Bytedance and…
54: Influencers, KOLs, idols, and the future of China ecommerce
Oct 25 • 33 min
How online commerce is affected by KOLs and influencers in China.
53: NetEase — Developing Pigs, Games, and People
Oct 4 • 32 min
TechBuzz China is going to China! As part of our inaugural invite-only TechBuzz China Investor Trip for public market investors taking place right after Golden Week, we will be hosting a live meetup in Beijing’s Sanlitun at Taco Bar on Tuesday, October 8,…
52: Zhihu and Kuaishou — Has China’s Quora Found Its Prince Charming?
Sep 20 • 34 min
TechBuzz China is going to China! As part of our inaugural invite-only TechBuzz China Investor Trip for public market investors taking place right after Golden Week, we will be hosting live meetups. These will take place in Beijing’s Sanlitun after dinner…
51: Overview of China Tech: Rui Ma on SupChina Access
Aug 30 • 51 min
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. The conversation is moderated by Jeremy…
50: TechBuzz Live: The Transpacific Experiment: How China and California Collaborate and Compete for Our Future
Aug 16 • 34 min
Episode 50 of TechBuzz China features author and journalist Matt Sheehan, author of The Transpacific Experiment: How China and California Collaborate and Compete for Our Future.
49: China’s Gen-Z and its newest poison: sneakers
Aug 2 • 34 min
In episode 49 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma continue their exploration of the converging trends between the U.S. and China’s ecommerce sectors, this week covering the topic of the resale market for sneakers and streetwear. Notably,…
48: Three Squirrels: The Nutty World of Chinese D2C Brands
Jul 19 • 34 min
In episode 48 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma take a look at the direct-to-consumer, or D2C, brands in China. Specifically, they highlight one of the early winners of the business model: Three Squirrels, a Chinese internet snack brand…
47: Chinese K12 English EdTech: VIPKid and How Learning is Earning
Jun 21 • 35 min
In episode 47 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma dive into a topic they have been wanting to cover for a while now: Chinese educational technology (edtech). Specifically, they focus on VIPKid, a company that has an incredible number of…
46: Futu, Tiger, and the trillion-dollar overseas online brokerage business from China
Jun 7 • 35 min
In episode 46 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma take a look at the market for China’s overseas online brokerages, which help Chinese people to invest in securities outside of mainland China. Of note, two Chinese fintech startups, Futu…
45: Totally Lit or Just Hot Air? The Rise of E-Cigarettes in China
May 24 • 32 min
In episode 45 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about the rise of what has been touted as “the next big trend” in China tech: electronic cigarettes. Despite being criticized as a trap for entrepreneurs and investors alike, as well…
44: So young, more beautiful — the allure of China’s plastic surgery market
May 10 • 32 min
In episode 44 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about So-Young, an internet company that markets and facilitates plastic surgery and other medical cosmetic procedures to Chinese customers. The six-year-old company has a stated…
43: Douyu’s IPO, Panda.TV’s Death — Let the Gaming Livestreaming Games Begin
Apr 26 • 32 min
In Episode 43 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma dive into the world of gaming live streaming, which is a pretty big industry in China. Specifically, our co-hosts focus primarily on two companies, Douyu and Panda.TV. The former has just…
42: To 996, or Not to 996, That is the Question
Apr 12 • 32 min
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…
41: IPO is for Influencers: The Company Behind China’s Kylie Jenner is Going Public
Apr 2 • 35 min
In Episode 41 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about Ruhnn (RUHN), a relatively small yet significant company that filed for IPO a few weeks ago in the U.S. on the Nasdaq. Ruhnn has become the clear leader in China’s fast-growing…
40: China’s Newest Stock Exchange Experiment: Shanghai’s Technology Innovation Board
Mar 15 • 29 min
In Episode 40 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about the new “Technology Innovation Board” on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, which formally announced its first set of rules last week. Rui and Ying-Ying explain that given its recent…
39: Podcasting in China — the Myth and the Reality
Feb 26 • 34 min
Episode 39 of TechBuzz China is on a topic of special interest to our co-hosts, Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma: podcasting in China! It was sparked by two recent pieces of news within the podcasting industry. The first was the acquisition of Gimlet Media, a…
38: Battle of the Red Packets
Feb 19 • 34 min
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. It has also been taken over by…
37: The WeChat Mini Program — The End of Apps or Not?
