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The China Startup Pulse

146 EpisodesProduced by ChinacceleratorWebsite

The China Startup Pulse Podcast is an original weekly podcast for anyone interested in understanding China’s innovation, business, and tech landscape. We showcase entrepreneurial stories, present key teachings from thought leaders, and analyze the strategy of the big tech giants.Backed by Chinaccele… read more


Scaling WeChat to One Billion Users Globally, with Stephen Wang, Former User Growth & Engagement Director at WeChat

Our guest today is Stephen Wang, who co-founded Rotten Tomatoes, a leading entertainment website focused on movie reviews and news, and most recently led the user growth and engagement at WeChat in the past 6 years until 2019. At WeChat, he managed a team of product managers and engineers to help scale WeChat from 300M to 1B users in China and around the world. 

Show Notes:

2:15 Welcome Stephen Wang

2:50 How different WeChat is as a product from the western perspective

5:37 What makes WeChat instrumental for people’s life

12:42 Innovation inspired by Tencent team culture

16:10 Product design in China (Examples: Douban, Weibo and Xiaomi)

21:50 What makes China a special ecosystem for digital product development

25:30 WeChat’s killer features: WeChat payment, Red Packets, Mini program

32:35 Balance privacy protection and user growth

39:20 Skills needed for talents in Tencent

43:35 Are Chinese companies hiring more international talents

49:10 The major shift of product management philosophy in China

Many thanks to our guest Stephen Wang; host Oscar Ramos; producers Eva Shi and Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website

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