TechCrunch Shanghai 2017 | The Cheat Sheet (and some free tickets)

This year, TechCrunch Shanghai will be held from the 25th -28th November 2017, at Mixc Shanghai. Registration is by the office building on 1799  Wuzhong Road, near Zhitung Road Station, 3rd exit. To date, the TechCrunch summit has been held in China 7 times. Between 2013 and the first half of 2017, more than 50,000 people have attended these events. Past guests include Google's global CEO…

3 industries in China you should be paying attention to

First off, China is a fascinating and amazing place full of opportunity, innovation, and a lot of people. I mean a lot of people. Over 1.3 billion to be exact. There is so much going on at any given time, it’s hard to keep track of it all. Lots of people see China as just a manufacturing hub with lots of products being built there, but China has a lot more going on other than manufacturing.……

Here are 4 new retail spots you can visit in Shanghai

New Retail is the trend in China right now. Before November 11st Singles' day, a day when Chinese spends the most in a year, Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba flexed its muscles on both online and offline channels. We will tell you four destinations in Shanghai that you can visit to get a glimpse of China's fast changing retail stores. Fresh food? Go to Hema Hema (Image Credit: TechNode)…

Alibaba vs JD: Getting Singles Day packages to your door

For the past few weeks, Chinese e-commerce titans have been racking their brains as the year's largest shopping spree, Singles' Day is fast approaching on November 11. This isn't just a competition of who has the best marketing stunts or the biggest subsidies for vendors; the life and death of the online retailers also depend on those who deliver the parcels safe and on-time. This year's Singles…

China vs US: Who is winning the big AI battle?

China and the US are becoming the world’s biggest rivals in artificial intelligence: it’s Luke vs Darth Vader, Alien vs Predator, Rocky vs Ivan Drago. The Chinese government's pivot to become the leader in this technology has created plenty of hype, but how are China's ambitious AI aspirations playing out on the ground? Research by startup database IT Juzi and Tencent News offers a new view of…

We went to Alibaba’s Computing Conference to check out the future of the Ali ecosystem

China's e-commerce giant Alibaba not only wants to be the best e-commerce player in the market, but also wants to deepen its technological prowess. At Alibaba's annual Computing Conference 2017 held in Hangzhou on October 11th, not only did the company unveil its plans to invest $15 billion over the next 3 years in its R&D, but they also showcased their technology developments to its…

Ant Financial is opening its unstaffed solution to merchants

Alibaba’s financial affiliate Ant Financial is adding new fuel to the quick rise of automated stores in China this Tuesday by opening its unmanned technologies to merchants. The Alipay solutions will enable automated customer ID authentication, risk control, payment, and clearance, allowing customers to enjoy service provided by merchants without the help of their staff. The same technology has…

Video: Alibaba shows off face recognition at its cashier-less concept store

In China, the future of retail is already here. Alibaba Group launched its second Taobao Maker Festival on July 8th and introduced the Tao Café, an experimental cashier-less coffee shop driven by face recognition. Alibaba’s AI and data technologies have made it possible for customers to shop in this offline store without going through the time-consuming process of queuing to pay. When a user…