Ep. 13: JD, Google, and the War for the Rest of the World


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On June 18, JD.com concluded its annual shopping festival with a transaction volume of roughly $24.5 billion. On the same day, the ecommerce platform also announced an investment from Google of $550 million. What does this new alliance mean? Listen to the latest episode from TechBuzz China to find out!

TechBuzz China by Pandaily is a weekly technology podcast focused on giving you a peek into what’s buzzing within the tech community in China. It is co-hosted by Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma, who are both seasoned China-watchers with years of experience working in the technology space in China. They uncover and contextualize unique insights, perspectives, and takeaways on headline tech news that don’t always make it into English-language coverage.

This week on TechBuzz China, Ying-Ying and Rui give a thorough breakdown of China’s second-largest ecommerce platform, from its history and recent ventures abroad, to the power couple behind the behemoth who have celebrity statuses akin to Amal and George Clooney.

Why did Google choose to work with JD.com, which is in Team Tencent instead of with Alibaba? What are the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two ecommerce platforms?

As always, you can find these stories and more at pandaily.com. Let us know what you think of the show by leaving us an iTunes review, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @techbuzzchina and to like our Facebook page!