Why Ofo Failed

Yes, fail is a harsh word. But it’s true. And it happens to lots of companies, especially in China. The good news is failure in China is not final. There are always more opportunities. I’ve written a series of articles about “What To Do When You Fail in China” (here and here). And many failed […]

The 4 Superpowers Of China’s Digital Giants (Pt 2 of 3)

In Part 1 (here), I laid out how Alibaba has evolved in China. It was for a retail marketplace, but you can see a similar pattern in many of China’s digital giants. The next phase in this evolution is “new retail”, and it is changing this pattern in a big way (coming in Part 3). […]

How Didi And Ride-Sharing Are Different in Brazil: My Visit to 99 HQ. (Pt 1 of 3)

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 […]

美团、携程或阿里巴巴能否在中国网约车市场战胜滴滴(第1部分/共2部分)

过去几个月以来,中国的几家数字巨头企业先后闯入了网约车市场。这让人颇感意外,因为随着优步的退出,中国网约车市场必定将呈现出滴滴出行一家独大的局面。并且,我认为滴滴也抱有同样想法,因为它们目前正集中精力开拓国际市场。通常来说,只有在赢得中国市场后企业才会这么做。

Can Meituan, Ctrip, or Alibaba Win Against Didi in China Ride Sharing? (Part 1 of 2)

In the last couple of months, several of China’s digital giants have jumped into ride-sharing. And this was a surprise, because with the exit of Uber it was believed that Didi Chuxing had that market pretty much locked up. And I think Didi thought this too – as they began focusing on international expansion. Generally […]

My 3 Rules for Chinese Digital Transformation and Disruption

Over the past three months, I’ve been doing a lot of talks to more traditional businesses (insurance companies, hospitals, chemical companies, express delivery companies) about how digitization is playing out in China. From these talks, I’ve sort of boiled my message down to the following three rules for Chinese digital transformation and disruption. Rule 1: […]