Just finished conducting a 4 days intensive and fruitful EMBA course on Innovation and Intrapreneurship Management for CUHK. On one hand, I am exhausted. On the other hand, I am very grateful as 83 top executives from the mainland China participated my class on Zoom even under the pandemic situation. Engaging 83 executive students for 4 full days on Zoom (plus conducted in Putonghua) was not easy as you could imagine but we did have a joyful and valuable learning experience together.

Not only the number of students has broken my record of teaching EMBA class, the quality of the students were very impressive. They came from different industries like property, professional services, design, manufacturing, engineering, technology and even agriculture. At the beginning, I had some doubt on how much they wanted to learn innovation and how much effort they would put on a course as they are all busy and uprising bosses and top executives. To my surprise, they were serious and really put lots of effort to learn. Really appreciate their passion and perservance to learn.

Apart from going through core concepts and models, we learned corporate innovations and intrapreneurship by exploring 10 influential and inspiring internationl and Chinese cases. We discussed, debated and learned through this process. It was also my honour to have three elite leaders as my guest speakers to share how they innovate as a startup (Sum Wong from #EventX), a tech giant (Jacqueline Chong from #Amazon#AWS) and a traditional enterprise (Damien Wu#ChinaChem). We all learned a lot from them. Really appreciate it.

Now, I need to relax a bit and get a good sleep. Enjoy the Easter Holiday!


Most of us have been using and engaging with these companies like Alibaba, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Tencent, and Ctrip. What do they have in common? They are not only the world’s highest valuated businesses but also the world’s most influential platforms. The next generation of Fortune500 companies in the decade of 2020 will be mostly platform-based businesses such as Airbnb, Grab, Robinhood, Spotify, and more.

What is platform? More importantly, what kind of magic do they have to make them so powerful? Platforms, a near-monopolistic business model, are quietly taking over the global economy. These platforms make much of their money not by what they sell but by facilitating the interactions or transactions of others. Traditional product, manufacturers,  brands, and intermediaries (or “the middleman”) incumbents in all major industries are being seriously disrupted by these platforms.

I am going to explore why every one of the businesses has to have the right platform strategy in order to able to compete and even survive in the DigitalEconomy, and how we can formulate a suitable and feasible platform strategy for our businesses even we are a product company now. Stay tuned on April 29.