21 March 2018

Herbert Chia

Venture Partner of Sequoia Capital China, former head of the data committee and vice president at Alibaba Group.
  • Big data analysis can help retailers understand how customers may react to different pricing strategies. Photo: Reuters

    How big data helps businesses lure more costumers

    - Mar 1, 2018 12:41pm
    New retail is set to gain momentum as big data and smart devices continue to develop. At the moment, global retailers are eagerly seeking the best way to utilize big data, which is critical for their...
  • Technology will help teachers do a better job, not replace them. Photo: Microsoft

    Some key trends in education technology

    - Feb 22, 2018 10:54am
    Venture capitalists assess the value of a project based on its potential return on investment. Unlike in other sectors such as finance or healthcare, it is much harder to come up with a clear estimate of the return...
  • Where do we find the inspiration, the insight  for successful decision-making? Photo: Phillip Capper / Wikimedia Commons

    Human insight valuable in the digital era

    - Feb 15, 2018 12:32pm
    I was once managing a team of over 120 business analysts at Alibaba, and doing the monthly report was always such a big challenge. My role was to help them conduct data analysis from different perspectives....
  • Researchers are working on developing human organs by building body cells layer by layer using a 3D printer.

    Ten technologies that could change the world

    - Feb 8, 2018 11:35am
    There is a saying that when housewives start chatting about stocks while walking through a wet market, it’s time for investors to head for the exit. The same rule also applies to artificial intelligence (AI). The...
  • AI-related initiatives are drawing huge investments, but not everyone is giving the projects sufficient scrutiny. Photo: Reuters

    What you should look out for when assessing AI projects

    - Jan 31, 2018 10:42am
    Venture capital firms invested record amounts of money in artificial intelligence (AI) businesses last year, according to the latest PwC/CB Insights MoneyTree Report. It’s reported that AI-related firms raised up to US$5 billion last year involving...
  • As sharing economy concept becomes popular, one can easily enjoy the experience of driving a luxury car without owning one. Photo: Porsche

    How the sharing economy model keeps evolving

    - Jan 25, 2018 10:43am
    In addition to the arrival of new technologies, the evolution of the economic model is also an important trend that will shape the future. Some of these new models include sharing economy, customized rental, pay-on-demand for...
  • Donella Meadows' book offers guidance on problem-solving through “systems thinking”, so critical in the current Internet era. Image credit:

    Systems thinking: Why it is important

    - Jan 19, 2018 10:26am
    Donella Meadows’ book “Thinking in Systems” is a masterpiece that offers a different way of thinking about everyday problems. We are moving from a data-scarce world into a data-driven artificial intelligence era. In her book, Meadows...
  • Israel’s Given Imaging has developed a smart pill called PillCam that works as an alternative to the traditional colonoscopy procedure. Photo: RDC

    Smart technology ushers in era of disease prevention

    - Jan 10, 2018 11:49am
    Prevention is better than cure, and a group of companies is introducing smart technology to make disease prevention a lot easier. Workouts are definitely a good way to stay healthy and fit. Exercise bike maker Peloton...
  • Big Data is becoming key to informed analysis and plan of action for businesses as well as governments. Photo: Bloomberg

    Key trends in Big Data industry

    - Jan 5, 2018 10:02am
    The internet of things has certainly become an essential part of Big Data. It will also be a key trend in 2018 and beyond. For example, it can be utilized by retailers to establish their competitive...
  • The huge amount of data available and the advance of artificial intelligence are going to drastically change the speed and accuracy of corporate decision-making. Photo: Reuters

    Data is changing the way a company makes decisions

    - Dec 20, 2017 9:29am
    The long-term success of a company depends on the accumulation of four things: capital, industry experience, customers and decision-making experience. The importance of the first three elements is quite easy to understand but the decision-making part...
  • A digital product manager must have deep understanding not just of the technology, but also the market and user experiences. Photo: Bloomberg

    Questions a good digital product manager should ask

    - Dec 13, 2017 9:42am
    Excellent product managers are rare, something that I can attest to after having worked in the data department of a major Chinese tech firm. That’s why it’s often said that a good product manager is the...
  • Data capability has enabled artificial intelligence systems to enhance their self-learning ability. Photo: Thomson Reuters

    Data capability to accelerate machine learning

    - Dec 6, 2017 9:40am
    The next big trend was a key topic in the fourth World Internet Conference held in Wuzhen recently. During the event, Alibaba founder Jack Ma said humans “have explored less than 10 percent of our brains,...
  • With the popularity of smartphones and their huge impact on data structure, the chance to overhaul the system came along. Photo: Bloomberg

    Data development requires systematic approach

    - Dec 1, 2017 8:34am
    There are two major obstacles to the big data industry. The first one is widely known, which is the privacy issue. The second is the complicated and lengthy preparation needed before data can be used, and...
  • Artificial Intelligence is widely expected to bring huge efficiency benefits to many industries from retailing to financial services. Photo: Reuters

    AI sees promising application prospects

    - Nov 22, 2017 10:07am
    The artificial intelligence (AI) sector attracted US$30 billion in investments worldwide last year. China alone spent US$8 billion in the AI space. The staggering figures highlighted the rapid growth of the data industry and value recognition...
  • Amazon's smart speaker Echo can tell jokes, read stores and solve problems. Photo: Bloomberg

    Conversational intelligence has vast market potential

    - Nov 15, 2017 10:10am
    We are in an era where we can’t survive without smart devices. The video equipment in my home broke down recently and I struggled to find a solution after reading four handbooks of four different equipment....
  • Real-time data technology helps Alibaba provide the latest sales updates and optimize the product layout on its web pages during the annual Singles Day shopping festival on Nov 11. Photo: Sina

    The real-time big data technology behind Alibaba’s Singles Day

    - Nov 8, 2017 9:25am
    The annual Alibaba Singles Day shopping festival is coming this weekend. As hundreds of millions of people splurge online and media attention will be focused on a big screen updating the sales figures in real-time, it...
  • The adoption of data technology should involve everyone in the workplace. not just data scientists or analysts. Photo: LinkedIn

    How to build a data-driven culture in the workplace

    - Nov 1, 2017 10:07am
    When a company is in the process of digitalization, it will find that changing the mindset of its staff is the most difficult. Such a change cannot be made just by hiring a few top data...
  • AI-enabled programs won’t take away teachers’ jobs. Instead, they will help teachers understand students better and do a better job. Photo: Teachthought

    It’s time to bring AI into classrooms

    - Oct 26, 2017 9:33am
    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has a lot of potential to play a bigger role in education now, compared to, say, three decades ago. For instance, it’s not easy to achieve small-group teaching in Hong Kong given the...
  • Building a smart city is one example of how big data technology can be applied to everyday life. Photo: YouTube/AXA

    Big data capability requires teamwork

    - Oct 20, 2017 11:18am
    It goes without saying how important innovation and technology is. Just look at how Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor highlighted this sector in her maiden policy address. I must emphasize, innovation and technology takes long...
  • There are new technologies that allow access to big data while preventing violations of personal data privacy. Photo: Windows Club

    Why harnessing big data technology is a delicate balancing act

    - Oct 11, 2017 10:01am
    It has been reported that some people are stealing data about tigers in Indian wildlife reserves, raising concerns over data abuse. Wildlife data tracking used to rely on field observations recorded by experts. However, the lack...

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