Date
20 August 2018

Ben Ng

EJ Insight writer
  • Scott Thiel, a partner at DLA Piper's Hong Kong office, said the fundamental difference between the Europe’s GDPR and other privacy regimes poses a big challenge for multinational firms with large data sets. Photo: Bloomberg, DLA Piper

    Ignore at your own risk: How GDPR impacts China and HK companies

    - Aug 20, 2018 12:52pm
    Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on May 25, has been billed as the biggest shake-up of data privacy laws since the birth of the web. With an aim to give citizens...
  • Matthias Herrmann, managing director of Roy Ceramics, believes there is still some way to go for China when it comes to pursuing intelligent manufacturing. Photo: HKEJ

    How a bathroom ceramics firm is riding Germany’s ‘Industry 4.0′

    - Jul 30, 2018 4:23pm
    In 2012, Germany launched the concept of “Industry 4.0″ in its manufacturing sector. Three years later, China implemented a similar initiative, dubbed “Made in China 2025″ plan, to modernize the country’s manufacturing through technological upgrades, and...
  • George Zhao is pictured on the stage during the Honor 10 global launch event earlier this year. The Honor smartphone brand chief aims to boost overseas sales in a big way as the domestic Chinese market has become very crowded. Photo: Honor

    Honor, Huawei’s mid-range brand, steps up overseas push

    - Jul 30, 2018 10:56am
    Honor, a smartphone brand established by Huawei Group in 2013, has stood out in the crowded Chinese smartphone market. As a budget-friendly Huawei sub-brand, Honor offers consumers an alternative in the lower to mid-range smartphone segment, helping...
  • Stock markets could be impacted by the World Cup match results, according to a study. Photo: Reuters.

    World Cup elimination could wipe billions from stock markets

    - Jul 23, 2018 4:19pm
    Stock markets could be impacted by the World Cup match results, according to a study led by Alex Edmans, a professor of finance at the London Business School. The study, based on analyses of 1,100 football...
  • VeChain's chief marketing officer Noah Huo (upper left) said PwC is committed to helping promote the startup’s business to its global customer base.  Photo: VeChain

    With PwC, VeChain is building supply chain of the future

    - Jul 17, 2018 3:21pm
    Following the meteoric surge of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, many businesses have shown heightened interest in the blockchain technology behind those virtual currencies and have sought to harness its potentials. The growing interest in the technology...
  • Alan Ai, general manager of WeWork Greater China, said the firm is going to enter eight cities in China this year. Photo: WeWork

    WeWork goes full throttle in China

    - Jun 4, 2018 2:13pm
    A platform for creators, WeWork is bent on establishing a global presence. Founded in New York City in 2010, the company now has about 248,000 members around the world. As WeWork continues to expand, China, with its government...
  • Circle Internet Financial is 'definitely not interested in an IPO' at this point in time, says CEO Jeremy Allaire. Photo: Bloomberg

    No plans to go public anytime soon: Circle CEO

    - Apr 10, 2018 10:00am
    In an article published on Monday, we presented the views of Jeremy Allaire, co-founder and CEO of blockchain-based payments startup Circle on the rationale behind the company’s decision to set up its Asian operations in Hong...
  • Circle is targeting large corporations and investors in Asia, says Jeremy Allaire,  co-founder and CEO of the blockchain-based financial services firm. Photo: Circle

    Circle gaining more clients in Asia, says CEO

    - Apr 9, 2018 11:56am
    Digital currencies such as bitcoin have caused a financial frenzy in the West, and some of the leading players in this new sector are now looking to Asia for business growth opportunities. Seeking to capitalize on...
  • BitMEX's Arthur Hayes believes large tech companies will try to get into the cryptocurrency platform business. Photos: Reuters, BitMEX

    Crypto units are here to stay, says BitMEX’s Hayes

    - Mar 7, 2018 10:10am
    In an article published on Tuesday, we presented the comments of BitMEX co-founder and CEO Arthur Hayes on the cryptocurrency derivatives exchange’s business model and derivatives trading. Now, in the second part of the interview, we outline the...
  • BitMex has seen record growth in user base in recent months, says CEO Arthur Hayes. Photo: Bloomberg

    We love bitcoin volatility: BitMEX chief

    - Mar 6, 2018 11:32am
    Bitcoin and other virtual units have grabbed the attention of everyone in the financial world since mid-2017, sparking a boom in cryptocurrency exchanges in markets worldwide and prompting a host of investors to rush into crypto...
  • With the launch of a news aggregation service, LINE aim to become the No.1 content portal in Hong Kong, says Hyun-bin Kang, senior VP, business development, at LINE Plus Corp. Photo: LINE

    LINE aims big with news aggregation service in HK

    - Mar 6, 2018 11:31am
    Japanese messaging company LINE announced recently the official launch of its news aggregation service, LINE Today, as parts of efforts to expand its footprint in the Hong Kong market. In an interview with EJ Insight, Hyun-bin...
  • Blockchain technology will be put to use for many more applications in the coming years, according to JP Nicols, managing director of of FinTech Forge.

