Category Archives: International business

Is it all over for Chinese companies doing business in the U.S.?

The recent and present tariff war between the U.S. and China (but not only China), is the most counter-productive thing that could have happened to Sino-American business interests. Yet it’s not as if it’s been clear sailing for Chinese companies … Continue reading

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Chinese dance troupe Shen Yun is a big digital advertiser in the USA

If you live in or around any major city in the U.S. you’re are likely to have seen advertising for something called Shen Yun which appears to be some sort of Chinese dance troupe along the lines of Cirque du … Continue reading

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Some Angel and VC investors are averse to cold water

This past Monday evening I attended my fourth NYC Silicon Dragon event hosted by Rebecca Fannin of Silicon Dragon.  Rebecca (author of the 2011 book Start-up Asia ) always puts together an interesting program and she conducts these programs all … Continue reading

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China will have to be known for high quality products

Last summer I wrote about the idea that few Chinese companies have embraced a dedication to making best-in-class products.   In my many visits to factories in China over the past five years I was almost universally asked about quality control … Continue reading

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Try in-store buy at home vs. buy at home pick up in-store

The recent news regarding Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.com’s U.S. $692 million investment in Chinese department store operator, Intime Retail giving it a 25 percent stake in the company is quite possibly a watershed event in the marriage between online and … Continue reading

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How will Americans handle not being #1 in so many categories?

The 20th century has been termed the ‘American Century’ by pundits.   There are plenty of good reasons for this notion such as having had the largest economy (this crown was gained around 1900 from Great Britain), the largest military by … Continue reading

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The future of Chinese brand success in the U.S. will be tied to better – not cheaper

Samsung (from Japan) is one of the most recent examples of a foreign brand that has successfully changed its brand perception in the eyes of many Americans.   The success of the Samsung smart phone has enabled Samsung to sell more … Continue reading

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Venture Capital attitudes are changing – for the better I hope

Being a venture capitalist has always sounded like fun to me.   My perception is that most VC’s reach a station in life at which there is an ability to vet opportunities that come over the transom, as well as create … Continue reading

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Be careful with Google translate!

This past Friday morning my Mandarin teacher cancelled our lesson due to an early March east coast U.S. snow.  She sent me the message entirely in Chinese characters and I understood what she wrote without using Google Translate.  I have … Continue reading

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Out of the office really does not matter anymore

I have not used Out-of-Office via MS Outlook in a couple of years. After a 16 hour flight to Hong Kong from JFK where I caught maybe 4 hours of sleep I am wired and working late on a Friday … Continue reading

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