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My Favorite China Articles for June 2017

There have been some interesting China business events this month, including the stepping down of Vanke CEO Wang Shi. He is symbolic of the first generation of Chinese entrepreneurs, many of whom are now starting to retire. This is my monthly recommended China reading list. If you would like to be on this list, you can […]

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Five Questions for Understanding Didi, Mobike, and China’s New Micro-Rentals (Pt 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 […]

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There Is No New Chinese “Sharing Economy”. Didi, Mobike, and Others Are Classic Disruptors (Pt 1).

In the past month, there has been a lot of talk about China’s new “sharing economy”. Articles in the New York Times, Fortune, Bloomberg, and the South China Morning Post have all cited ride-sharing (Didi), bicycle rentals (ofo, Mobike), and the new micro-rental services for batteries, basketballs, and umbrellas as part of a new China […]

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Why Didi Is Raising So Much Cash

Chinese ride service Didi Chuxing raised $5.5 billion in May, adding to more than $10 billion it raised last year. Assuming it is no longer burning through $1 billion a year as it did during its fight for Chinese market share with Uber, Didi now has a staggering cash balance for a startup, perhaps as […]

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How I Went From Failed Writer to 1M LinkedIn Followers

I recently reached 1M followers on LinkedIn. And this is crazy. Because not that long ago, I was nowhere as a writer. For years, I had published books, written articles, and so on – but nothing had really worked. I was a failed writer, despite over five years of effort. Looking back, it is clear […]

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Pacific Prime CEO Neil Raymond on What’s Next for Health Insurance in China / Asia

Pacific Prime is one of Asia’s top brokers of international health insurance products, especially for expatriates. Founded by Neil Raymond in 2000 and based in Hong Kong, they have a particularly good view into the current changes in health (and other) insurance in China and Asia. And as I am someone who has been working […]

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3 Forces That Determine Success or Failure in Consumer China

*The following is an excerpt from the One Hour China Consumer Book, which is available here. “Robert Ravens is an Australian farmer and the creator of the “Bobbie Bear”. He lives on a remote Tasmanian farm and uses excess lavender from his fields to make bright purple teddy bears. The lavender is stuffed into the […]

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My Favorite China Articles for April 2017

Hello from Peking University, It has been a whirlwind of meetings and travel this month. I now call visiting three countries in a week a “triple”. There have been some interesting China business events recently, especially the United Airlines incident. Below are my comments on that – and my favorite China articles and books for […]

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What to Do When You Fail in China (Pt 1): Danone vs. Carlsberg Beer

The Chinese market is difficult and failure is common. This is true for both domestic and foreign companies. But the country is also huge and there is almost always another opportunity available. The brutality of the Chinese market is compensated for by its breadth. French food company Danone and Danish brewer Carlsberg Group provide good […]