Jeffrey Towson – Behind The Scenes at Alibaba Singles’ Day 2018 (part 2) – Video

I was part of the “global influencers” group that was behind the scenes at Alibaba Singles’ Day 2018. It was pretty great. And I got to learn a ton about some of their latest initiatives. I vlogged the day. Part 1 is here. Here is part 2 (of 2). Youtube link is here. ————- I […]

What Next for Alibaba: My 10 Questions (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1, I laid out four of the questions I am struggling with about Alibaba. Here are the rest. Any answers you might have would be much appreciated. Question 5: How much are manufacturers and CPG companies going engage directly with consumers in China? One of the strangest things about Singles’ Day is that […]

What Next for Alibaba: My 10 Questions (Part 1 of 2)

I’ve been thinking a lot about Alibaba since Singles’ Day. Which was awesome by the way. My take-aways from that are here and here. I have a list of questions about Alibaba. I think they’re important but I don’t really have good answers for them (yet). So I thought I would throw them out to […]

Jeffrey Towson – My 6 Take Aways From CES 2019 (Video)

Some thoughts from the annual CES convention in Las Vegas. Video below and at Youtube here. Tencent Video pending. Music by Joakim Karud —– I write and speak about digital China and digital competition.


阿里巴巴的发展实在让人感到困惑。 阿里巴巴的规模越来越大,业务也越来越多元化。在其他国家,还真没有像阿里巴巴这样的公司。比如,国外大多数的电子商务网站都还没有电影工作室和足球俱乐部。

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). […]

The Rise of Alibaba and China’s Super-Platforms in 7 Slides (Pt 1 of 3)

Alibaba is confusing. The company just keeps getting bigger and more complicated. There is really nothing like it in other countries. For example, most e-commerce sites don’t own movie studios and soccer clubs. And now we are seeing the emergence of new retail, which is a dramatic change in Alibaba (and other Chinese e-commerce platforms). […]