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  • The Story of Tencent and China’s Tech Ambition
  • By: Lulu Chen
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip, Lulu Chen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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By: Lulu Chen
Narrated by: Richard Burnip,Lulu Chen
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Summary

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s biggest tech companies.

In 2017, a company known as Tencent overtook Facebook to become the world's fifth largest company. It was a watershed moment, a wake-up call for those in the West accustomed to regarding the global tech industry through the prism of Silicon Valley: Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft.

Yet to many of the two billion-plus people who live just across the Pacific Ocean, it came as no surprise at all.

Founded by the enigmatic billionaire Pony Ma, the firm that began life as a simple text-message operator invested in and created some of China's most iconic games en route to dreaming up WeChat—the Swiss Army knife super-app that combines messaging, shopping and entertainment. Through billions of dollars of global investments in marquee names from Fortnite to Tesla and a horde of start-ups, Ma's company went on to build a near-unparalleled empire of influence.

In this fascinating narrative—crammed with insider interviews and exclusive details—Lulu Chen tells the story of how Tencent created the golden era of Chinese technology, and delves into key battles involving Didi, Meituan and Alibaba. It's a chronicle of critical junctures and asks just what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in China.

©2022 Lulu Chen (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Insightful

very good insight in how Tencent works and more generally the drawback of being a successful business in China.