clay chandler

A moment with... Clay Chandler

Raleigh Addington
Raleigh Addington
editor at Chartwell Speakers

This week we ‘had a moment with’ Clay Chandler – Executive Editor for the international division of Time Inc. and leading analyst of business and technology trends in Asia’s key economies.

Clay was able to shed some light on current innovation in China, Japan and India:

  • China: Clay predicts that over the next few years the US and Europe will realise the true extent to which China is genuinely innovating, putting a stop to the common misconception that they ‘imitate’ rather than ‘innovate’.
  • Japan: Much like the Galapagos lizards that Darwin observed, Clay believes Japanese innovation is perfectly evolved for the conditions of its environment. Once it ventures out of its ecosystem, it fails to thrive.
  • India: Clay jokingly calls India the ‘idiot savant’ of the global economy. They do impossible things brilliantly, like running the back offices of Fortune 500 companies, yet haven’t sussed the basics of development, including mobile infrastructure and educating young women.


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