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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Alibaba’s New Retail Disrupts JD’s World: Conclusion (Pt 4 of 4)

In this four part series, I look at how “new retail” impacts the strategies of e-commerce market leaders Alibaba and JD. My take is basically five points: Point 1: China is ground zero for the digital transformation of retail. Explained in Part 1 here. Point 2: But “new retail” is not just supermarkets and convenience […]

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 […]