Chinese Big Tech in Financial Services

Get an overview of China’s cashless ecosystem especially on the major TechFin players in China and the fundamentals of “Super apps”.

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China hosts one of the world’s largest and most developed Fintech ecosystems. This course aims to provide an overview of the major Techfin players in China. Participants will gain insights on how China is spearheading innovative Fintech business models and how Chinese Big-Tech is entering the Fintech space. In this course, you will be introduced to the concept of “super apps” and their fundamentals, Blockchains and digital currencies, the cashless payments landscape in China, and much more…
Difficulty: Foundation
Duration: 120mins

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The expert you’ll be learning from

Yassine Regragui

Marketing Strategy, Wordline Global
Yassine Regragui is a Fintech & China Specialist with over 10 years international working experience, including 6 years in China. Yassine started his career in Shanghai as an entrepreneur. He worked for two Chinese start-ups before building an e-commerce platform with a Chinese partner. Later he joined Alibaba’s Group to Accelerate’s global expansion, and then Ant Group to launch and lead Alipay’s multilingual app for non-Chinese users. At Deloitte Paris, Yassine has developed the payment and Chinese consulting practice, and led the china Pay offering. Yassine is a certified Fintech Expert by Alibaba Business School, book author and visiting lecturer in leading business schools and universities such as HEC Paris and ESSEC

Course Content

Technfin and Fintech are very similar, but have one fundamental difference in their structures. In this chapter, you will get a big picture view of what Techfins are, and how these giants are turning the fintech landscape upside down, both in China and across the globe.
Ant Group is the world’s largest Techfin. In this chapter, you will discover how it came to be the largest player in the space, the company’s main products and the tech behind them, as well as Alibaba’s ecosystem and Alipay’s key success factors.
As China expands its reach on the global stage, previously regular apps start turning into Super Apps. In this chapter you will understand what Super Apps are, what makes these apps “super”, why China is leading in this domain,and an outlook on the future of this tech.
Innovation in payment is the largest reason why China is leading the global Fintech industry. In this chapter, you will have a full 360º view of the Chinese payment solutions, technologies and innovations that have brought China to the forefront of the Fintech stage.
In conclusion, Techfins and Fintechs are closely related but have distinct differences in their structures. Ant Group, the world’s largest Techfin, has become a leading player in the space through its main products and the technology behind them. Chinese Super Apps are rising in popularity as China increases its global presence and leads the way in the development of these “super” apps. China’s advancements in payment technologies have also played a significant role in its rise as a leader in the global Fintech industry. Overall, the Techfin landscape is constantly evolving and shaping the future of financial technology.

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