    Banks still in testing mode on blockchain: JP Nicols

    - Feb 7, 2018 10:07am
    In an article carried Tuesday, we outlined the views of JP Nicols, a prominent bank innovation consultation expert, on the future of banking industry in China and Hong Kong. Now, in the second part of the interview,...
  • Partnering with tech companies is the way to go for China's banking industry, says JP Nicols, a leading bank innovation consultation expert. Photo: HKEJ

    Traditional banks waking up to fintech challenge, says JP Nicols

    - Feb 6, 2018 9:53am
    The banking industry is being disrupted by innovative fintech startups who are digitally driven, customer-centric and leveraging the cloud. With billions of dollars poured into fintech startups, traditional banks are realizing that they need to ramp...
  • eToro's Jasper Lee says it is too early to call the virtual currency phenomenon a bubble. Photos: eToro, Bloomberg

    Crypto market will grow even if bitcoin stumbles: eToro exec

    - Feb 6, 2018 9:51am
    Cryptocurrency’s rise has prompted fears of a massive speculative bubble that is bound to burst with ruinous consequences, but an industry professional says such dire warnings are premature, if not off the mark.  “I believe it...
  • Jasper Lee, head of eToro's Asia Pacific operations, says crypto-asset trading remains robust on the platform. Photo: eToro

    Crypto assets continue to lure thousands of new investors: eToro

    - Feb 5, 2018 2:55pm
    Despite a rough start in 2018, cryptocurrencies are continuing to draw hordes of new investors in many parts of the world, thanks to the record surge of bitcoin and other virtual units last year. Some trading...
  • David Maciejak, director of security research at Fortinet, said hackers targeting popular illicit sites like The Pirate Bay can earn up to US$12,000 per month. Photo: Fortinet/Reuters

    Is your computer secretly mining cryptocurrencies?

    - Jan 12, 2018 10:18am
    The year 2017 saw a worldwide craze over cryptocurrencies. With the meteoric surge in the prices of bitcoin and other virtual currencies, a new type of cybercrime has emerged: cryptojacking. This involves hackers who secretly use other people’s...
  • 8 Securities, co-founded by Mathias Helleu, launched Hong Kong’s first artificial intelligence financial advisor and wealth management app in late 2016. Photo: HKEJ

    8 Securities banks on robo-advisor, free trading to lure clients

    - Jan 8, 2018 12:57pm
    Local fintech startup 8 Securities launched Hong Kong’s first artificial intelligence financial advisor and wealth management app in late 2016. About a year after App Chloe’s launch, the robo-advisor has generated an impressive return of over 16...
  • Charles Li, chief executive of the stock exchange, believes more Chinese "new economy" companies will be attracted to Hong Kong as a result of the new listing rules. Photo: Reuters

    Hong Kong opens bourse to ‘new economy’ IPOs under new rules

    - Dec 18, 2017 5:47pm
    Hong Kong’s stock exchange has unveiled the biggest overhaul of its listing rules and procedures in recent decades, giving it a better shot at accommodating the next Alibaba. Biotechnology firms, companies with multiple classes of shares,...
  • 'Smart cities' need to devise a robust cybersecurity strategy to protect critical infrastructure, says Fortinet's Alvin Rodrigues. Photos: Reuters, Alvin Rodrigues

    Security challenges in smart-city development: An expert view

    - Dec 8, 2017 10:00am
    In her policy address in October, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor pledged new initiatives to spur innovation and technology development. Among the various proposals, she announced an HK$700 million investment in several projects...
  • Jorn Lyseggen has expressed disappointment that AI is being packaged as a marketing tool. Photo: Meltwater

    How AI and analytics are driving change in businesses

    - Dec 5, 2017 12:09pm
    Meet Meltwater, the media intelligence company that provides media monitoring and social media monitoring to help companies grow and build their brand. Starting with US$15,000 in 2002, Jorn Lyseggen built a version of Google Alerts before...

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