September 20, 2016

China: The Next Global E-Commerce Powerhouse

Posted by Rangarajan V. R. (View Profile | View All Posts) at 4:56 AM

China: The Next Global E-Commerce PowerhouseI read with intense interest that private equity firm Carlyle Group, is one of the leading bidders to buy the McDonald's restaurants in China. It turns out that McDonald's Inc. prefers as a strategy that its locations in China be owned by franchisees who will guarantee stability, and a steady stream of income rather than directly run thousands of fast-food joints from its headquarters in America. On the heels of that, came the news that Yum Brands Inc, China owner of KFC and Pizza Hut had sold part of their stake to Primevera Capital (an affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.) for $460 million. This sale is part of a planned move by Yum to spin off their business into a franchisee model. Interestingly, this investment by Primevera Capital will deepen the reach of Ant Financial, which runs Alibaba's Alipay mobile payments platform, into China's restaurant business.

Could this be a sign of the times as China increasingly goes the e-commerce way?

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August 19, 2016

How to Demystify China's Market for Technology

Posted by Rangarajan V. R. (View Profile | View All Posts) at 7:39 AM

How to Demystify China's Market for Technology?

One of the first investors to take a stake in Facebook, Jim Breyer, is teaming up with the Chinese investment firm IDG Capital to pump $1 billion into a variety of ventures both based in China and those looking to enter that large market. Their jointly held fund will invest in promising firms in the technology, media, healthcare, and energy industries.

Breyer's credentials as a technology investor are unparalleled. And his decision to team up with a local firm says a lot about his strategy for finding the most promising start-ups in China. If one thing is certain, the emerging markets present an entirely different set of challenges to investors and companies from the West. That's where the burgeoning field of consumer psychology comes in.

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July 5, 2016

Why Finance Is Key To Climate Change

Posted by Rangarajan V. R. (View Profile | View All Posts) at 6:13 AM

Learn about the potential of perovskite-based solar cells [Source:]

The Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2016 list, compiled by the World Economic Forum's Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, was released right before last week's WEF summit in Tianjin, China. One of the most promising emerging technologies is the perovskite solar cell. According to WEF experts, this new photovoltaic material offers three improvements over the classic silicon solar cell: it is easier to make, it can be used just about anywhere, and it generates power more efficiently than older solar cells. In some ways, the perovskite solar cell is a metaphor for the Asian economies. These nations and their people are helping to spearhead the Fourth Industrial Revolution (this year's summit is called 'Annual Meeting of the New Champions'), but are also keenly aware that this time around, the revolution must take place with climate in mind.

Therefore, I was honored to be part of one of the most interesting panel discussions of the summit - 'Policy, Incentives, and Finance for Climate-Smart Growth.' Stemming from the crucial United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris last year, where global leaders signed an agreement to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees celcius compared to pre-industrial levels, our discussion focused on incentivizing climate investment, carbon pricing and the energy revolution.

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June 14, 2013

Innovation Abounds in the Emerging Economies

Posted by Rangarajan V. R. (View Profile | View All Posts) at 11:11 AM

Man Of Steel - Official Teaser Trailer [Source: FilmTrailerZone]

An entertainment industry analyst recently said that a decade ago, when Hollywood grasped the prospect of China and Russia becoming the world's biggest movie markets, American producers settled on a global formula for their exports. Both Chinese and Russian audiences favored big, splashy action scenes over long-winded dialogue - and moviegoers in both countries couldn't get enough special effects. Little wonder that every blockbuster released over the last few years is an action thriller. Hollywood learned very quickly to recognize the unique opportunities within the two emerging markets and adapt its products. It's why American movies continue to be so successful around the globe.

Hollywood isn't alone among big American industries as it learns from markets outside its traditional comfort zone. Internet companies in China are riding the wave of mobile innovation that's getting a lot of attention and competing for local talent. Well known internet analyst, Mary Meeker, says the development of Internet-based businesses in China is going to be very different from how things played out in the West. Plus, any company wanting to grow globally over the next decade would do well to focus on these distinctions. Meeker, as many of us remember, was among the very first dot-com analysts back in the 1990s. She's now a partner at Kleiner Perkins, the venture capital firm where she recently gave her annual Internet trends report.

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September 12, 2012

World Economic Forum (WEF), Tianjin

Posted by Rangarajan V. R. (View Profile | View All Posts) at 11:04 AM


So, what's the headline? Simple. "Economists won't bet on world economic trends. They'd rather do something innovative to keep businesses going. And believe it's important that governments work closely for the progress of global economy - after all, it's all interconnected."

Yes, it's exciting to be here again. Big corporations apart, WEF invites fast growing small companies, innovative firms, entrepreneurs with ideas for radical social progress and academicians. Last year, the most talked about topics were the Chinese Yuan-USD exchange and the Economic Crisis in Europe. From what I hear now, it's no more about the crisis in Europe - it's the " Europe phenomena"! Businesses must simply learn to adapt and thrive in the changed situation.

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