Jon Pelson – Episode 8

Jon Pelson on China's Influence, TikTok, Huawei and Different Values

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On the 8th episode of Invested, Michael hosts Jon Pelson, the author of “Wireless Wars: China's Dangerous Domination of 5G and How We're Fighting Back.”

Jon Pelson is the author of "Wireless Wars, China’s dangerous domination of 5G and how we’re fighting back", which tells the story of how China seized global leadership in mobile communications and describes the threat this presents to the free world. Mr. Pelson spent nearly twenty-five years working as an executive at some of the world’s largest telecom companies, serving as Chief of Convergence Strategy for British Telecom and Vice President for Lucent Technologies, where he observed how China’s national champions were used to advance geopolitical goals. Wireless Wars outlines a proposal to retake the lead from China through the use of trusted ecosystems and disruptive, permissionless innovation.

Pelson has lectured at Duke University, Yale, William & Mary, and other colleges and associations, and is an advisor to private companies and government agencies and departments.

He is an Adjunct Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies; a member of the Advisory Council for the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue; and is on the Advisory Board of Rampart Communications. Mr. Pelson has a degree in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.

You can find Jon Pelson on Twitter at @JonPelson and buy his book at

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