Amazon, Tencent and When Rate of Learning Becomes a Competitive Advantage (Tech Strategy – Podcast 131)


This week’s podcast is about rate of learning as a concept. That is the digital version of what was originally called the learning curve and the experience effect. Rate of learning has gone from an important idea in production-intensive products to a digital requirement. But the key question is when does rate of learning become a competitive advantage? This podcast is my answer.

You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes and Google Podcasts.

Here are my Digital Marathons list. Note the L.

Here are the competitive advantages. Note CA7.

Here is cost-focused rate of learning, product-focused rate of learning and algorithmic learning.


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From the Concept Library, concepts for this article are:

  • Learning Curve and Experience Effect
  • SMILE Marathon: Rate of Learning and Adaptation
  • CA7: Rate of Learning and Process Cost Advantages

From the Company Library, companies for this article are:

  • Amazon
  • Tencent

Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash


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