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Matthew is a speaker and writer focusing on Chinese mobile technology and innovation. In particular, he’s known for analysis of Tencent, China’s largest tech giant and WeChat, China’s famous super app. 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). He delivers presentations for executive teams seeking to gain insight into Chinese tech innovation.
Matthew delivers a combination of inspiration and insight into the new wave of Chinese digital innovation. He has delivered presentations for companies including Google, Tencent, DHL, Danone, Edelman, LinkedIn, Christie’s Auction House, Schneider Electric and Bearing Point as well as for a large number of industry association conferences.
He is also co-host of the China Tech Talk podcast produced together with China’s largest English language tech media, Technode & TechCrunch China. The podcast unpacks Chinese tech innovation and features guests from companies such as Tencent, JD, Xiaomi, Wall Street Journal, The Information and Mobike. His company China Channel organizes China’s largest WeChat marketing conference series for international companies. Matthew’s team work with a select few multinational businesses to help form and implement their WeChat and China digital marketing strategy.
Matthew has been based in mainland China for over 14 years. His 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.