Why Didi vs. Uber Is Now All About Mexico (Video)

I had a fascinating time in Mexico City investigating Didi Chuxing’s first launch of an international operation in ride-sharing. And they are going against one of Uber’s strongholds, a country where they have 7M riders and 250,000 drivers. Didi vs. Uber in Mexico is going to be a fascinating fight. This video is my take […]

5 Questions for Pedro Aidar of AB-Inbev About Beer in China (Video)

Pedro Aidar is the head of Craft and Specialty Beers for AB-Inbev in Asia Pacific North, including China. He has a tremendous vantage point into the changing beer and alcohol of market of China, in particular into the emergence of craft beers. I sat down with Pedro and asked him my standard five questions about […]

Artificial Intelligence Has 3 Big Technology Drivers – Chris Thomas, McKinsey & Co (Video)

This is the fourth in a series of video clips from a lecture by Christopher Thomas, the “go to” artificial intelligence guru at McKinsey & Co for China / Asia. This is from a class taught by myself and Jonathan Woetzel (also McKinsey & Co) at Peking University Guanghua School of Management. Video below and link […]

What AI Can and Can’t Do – Chris Thomas, McKinsey & Co (Video)

This is the third in a series of video clips from a lecture by Christopher Thomas, the “go to” artificial intelligence guru at McKinsey & Co for China / Asia. This is from a class taught by myself and Jonathan Woetzel (also McKinsey & Co) at Peking University Guanghua School of Management. Video below and link […]

Get Ready for Beijing, the +100M Person Mega-City

The population of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster (also called “Jing-Jin-Ji”) will be +100M people. That’s pretty fascinating. My thoughts on where we are and what’s coming next. And a little look around Beijing. The video is below in two formats. The YouTube link is here. Thanks for watching. Cheers, jeff ——— I write and speak about the […]

Nobody Has Figured Out How to Optimize for Deep Learning – Chris Thomas, McKinsey & Co

Christopher Thomas is arguably the artificial intelligence guru of Asia. He leads McKinsey’s Semiconductor Practice in Asia and is also their global head for digital strategy. And prior to McKinsey, he was the general manager for Intel China. Plus, he’s a really good guy. Jonathan Woetzel (also McKinsey & Co) and I have been fortunate to […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Everyone Is Getting Wrong About Chinese Entertainment. An Interview with Alex Zhang, Ex-Alibaba Pictures.

Alex Zhang was one of the first five employees at Alibaba Pictures (launched in 2015), 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.). Note: I wrote about how Alibaba is disrupting entertainment here. Alex has recently left Alibaba […]