Top 10 Most Popular Football Clubs Online in China 2017

  • Manchester United have replaced Bayern Munich as the most popular team online in China.
  • Here is the Top 10, according to a new report.
  1. Manchester United (ENG)
  2. Bayern Munich (GER)
  3. Arsenal (ENG)
  4. Liverpool (ENG)
  5. Manchester City (ENG)
  6. Real Madrid (SPA)
  7. AC Milan (ITA)
  8. Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
  9. Borussia Dortmund (GER)
  10. Barcelona FC (SPA)
  • The sixth edition of the Red Card, which analyses the influence of 53 European clubs on China’s social media platforms, has Arsenal and Liverpool joint third with Manchester City fifth.
  • The German Bundesliga remains the most influential league online.


Popular Players:

  • Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the most popular player online with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil in second.
  • Manchester United’s striker Wayne Rooney also features (4th), along with his team-mate Anthony Martial (5th).
  • Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale is third.
  • Lionel Messi is a notable absentee as the Barcelona forward does not have a social media presence in China.

Source: Mailman – Report (The sixth edition of the Red Card) prepared by Shanghai-based consultancy which looks at commercial success, engagement and social media.


Internet of Things: What will the future look like?

Internet of Things - What will the future look likeAccording to a report by Business Insider Intelligence, the Internet of Things (or IoT) will have a stark (and maybe revolutionary) impact on our daily lives. Here a some of the insights:

  • IoT devices connected to the Internet will more than triple by 2020, from 10 billion to 34 billion. IoT devices will account for 24 billion, while traditional computing devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, etc.) will comprise 10 billion.
  • Nearly $6 trillion will be spent on IoT solutions over the next five years.
  • Businesses will be the top adopter of IoT solutions because they will use IoT to 1) lower operating costs; 2) increase productivity; and 3) expand to new markets or develop new product offerings.
  • Governments will be the second-largest adopters, while consumers will be the group least transformed by the IoT.

Source: Business Insider Intelligence,  The Internet of Things: Examining How the IoT Will Affect The World, November 2015


Top 15 Largest Messaging and Social Media Exits (1999 – 2016)

  • Facebook is by far and away the largest private company exit since 1999, and probably in history within the messaging and social media space with a whopping $104B.
  • The next company is WhatsApp, with nearly 5 times less in nominal dollars, followed by Twitter in third.
  • Line’s recent IPO is interesting as it makes fourth spot, according to data provided by CB Insights.
  • As you can imagine, the list is dominated by private U.S. companies


Top 15 Largest Meesaging and Social Media Exits (1999 - 2016)

Source: CB Insights –

The Tech Giants (FANG) have Under Performed so far in 2016

  • After an explosive 2015, where the so called “FANG” tech companies – comprising of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google – surged in value and performance compared to S&P500, the rails have somewhat come off.
  • So far in 2016, the FANG index has under performed by at least 5% or more when compared to its S&P500 peers.

The Tech Giants (FANG) have Underperformed so far in 2016

UK Mobile Phone Network Market Share – Nov 2015

UK Mobile Phone Network Market Share - Nov 2015

  • The proposed merger between O2 and Three would create the largest mobile network operator in the UK.
  • Many have called for this merger to be blocked, including the CMA (The Competition and Markets Authority), as they believe that it would cause long term damage for UK consumers because there would only be three mobile networks in the UK as opposed to the current four.
  • The European Commission has until 19 May to make a decision on Three’s proposed £10.5bn takeover of O2.

Top 20 Global Internet Public Market Leaders 2015

  • According to the Kleiner Perkins’ Internet Trends Report (May 2015), the top 20 market capitalizations of global public Internet companies, including the likes of Facebook, Google, and Netflix, which at the time totaled $2.5 trillion in aggregate.
  • More than 50% of the Top 20 are made up of U.S. firms.
  • The rest of the list is made of up Asian firms – China (6), Japan (2) and Korea (1).
  • No European Unicorns make this list.