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Learn the secrets to Winning in Asian car markets with Michael J. Dunne, an entrepreneur and author with 25 years of success in Asia. A native of Detroit, Dunne has founded companies in China, Thailand and Indonesia. He also speaks and writes Chinese and Thai. For many executives, doing business in Asia is like playing an away game. Everything is different. How to thrive there, to grow your business, to make profits? Dunne's candid conversations with executives who have found a way to win in Asia will open your eyes to what works and what does not work. Listeners learn how to avoid the land mines. And capitalize on the opportunities . For more information, visit www.ZoZoGo.com.

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Learn the secrets to Winning in Asian car markets with Michael J. Dunne, an entrepreneur and author with 25 years of success in Asia. A native of Detroit, Dunne has founded companies in China, Thailand and Indonesia. He also speaks and writes Chinese and Thai. For many executives, doing business in Asia is like playing an away game. Everything is different. How to thrive there, to grow your business, to make profits? Dunne's candid conversations with executives who have found a way to win in Asia will open your eyes to what works and what does not work. Listeners learn how to avoid the land mines. And capitalize on the opportunities . For more information, visit www.ZoZoGo.com.

    Jeffrey Guyton, President & CEO, Mazda North American Operations: Mazda Design, Electrics, Soul Red & How to Do Things Right in Japan

    Jeffrey Guyton, President & CEO, Mazda North American Operations: Mazda Design, Electrics, Soul Red & How to Do Things Right in Japan

    Mazda is an intriguing company -- a little bit like that iconic European brand, Volvo. Both companies make excellent design a priority. Both are relatively small but still profitable. And both enjoy an army of devoted customers. One difference, of course, is that while Volvo is now Chinese-owned (Geely), Mazda remains independent. Will Mazda be able to stay autonomous in an era of massive spending on future technologies like EVs, batteries, autonomous driving and car connectivity? Our guest on this episode of Winning in Asia, Jeffrey Guyton, President and CEO of Mazda of North American Operations, talks about the future of powertrains (EV vs. Hybrid vs Hydrogen), Mazda's distinct culture and what it takes to win in the ever-demanding Japanese market. Among his many talents, Jeff is fluent in four languages, including Japanese. And he was named to the Automotive New 2020 All-Star roster. Under Jeff's leadership. Mazda is achieving record sales in North America. Also joining the conversation this week is Ali Zamiri, VP, Business Development and Sales, Accel Robotics, a leading pioneer in new retail. Jeffrey, Ali and I are all disciples of Dr. Linda Lim, our former professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Yes, you can expect some sparring of wits in our conversation. No doubt, Linda will approve.

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    • 52 min
    Tim Higgins, Author, Power Play: Tesla, SpaceX and the Bet of the Century

    Tim Higgins, Author, Power Play: Tesla, SpaceX and the Bet of the Century

    In 2018, Wall Street Journal's highly-respected reporter Tim Higgins set out to write a book about the downfall of Tesla. He had good reason to think the company was in deep trouble. Early in 2018, Tesla found itself in exceptionally difficult circumstances.. Elon's vision for a revolutionary manufacturing line powered by robotos was turning into a colossal disaster. Full automation was not working. From sleeping on the factory floor to setting up tents in the parking lots as an auxiliary assembly site, CEO Elon Musk was doing everything possible to avoid total collapse of the company. He would later describe the period as "production hell" and revealed that the company was within weeks of going bankrupt. What happened next is nothing short of extraordinary. Not only did Elon and Tesla survive that near-brush with extinction, the company, just two years later, became the most valuable car company on the planet. In this episode of Winning in Asia, author Tim Higgins takes us inside the company for a first-hand look at the people, the pressures and the giant pivots that have shaped Tesla since its inception in 2004.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Dr Linda Lim, University of Michigan, The US-China Rivalry: Which Model Wins Out?

    Dr Linda Lim, University of Michigan, The US-China Rivalry: Which Model Wins Out?

