China banning foreign IPOs would be pretty unsurprising

Didi’s U.S. IPO is one of several key moments of the recent regulatory shift inside China regarding its leading technology companies. The other is Ant’s IPO that never happened, pulled in the wake of criticisms of the Chinese government’s handling of newer technologies by the previously prominent Alibaba founder Jack Ma. It’s been a busy […]

How China’s regulatory crackdown whomped Vision Fund 1’s returns

SoftBank lost some investing preeminence in recent years as names like Tiger and a16z rose to new heights thanks to rapid-fire dealmaking and eager willingness to prepay for startup growth. But as SoftBank continues to cut checks from its Vision Fund 2, we’re still seeing results trickle in from the time when the Japanese conglomerate […]

As Yahoo leaves China, an accelerating stream of exits

TechCrunch held events in China as recently as 2019, following several years of hosting conferences in the country’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. In the wake of today’s news, TechCrunch.com is no longer available for regular access in China. How quickly things change. This morning, global media noted weekend-news that Yahoo, TechCrunch’s parent company, is pulling its […]

Is China building the metaverse?

Catherine D. Henry Contributor Share on Twitter Catherine D. Henry is SVP Growth at Media.Monks, where she advises leading global brands on how to enter the metaverse. There is a heated debate on the state of the race between the United States and China to dominate in AI. But perhaps the more strategic question is […]

Is it so bad to take money from Chinese venture funds?

Denis Kalinin Contributor Share on Twitter Denis Kalinin works at venture fund Runa Capital as Asia Business development manager, devoted to connecting the Western and Asian VC worlds and bringing long-term value to both. China is becoming a superpower in the tech industry. According to Straits Times, China is the only place in the world […]

What China’s new data privacy law means for US tech firms

Scott W. Pink Contributor Share on Twitter Scott W. Pink is special counsel in O’Melveny’s Data Security & Privacy practice based in Silicon Valley. He advises technology, media, entertainment and a variety of companies on issues of cybersecurity and privacy, IP counseling; social media law; and advertising, marketing, and promotions law. China enacted a sweeping […]

Europe’s quick-commerce startups are overhyped: Lessons from China

Alexander Kremer Contributor Share on Twitter Alexander Kremer is partner and head of China at venture capital firm Picus Capital. More than 10 companies currently compete across Europe with an instant grocery delivery business model. Half of them were established in 2020, the year of the pandemic. These companies have raised more than $2 billion […]

China’s regulatory crackdown is good news for startups aligned with CCP goals

Watching the Chinese technology sector over the last week has been a fascinating exercise. The Chinese government took on entire industries like edtech while also coming down on individual companies (Tencent, Meituan) in a broad effort to change the country’s technology landscape. The sum of the financial damage is easy to understand. The NASDAQ Golden […]

As China shakes up regulations, tech companies suffer

The Exchange spent a little time on Friday ruminating on the impact of then-rumored regulation in China targeting its edtech sector. News that the Chinese government intended to crack down further on the education technology market hit shares of public, China-based edtech companies. It was a mess. Then over the weekend, the rumors became reality, […]