Why Didi Is Dominant But Still Unprofitable (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 87)

This week’s podcast is about Didi’s upcoming IPO. They have released their numbers and it shows market dominance but operating losses. This is my explanation for what is happening. And what their strategic plan means.

You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunesGoogle Podcasts and Himalaya.

Here is the key paragraph from Didi’s IPO filing:

How I breakdown:

  • Market size and/or growth
  • Competitive strength and defensibility
  • Unit economics

Questions for network effects:

  • Local vs. regional vs. international network effects?
  • Fast vs. slow network effects?
  • Degree vs. value of connections?
  • Minimum viable scale vs. asymptotic scale? What is congestion / saturation / degradation scale?
  • Linear vs. exponential growth at different scales?


Related articles:

From the Concept Library, concepts for this article are:

  • Network Effects: Indirect
  • Economies of Scale: Purchasing Economies
  • 5 Forces: Substitutes
  • 5 Forces: Threat of New Entrants

From the Company Library, companies for this article are:

  • Didi

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