Jeffrey Towson – My Three Rules for Digital China (Video)

Some thoughts on what really matters in digital China. Plus stuff around Manila. Jeffrey Towson, Professor at Peking University Guanghua School of Management —– I write and speak about digital China and Asia’s tech trends. My latest book Alwaleed, Khaled and Mohammed: An Insider’s Tell-All About the Risks of Doing Business in Saudi Arabia is […]

What Latam, SE Asia and the Developing World Can Learn From China (Video)

I went on a whirlwind speaking tour of Brazil (9 talks in 5 cities in 9 days). And this question of what Brazil (and other developing countries) can learn from China kept coming up. Here’s my best answer. Plus some fun stuff from around Rio.   Video is here. (Youtube only. Sorry. Link is here). […]

Mobike and Chinese Bike-Sharing Are Taking Over Mexico (Video)

I had a fascinating time in Mexico City. I made this video at the launch of Mobike Mexico. It was a great day and has my take on what’s happening with Chinese bike-sharing in Latin Ameica. And yeah, I did mostly fall off one of the bikes, which I caught on video Update (March 2019): […]

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

Mobike has started in Mexico City’s upscale Polanco district, but this is part of wide launch across Mexico. They are going everywhere and are treating Mexico seriously.  That’s pretty awesome. If the big bike-sharing question of 2017 was “can these Chinese companies succeed internationally?”, the question for 2018 is now “how big can they get?” […]

中国不存在新“共享经济” 滴滴、摩拜等皆是典型的颠覆者 (第一部分)




The Surprising Power of Mobike and China Bike Sharing (Video)

You have to stand in awe of bike sharing. For those of you that live in China, try to name another service that has become so pervasive in your life so quickly. Bike-sharing has gone from a crazy idea to covering almost every sidewalk in the country in about 18 months. When has a new service […]

Five Questions for Understanding Didi, Mobike, and China’s New Micro-Rentals (Pt 2 of 2).

In Part 1, I argued that there is no new Chinese “sharing economy” – which is why new Chinese businesses like Didi, Mobike, and micro-rentals for basketballs, batteries and umbrellas are kind of confusing. What is really happening is something much more interesting: the emergence of new digital disruptors in access and convenience. The key […]