Matthew is a well-known speaker and writer who focuses on WeChat, China’s famous super app, and Tencent, China’s largest tech giant. He regularly delivers presentations for executive teams seeking to gain insight into Chinese tech innovation.
His opinions are regularly featured in global media (The Economist, BBC, The Financial Times, Forbes, Quartz, TechCrunch, TechinAsia, Yahoo News, eMarketer, Wired, Harvard Political Review). Held annually in Shanghai, Matthew’s company also organizes China’s largest WeChat marketing conference for international businesses to learn how to execute on WeChat.
Based in mainland China for over 14 years, Matthew is a co-host of the China Tech Talk podcast produced together with China’s largest English language tech media, Technode. The podcast unpacks Chinese tech innovation and has featured guests from many of the internet giants such as Tencent, JD, Xiaomi and Mobike. Matthew’s book ‘The Story of WeChat’ is due for release later this year.
The Story of WeChat: China’s Super App
This book charts the incredible story of WeChat. From humble beginnings into a mobile platform unlike anything the world had ever seen. Today modern Chinese life would simply be unthinkable without WeChat. We look at what went on behind the scenes in its struggle to the top and the famously bitter rivalry between Jack Ma’s Alibaba and WeChat’s parent company Tencent. We chart the journey of WeChat’s enigmatic and mysterious founder Allen Zhang, “the father of WeChat” and China’s most revered mobile internet innovator. We look deep into the fintech disruption brought about by WeChat Pay, ushering in China’s mobile payments revolution.
The book is the result of over one year’s painstaking research and including insights from several exclusive first-hand interviews with industry insiders. This is the first ever English language book to explain exactly how WeChat works and what makes the ecosystem tick. Inside we systematically chart the progress of WeChat, breaking down each stage with analysis of the real driving factors behind the incredible success story. We also bring what’s happened in China with WeChat back out into a global context, drawing comparison and reference to Apple, Facebook, WhatsApp, LINE, and Snapchat amongst others. This is essential reading for those wishing to understand the disruption and innovation brought about by China’s technology giants or for those wanting insight into China's modern mobile lifestyle.