    Our special guest this week on the Winning in Asia podcast is Dr Linda Lim, my corporate strategy professor at the University of Michigan and a forever mentor. Linda has a gift for presenting complex economic dynamics in a down-to-earth, folksy way. And her laughter is contagious. She and her husband Dr. Pete Gosling have hosted some of Ann Arbor's best-ever parties for former students. We would gather at their home for delicious Thai or Indoesnian food and music. I still remember all the books lining the walls, which she tells me number in the thousands. In this episode, we talk about the intensifying economic and technological rivalry between the United States and China. If she were an investor, where would she place her chips? What does she make of China's ambitions to be the world dominator in next-generation technologies? And is getting an MBA today still worth the investment? Born and raised in Singapore, Dr Lim was educated at Cambridge and Yale and then earned her PhD from the University of Michigan.

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    • 52 min
    Mara Hvistendahl, Author, The Scientist and The Spy

    Mara Hvistendahl, Author, The Scientist and The Spy

    In The Scientist and The Spy, Mara Hvistendahl recounts the story of how Robert Mo, a Chinese national with two PhDs and a home in Florida, got into trouble with the FBI. Hoping to find a way to earn more income for his young family, Mr Mo takes a job with DBN, a powerhouse seed producer based in Beijing. Before long, he finds himself conducting recon missions in the cornfields of Iowa. The Economist says her compelling account reads "in part like a spy thriller, replete with car chases, phone-tapping and aerial surveillance as agents track the shovel-carrying suspects across America." The larger question Ms Hvistendahl raises: When does economic espionage and intellectual property theft become a matter of national security? And what to do about it?

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    • 37 min
    Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Minerals: China's Dominance of the Global Battery Race

    Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Minerals: China's Dominance of the Global Battery Race

    In the summer of 2020, Simon Moores delivered a wake-up call to the US Senate: China is building one mega battery factory every week. The United States is building at a pace of just three per year. By the end of the first quarter of 2021, there were a total of 200 mega battery factories in the pipeline globally. Of this total, China accounted for 75%. Europe had 10%, and the US totalled just 5%. In this episode of the Winning in Asia podcast, Simon Moores delivers an expert view of the race for global supremacy in batteries for electric vehicles. Today, China, Korea and Japan utterly dominate battery production and the all-important supply chains that feed into battery making. Asian battery makers - CATL, BYD, LG Chem, SK Innovation, Samsung SDI and Panasonic - are the clear-cut industry leaders. Europe and the US are playing catch up. Is it too late? Or are we still in the early days of the battery revolution?

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    • 45 min
    Henrik Fisker, Founder and CEO, Fisker Inc on the Fisker Ocean SUV, Future Products and the Foxconn Connection

    Henrik Fisker, Founder and CEO, Fisker Inc on the Fisker Ocean SUV, Future Products and the Foxconn Connection

    Henrik Fisker was born in a small town in Denmark in the 1960s. He loved taking rides on Danish country roads with his father in the family's Saab 96 sedan. One day a Maserati blew past them and Henrik instantly discovered his life's passion: Cool cars. He first went to work for BMW where he designed the Z8 and later was recruited by Aston Martin to develop the DB9 and Vantage. In 2007, Henrik founded Fisker Automotive where he designed and developed the Fisker Karma, an electrified supercar. That company met trouble when its battery supplier, A123 Systems, went bankrupt. Today, Henrik is back, building a new company called Fisker Inc. His first product will be the Fisker Ocean, an all-electric SUV that will start deliveries in Q4 2022. In our Winning in Asia conversation,. Fisker talks about the Ocean SUV, manufacturing partnerships with Magna and Foxconn and what America needs to do to win the global electric vehicle race.

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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96 Ratings

96 Ratings

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Great Podcast!

Insightful conversations about the electric vehicle industry and business practices. Michael’s laid back interviewing style puts his guests at ease, creating an easy-to-listen-to talk on in depth and complex topics.

Anthony Trinidad Gomez ,

Very Informative!

I’m no specialist in the automotive space or China for that matter and I found this podcast to be very useful and insightful in my day-today business dealings. Looking forward to digging into the rest of the episodes.

siliconvalleytech ,

It’s About the People

I’m enjoying this podcast because it lets us get to know how the Indonesian, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese etc people think, what’s important to them, how to win their heart. That’s so important to success in Asian markets, and additional knowledge to electric vehicle is a benefit to know. Totally recommended!

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