I recently visited the Didi-99 headquarters in Sao Paolo. In Part 1, talked about how driver needs and services are an area that appears to be particularly different in Brazil vs. China. Here are some other differences. Difference with China #2: How much to localize is an important question for ride-sharing globally. Uber, unfortunately, has […]
China’s digital giants are going international. Sort of. Asia is viewed as a strategic requirement by many (Alibaba, JD). So we see a lot of moves there (Alibaba acquired Lazada). Payments (Alipay) and hotel bookings (Ctrip) are following Chinese tourists abroad. So they are going pretty much everywhere. For example, Ant Financial recently tried to […]
Greetings from Peking University, I am back in Beijing after China’s big holiday week. I generally try to avoid the tourist craziness that happens every year at this time. In terms of digital China, the giants just keep accelerating and surprising everyone. Lots of interesting things happening in mobility (Didi) and new retail (JD) right […]
This is Part 3 on my visit to the Meituan-Dianping headquarters in Beijing. Part 1 was my main take-aways. Part 2 was what I think people are getting wrong about Meituan. “Local services” has been a hot topic this year. And we have seen big local services moves by many of China’s digital giants. Tencent-backed […]
In Part 1 of this series, I sat down with a Didi driver and tried to get a better understanding of what life is like driving with Didi (article located here). In this second Part , I dig into the increasing innovation happening on the driver and car-owner side of Didi’s business, which is pretty […]
I recently sat down with Wang Ziming, a Shanghai native, family man, entrepreneur and top driver for Didi Chuxing. My goal was to understand his work as a Didi driver. What was life like? How has it been changing? What’s next? In this three-part series, I am going to try and detail how the other […]
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…
My latest video on China’s sharing economy. Shot in thailand. Link here. My writing and speaking are on Chinese consumers and digital China.