Happy Birthday WeChat!
It’s hard to imagine that the app we all depend on every day in China simply just didn’t exist 5 years ago. And boy has it changed over time:
Above: from Version 1.0 to now
WeChat – The Beginning
Below we have an excerpt (2:25 mins) from a podcast by members of the WeChat team. They discuss the key decisions that were taken at the very beginning of WeChat during initial development.
- The initial WeChat team was just 10 guys
- At the time of initial development, the iPhone had only recently been officially released in China
- The number of people with smartphones and broadband in China was less than 10 million
To listen to the full podcast copy this link into a browser (VPN needed in China) https://soundcloud.com/wechatpodcast/core-product-values-and-product-management
Evolution of WeChat
Below is our updated version of the China Channel ‘Evolution of WeChat’ infographic documenting exactly how WeChat has grown over the years.