How Star Wars Can Come Back and Win in China

Star Wars is officially the “New Coke of China”. Chinese consumers gave it a try. Actually, multiple tries. But they just don’t like it. This is the big take-away of the Last Jedi in China. First, Chinese consumers went to the Force Awakens, which made $52M its opening weekend. Then fewer went to the Rogue […]

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 […]

Why Mexico Is The New Frontline for Didi vs. Uber – and Mobike vs. Ofo (Pt 1 of 2)

I’m sitting in a café in Mexico City. It’s a nice cool day, which is usually the case given the high altitude. And I’m drinking really good coffee, having recently given up on giving up on coffee. I just had lunch with Chris Martin, the frantically busy Vice President for International at Mobike. He’s here preparing […]

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 […]