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 …

People, Not Government, Will Save China’s Economy

If China’s credit bubble has it on the verge of an economic crisis, as some – including Dean James Stavridis of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy – might contend, what then must the Chinese government do? In an article for The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs (“Economic Resilience Depends On The Chinese People,” …

Quoted: China’s Missing Global Brands

  “Why You Haven’t Heard of Any Chinese Brands …” Matt Schiavenza The Atlantic April 8, 2013 I had a great talk with Matt Schiavenza back in April about emerging Chinese brands. All other things being equal, I’m a bit of a skeptic about the near-term prospects of China producing a passel of global brands. …

Quoted: Starbucks Rents Couches in China

In China, Starbucks doesn’t sell coffee to make its millions. It rents couches Gwynn Guilford Quartz September 17, 2013 Quartz picked up my discussion with Steve Schwankert at The Beijinger about what I think Starbuck’s real business is in China: “Starbucks invented the ‘third place in China,’ the default place to go to socialize and …

China’s Advo-Prop

The Wall Street Journal’s China Realtime Report in January 2011, Loretta Chao discusses China’s recent ad campaign in the U.S., and quotes me as being critical of the ad. Some critics have panned the commercial for being out of touch with its American audience, presumed to be jittery over the China’s growing global influence. By …

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 …