Shein Is Low-Priced DTC Apparel at the Speed of Algorithms. Is This a New Moat or Just Table Stakes? (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 83)

This week’s podcast is about the US-China DTC retailer Shein, which has rocketed upwards in the past months. Analysts are starting to pay close attention – but consumers have been noticing this company for a while. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. The mentioned article by Packy McCormick and Matthew Brennan […]

Can ByteDance Breach Alibaba’s Infrastructure Moat and Become An Ecommerce Giant? (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 82)

This podcast is about Alibaba’s 2020 earnings and the strategy implications. But it is really about how Alibaba is positioned as a “product / service + commerce infrastructure” business. And whether ByteDance can break into Chinese ecommerce with an “attention + mini programs strategy”. It’s really a cool and important question. You can listen to […]

6 Early Indicators of the Greatness of Sea Limited (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Update)

Sea Limited is rocking and rolling. Jumping from gaming to ecommerce. Then to payment and financial services. And now to Mexico. There is a growing public consensus that the Sea management team is extraordinarily effective. That’s cool. But it would have been much better to know that two years ago, when the stock was much […]

Adobe Inc. and the Power of Old School Software Economics (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 81)

This podcast is about the super cool economics of Adobe Inc. And how they capture the economics of digital by also building strong competitive moats. In Adobe’s case, it’s mostly network effects and bundling. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. The digital economics terms cited are: Zero marginal production costs. […]

Evil Moats: Tech-Created Habits and the Hijacking of Consumer Minds (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 80)

Competitive advantages can be build on the demand and the supply side. And advantages on the demand (i.e., revenue) side are usually about customer capture in some form. One general category for this is when a company captures a “share of the consumer mind.” In this talk, I go into how some companies do this […]