Feb 1 • 30 min
In episode 37 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma dive into the world of WeChat Mini Programs. Arguably some of the biggest innovations to come out of the Chinese internet, Mini Programs have no real Western equivalent. Ever since it was…
36: China Tech is Risky Business - Pinduoduo’s Hack and DJI’s Corruption Scandal
Jan 25 • 22 min
In episode 36 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts 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 the ecommerce company Pinduoduo, and…
35: Everybody was WeChat Fighting: Bytedance Duoshan, Toilet App, and Bullet 2.0
Jan 18 • 28 min
In episode 35 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about competitors to the reigning Chinese social media champion, WeChat. Specifically, they focus on three apps that all decided to launch on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, two weeks…
34: WeChat’s 7.0 Update and Allen Zhang, the Man Behind the App
Jan 11 • 30 min
In episode 34 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about the latest version of WeChat, which first came out on iOS the third week of December 2018, and on Android a few days later. It has been over four years since WeChat released an…
33: Tencent Music - Totally Not China’s Spotify
Dec 26, 2018 • 24 min
In episode 33 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about Tencent Music (TME), which finally completed its $1.2 billion IPO after a two-month delay due to market volatility. The company rose 9 percent on its first day, but has traded…
32: Luckin Coffee: Starbucks Challenger or a New Breed of F&B for the 21st Century?
Dec 12, 2018 • 31 min
In episode 32 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about Luckin Coffee, the hybrid online-offline coffee chain unicorn startup that’s turning heads in China with its rapid expansion and innovative business model. In fact, immediately…
31: Alibaba and the Little Red Book (Xiaohongshu): Powering Ecommerce With Content
Dec 5, 2018 • 30 min
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…
30: The Greatest Train Wreck of the Chinese Internet: Renren, China’s Facebook
Nov 21, 2018 • 22 min
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 company — which once had a near-monopoly on the Chinese social networking space, and had raised $800 million in its…
29: Alibaba Singles’ Day $30.8 Billion Extravaganza — The Real Deal, or Not?
Nov 16, 2018 • 24 min
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…
28: The World’s Most Valuable Startup: Bytedance, maker of TikTok & Toutiao
Nov 7, 2018 • 36 min
In episode 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 a $3 billion funding round led by SoftBank,…
27: Poking at the Hornet’s Nest: Fake Reviews in China Tech
Oct 31, 2018 • 23 min
In Episode 27 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma discuss the latest scandal to come out of the Chinese internet — fake reviews on one of China’s leading travel websites, Mafengwo. Mafengwo had $1.5 billion in sales last year, 63k…
26: The O2O Local Services War: Alibaba vs. Meituan? Part 2: Koubei
Oct 23, 2018 • 27 min
In episode 26 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma discuss Koubei, rounding out 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)…
25: The O2O Local Services War: Alibaba vs. Meituan? Part 1: ele.me
Oct 17, 2018 • 27 min
In episode 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…
24: The Man and the Firm Behind China’s Tech Renaissance
Oct 10, 2018 • 21 min
In Episode 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…
23: Update on Meituan, the Super App that Won Against a Thousand Clones
Sep 25, 2018 • 26 min
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 *almost* six months since we released our first episode of…
22: NIO — The Road Ahead for ‘China’s Tesla’
Sep 19, 2018 • 32 min
In episode 22 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about electric carmaker NIO, which went public on September 12 on the NYSE. This episode covers how NIO got started, its purported business model, and how it differs from its…
21: Is WeChat Bulletproof?
Sep 12, 2018 • 34 min
In Ep. 21 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about the new messaging app, Bullet Messenger, which took the Chinese internet by storm and reached five million registered users in just eleven days. The key question: is this a true…
20: Are Startups Behind the Rising Rents in Beijing?
Sep 5, 2018 • 24 min
In episode 20 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma look into the alleged causes behind the recent 22 percent year-on-year increase in rent prices in Beijing, a rise which has sparked outrage in citizens. In addition to blaming real estate…
19: Tencent and the Case of the Missing $140 Billion
Aug 29, 2018 • 27 min
So far in 2018, Tencent’s stock price has continued to tumble from analysts’ price targets. Today, it sits at $430 billion, a far cry from its $570 billion market cap in January. Some commentators blame the decline on Tencent’s Q2 results, which showed a…
18: China vs. Google: Rematch?
Aug 22, 2018 • 23 min
On August 1, The Intercept broke a story that Google was planning to enter China with a censored search engine. Within hours, the same news was all over Chinese tech media. In this episode of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma tell the story…
17: Pinduoduo: From Zero to $23B in Three Years
Aug 7, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma tell the story of ecommerce company Pinduoduo, the fastest-growing app in the history of the Chinese internet, from its founding in 2015 to its recent listing on the Nasdaq. What does the…
16: Bike Sharing in China, Part 2: Mobike and the Future of Personal Transportation
Jul 31, 2018 • 28 min
This episode of TechBuzz China is our second of two focused on bike-sharing in China. In it, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma tell the story of the rest of China’s bike-sharing industry beyond Ofo, focusing on major players Mobike and Hellobike. They…
15: ​Bike sharing in China, Part 1: Ofo’s Wild Ride
Jul 24, 2018 • 26 min
The internet age has brought with it what China’s state media calls the country’s “New Four Great Inventions”: high speed trains, scan-and-pay mobile payments, bike sharing, and ecommerce. This week’s episode is the first in a two-part story on bike…
14: Xiaomi: Bull or Bear? A Post-IPO Debate
Jul 18, 2018 • 23 min
Xiaomi’s recent IPO in Hong Kong was the world’s biggest tech IPO since Alibaba’s in 2014, but will it soar in the stock market and become the Apple of China? Listen to the first ever debate on TechBuzz China and take your position as a bear or a bull on…
13: JD, Google, and the War for the Rest of the World
Jul 10, 2018 • 19 min
On June 18, JD.com concluded its annual shopping festival with a transaction volume of roughly $24.5 billion. On the same day, the ecommerce platform also announced an investment from Google of $550 million. What does this new alliance mean? Listen to the…
12: Bitmain - the Most Valuable Crypto Company in the World?
