Zen Soo

Zen Soo joined the Post in 2015. She covers China technology, in particular e-commerce, online to offline and mobile payments. She also writes about Southeast Asian tech companies.
Zen Soo
Zen Soo joined the Post in 2015. She covers China technology, in particular e-commerce, online to offline and mobile payments. She also writes about Southeast Asian tech companies.

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Consumers from China’s smaller cities lift Alibaba to new Singles’ Day record as buyers shrug off trade war

Alibaba said that Juhuasuan, its e-commerce platform that targets smaller cities, had 7,000 items that hit over a million orders.

12 Nov 2019 - 11:47AM

Alibaba said that Juhuasuan, its e-commerce platform that targets smaller cities, had 7,000 items that hit over a million orders.

Consumers from China’s smaller cities lift Alibaba to new Singles’ Day record as buyers shrug off trade war
With the US-China trade war in its 16th month, will the Singles’ Day shopping extravaganza continue to shine?

This year analysts will be watching the headline sales data very closely to see if the world’s second-biggest economy is feeling the strain.

9 Nov 2019 - 7:04AM

This year analysts will be watching the headline sales data very closely to see if the world’s second-biggest economy is feeling the strain.

With the US-China trade war in its 16th month, will the Singles’ Day shopping extravaganza continue to shine?
Why Chinese cities such as Chengdu and Wuhan are attracting top tech talent in search of a better life

China’s western cities are pulling in more tech talent, helped by a better quality of life, a flow of STEM graduates and a range of government incentives.

12 Nov 2019 - 11:32AM

China’s western cities are pulling in more tech talent, helped by a better quality of life, a flow of STEM graduates and a range of government incentives.

Why Chinese cities such as Chengdu and Wuhan are attracting top tech talent in search of a better life
How lessons from the Chinese internet helped Castbox CEO build a popular global podcasting app

Chinese apps tend to integrate social aspects directly into their platforms, to keep user engagement high and increase the amount of time spent in-app.

2 Nov 2019 - 12:15PM

Chinese apps tend to integrate social aspects directly into their platforms, to keep user engagement high and increase the amount of time spent in-app.

How lessons from the Chinese internet helped Castbox CEO build a popular global podcasting app
Alibaba quarterly revenue jumps 40 per cent ahead of Singles’ Day shopping festival

The e-commerce giant’s revenue for the quarter ended September 30 reached US$16.6 billion, beating estimates, on the back of strong retail sales in its home market.

1 Nov 2019 - 11:02PM

The e-commerce giant’s revenue for the quarter ended September 30 reached US$16.6 billion, beating estimates, on the back of strong retail sales in its home market.

Alibaba quarterly revenue jumps 40 per cent ahead of Singles’ Day shopping festival
This top Asian university helped groom some of Singapore’s biggest start-up founders

The programme is just one part of a broad and ongoing effort in Singapore to foster innovation in a country whose only resource is its people

30 Oct 2019 - 8:02AM

The programme is just one part of a broad and ongoing effort in Singapore to foster innovation in a country whose only resource is its people

This top Asian university helped groom some of Singapore’s biggest start-up founders
Inside China Tech: Leaders in Tech – what's spectrum and why does it matter for 5G?

This week on Inside China Tech we look at why – for the first time – 5G has to tap into extremely high radio frequencies and why space agencies think this might mess with your weather forecast.

28 Oct 2019 - 1:34PM

This week on Inside China Tech we look at why – for the first time – 5G has to tap into extremely high radio frequencies and why space agencies think this might mess with your weather forecast.

Inside China Tech: Leaders in Tech – what's spectrum and why does it matter for 5G?
Gojek reiterates IPO plan amid leadership change and battle for regional dominance with Grab

The departure of CEO Nadiem Makarim, who has long been the face of Gojek, comes at a critical juncture for the ride sharing company as it battles rival Grab for regional dominance

25 Oct 2019 - 6:42PM

The departure of CEO Nadiem Makarim, who has long been the face of Gojek, comes at a critical juncture for the ride sharing company as it battles rival Grab for regional dominance

Gojek reiterates IPO plan amid leadership change and battle for regional dominance with Grab
Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing market takes interesting turn as Gojek CEO Makarim steps down to join Indonesian cabinet

Makarim founded Gojek in 2010 as a call-centre to match motorbike drivers with customers, bringing new technology to an old industry.

21 Oct 2019 - 2:44PM

Makarim founded Gojek in 2010 as a call-centre to match motorbike drivers with customers, bringing new technology to an old industry.

Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing market takes interesting turn as Gojek CEO Makarim steps down to join Indonesian cabinet
As demand for genetic testing grows in China, start-up 23Mofang can now tell if you have royal blood

The low cost of direct-to-consumer genetic testing has prompted a slew of Chinese companies to enter the domestic market, which is expected to reach US$4.3 billion by 2023.

19 Oct 2019 - 7:41AM

The low cost of direct-to-consumer genetic testing has prompted a slew of Chinese companies to enter the domestic market, which is expected to reach US$4.3 billion by 2023.

As demand for genetic testing grows in China, start-up 23Mofang can now tell if you have royal blood
Inside China Tech: What can China’s DNA tests really tell you?

What are China’s DNA testing companies doing differently? What do your DNA test results really mean? We speak to 23Mofang’s CEO, and a geneticist from the University of Hong Kong, to find out.

16 Oct 2019 - 6:40PM

What are China’s DNA testing companies doing differently? What do your DNA test results really mean? We speak to 23Mofang’s CEO, and a geneticist from the University of Hong Kong, to find out.

Inside China Tech: What can China’s DNA tests really tell you?
Alipay sets sights on digital payments outside Asia as it teams up with Russia’s Mail.ru

Mail.ru will take a 40 per cent stake in the Alibaba-backed e-wallet joint venture, making it the largest shareholder

10 Oct 2019 - 7:12AM

Mail.ru will take a 40 per cent stake in the Alibaba-backed e-wallet joint venture, making it the largest shareholder

Alipay sets sights on digital payments outside Asia as it teams up with Russia’s Mail.ru
Chinese tech champions denounce US blacklisting as foreign ministry says ‘stay tuned’ for retaliation

Analysts say the Chinese companies will now have to think about sourcing alternative tech in the same way that Huawei has done.

9 Oct 2019 - 12:05AM

Analysts say the Chinese companies will now have to think about sourcing alternative tech in the same way that Huawei has done.

Chinese tech champions denounce US blacklisting as foreign ministry says ‘stay tuned’ for retaliation
Remote control technology could be the key to moving autonomous driving forward, WeRide CEO says

WeRide chief says its teleoperations technology, which enables self-driving vehicles to be remotely controlled if needed, can help the industry change gear.

8 Oct 2019 - 2:06PM

WeRide chief says its teleoperations technology, which enables self-driving vehicles to be remotely controlled if needed, can help the industry change gear.

Remote control technology could be the key to moving autonomous driving forward, WeRide CEO says
Inside China Tech: Leaders in Tech - Yamibuy's Alex Zhou on building a US$100 million business on homesickness

Alex Zhou, chief executive of US-based e-commerce site Yamibuy, has built a business out of selling hard-to-find items for Asian immigrant communities

2 Oct 2019 - 6:14PM

Alex Zhou, chief executive of US-based e-commerce site Yamibuy, has built a business out of selling hard-to-find items for Asian immigrant communities

Inside China Tech: Leaders in Tech - Yamibuy's Alex Zhou on building a US$100 million business on homesickness
Ctrip may have ceded Chinese hotel booking leadership to Meituan but here’s why CEO Jane Sun isn’t worried

CEO says Ctrip’s sole focus on travel market gives it an edge over platforms that try to do everything

2 Oct 2019 - 5:30AM

CEO says Ctrip’s sole focus on travel market gives it an edge over platforms that try to do everything

Ctrip may have ceded Chinese hotel booking leadership to Meituan but here’s why CEO Jane Sun isn’t worried
Lagging in semiconductors, China sees a chance to overtake the US with AI chips as 5G ushers in new era

Some in China see custom AI chips, which can offer superior performance to conventional integrated circuits even when manufactured using older processes, as helping the country loosen its dependence on the US in core technology.

19 Sep 2019 - 3:02AM

Some in China see custom AI chips, which can offer superior performance to conventional integrated circuits even when manufactured using older processes, as helping the country loosen its dependence on the US in core technology.

Lagging in semiconductors, China sees a chance to overtake the US with AI chips as 5G ushers in new era
Taiwan became top chip manufacturer with US help. Can it stay there?

Semiconductors have become the cornerstone technology of the information age and Taiwan has managed to carve out a leading industry position.

12 Sep 2019 - 2:50AM

Semiconductors have become the cornerstone technology of the information age and Taiwan has managed to carve out a leading industry position.

Taiwan became top chip manufacturer with US help. Can it stay there?
Will the house that Jack Ma built be safe into the next century as Alibaba chief bids adieu?

Ma’s relatively early departure from Alibaba marks a divergence from common practice in China where “cult of the founder” sees many leaders stay on into old age

10 Sep 2019 - 6:51AM

Ma’s relatively early departure from Alibaba marks a divergence from common practice in China where “cult of the founder” sees many leaders stay on into old age

Will the house that Jack Ma built be safe into the next century as Alibaba chief bids adieu?
Creating an innovation culture - Singapore’s not-so-secret formula to becoming a regional tech hub

Apart from cultivating the local start-up scene, Singapore has also become a magnet for foreign technology firms.

