I Took 20 Chinese Students to Meet Warren Buffett. Here’s What Happened. (Pt. 1 of 4)

In February 2017, I chaperoned 20 business students from Peking University to meet Warren Buffett in Omaha. This was the first group from Peking University to ever meet with Mr. Buffett – and only the second school ever from China. It turned out to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip, an investment pilgrimage of sorts. In the following […]

Warren Buffett’s Q&A with Peking University on February 17, 2017

On February 17, 2017, I took 20 Peking University students to Omaha to spend a day at Berkshire Hathaway. The trip included 3 company visits, a 2.5 hour Q&A with Warren Buffett, and then a steak lunch with him. I’m writing up the whole experience and will post it shortly. This was his first meeting with […]

My Visit to Oriental DreamWorks – And Why Animation is Booming in China

Of the 19 million students in Chinese universities in 2009, over 1 million were studying art and design. Think about that number for a moment. One million students studying painting, design and other creative arts. That is larger than the student populations studying chemistry, law, or economics. Fast forward to today, these students have entered the workforce and […]

My 5 Predictions for Chinese Consumers in 2017

In the past 2 years, Chinese consumers have arrived as a global economic force. And this is really just the beginning. We are going to see an increasing impact by these consumers on business going-forward. So here are 5 predictions for Chinese consumers for the coming year: 1. Chinese consumers (particularly millennials) will “hyper-adopt” mobile and O2O […]


My Favorite China Articles for January 2017

Greetings from Peking University in Beijing. I send out a monthly reading list with the best China articles (and books) I have come across. If you would like to be on this list, you can sign up at www.jeffreytowson.com. Also, if you come across any really great articles, please send them to me. Here’s my […]


What Airbnb Should Do Differently Than Uber in China

This is really Part 2 in a series of articles of how Chinese and Western platform businesses are increasingly competing. In Part 1, I laid out some basic theory for this (you can read here). Based on this thinking, I think Airbnb should do 6 things differently than Uber in China.: #1: Airbnb will need […]


My Playbook for Success as an Introvert

(Note: This blog is a diversion from my normal writing on Chinese consumers.) Recently, I argued that the term “introvert” should be replaced with “power thinker“. My follow-up to that article is the following simple playbook for having an impact as an introvert (i.e., as a power thinker). My playbook is just three points. Point […]