Jul 3, 2018 • 21 min
As a TechBuzz China listener, you must be at least a little bit crypto-curious. This week on TechBuzz China, we talk in-depth about Bitmain, the most valuable company in the cryptocurrency space, which happens to be from China. TechBuzz China by Pandaily…
11: After Alibaba, Team Jack Ma’s Newest Centacorn: Ant Financial
Jun 26, 2018 • 25 min
What do you call a unicorn worth more than $100 billion? A centacorn, of course! This week on TechBuzz China by Pandaily, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma discuss a newly minted centacorn — Ant Financial. TechBuzz China by Pandaily is a weekly technology…
10: Meituan, the Super App that Won Against a Thousand Clones
Jun 19, 2018 • 24 min
This week on TechBuzz China by Pandaily, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma tell you how Wang Xing, the legendary Chinese serial entrepreneur who started out with “copy to China,” is now standing behind one of the largest unicorns in the world,…
9: Tencent vs. Toutiao
Jun 12, 2018 • 20 min
Earlier this month, Tencent sued Bytedance, better known as Toutiao, for 1 yuan and Toutiao fought back by suing Tencent for 90 million yuan. What sparked the feud between the David and Goliath of the Chinese tech world? Listen to this week’s episode of…
8: Lu Qi and Baidu: The Breakup That Broke China’s Heart
Jun 5, 2018 • 12 min
This week on TechBuzz China by Pandaily, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma look at the resignation of Baidu’s COO and tech genius Lu Qi and how the move sparked wave after wave of speculation, commentary, and reaction in the Chinese tech world. TechBuzz…
7: Live Streaming in China: How to Win Fans and Influence Losers
May 29, 2018 • 16 min
When Dale Carnegie wrote his magnum opus almost a century ago, he was most certainly not prepared to address social phenomenons such as live streaming in our ever-evolving digital era. This week on TechBuzz China by Pandaily, our hosts Ying-Ying Lu and…
6: Murder on the Didi Express, and China’s Love Affair with EVs
May 22, 2018 • 19 min
This week on TechBuzz China by Pandaily, our hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk all about the happenings in the auto industry in China. There is bad news, and then there is good news. The bad news that made waves all across China was the alleged rape and…
5: Has Tencent Lost Its Mojo?
May 15, 2018 • 17 min
This week on TechBuzz China by Pandaily, our hosts, Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma, talk in-depth about a story that sparked great controversy across China’s technosphere — the debate on whether Tencent has still got its mojo. TechBuzz China by Pandaily is a…
4: Xiaomi’s Record-Breaking IPO, and Baidu’s New Finance Spinoff
May 8, 2018 • 17 min
This week on TechBuzz China, our hosts Rui Ma and Ying-Ying Lu discuss two major stories in China tech. Rui talks about the upcoming initial public offering of Xiaomi, which will be the world’s largest since Alibaba’s debut in 2014, and Ying-Ying shares…
3: The U.S. Sanctions ZTE, and Sexism in China’s Tech Sector
May 1, 2018 • 19 min
This week on TechBuzz China, our hosts tackle two ambitious stories. First, Rui talks about the seven-year ban the U.S. government announced on sales of American components to Chinese telecom equipment and systems company ZTE, and the overwhelming…
2: The Rise of Social Commerce, and The Future of Co-Working in China
Apr 24, 2018 • 18 min
Pinduoduo is the fastest growing ecommerce platform that you have never heard of. It is behind only Taobao and JD.com in the number of users, exceeding JD.com in their monthly gross merchandise volume, and even surpassing Taobao in the penetration rate of…
1: Toutiao’s Apology, and Mobike’s Acquisition by Meituan
Apr 17, 2018 • 12 min
TechBuzz China is a short weekly podcast that talks all about China’s innovation, co-hosted by Rui Ma, who is an angel investor and entrepreneur, and Ying-Ying Lu, who is also an entrepreneur. The two hosts are both China experts who lived and worked in…