WeChat, a social network born out of Chinese tech behemoth Tencent, is redefining how China lives, communicates, and does business.

WeChat Wallet, released in August 2013, and Weidian, released in May 2014, have changed the way how startups do business in China. 5-year-old WeChat now has 846 million monthly active users. As witnesses of founder’s success stories leveraging WeChat, TechNode gathered this year’s top stories about WeChat.

1. WeChat Officially Replaces The App Store

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com