From Big, Dumb Bureaucracies to Zero-Human Operations: The Holy Grail of the Digital Age (pt 1 of 2)

There was a good paper recently published by Martin Reeves and Raj Varadajaran of the Boston Consulting Group. The paper (When Resilience Is More Important Than Efficiency) touched on a lot of issues related to digital competition – but there was one chart that I thought really hit at the center of a lot of […]

4 Things Everyone Is Getting Wrong About Huawei’s 2019 Annual Report

Huawei released their 2019 financial results last week. And I had the opportunity to interview Karl Song, the VP of Corporate Communications, prior so I knew what was coming (but I got embargoed). You can see that interview here. And it was fascinating. Step back and consider what a truly crazy year Huawei had. Has […]

How WeChat, TikTok and Chinese Consumers Are Disrupting and Personalizing Luxury

In my online Asia Tech Class, I talk a lot about digital superpowers, which are digital tools that upend established business. And one of these superpowers a dramatically improved user experience, such that the traditional offering is now unacceptable to users. And this sort of dramatically improved user experience is what is happening in luxury […]

How Huawei Is Turning Smart Cities Into Operating Systems (1 of 2)

I keep an eye out for digital phenomena where China / Asia is on the frontier. We’ve seen this sort of digital leadership in mobile apps, mobile payments and e-commerce. And after meeting with head of smart cities at Huawei, I am convinced we are seeing the same phenomenon in smart cities. Below is my […]

Situations Where JD’s E-Space Is a Game Changer for Consumers and Brands (2 of 2)

In Part 1, I detailed my visit to JD’s new E-Space store in Chongqing. And I ended by posing the following question: Can “experiential” retail dramatically improve the user experience such that traditionally run department stores are at a competitive disadvantage? And my answer to that is yes in basically 6 situations and product types. […]

Artificial Intelligence in China Increasingly Depends on HiSilicon (pt 2 of “Red AI” book review)

This is Part 2 of my 9 take-aways from Nina Xiang’s book Red AI. Part 1 is located here. #4: China is great in electric vehicles but the US is leading in autonomous vehicles. China has lots of great companies doing electric vehicles. And they are the largest market for them (and growing). But autonomous […]

How Accounting Is Different in China – Paul Gillis, the Guru of Chinese Accounting (Video)

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 […]