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Atlas China Top 8 #19 - Transformations (+ WeChat Event)


Atlas China Top 8

June 27 · Issue #18 · View online

China + global technology, business, and innovation trends, 8 items at a time.

China’s tech advances are reshaping the world economy more dramatically and fundamentally than almost anyone has been talking about – but that is starting to change:  
–Google has invested $550M into, which looks to be an early step in a strategic partnership between the two giants of online commerce as the game shifts toward O2O
Axios explores how China’s New Retail integrates brick-and-mortar with online platforms. JD is also rolling out logistics infrastructure as a service, or what I characterize as AWS for the physical world. 
–"The future of consumer payments may not be designed in New York or London but in China.“ Bloomberg on Chinese payment apps as they eye international expansion.  
–Physical geography is changing, too – might China’s Greater Bay Area become a global center of commerce on par with Paris and New York?
–Bytedance and its #1 Tik Tok app are able to develop content platforms in China for global consumption. Here’s GGV on why it works
–With these successes, have we entered the "Copy from China” moment? What are the forces driving the rise of Chinese innovation?
–Anyone interested in Beijing’s startup scene should check out this two-part guide from rising ecosystem expert Daniel Hsu in TechNode. Part 2.
–Michael Moritz is sounding more prescient all the time. His latest in FT: China is winning the global tech race to create dominant unicorns. Interesting companion Hacker News discussion of the article as well. 
For those in Beijing, I’m presenting WeChat for the Personal Power User at Sanlitun WeWork on Tuesday, July 3. Scan the QR code in the poster below and come say hi. 

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Atlas China helps SMEs and multinationals in China find talent and grow revenues through recruitment, events, and strategy. Contact Abe Sorock.
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