How Accounting Is Different in China – Paul Gillis, the Guru of Chinese Accounting

Paul Gillis is the “go to” guru for accounting in China. He is professor of accounting at Peking University Guanghua School of Managment, past head of China/Asia for PricewaterhouseCoopers and has a PhD in accounting. He also publishes on www.chinaaccountingblog.com – which you should definitely check out. I sat down with Paul and asked him […]

How Alibaba Uses Big Data in Chinese Entertainment – Alex Zhang, ex-Alibaba Pictures.

Alex Zhang was one of the first five employees at Alibaba Pictures (launched in 2015), Now an independent film producer, he sits at the intersection of rapidly rising Chinese entertainment, its changing relationship with Hollywood and its increasing collision with the tech world (Alibaba, Tencent, etc.). Alex visited Peking University in late 2017 and spoke […]

Why Disney Is Continuously the Top of the Big 6 Studios – Alex Zhang, ex-Alibaba Pictures.

Alex Zhang was one of the first five employees at Alibaba Pictures (launched in 2015), Now an independent film producer, he sits at the intersection of rapidly rising Chinese entertainment, its changing relationship with Hollywood and its increasing collision with the tech world (Alibaba, Tencent, etc.). Plus he’s a really cool guy. Alex visited Peking […]

When Alibaba’s “New Retail” Gets Confusing, Just Follow the Assets (Pt 2 of 2)

This is Part 2 of an article about some of the strategic aspects of Alibaba’s “new retail”. In Part 1, I discussed uni-marketing and how the view of new retail for merchants and brands is very different than the view for consumers. A quick summary: For consumers, the view is great. They are going to […]

Why Tencent Video, iQiyi and Youku Are So Successful – Alex Zhang Ex-Alibaba Pictures.

Alex Zhang was one of the first five employees at Alibaba Pictures (launched in 2015), Now an independent film producer, he sits at the intersection of rapidly rising Chinese entertainment, its changing relationship with Hollywood and its increasing collision with the tech world (Alibaba, Tencent, etc.). Plus he’s a really cool guy. Alex visited Peking […]

会见京东大服饰事业部总裁丁霞和参观Toplife所得的三点启示(第五部分)

近日,我受邀来到京东位于北京和上海的办公地点,进行了为期3-4天的参观之旅,还会见了京东的管理层。本文为本系列文章的第五篇。此前,我谈到了京东的物流、最新技术项目、它的迅猛增速,以及机器人实验室。不久后,我将就京东的“新零售”大体策略,写一篇较为严肃的文章。

The Secret Engine of Alibaba’s “New Retail” Is “Uni-Marketing” (Pt 1 of 2)

“New retail” is Alibaba Group Holding‘s key buzzword right now. Though probably the least creative business term ever, the company’s idea of combining online and physical retail into a seamless, data-driven consumer experience is exciting. It is already starting to give rise to new business models, from transformed supermarkets and cashierless convenience stores to automated […]

Why Silicon Valley is Afraid of China. An Interview with Zhaopin CEO Evan Guo.

Zhaopin.com CEO Evan Guo has a fascinating view of China’s evolving internet ecosystem. He heads the leading online recruiting business in China (+140M active users). So he is riding the top of a very big wave. But Zhaopin is not part of Baidu, Alibaba, or Tencent. It is living in the spaces between these digital […]

What Everyone Is Getting Wrong About Artificial Intelligence In China. An Interview with Chris Thomas of McKinsey & Co.

Christopher Thomas is arguably the artificial intelligence guru of Asia. He leads McKinsey’s Semiconductors Practice in Asia and is also their global head for digital strategy. And prior to McKinsey, he was the general manager for Intel China. You will basically not find a smarter person out there on this subject. Plus, he’s a really good […]