Jensen Huang NTU Commencement Speech 2023
Jensen Huang, two days after Nvidia's historic quarterly earnings, delivered the commencement speech at National Taiwan University – one of the elite universities in Taiwan. He shared three near-death Nvidia stories – making the wrong architecture choice when building for its first customer Sega, betting the
Is the Next Alibaba...AliCloud?
During Alibaba’s Q4 2023 earnings call, Daniel Zhang, Alibaba Group’s CEO, expressed a rather romantic optimism that “we would love…to see one of these little Alibaba's spinning off from Alibaba becoming another big Alibaba.” Among the six “little Alibaba’s” that
AI Will Create More Developers, Not Less
Last week, I started using a new brokerage service for my investments. It is one of those brokerages that can help produce an audited track record, access to more international exchanges, and other bells and whistles designed for the “pros”. Yet, the UI and
“Hardtech” Corporate VCs Rising in China
Huawei runs a little-known corporate VC division called Habo Investment. I first wrote about Habo back in early 2021, when it was barely two years old. Yet, at that time, it had already made 22 investments, five of which have gone public on the
Q1 2023: Performance Update and Psychological Learning
Back in January, I published our first Interconnected Annual Letter to share the Interconnected public market portfolio performance in 2022 and my learning along the way. Even though I don’t manage anyone else’s money but my own, writing the letter was a
RESTRICT First, Ban Later
Since my first post on the RESTRICT Act two weeks ago, the bill has gotten a lot more attention and scrutiny than when it was first announced on March 7. And deservedly so. Its definition of what types of technologies may constitute national security
Is JD Cloud the New “National Champion”?
JD Cloud is quietly, but effectively, positioning itself as the new “national champion” in China’s cloud computing market. This move became apparent when, during the weeklong “Two Meetings” deliberation that anointed China’s leaders of the next five years, JD Cloud’s top
Is Meta Becoming a Trustworthy AI Company?
Among all the Big Tech companies who are planting flags in the red hot generative AI arms race, I think the most trustworthy one may actually be Meta. Yep, Zuck’s Meta. I say this because its recently released large language model (LLM), LLaMA
Ford Hearts CATL: America's Awkward Battery Deficiency
Deglobalization may be the megatrend of this decade, but it unfolds differently depending on the sector, technology, relative cost, and which country has the most leverage and most friends. In the US-China context, the United States appears to have more leverage over China in
Are Americans Worried About Chinese Apps?
Not really. Actually, not at all. If you look at the top three free apps on the Apple App Store, they are Temu (by Pinduoduo), CapCut, and TikTok (both by ByteDance). If you happen to be an Android person, the top three free apps
Will ChatGPT Make Baidu Relevant Again?
ChatGPT has set off an AI arms race – and this arms race is global. Even though the seemingly ubiquitous chatbot is blocked in China, Baidu is set to release its own ChatGPT-like bot in March. Most of the reporting so far, in both English
Reflections on the Delisting Saga
In the last three years, the threat of forced delisting for Chinese companies publicly traded in the US was constant. Billions of market cap evaporated while the investment world waited to see if the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (or PCAOB or the auditor
How Much Does Deglobalization Cost?
When TSMC’s Arizona fab held its “tool-in” ceremony to much fanfare last December, its founder, Morris Chang, sagely framed the event as simply the “end of the beginning [https://interconnect.substack.com/p/globalization-is-dead-and-no-one].” This “end” not only marks the end of the
Interconnected Annual Letter 2022
As we shake off the holiday-induced “mental cobwebs'' and embrace a new year, I’m starting a new ritual – the Interconnected Annual Letter. Admittedly, this is a shameless mimicry of the ritual behind Warren Buffett’s famed Berkshire Hathaway annual letters, as well as
Globalization is Dead and No One is Listening
The “tool-in” ceremony of TSMC’s new fab in Arizona drew a lot of attention last week. CEOs from Apple, Nvidia, and AMD attended and spoke. President Biden, along with a coterie of cabinet officials, congresspeople, and local Arizona politicians, came to rally, celebrate,
ChatGPT and the Future of Domain Expertise
(Disclosure: this post is *not* written by AI.) With DALL·E, ChatGPT, and the overall hype around “generative AI”, every newsletter post on the Internet should probably start disclosing whether it is written by AI or not. I figured I might as well start
Are the Next 50 Million Developers Already Here?
Every year GitHub publishes a “State of the Octoverse [https://octoverse.github.com/]” report to share insights on the state of open source software and developer ecosystem at large. Every year for the last two years, I’ve written a post to share my
Elon's Twitter and Open Source Algorithm
By now, the entire world knows that Elon Musk owns Twitter. The ongoing frenzy surrounding this deal has reached peak “silly season [https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silly%20season]” – a term political campaign operatives use to describe ridiculous and frivolous media stories near the
Kakao, Data Center Fire, the Data Residency Dilemma
I used to work at an open source distributed database startup called PingCAP. As the exec driving the company’s global market expansion effort, I talked to a lot of cloud architects and distributed systems engineers (as potential customers) about how a distributed database
CALB vs CATL: Can Two Battery Pigs Both Fly?
In the Chinese startup ecosystem, no advice is more viral than this line: “if you stand where the wind blows, even a pig can fly. [https://36kr.com/p/1722924990465]” It was coined by Lei Jun, the founder and CEO of Xiaomi, chairman of
Is Hong Kong’s IPO Window Opening Up?
The IPO market has been frozen not just on Wall Street, but around the world, especially for new, emerging companies. So much so that the only IPO that has been grabbing attention is Volkswagen’s spin-out IPO of Porsche [https://www.marketwatch.com/story/