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We should all be paying more attention to the PDD-Alibaba rivalry

Are we entering an era where Temu rules as the undisputed king of e-commerce?

Don’t sweat the valuation headlines, ByteDance is doing great

Does TikTok owner ByteDance's valuation cut mean that it is a struggling business? Not in the slightest.

USDC issuer Circle expands Asia focus in push to enter the region’s flourishing payments ecosystem

How can Asian businesses send and receive payments cheaper, faster and more securely? Circle thinks the answer may come from blockchain and stablecoins.

6 investors explain why they are bullish about Japan’s startup scene despite an uncertain economy

Thinking of Japan often evokes notions of bleeding-edge tech mixed with deep tradition and culture. The country’s startups, however, haven’t seen the sort of growth that upstart tech companies in

Profitability over growth: 5 investors explain their mantra for South Korean startups

Five investors talk about the uniqueness of South Korean startups, how they've fared in a post-pandemic world and their investment thesis.

How are global chipmakers preparing for the US-China chip war?

It appears the U.S. isn’t content to wager that small actions can achieve the wide-ranging impacts necessary to gain an edge over China in the development of AI and machine learning technologies.

The seas are getting even rougher for Chinese startups

Data shows that for upstart tech companies in the country, Q3 2022 was the worst time to raise venture capital since Q1 2020.

Checking in on China’s venture scene as Q3 rolls along

How are the myriad issues in China's economy impacting Chinese startups?

Didi’s delisting now done deal

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi has voted to delist from the U.S. stock market, a long-expected result of Didi finding itself in hot water with the Chinese government after a troubled U.S. debut.

Corporate venture investors pulled back in Q1 but less than you imagined

Looking at the changing pace of CVC activity, geographic trends and more.

What’s driving China’s autonomous vehicle frenzy?

China's autonomous vehicle industry saw a period of unprecedented acceleration in 2021, with over $8.5 billion invested in robotaxi startups, self-driving truck developers and equipment makers.

To cool down China’s overheated robotics industry, go back to the basics

The price-to-earnings ratio is no longer applicable for many listed companies, and the market-to-sales ratio has also gone out the window.

How our SaaS startup broke into the Japanese market without a physical presence

As a SaaS company with a community-led growth model, our journey to breaking into Japan might be different to companies with other models, but the core tenets remain the same. Here's what we learned.

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 Shenzhen. In the wake of today’s news, TechCrunch.com is no longer available in China.

Is China building the metaverse?

A heated debate is going on about the race between the United States and China to dominate in AI. But perhaps the more strategic question is whether China is building the metaverse.

What we can learn from China’s mobile gaming economy

Last year was a big one for China’s mobile scene as app publishers found new audiences and explored new advertising channels, many of which are here to stay.

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

China is the second-largest source of venture capital in the world, and Chinese investors can bring value to foreign startups, but you need to study their expertise and how it can be useful for you.

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

Modeled after the EU's GDPR, China's PIPL imposes protections and restrictions on data collection and transfer that companies both inside and outside of China will need to address.

Edtech’s venture-backed globalization pauses at China

Edtech investors are increasingly going global, but regulatory crackdowns in China, which instructed K-12 tutoring startups to go nonprofit, have led to a chill among check-writers in the country.

Data-driven iteration helped China’s Genki Forest become a $6B beverage giant in 5 years

The bottled beverage industry wasn’t what Genki Forest’s founder, Binsen Tang, initially set out to tackle. The company aims to reach $1.2 billion this year.