retail therapy

Health and finance influencers in China now need certification.

Given how easily terrible ideas spread online, I think this is a solid pro-consumer move. “Platform operators should be responsible for reviewing broadcasters’ certifications and subsequently putting the relevant information in the official records. Artificial intelligence-synthesized presenters and content are […]

on the blockchain

China’s underground crypto miners.

Though China’s official market share of mining is down to zero, “Experts estimate that as much as 20% of the worldwide bitcoin network remains in China.” The middle market of miners felt the worst impact, as the smaller ones could […]

retail therapy

The Amazon empire strikes back.

Stratechery: “Amazon’s owning the end to end supply chain makes it harder for merchants to ditch Amazon. Because the alternative logistics network form China are more expensive and more prone to failures. Investment years ago creates value and loyalty today.” | learn […]

big ideas

Afghanistan, rare earths, and China.

“In this week’s Where Stuff Comes From Briefing: How and why Rare Earth Elements and Afghanistan are a massive opportunity for whoever seizes it (re: China).” | learn more