Leaders & Founders

News and interviews with China tech's start-up leaders and founders. 
  1. About 100 Amazon employees at a New York fulfilment centre plan to go on strike at noon on Monday, alleging management has been unresponsive to safety concerns and the spread of the coronavirus at the facility.Employees are demanding that the Staten Island site be closed for at least two weeks and sanitised. The e-commerce giant closed a warehouse in Queens for cleaning after an employee tested positive, as reported by The Atlantic. In addition, they’re asking for workers to be paid during this…
  2. The coronavirus pandemic now sweeping the world is forcing more entertainment venues and sports teams to go online, changing the face of these pursuits forever, according to gaming hardware maker Razer.Although the company faced some supply chain issues at the outset of the Covid-19 outbreak in China, it is now firing on all cylinders again producing more live-streaming gear to meet increased demand from consumers and businesses, said Razer chief executive and co-founder Min-Liang Tan in an…
  3. Tesla will reopen its New York factory “as soon as humanly possible” to manufacture ventilators for coronavirus patients, CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter on Wednesday.Giga New York will reopen for ventilator production as soon as humanly possible. We will do anything in our power to help the citizens of New York.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 25, 2020Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak told CNBC earlier in the day that the medical device maker has started working with Tesla, which is fast on track to start…
  4. While the coronavirus pandemic may have forced many companies in China and around the world to hit the pause button on business operations, engineers at Huawei Technologies have been working round the clock to combat the crisis.The world’s largest telecommunications equipment supplier and China’s biggest smartphone maker has been motivated by a sense of mission, said Ren Zhengfei, founder and chief executive of Huawei, as he sat down for an interview with the South China Morning Post this week…
  5. Indonesia-based ride-hailing firm Gojek has announced the creation of the Gojek Partner Support Fund (GPSF), to support drivers, merchants, and other partners whose income has been adversely affected by the economic slowdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic.As citizens have been following the advice of health officials to work from home and limit their movements, hundreds of thousands of drivers and merchants are seeing a significant drop in their income.The support fund is being introduced to ensure…
  6. Chinese citizens stranded overseas by flight cancellations and lockdowns caused by the coronavirus outbreak will have access to advice from medical professionals at hospitals in China under a free consulting service launched by Alibaba Jack Ma.Ma’s service will be provided to Chinese citizens overseas via Alipay, a payment application owned by Alibaba, which owns the South China Morning Post.The service has been launched as China has come under a growing pressure from imported cases of…
  7. SoftBank Group plans to sell about US$14 billion in shares of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding as part of an effort to raise US$41 billion to shore up its businesses battered by the pandemic, according to people with knowledge of the matter.The Japanese conglomerate is considering raising the remainder of the money by selling a stake in SoftBank, its domestic telecommunications arm, as well as part of its slice of Sprint following its merger with T-Mobile US, said one of the…
  8. Cash-strapped Chinese electric vehicle maker NIO said it had substantial doubt about its ability to remain operational in the next 12 months while awaiting new funding to shake off difficulties heightened by the novel coronavirus pandemic.“Based on the management’s assessment, as a result of the relevant conditions and events including continuous losses, net cash outflows, negative working capital, negative equity and uncertainties on consummation of the financing projects, there is substantial…
  9. Tesla cannot continue to operate its main US vehicle factory normally as the San Francisco Bay Area has begun a three-week lockdown to rein in the spread of coronavirus, a spokesman for the county sheriff’s office said on Tuesday.Tesla’s sole US auto factory in Alameda County employs more than 10,000 workers and had an annualised production of slightly over 415,000 units by the fourth quarter.The county is one of six covered by a “shelter in place” order from regional authorities that limits…
  10. Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing platform, has launched a US$10 million (70.1 million yuan) special relief fund to help drivers in its international markets cope with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.The Beijing-based company will provide financial relief to its drivers and delivery couriers diagnosed with the deadly disease, it said in a statement on Friday.The move, which follows similar relief efforts for the domestic business, is aimed at ensuring public safety and…