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Christoph Burkhard, TinyBox CEO
Why are Chinese companies so innovative?
Almost every smartphone, eight out of ten computers and 13 of the 100 most valuable companies in the world come from China. The global balance of power is shifting and China has become an international innovation driver.
While entrepreneurs and board members around the world label the Chinese as copycats while smiling, products and services from Huawei, Alibaba, Tencent, DJI, Byton and Xiaomi are flooding the European market.
Be among the first to understand and adapt the successful systems and methods of the Chinese innovators in Shenzhen, Beijing & Shanghai.
● Which megatrends are the drivers in China? ● What tools and strategies do Chinese startups use? ● What can German companies learn from this?
There are many biases, assumptions and myths about Chinese innovation competence. We're on our way to China to find out what's right and what's wrong.
We meet companies that have already overtaken their competitors in Europe and the USA and experience first-hand what makes China so successful.
Companies in China are leading in mobility, robotics and deep learning
Companies in China are leading the way in mobility, robotics, deep learning, cloud and more.
Top 5 AI Companies
1. DJI, the top manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles. Worth 15 billion USD 2. Ubtech Robotics, a global leading and humanoid robotic company. Worth 5 billion USD 3. SenseTime, an artificial intelligence company that focuses on innovative computer vision and deep learning technologies. Worth 4.5 billion USD 4. Cambricon, a newer company that builds core processor chips for intelligent cloud servers, intelligent terminals, and intelligent robots. Worth 2.5 billion USD 5. CloudWalk, an artificial intelligence facial recognition firm. Worth 2 billion USD
Christoph Burkhardt, TinyBox CEO & Busines Strategy Lead
The German born cognitive psychologist and economist lives in San Francisco, California. Christoph is a sought after keynote speaker. His think tank TinyBox provides companies like Deutsche Bank, Intel, SAP, BMW or Merck with the tools and systems for technology-inspired use cases and an approach to cultural transformation that forms the basis of innovation-driven growth.
In his most recent book “Don’t be a Robot - Seven Survival Strategies in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” he uncovers seven survival strategies which will be crucial for businesses to respond to the massive AI paradigm shift approaching so many industries.
Steven Mc Auley, TinyBox Co-founder & AI Strategy Lead
Business psychologist Steven Mc Auley is currently researching human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence and the future of work. He lectures in Dubai, Moscow, San Francisco and Hong Kong.
As a member of the Association for the advancement of Artificial Intelligence and in cooperation with the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in Al-Ain, Abu Dhabi, he investigated why companies are currently failing in the use of machine learning. Steven expressed his desire to start his own business at a young age. He has founded two profitable companies and presented his research work to various institutions and companies such as Munich Re, Infineon, Süddeutsche Zeitung and SAP.
Raj Hayer, TinyBox Co-founder & People Strategy Lead
Understanding the impact and effect of cognitive and cultural diversity, and leveraging diversity of experience, can help propel innovation within organizations. Born in England, with Indian ancestry, a naturalized Canadian, and three years living in Germany, has influenced my interest in differing corporate cultures and the barriers to innovative thinking.
Ideas. Innovation. Inspiration. But first, coffee. Connections happen over a cup of coffee, and cultivating strong, authentic relationships, and connecting like-minded people, is my passion. This skill has enabled me to deliver award-winning results and to lead with professional excellence. I look forward to connecting and collaborating with you.
Isabel Sum, TinyBox China Relations Lead
Currently living in Shenzhen, China, home of tech-giants such as Tencent and DJI, Isabel is fully immersed in a thriving AI-environment which resembles a unique ecosystem of innovation and growth.
She is born and raised in Germany and through her Chinese roots, always had a deep connection to the culture and mindset of the Chinese people. With her dual studies majoring in International Management for Business and Information Technology at IBM where she partly studied in San Diego, California, and worked in Cape Town, South Africa, Isabel has a very broad cultural understanding and deep experience of working with global teams.
Dr. Heiko D. Müller, Financial Services Expert
Seasoned Financial Services executive developing innovative and leveraging existing businesses. Analyzing competitive environments to increase revenues and market share.
Combining elements of B2B-sales, marketing and strategy to define and execute the game plan. Navigating implementation and bridging gaps between corporates and Fintechs. Using excellent networking and relationship management across hierarchies to enable trusted business results. Strong in identifying excellence and confronting weaknesses to unlock value in organizations and spur growth. Well versed in international settings and backed by robust skills and digital experience for large scale projects.
Charming China is a podcast created by Isabel Sum, a German entrepreneur who moved to China to build up her company and explore Chinas vast culture and possibilities.
This podcast will feature interesting guests, foreigners as well as Chinese, who share their experiences of working and living in China. It is meant to help debunk some of the myths around China and give useful tips about how to start a business and how to succeed in this quickly changing environment.
It is a business podcast with cultural context and aims to build a cultural bridge between China and the West.