Archive for the ‘Going to Market’ Category

What Would be the Impact if the Chinese Economy Tanked?

Monday, February 3, 2014 10:00 No Comments

One of the most interesting conversations I ever had was over drinks with a European central banker looking to learn about the reach of China. His core questions was “If China imploded, what could be the impact…. “, and for a couple of hours we worked through a few industries. How far their supply chains […]

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When a Want Turns to a Need, Foreign Companies Compete

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 21:20 No Comments

While grading papers last year, I came across the following quote that a student of mine had mined from an interview that I thought summed up the current situation for a number of industries: “We’re willing to offer some opportunities to local companies. Why not? They are cheap. But it will only be limited to […]

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Is it Too Late to Enter China?

Monday, November 18, 2013 4:43 2 Comments

In his recent piece for the Huffington Post entitled China 2014: Too Little, Too Late for Newbies, Tom Doctroff starts off with a bang 2014 will be the year leaders of consumer goods producers realize that it may be too late to enter China. If you haven’t established significant scale already, you probably never will. […]

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GSK “Led” Scandal Fallout Smacks Entire Industry Across the Face

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 6:00 No Comments

There is NOTHING, and I repeat, NOTHING like having an executive open up at a conference about a crisis their industry is following. Particularly when they are attempting to make their company look better than the “others”, try to justify why it was “industry practice”, and then lament that all the back doors to “diffusion […]

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Tesla Sells First Car in China. Preparing it’s First “Ship”ment

Monday, November 11, 2013 1:54 No Comments

There are few things that investors like seeing more than an announcement that a firm plans to enter China. Especially when there are customers willing to spend 410,000USD to be the first owner! So, big news is that Tesla has just opened their first store in China, have sold their first car, and on their […]

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GSK Sales off 61% Post-Scandal. Consider it a Down Payment

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 8:21 No Comments

If history is a guide for the future, than GSK (and others) really should have paid more attention 5-6 years ago when SIEMENS was caught up in a similar scandal involving their medical equipment.  Sadly they didn’t and a few months ago when the story broke that they were under investigation, it was clear to […]

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Finding Success (as an entrepreneur) in China

Thursday, June 27, 2013 21:55 1 Comment

Couple of weeks back I was speaking to a group of 50 aspiring entrepreneurs (University students and fresh grads), I was asked to speak about what it takes to succeed in China as a (serial)entrepreneur. Setting aside how one defines success (scale, financial gain, awards, etc), there were four things that I felt entrepreneurs needed […]

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The Economics of Sustainability Work in China

Saturday, June 15, 2013 19:04 No Comments

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