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Join us to keep up on the trends affecting marketing in China! We cover new features in WeChat, Douyin, Baidu, Weibo, Bilbilili and other Chinese platforms. Plus, we'll give a brief overview of the news in Chinese culture, politics and economics, while pointing out the takeaways for marketing teams. Just 35 minutes per week, and you'll be up-to-date! The podcast is new, but we've been blogging on this topic since all the way back in 2008 - before most of the Chinese digital platforms even ex ...
 
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Today I talked to Pedro Gustavo Teixeira about his new book The Legal History of the European Banking Union: How European Law Led to the Supranational Integration of the Single Financial Market (Hart, 2020) Since 1950, the political and economic integration of Europe has tended to accelerate through functional mini-unions: coal and steel, nuclear p…
 
Mungo Keulemans talks about growing up in South Africa, working in the family business, his army experiences, his move to Europe, Japan and back to Europe. We hear about his entrepreneurial journey in the family business in Poland, and after its sale to one of the world’s leading companies, his time in the larger corporation and his return to entre…
 
Today I talked to Adam Bryant about his new book (co-authored with Kevin Sharer), The CEO Test: Master the Challenges That Make or Break All Leaders (Harvard Business Press, 2021). Adam Bryant is managing director of Merryck & Co, a leadership development and mentoring firm. Before then, Adam was a journalist for 30 years, including at the New York…
 
Hello! This week we chatted about trends in environmental protection in China. It's a big opportunity for businesses from around the world. Plus, Baidu is rolling out a new landing page tool that will be required for many advertisers - marketers will want to learn about this. Dig in! Topics and sources: Is after school tutoring banned? Source (Engl…
 
Major corporations are more politically motivated than ever—and this dangerous trend will come back to bite many of these companies in the a**. Some blue chip names could get hurt the most as profits face pressure due to boycotts. [00:55] Then, John Petrides, portfolio manager at Tocqueville Asset Management, highlights some of the biggest risks in…
 
“Economics is the long-run driver” in the history of Europe’s monetary union, writes Richard Pomfret in the first of a new Cambridge Elements series on the Economics of European Integration: The Road to Monetary Union (Cambridge University Press, 2021). “Politics often determined the timing of the next step ... but it has not determined the directi…
 
What is the history of caste in a city? Indian modernizers assumed that the various processes of modernity, including industrial capitalism, would attenuate caste and create the possibility of new social relationships, including class solidarity. Instead, capitalism relied on caste to recruit and discipline labor, and the colonial and postcolonial …
 
In this episode Florian Feas describes his route into setting up Slator: to solve problems he became aware of, as a result of working in the translation industry in senior positions. He outlines the importance of having a co-founder with complementary skills and how SaaS business tools enabled him to scale his business fast and cost effectively We …
 
Hello! Here’s our new pitch to newcomers: If you want to make money in China, you'll need to understand the trends in Chinese culture, technology and business. I've spent a quarter of my life in China, and I've been doing business there since 2003. In this podcast, I chat with my friends about the newest developments from China that I think will af…
 
We’re joined today by first-time guest Zac Prince, founder and CEO of BlockFi—a company that’s raking in $50 million in revenue monthly. Among its many incredible services, BlockFi lets you earn interest on your crypto and take out crypto-backed loans. Learn what led Zac to launch the company… its competitive landscape… and future projects it will …
 
Are we in the midst of a financial bubble? Do the current valuations of the electronic vehicle stocks or their SPACs make you raise an eyebrow? The trouble with bubbles is that they are hard to spot from within, and much easier to define and analyze after the fact. In their new book, Boom and Bust: A Global History of Financial Bubbles (Cambridge U…
 
The middle decades of the 19th century witnessed the expansion of slavery and white settlement and dispossession of Indigenous lands west of the Mississippi River, the abolition of slavery in the British Empire followed by the importation of indentured laborers from India and China into the West Indies, the consolidation of British rule in India fo…
 
How do we make sense of the “durability and gigantic scale” of China’s economic expansion alongside the reports of “rising” and “explosive” corruption? How has China moved from an “impoverished communist regime to a capitalist superpower rivaling the United States” despite a crisis of corruption that its own leadership describes as “gave” and “shoc…
 
In this episode we talk to Ashutosh about his upbringing and journey into corporate life, and the lessons that taught him. His route into entrepreneurship to build the “Boots of India”,which grew to be India’s largest retail pharmacy chain, and his life post-exit as an author and podcaster. The NBN Entrepreneurship and Leadership podcast aims to ed…
 
For decades, a secret army of tax attorneys, accountants and wealth managers has been developing into the shadowy Wealth Defense Industry. These ‘agents of inequality’ are paid millions to hide trillions for the richest 0.01%. In The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Pay Millions to Hide Trillions (Polity, 2021), inequality expert Chuck Collins, wh…
 
Join Tait and Lawrence to hear about Chinese cultural, tech and marketing trends. This week's topics: Chinese apps to collect less personal data. Source (English): https://pandaily.com/chinese-regulators-clamp-down-on-apps-collecting-excessive-personal-data/ China’s largest automaker teams up with US lidar producer. Source: https://pandaily.com/chi…
 
