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Exclusive: Pictures from World Internet Conference suggest WeWork, URWork on an “ice-breaking tour”

Like its previous versions, the ongoing World Internet Conference in Wuzhen has attracted the biggest names in China’s tech industry. Official meetings and keynotes aside, more casual business dinners, which gather China’s, or even the world’s richest technology tycoons, offered precious opportunities for them to get connected and share insights. It’s in China after all, […]

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Baidu’s VP Wang Haifeng now leads Baidu Research Institute to further develop its AI application for commercial use

Baidu’s vice president, as well as head of Baidu’s AI department Wang Haifeng, will serve as director of Baidu Research Institute (in Chinese). With Wang’s increased dominance in Baidu’s AI arm, Baidu’s Artificial Intelligence Group (AIG) will strengthen R&D on the AI application technology for commercial use, including autonomous driving and airport services. In March this […]

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Here’s how China’s 3 big co-working players are differentiating

Rising millennial workforce, government support for innovation and startups, changing public attitude from “owing” to “sharing” stuff, and of course the huge market scale: everything makes China a perfect for the development of co-working or shared space industry. Unsurprisingly, the industry took off in China over the past two years in a big way, marked by the emergence […]

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Meituan-Dianping raises $4B new fund, reflects heated proxy war of Tencent and Alibaba

Meituan-Dianping, China’s O2O and e-commerce platform, announced today that it has landed a $4 billion Series C round of financing led by Tencent. With the newly pocketed funds, the firm is expected to further expand its four core businesses: in-store dining, entertainment, on-demand delivery, and travel. Meituan-Dianping has a large scale of offerings, including food […]

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Live from TechCrunch – How can a foreign hardware company enter China?

Shenzhen, the Silicon Valley in China, is becoming a must-destination for the foreign hardware startups to start their business. On the other hand, Chinese startups are starting from Shenzhen and expanding to global markets, such as educational robot kit Makeblock, drone maker DJI, and smartphone manufacturer Huawei. In the panel “Startup in Shenzhen”, Benjamin Joffe, Partner […]

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Get funding for your startup from Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund and Gobi Ventures at TechCrunch Shanghai

The TechCrunch China Startup Competition is on! And we are happy to announce that Gobi Ventures will join the jury to pick outstanding contestants for the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund and the Gobi VC awards. Here are the detailed rules and regulations about the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund competition: Prize The eligible outstanding projects in the competition […]

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Banquets on the sidelines of World Internet Conference shed light on tech giants’ alliances

It’s that time of the year again. Tech executives and government officials from around the world are gathering in the historic water town of Wuzhen in east China for the state-run World Internet Conference (WIC). Meetings and keynotes aside, Ding Lei, the founder and CEO of the twenty-year-old tech conglomerate NetEase, has reportedly been hosting […]