Intel, China, and the Future of Smart Cars

If Intel is hoping that it has locked up the race to create an industry-standard computing and sensing platform for smart cars, little doubt that they are hoping that China will not take notice until it is too late. I penned this piece for The Stream (“Intelligent Automobiles: Why Beijing Will Not Let Intel Drive …

Why did Uber China slap its foreign users in the face?

David Wolf, a China technology expert based in Beijing, answers some quick questions about Uber’s mystifying and frustrating about-face restricting foreign users of its Chinese app. Source: Why did Uber China slap its foreign users in the face? – SupChina Jeremy Goldkorn gives great interview, and this article proves that, when you ask the right …

Influencing Government Policy in China: The Basics

I write about influencing government policy with a healthy degree of trepidation. The idea of circumventing the will of the people to induce a government to do the bidding of a private corporation never sits well with those of us with a Jeffersonian pedigree. But in nearly three decades doing business in and with China, there …

Debunking the China Threat — Beijing Review

“Debunking the China Threat” Liu Yunyun and Corrie Dosh Beijing Review No. 36, September 5, 2013 The Beijing Review offers an excerpted transcript of the panel I hosted in July at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York highlighting Dr. Lionel Vairon’s new book, The China Threat? Dr. Vairon and I were fortunate to …

Online Videos and IPOs

I was quoted on the prospects for online video in China in a January 2011 article in Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. An excerpt: “What we are looking at [with the IPOs] is not just online sites for videos. We are really looking at the birth …

On the Advertising Restrictions

I was quoted in this April 2011 National Public Radio (NPR) piece from Louisa Lim on Beijing’s plan to place severe restrictions on outdoor advertising for luxury products. The point that I made to Louisa is that this is a fight not against luxury per se, but against ostentation. It is not the consumption of …

On Tudou’s IPO

Michael Kan from IDG interviewed me in November 2010 on Tudou‘s IPO. As I noted: “What’s encouraging is the rate of growth,” said David Wolf, CEO of Wolf Group Asia, a Beijing-based technology consultancy. “But they do have a fundamental cost problem.” and “It’s become a very, very costly business. The cost of private capital …

Migrant Workers in China Face Competition from Robots

“Automation is the beginning of the end of the factory girl, and that’s a good thing,” says David Wolf, a Beijing-based strategic communications and IT analyst. Wolf, who has visited many Chinese factory floors, predicts an eventual labor shift similar to “the decline of seamstresses or the secretarial pool in America.” Source: Migrant Workers in …

Assessing Jack Ma

David Wolf, Beijing-based chief executive of corporate advisory firm Wolf Group Asia, said Ma had proved an “impressive businessperson” in China with his ability to “understand how the winds are blowing both from the market and regulatory standpoint”. Source: Jack Ma: English teacher turned Internet billionaire   Related articles Jack Ma is helping Lazada grow …