I write, speak and teach about digital China and the rising Asian economies. Over the past +9 years, I have given talks to thousands of executives at companies such as Alibaba, ICBC, Adidas and DHL.
And I have taught thousands of MBA students and executives at schools like Peking University, CEIBS and Cambridge University. My students and executives have been about 50% Chinese and 50% from around the world. Attending from everywhere from China and Indonesia to the USA and the UK.
Companies like Alibaba, Tencent, Didi, JD, GoJek, Grab and others are the frontier of digital Asia. They are disrupting China / Asia business and are pioneering new digital tools, strategies and business models that are increasingly being copied by companies in the US, Europe, Africa and Latin America. Note: Mark Zuckerberg’s ambitious new plan for Facebook is basically a copy of WeChat.
We are seeing new digital tools (software, hardware, data technology) rapidly being adopted in industry after industry. They are creating new capabilities and business models – and are changing the ways you win and lose in business. Software is, in fact, eating the world.
This is happening particularly quickly in Asia, arguably the world’s most fiercely competitive market. Everything is faster. Everything is more ruthless. Silicon Valley may still be the epicenter of digital innovation but China / Asia is the epicenter of digital combat.
Note: For those who are executives and MBAs (i.e., not primarily investors), I am creating a series of classes on digital strategy that can be taken online. These will tie to the content of the podcast and newsletter. It’s on the way.
Important: None of this content (podcasts, emails, articles) is investment advice. Do not take it as investment advice. Me and any guests may get the numbers or information wrong. The views expressed may no longer be relevant. Investing is risky. Consult an investment advisor and/or do your own research.
None of this content (podcasts, emails, articles) is investment advice. Do not take it as investment advice. Me and any guests may get the numbers or information wrong. The views expressed may no longer be relevant. Investing is risky. Consult an investment advisor and/or do your own research.
Definitely. If you are working in a digital / tech company, the content should help you advance your thinking. Similarly, if you are aspiring to be a founder, understanding these companies is important. Executives working in areas like retail, transportation, media, communications, and logistics can also really benefit.
Just an email address and a smartphone. The content is delivered via podcast (iTunes) and emailed articles. And all are available at www.jefftowson.com
I am a CEIBS professor, best-selling author and keynote speaker. My writing and speaking are on digital China and Asia’s latest technology trends.
I am (patting myself of the back here) one of the most followed professors in China (+3.1M followers on LinkedIn). I am routinely cited as a global influencer by companies such as Huawei and Alibaba.
I was previously Head of Direct Investments for Middle East North Africa and Asia Pacific for Prince Alwaleed, nicknamed by Time magazine the “Arabian Warren Buffett”.
I teach investment and digital strategy in semester-long courses at universities. And at executive education sessions. This subscription newsletter is different in two ways:
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After a year of doing the class, there were really two different groups of subscribers: investors and those looking for education and self-improvement. I realized I wasn’t really serving either group terribly well and I decided to make specialized services for each group.
So the newsletter subscription and podcast (and coming discussion forums) is for investors.
And I am launching a series of classes on digital strategy for those looking for education and self-improvement. More on this later.
I think this should make everyone more satisfied in the long-term. 🙂
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