Incisive portrait of a big tech tycoon

Entrepreneur, Peter Thiel, a right wing student at the Stanford University in the 1980 as a burgeoning conservative, and a tech investor from Silicon Valley over the past two decades, became the ardent backer of Donald Trump. The Contrarian is the biography of venture capitalist Peter Thiel, the enigmatic, controversial and hugely influential power broker…

Pursue your dreams!

Most amazing stories have pretty average beginnings, invest in your own success, as the pandemic has forced every organisation to change the way it is run, requiring leadership to survive. Both Pharmaceuticals and supply chain management have propelled into the spotlight by the pandemic.  In 2013, Stephanie Bazeley, and nine other university friends made Monstrum,…

Corporate America and China

Clyde Prestowitz who worked for President Ronald Regan, and renowned globalisation and Asian expert has advised subsequent US administrations offers useful advice for Joe Biden the new American 46th president to adopt, as resetting US relations with China will be one of his top agenda. The strategies that the United States and its allies can…

Facebook in talks to buy stake in Jio

Facebook has been in talks to buy a stake in Mukesh Ambani’s digital operation Reliance Jio to try to expand its presence in the Indian digital market with a preliminary deal for a 10 per cent share. Google also has been engaging in talks with Reliance Jio, after Microsoft last year announced plans to work…

Facebooks’s Inside story

Facebook only evolved after there was six degrees, Friendster and MySpace, on college campuses like Stanford, people digitising their printed facebooks as early as 1999. Mark Zuckerberg was in high school at Exeter,  a classmate of his name Kris Tillery built a database of student headshots and put it online along with their phone numbers,…

Civil servants recommended Huawei can play a part only on periphery

British Civil servants have recommended Huawei, the Chinese telecom company should be given a limited role in developing 5G mobile networks, highlighting the absence of alternative suppliers, or else we will lag behind. Boris Johnson, the prime minister has been under pressure from the US and other western allies to ban Huawei from the entire…

Way forward for 5G networks

A couple of months ago, the heads from 18 small British telecoms companies met at a London bank to discuss investment, strategy, and mergers. In the meeting, they were asked if they thought the Chinese could eavesdrop through back doors in Huawei equipment all 18 hands went up. One of the bankers then asked, if…

Huawei reports strong sales growth despite sanctions

Huawei has reported sales surge by 18 per cent  compared to 19.5 per cent in 2018, shrugging off the intense effort by Trump administration to weaken the Chinese technology group and shut it out of western markets, as it shipped 240m smartphones in 2019 up from 206m the previous year. After the US banned exports…

China tech companies dictating standards for Facial recognition

Chinese tech companies are at an advanced stage of shaping facial recognition and surveillance standards at the UN, as they aspire to dominate markets in the developing world for their designs. China Telecom, ZTE, Dahua are among companies proposing global standards in the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for facial recognition, video monitoring, city and…