Daily Archives: May 30, 2013

Kate Allen

The reason behind the largest Chinese takeover of a US company to date? Dumplings.

Chinese meat processing firm Shuanghui is aiming to buy Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer. The deal is being driven by Chinese consumers’ soaring demand for wonton dumplings, char sui noodles and other delicious pork-based dishes.

Here is why the deal adds up for Shuanghui in nine charts:

1. China is now by far the world’s largest market for pork:

China pork 3 Read more

Kate Allen

Despite its global economic role and international population demographics, London has always batted below its weight in terms of size. The 9 million people inhabiting its official geographical area are dwarfed by the urban areas of the world’s biggest cities, such as Tokyo and Shanghai.

But that might be about to change.

London has evolved into a global city-state of over 25m people that is more comparable to Hong Kong or Singapore than the rest of the UK or Europe, according to new property market research. Read more

KPCB’s 2013 internet trends report from Mary Meeker is, as ever, a densely packed read (117 pages) that’s become essential reference material.

Whilst many of the trends identified are well known – the rise of mobile access to the internet and wearable technology – here are the five standout charts and tables that provide food for thought.

1. Sixty percent of the top 25 technology companies (ranked by market capitalisation) in the US were founded by first- and second-generation Americans

Rank Company Founder/co-founder Generation
1 Apple Steve Jobs 2nd – Syria
2 Google Sergey Brin 1st – Russia
3 IBM Herman Hollerith 2nd – Germany
4 Microsoft Bill Gates n/a
5 Oracle Larry Ellison 2nd – Russia
6 Amazon Jeff Bezos 2nd – Cuba
7 Cisco Leonard Bosack n/a
8 Intel Andrew Grove 1st – Hungary
9 Ebay Pierre Omidyar 1st – France
10 Facebook Mark Zuckerberg n/a
11 EMC Roger Marino 2nd – Italy
12 Hewlett-Packard William Hewlett n/a
13 Texas Instruments Cecil Green 1st – UK
14 Vmware Edouard Bugnion 1st – Switzerland
15 Priceline Jay Walker n/a
16 Automatic Data Processing Henry Taub 2nd – Poland
17 Salesforce March Benioff n/a
18 Dell Michael Dell n/a
19 Yahoo Jerry Yang 1st – Taiwan
20 Cognizant Technology Francisco D’Souza 1st – Nairobi
21 Adobe John Warnock n/a
22 Broadcom Henry Samueli 2nd – Poland
23 Intuit Scott Cook n/a
24 Linkedin Konstantin Guericke 1st – Germany
25 Symantec Gary Hendrix n/a

(Source: KPCB pg87, the Partnership for a New American Economy)

2. In the last five years, the amount of digital information created and shared has grown nine fold to nearly two zettabytes*– and is predicted to accelerate

Source: KPCB

*1 zettabyte= 1 trillion gigabytes. Source: IDC report “Extracting value from chaos Read more