Can Meituan, Ctrip, or Alibaba Win Against Didi in China Ride Sharing? (Video)

Some thoughts on the increasing competition in China ride-sharing. Plus stuff around the Philippines. Video is below and here. Youtube only. —– I write and speak about Chinese consumers and digital China. Music: Tobu – Colors http://youtube.com/tobuofficial Released by NCS https://www.youtube.com/NoCopyrightSo…

“Starbucks Plus Alibaba” Means Luckin Coffee Needs to Partner With JD or Tencent ASAP.

So Starbucks has launched a “new retail” strategic partnership with Alibaba. And in doing so they are leapfrogging to the front of digital and consumer China. Kudos. That’s impressive. And it’s pretty bad news for Luckin Coffee. The Alibaba-Starbucks deal, as announced, has three components: 1) A tie-in with Ele.me for delivery. The statement from […]

4 Things People Are Getting Wrong About Meituan-Dianping, China’s Food Delivery Giant (Pt 2 of 3)

I recently visited the Meituan-Dianping headquarters in Beijing – and I summarized my 3 take-aways in Part 1. In this part (2 of 3), I’m going to argue against some of the common statements I hear about Meituan. This is what I think, in my mostly humble opinion, a lot of people are getting wrong. […]

Final Thoughts on My Visit to the Alibaba Global Leadership Academy (Pt 3 of 3)

I recently visited the Alibaba Global Leadership Academy (AGLA). In Part 1, I described my visit. In Part 2, I talked about the academy and some of its attendees (summary: it’s awesome). In this part, I have a few final thoughts on Hangzhou, AGLA and its executives. No big insights. Just some little stuff. *** […]

Alibaba Global Leadership Academy – Guo Xing Lim

I visited the Alibaba Global Leadership Academy (articles here and here) and sent a couple of this year’s students some questions. Below are the answers of xxxx. Background: Guo Xing Lim I am from Singapore; graduated from National University of Singapore majoring in Chemical Engineering. Started my career in FMCG, with Procter & Gamble, working […]

The Alibaba Global Leadership Academy Is Awesome. You Should Apply. Like Right Now. (Pt 2 of 3)

In Part 1, I talked about visiting the Alibaba campus and how they are attempting to take their unique culture international. It is an interesting management, people and skills problem. And I think it is one that more and more Chinese companies are going to grapple with. How do you build a true Chinese multinational? […]

Alibaba Global Leadership Academy – Quintus Dienst

I visited the Alibaba Global Leadership Academy (articles here and here) and sent a couple of this year’s students some questions. Below are the answers of Quintus Dienst. Background: Quintus Dienst I originate from Munich, Germany. Throughout my education I focused myself on business and technology. After university I started my professional career at a […]