Fireside Chat with Robotics Engineer Hod Lipson: Man’s Next Best Friends may be Self-Aware Robots, Self-Replicating Robots, Robotic Scientist Eureqa, and 3D Printing

On June 16, 2012, in 3D Printing, Cathy Tao, China Business Forum, Chinnovation, Eureqa, Robots, by Tan Yinglan

At, timely articles about business innovation are featured to help readers incorporate and invent creative approaches for improving their business fundamentals.  Cornell professor and robotics engineer Hod Lipson is fascinated by a different type of innovation. He is preoccupied with the question:  Can computers augment or replace human invention?  In other words, can computers be as creative and innovative as humans?  Since humans and other biological life forms excel at designing, adapting, breeding, and evolving, Lipson uses a biologically inspired approach in his design of robots.

Fireside Chat With Marc van der Chijs:  China’s UnitedStyles May Become Etsy of Fashion Design

On March 21, 2012, in Cathy Tao, Design, Marc van der Chijs, Reproductions, Technology, by Tan Yinglan

What could be every woman’s worst nightmare?   How about going to a cocktail party, private reception, or charity gala where you plan to network and impress and being one of two in the room wearing the exact same dress from probably the same mass retailer?  This is not a far-fetched statement:  Many women shun social gatherings important for them to attend because they don’t have anything suitable to wear.  They can’t afford clothing with the exclusive, eye-catching flair befitting of the occasion, and they don’t have well-heeled, fashion conscious friends to borrow haute couture from.

Fireside Chat with Yue-Sai Kan: The Most Recognized Woman and Brand Name in China

On February 28, 2012, in Cathy Tao, China Business Forum, Chinnovation, Tan Yinglan, Woman, by Tan Yinglan

When Cathy Tao, a effervescent, switched-on and high-powered founder of TourBoarding, told me that there is someone who is more dynamic than her, I immediately paid attention. Yue-Sai Kan is referred by Cathy as the Oprah Winfrey of China and her candid insights revealed that the principles of success is similar in the East and West

By Cathy Tao

Men should sit up and listen to Yue-Sai Kan.  Really.  They’ve poured millions of dollars, euros, pounds, and yen into business investments in China, only to leave empty-handed with nothing to show for all their locker-room deal mongering, Harvard MBAs, and old boys’ network introductions.  More often than not, a hastily engineered exit is the only male ego-reassuring, reputation saving coup possible.  China is a difficult nut to crack.  Yet Yue-Sai has not only flourished without any of the above advantages, she has enjoyed sustained success over a long period of time.  In the process, she has built an unassailable brand around her own name and personality.

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