WeChat

  • WeChat Adds Skype-Like International Calls To Its Messaging App

    WeChat Adds Skype-Like International Calls To Its Messaging App

    WeChat, the Uber popular Chinese message app with more than 500 million active users, is taking a leaf out of the Skype playbook after it launched an international telephone calling service. Read More

  • WeChat Plans To Invest $3.4M In Early-Stage African Startups

    WeChat Plans To Invest $3.4M In Early-Stage African Startups

    China’s largest messaging app will invest 50 million rand (about $3.4 million USD) in African startups. WeChat said in a blog post that will work with Cape Town tech strategy firm Batstone to find promising early-stage companies. Read More

  • The Many Ways Of WeChat: How Messaging Is Eating The World Crunch Network

    The Many Ways Of WeChat: How Messaging Is Eating The World

    In February 2011, I visited my friend Bill Huang who worked for Tencent in Shenzhen. Bill was telling me about their new messaging app, called WeChat, that had just launched. At the time, I had been using WhatsApp for more than a year. I asked Bill why they would build a copycat. His reply? He simply insisted that I download the app and take it for a spin. That night, I went home to Hong Kong… Read More

  • Tencent’s WeChat Messaging App Reaches 200M Users On Its Payments Service

    Tencent’s WeChat Messaging App Reaches 200M Users On Its Payments Service

    Chinese internet firm Tencent announced its latest financial results today, but one of the standout figures isn’t a financial stat. It’s that its messaging services, which include blockbuster mobile app WeChat — one of the services that is inspiring Facebook’s plans for its Messenger business — now has 200 million users’ credit cards bound to it. Read More

  • Tencent Is Putting More News Feed Ads Inside Its Blockbuster App WeChat

    Tencent Is Putting More News Feed Ads Inside Its Blockbuster App WeChat

    One of the 549 million people who use WeChat? Based in China? Expect to see more ‘sponsored’ content inside your in-app news feed because parent company Tencent is gearing up to increase monetization of the blockbuster messaging service. Read More

  • Ticket Booking Startup Beijing Weiying Raises $105M From Investors Including Tencent

    Ticket Booking Startup Beijing Weiying Raises $105M From Investors Including Tencent

    Beijing Weiying Technology, the maker of a movie ticket booking platform that is embedded in WeChat, China’s largest messaging app, has raised a $105 million series B. Investors include WeChat owner Tencent and Wanda Group, one of China’s largest movie theater operators. Weiying’s app, WePiao, can be accessed through WeChat, as well as QQ, Tencent’s instant… Read More

  • Why WeChat City Services Is A Game-Changing Move For Smartphone Adoption Crunch Network

    Why WeChat City Services Is A Game-Changing Move For Smartphone Adoption

    Last month, WeChat launched City Services in select towns across China – if you’re already a user of WeChat, simply change your location to one of the three pilot cities and the language to Chinese and you’ll be presented with a wide array of additional services that may be accessed from right within the app. As the name says it, it basically is trying to solve all problems… Read More

  • Modeling Mediums Of Communication Crunch Network

    Modeling Mediums Of Communication

    Communication mediums can be classified by their context. Example: if your audience is just one person, it’s a different communication experience then when your audience is a company or a crowd. Another metric is whether delivery is synchronous or asynchronous. By targeting a particular experience and delivery mode, a communications product is determining a language for our… Read More

  • The Future Of Messenger Crunch Network

    The Future Of Messenger

    It took Dasher.im three months to get its first angel investment via message. The NYC startup, built by Jesse Boyes, previously head of mobile development at Gilt Groupe, had set up Venmo payments to send right in the stream of the chat app. For the first few months the main use of payments were to add your $0.02 as a sort of emoji replacement to punctuate your advice at the end of a… Read More

  • Facebook Plans To Turn Messenger Into A Platform

    Facebook Plans To Turn Messenger Into A Platform

    Next week at its F8 developer conference, Facebook will announce new ways for third parties to offer experiences through its Messenger app, according to multiple sources. Facebook hopes to make Messenger more useful, after seeing Asia’s chat apps WeChat and Line succeed as platforms that go beyond just texting with friends. Read More