As stimulus is distributed and the market looks forward, it seems everyone is bullish. But Andrew Horowitz, president and founder of Horowitz & Company and host of The Disciplined Investor, warns that tough year-over-year inflation comparisons are coming up. When it comes to inflation, slowly rising rates are fine… but a quick spike could quickly c…
 
Veronique Ozkaya shares her teenage experience working in the family business, why she wanted to get away from her hometown, her brief career as a diplomat, and rapid rise to a leading position in the translation industry. Veronique shares her insights into gender diversity (or its absence) in the industry, and her approach to leadership. The NBN E…
 
Today I talked to David G. White, Jr. about his book Disrupting Corporate Culture: How Cognitive Science Alters Accepted Beliefs About Culture and Culture Change and Its Impact on Leaders and Change Agents (Routledge, 2021). David G. White, Jr. is a cognitive anthropologist working with organizations on culture, change, and leadership issues. He’s …
 
Join Tait and Wiki to hear about Chinese cultural, tech and marketing trends. This week's topics: Cangzhou grants Baidu first robotaxi permit. Source (English): https://technode.com/2021/03/17/china-grants-baidu-first-robotaxi-permit-for-paying-riders/ Savvy Chinese consumers complain online, mostly on Weibo. Source (Chinese): https://www.huxiu.com…
 
Heads-up: I don’t have a guest this week — he needed to reschedule at the last minute. But don’t worry, I still have an exciting show for you today. I kick things off with a rant about COVID-19. Then, Daniel and I discuss the pent-up demand across the board as economies open back up and individuals are flush with stimulus cash. [0:35] Now that the …
 
Tessa explains why Olio’s mission of cutting unnecessary food waste is so important, and how her own distress at food waste led to the breakthrough insight that there had to be a better way of dealing with unwanted food. She shares her personal journey, and sets out the exciting road map ahead for Olio. Tessa Clarke is the Co Founder & CEO of Olio …
 
How did telecommunications shape Victorian London? In Serving a Wired World London's Telecommunications Workers and the Making of an Information Capital Katie Hindmarch-Watson, an Assistant Professor in history at Johns Hopkins University, tells the history of London through the lenses of technology, gender, class, and sexuality. The book offers a …
 
Life expectancy in the United States has recently fallen for three years in a row—a reversal not seen since 1918 or in any other wealthy nation in modern times. In the past two decades, deaths of despair from suicide, drug overdose, and alcoholism have risen dramatically, and now claim hundreds of thousands of American lives each year—and they’re s…
 
How does individual religious liberty apply to religiously affiliated groups? Edward A. David investigates the polarized ways legal theorists seek to understand group ontology in A Christian Approach to Corporate Religious Theory (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020). David surveys the merits and pitfalls of prevailing approaches from within and without the C…
 
Join Tait and Lawrence to hear about Chinese cultural, tech and marketing trends. This week's topics: China’s dating apps let users filter out partners from inferior colleges. Link: https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1006892/China%E2%80%99s%20Dating%20Apps%20Are%20Swiping%20Right%20on%20Snobbery/ American opinions of China at a low. Link: https://www.p…
 
A warning to all investors: “Cancel culture” is attacking Wall Street. Nowadays, public opinion changes with the tide… and smart investors know to separate themselves from negativity and stick to their convictions. [00:30] While most goldbugs are negative about anything but gold… Ed Karr, executive chairman of U.S. Gold Corp, is a fan of both the y…
 
Today I spoke with Michael Heller about the book he has just published with James Salzman. The title is Mine!: How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives (Doubleday, 2021) Michael Heller at Columbia University is Professor of Real Estate Law. Before joining Columbia Law in 2002, you taught at the University of Michigan, NYU, UCLA, and Yale…
 
In his book The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Healthcare in Rust Belt America (Harvard University Press, 2021), Gabriel Winant explains how the social reproductive labor sustaining the US's industrial economy was institutionalized in response to steelworker layoffs, aging, and sickness beginning in the 1960s. The result was a rec…
 
JeVon McCormick was born the son of a black pimp father and a white orphan mother. Hear how, as a nine year old, he critiqued the way his father managed prostitutes, to his rejection of concepts such as “hope” and “luck”. When he was in juvenile detention neither of his parents knew where he was. His journey from toughest of upbringings to fame and…
 
In this magnum opus, Paul Vallely guides the reader on a journey through the history and meaning of giving in religion and society. Vivid with anecdote and scholarly insight, this magisterial survey – from the ancient Greeks to today's high-tech geeks – provides an original take on the history of philanthropy. It shows how giving has, variously, be…
 
Few topics have as many myths, stereotypes, and misperceptions surrounding them as that of poverty in America. The poor have been badly misunderstood since the beginnings of the country, with the rhetoric only ratcheting up in recent times. Our current era of fake news, alternative facts, and media partisanship has led to a breeding ground for all …
 
Today I talked to Ming-Hui Huang about her book (coauthored with Roland T. Rust), The Feeling Economy: How Artificial Intelligence Is Creating the Era of Empathy (Palgrave MacMillan, 2021) This episode covers the movement of the economy from brawn to brains to hearts. Put another way, the focus here is on the movement from the Physical Economy (far…
 
