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There Is No New Chinese “Sharing Economy”. Didi, Mobike, and Others Are Classic Disruptors (Pt 1).

In the past month, there has been a lot of talk about China’s new “sharing economy”. Articles in the New York Times, Fortune, Bloomberg, and the South China Morning Post have all cited ride-sharing (Didi), bicycle rentals (ofo, Mobike), and the new micro-rental services for batteries, basketballs, and umbrellas as part of a new China […]

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How I Went From Failed Writer to 1M LinkedIn Followers

I recently reached 1M followers on LinkedIn. And this is crazy. Because not that long ago, I was nowhere as a writer. For years, I had published books, written articles, and so on – but nothing had really worked. I was a failed writer, despite over five years of effort. Looking back, it is clear […]

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3 Ways President Xi and King Salman Can Move China and Saudi Arabia Beyond Oil

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. Saudi Arabia is now aggressively seeking foreign investment to diversify its economy away from oil. So this meeting in China was arguably the most important of the King’s month long Asia trip. The Xi-Salman meeting produced […]

My SCMP article: “What everyone is getting wrong about urbanization in China”

(reposted from SCMP here, May 9, 2014) Jonathan Woetzel is the “go-to guru” for Chinese urbanization. He is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and the co-Chair of the Urban China Initiative, a thinktank. Whether it is Chinese city officials, multinationals or government officials in Riyadh and Moscow, he is the person everyone calls […]

My SCMP Article: “Why Chinese state-owned banks are now in the eye of the storm”

(reprinted from South China Morning Post, ) This week, China’s big four state-owned banks are set to announce their 2013 financial results. And the numbers, if predictions are accurate, should show a significant slowing in earnings growth across the board. Likely 11% year over year growth for a combined net income of approximately $130 billion. […]

My SCMP Article: “The five drivers of China’s Internet deal frenzy”

(reprinted from South China Morning Post, April 2, 2014) You can’t go a week without hearing of a new acquisition by Baidu, Alibaba or Tencent. While China’s Internet giants have been doing acquisitions for years, the last three months can best be described as a frenzy. Tencent’s recent announcements have been impressive – including: They […]

My HBR Article: “Why Facebook Should Worry About Tencent”

(reprinted from Harvard Business Review (blog), April 3, 2014) From the moment Facebook announced in February 2014 that it had bought the mobile messaging service WhatsApp, everyone’s been talking about the price that CEO Mark Zuckenberg parted with for the acquisition. Nineteen billion dollars (albeit $4 billion in cash and the rest in Facebook shares) is one […]