7 Sep 2019 - 10:40AM

Apart from cultivating the local start-up scene, Singapore has also become a magnet for foreign technology firms.

Creating an innovation culture - Singapore’s not-so-secret formula to becoming a regional tech hub
Here’s what Telegram’s cryptocurrency may mean for Hong Kong protests

Telegram is the most widely used app for the city’s protesters to organise and disseminate information.

4 Sep 2019 - 7:07AM

Telegram is the most widely used app for the city’s protesters to organise and disseminate information.

Here’s what Telegram’s cryptocurrency may mean for  Hong Kong protests
US, China must restart talks to end trade war, ensuring global semiconductor supply chains remain intact

Senior industry executives call on governments around the world to resist decoupling supply chains and disentangling economic cooperation.

4 Sep 2019 - 6:06AM

Senior industry executives call on governments around the world to resist decoupling supply chains and disentangling economic cooperation.

US, China must restart talks to end trade war, ensuring global semiconductor supply chains remain intact
Inside China Tech: How to create a successful podcast platform with lessons learnt from China

Castbox CEO Renee Wang looked to China for inspiration and then sold her idea around the world.

17 Sep 2019 - 3:16PM

Castbox CEO Renee Wang looked to China for inspiration and then sold her idea around the world.

Inside China Tech: How to create a successful podcast platform with lessons learnt from China
Pinduoduo eclipses Baidu to become one of China’s top five most-valuable listed tech firms

Pinduoduo has managed to go from an e-commerce upstart to one of China’s biggest e-commerce platforms in just four years.

30 Aug 2019 - 10:56PM

Pinduoduo has managed to go from an e-commerce upstart to one of China’s biggest e-commerce platforms in just four years.

Pinduoduo eclipses Baidu to become one of China’s top five most-valuable listed tech firms
How China is still paying the price for squandering its chance to build a home-grown semiconductor industry

After several decades and billions of dollars of investment, only 16 per cent of semiconductors used in China today are manufactured domestically.

29 Aug 2019 - 12:33AM

After several decades and billions of dollars of investment, only 16 per cent of semiconductors used in China today are manufactured domestically.

How China is still paying the price for squandering its chance to build a home-grown semiconductor industry
US and China need to work together for the world to benefit from the digital era, says Alibaba’s Jack Ma

Ma’s calls for the US and China to cooperate comes as the two countries are locked in an escalating trade war that has been ongoing since July 2018, when the first US tariffs came into effect

28 Aug 2019 - 12:00PM

Ma’s calls for the US and China to cooperate comes as the two countries are locked in an escalating trade war that has been ongoing since July 2018, when the first US tariffs came into effect

US and China need to work together for the world to benefit from the digital era, says Alibaba’s Jack Ma
Pinduoduo targets greater logistics support for merchants, rivalling Alibaba’s Cainiao

Shanghai-based e-commerce firm plans a range of services that will ensure faster and more efficient product deliveries.

23 Aug 2019 - 10:39PM

Shanghai-based e-commerce firm plans a range of services that will ensure faster and more efficient product deliveries.

Pinduoduo targets greater logistics support for merchants, rivalling Alibaba’s Cainiao
Pinduoduo founder says latest results prove its e-commerce platform isn’t just for cheapskates

Shanghai-based company posts 169 per cent increase in revenue, while narrowing losses in the second quarter.

22 Aug 2019 - 7:30AM

Shanghai-based company posts 169 per cent increase in revenue, while narrowing losses in the second quarter.

Pinduoduo founder says latest results prove its e-commerce platform isn’t just for cheapskates
Inside China Tech: Inside a Chinese internet addiction treatment centre

SCMP visits one of China’s treatment centres for internet addicts more than a decade after such a disorder was classified as an official disease.

20 Aug 2019 - 2:51PM

SCMP visits one of China’s treatment centres for internet addicts more than a decade after such a disorder was classified as an official disease.

Inside China Tech: Inside a Chinese internet addiction treatment centre
Alibaba posts 42 per cent gain in quarterly revenue, defying slowdown in China

China’s largest e-commerce company saw its latest quarterly revenue reach US$16.7 billion amid the domestic economy’s slowdown.

15 Aug 2019 - 11:42PM

China’s largest e-commerce company saw its latest quarterly revenue reach US$16.7 billion amid the domestic economy’s slowdown.

Alibaba posts 42 per cent gain in quarterly revenue, defying slowdown in China