How China could fight the coronavirus with big data

A Disinfection Station In Chongqing China, Photo credit: Chinanews.com

A few months ago, a new flu-like virus spurred out of the city of Wuhan, China and quickly evolved into a pandemic that changed how the world views contagious diseases. We got to see how desolated Wuhan has become, and what the passengers on the Diamond Princess are going through. At the same time rumours, and misinformation spread like wildfire and sometimes even outpacing the Coronavirus itself. A literal spin on “going viral”.

With more countries failing to contain the spread of the coronavirus, it may be time for us to think about how we could have used technology to…


Story of the largest coffee chain that you have never heard of

Luckin Coffee Ain’t Getting So Lucky

There was an ancient Chinese saying, “if you have the will, you can probably live off free Luckin Coffee coupon. ” Luckin Coffee is a Chinese Coffee Chain that opened 4,000 stores in 2 years with a mission to turn every Chinese person into a coffee fiend. It has everything that a unicorn startup needs: an all-star founding team, a ton of money, and a relatively untapped market… What could possibly go wrong?

Earlier this year, Muddy Waters, a well-known “I’m-betting-that-you-will-go-out-of-business” firm, announced a short position on Luckin Coffee, after receiving an anonymous-89-page report outlining various financial frauds Luckin…


How TikTok, Bilibili, and Pornhub is shaping the future of video streaming

You have at least been on one of them, and we all know which one that is

During the holiday seasons, I spent over 100 hours combined on Youtube, TikTok and Bilibili..and maybe a particular site that rhymes with “hub”… probably not the best allocation of my time, but it got me thinking — what’s the future like for video streaming sites?

You have probably noticed that, as time goes, people’s attention span goes down, but our preference for more “flashy” media goes up — You want higher resolution videos, better surround sound, interactivity, VR…. Viewers are naturally more likely to gravitate towards contents that pack a punch in the first glance. A catchy name, cool thumbnail…


The real story of Sesame Credit, the Chinese Social Credit System

Spoilers: The Truth Is Nowhere As Sexy As Johnny Boi

If you have been on the internet in the last couple of years, you have probably heard about Sesame Credit (Zhima Credit), the Chinese Social Credit system which has been compared to Black Mirror over and over (the episode where everyone is an Instagram thot). 2020 marks the first year that China will formally adopt Social Credit on a national level. But I can comfortably tell you that Sesame Credit is a lot lamer than you think.

Sesame Credit was marketed as a Social Credit system, but that’s more or less a mistranslation. The Chinese word — “社会信用” which means…


My journey of growth & discovery in a country called Canada

My First Few Months In Canada

A few weeks ago, I got three emails that changed me both personally and professionally. I am somehow a top writer in 3 different Medium topics after only publishing 2 articles. It wasn’t that long ago when I first landed in Canada speaking only broken “Engrish”. I couldn’t even pronounce “Truro” the town that I am supposed to be studying in and had to wait for an interpreter to help me get through immigration at Pearson Airport.

How I Started My Journey

Ever since I was a kid, I hated writing and literature. I failed almost all of my Literature, Language, and Social Science classes…


A cautionary tale about big data with no oversight

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say “dystopian future?” 1984? Big Brother? Mass surveillance? What if I tell you that the closest thing we have to a dystopian future is Resume Screening? (It’s probably already true if you are looking for a job right now). A Chinese startup, QiaoData is using resumes to track over 800 Million people’s daily life with the power of Big Data.

QiaoData Group is initially aimed to be the one-stop-shop for Chinese recruiters, headhunters and job seekers. It aggregates resumes & job posting and leverages machine learning to find the…


Startup

The unclear future of the sharing economy in North America

You know, Bird is probably the weirdest name for a startup and it surely confused the **** out of Google when I was doing my research. Now Google thinks I’m some sort of crazy bird person and I’m getting spam emails and ads about some cheap bird feeds…. But, it’s a small price to pay for KNOWLEDGE. *Spoilers: Bird is pretty quacked*

Bird is an electric-scooter-sharing and much like its Chinese Cousin — Ofo, Bird provides a dockless solution that you can hop on and hop off anywhere. You can find them on the street, scan the QR code on…


Robots, Pirates, and Bees — Growth Story of The Most Peculiar Chinese Startup

Keep Reading, It Will Make Sense Soon

Another day, another story about a tech unicorn biting the dust… or not? This week’s story is on a startup that achieved explosive growth by stealing content and producing fake reviews. *A literal take on ‘Fake it ’til you make it’*

MaFengWo (Hornet’s nest in Chinese), a Chinese travel startup focusing on crowdsourced contents, recently received a $250 Million(or 1.75 Billion RMB) investment led by Tencent, which will value MaFengWo at $2.5 Billion. *Yeah, Tencent again! The Tencent that just lost a few hundred million in bike-sharing* So, why am I going after MaFengWo …or cough cough…stirring the hornet’s nest?


With 2 billion dollars, you could send the Falcon Heavy to space 13 times, buy 10 state-of-the-art Boeing 787s, provide clean water and food to millions in Africa…. or you could w̶a̶s̶t̶e̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶o̶n̶ invest it in Ofo, the bike-sharing startup that set off to revolutionize transportation in China. It was adored by investors, consumers, and the government…. *spoiler alert! Ofo is basically dead now.*

On its surface, Ofo is one of the fastest-growing startups, acquiring new users at a speed that’s never heard before. But in reality, all Ofo has done is stockpiling a f**k ton of shitty bicycles…


China is a mysterious land with some truly w̶a̶c̶k̶y̶ astonishing tech startups. A few years ago, Sharing Economy was unstoppable in China. If it exists, there’s a Sharing Economy Platform for it ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°). *I could even rent myself a girlfriend on one of the apps. (seems totally legit)* By the way, sharing economy in China just means any form of short-term rental service.

While some of the brightest entrepreneurs are leveraging shared economy to solve real-world issues, like the last mile problem, one fresh university grad decided to just rent out some batteries (portable chargers).

People laughed…

Austin Zheng

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