Join Tait and Lawrence to hear about Chinese cultural, tech and marketing trends. WeChat emojis have stopped smoking. Source (Chinese): https://new.qq.com/omn/20210301/20210301A0E2KN00.html We published “11 Ways to Use WeChat for Student Recruitment in China”. Source (English): https://www.nanjingmarketinggroup.com/blog/wechat-student-recruitment C…
 
What a difference a couple of months make… Last time millennial investor (and my nephew) Joe Davide , he’d been making a lot of money on speculative trades. Now, he’s taking some losses as volatility swings in both directions. Joe and I discuss dealing with losses… and the most important lessons for investors of any age. [12:50] Then, Frank Holmes,…
 
Alan Klima’s Ethnography #9 (Duke University Press, 2019) was co-written by a ghost. And that’s just the start of what’s going on in this eerie, singular book. It’s a discussion of finance in post-crash Thailand, a study of non-material histories, and an examination of the limits of anthropological writing. It’s also at once a complex and textured …
 
In this episode Kimon and Richard explain why they are launching the NBN Entrepreneurship and Leadership podcast, the topics they are going to delve into with their guests and what aspects of their guests’ entrepreneurial journeys they are most interested in. What has been the role of background and upbringing, social and family pressures, educatio…
 
Modern markets and exchange, compared with other social and political spheres, are seen through technical abstractions. This intellectual compartmentalization has political consequences: if capitalism operates through arcane, objective, and rational mechanics, the very real interests and very real consequences of exchange are disguised and simplifi…
 
Join Tait and Lawrence to hear about this week's Chinese marketing trends. Chrome now offers QR codes for every page. Source (English): https://chromeunboxed.com/chrome-88-dino-codes-full-roll-out China’s trade with Canada up 8%. If Canada can do it, anybody can. Source (English): https://www.ualberta.ca/china-institute/research/analysis-briefs/202…
 
You’ve got to take what the market gives you. Genia Turanova, editor of Unlimited Income and Moneyflow Trader here at Curzio Research, breaks down the current market environment from a macro level—including why valuations could remain elevated for the foreseeable future, given the actions of the Fed. We discuss the role interest rates play in valua…
 
It’s hard to avoid innovation these days. Nearly every product gets marketed as being disruptive, whether it’s genuinely a new invention or just a new toothbrush. But in this manifesto on the state of American work, historians of technology Lee Vinsel and Andrew L. Russell argue that our way of thinking about and pursuing innovation has made us poo…
 
Fifteen years ago in Stockholm, Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon had a big idea. The music industry was playing a desperate game of whack-a-mole with piracy via file sharing but this was proving as hopeless as the War on Drugs. Why not, they thought, use the new torrenting technologies to bring piracy in from the cold and make themselves rich in the …
 
If you want to win against Wall Street, you’ve got to think outside of the box. Jason Raznick, founder of financial media service Benzinga and long-time friend, explains why everyone thought he was crazy when he started his company. He also breaks down the story of GameStop’s massive runup… and what he’s most worried about when the next crash inevi…
 
Much of the world's politics revolve around questions about the development of the international market for drugs; the roles merchants, government officials, and drug manufacturers played in shaping this market over time and space; and the process of globalization. There are no easy answers to these questions, but the decisions that all of us make …
 
From 2002 to 2013, China’s rapid economic growth caused a boom in the prices of commodities—particularly of metals, fuel, and soybeans. According to political economist Dr. Nick Jepson, the commodity boom offered resource exporters in the Global South the financial resources and thus the opportunity to break away from international financial instit…
 
Even without the loss of the City of London from its jurisdiction, the EU has gone through a decade-long revolution in financial supervision and regulation since Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy in 2008. The directives and regulations introduced in the wake of the crisis took years to negotiate, implement and stress-test against political reality in the…
 
Meghan Condon and Amber Wichowsky have written an incredibly timely and fascinating study of our understanding of income inequality in the United States, and how this understanding contributes to the policies that are pursued, or, to their point, may not be pursued by elected officials to solve some of these entrenched economic problems. The Econom…
 
Revolution in Development: Mexico and the Governance of the Global Economy (University of California Press, 2021) uncovers the surprising influence of post-revolutionary Mexico on the twentieth century's most important international economic institutions. Drawing on extensive archival research in Mexico, the United States, and Great Britain, Christ…
 
Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快乐! Join Tait and Wiki to hear about this week's Chinese marketing trends. Clubhouse has been blocked Source (English): https://pandaily.com/clubhouse-banned-in-mainland-china/ Source 2 (English): https://www.whatsonweibo.com/a-breath-of-fresh-air-clubhouse-app-discussed-by-chinese-social-media-users/ Douyin users surprise…
 
This incredible and inspiring interview is a must-listen for entrepreneurs. Marc Randolph, cofounder of Netflix and author of That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea, shares the behind-the-scenes story of how an idea morphed into the company that took down Blockbuster. He also shares the secret formula behind near…
 
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