Jeff Towson offers a deep dive into the strategic world of Ant, sharing invaluable lessons from his firsthand visit. This episode provides listeners with a unique perspective on the mechanisms and strategies that underpin Ant’s success. Don’t miss this enlightening journey into the heart of tech strategy.
Jeff Towson provides a deep dive into the world of Ant, spotlighting the role and strategy behind Alipay+. In this first of a three-part series, readers are granted a unique perspective on how Alipay+ shapes the tech landscape. Join us for a journey into the heart of tech strategy, guided by firsthand experiences and insights.
I recently met with Rodolfo Chung, CEO of rapidly rising Zé Delivery in Brazil. This is a beverage delivery service that was launched by AB InBev right before Covid – and then took off like a rocket during the lockdown. Basically, it’s a mobile app that lets you order any of 500 SKUs for beer, […]
In this podcast, Jeffrey Towson discusses the return of Ant Group after 2 years in restructuring. He talks about Ant’s new international payment initiative, Alipay+, and how it could disrupt the global payments market. He also discusses the challenges that Ant faces in its new incarnation, such as regulatory scrutiny and competition from other tech giants.
A few years ago, I wrote about how Alibaba.com was launching an ambitious global platform strategy around B2B cross-border transactions. Alibaba.com was attempting to build a marketplace platform that digitized and democratized global trade. It was a sweeping vision. Basically, they were creating digital tools and connections that enabled SMEs to buy and sell products […]
A few years ago, I wrote about how Alibaba.com was launching an ambitious global strategy around B2B cross-border transactions and solutions. It was a sweeping vision. Basically, they were creating digital tools and services that enabled SMEs to buy and sell products and supplies like multi-nationals. It was super cool as an idea. And this […]
In Part 1, I went through the basics of Nubank, which is building a digital bank in Latin America. And you can make an analogy between the first digital bank and the first online travel sites. In both cases: A digital business model was taking on long-established physical business models. Digital economics enabled a far […]
A few months ago, I wrote about Stone Co, which is one of the new digital natives rising in Latin America. My thinking on Stone Co is that the company is mostly serving SMEs with a split focus on financial services and enterprise software and services. That is a bit confusing. And their operations reflect […]
Stone Company in Brazil is a really interesting contrast to Ant Financial in China. And to Square in the USA. All three companies are somewhat trying to do the same thing: To build out an alternative payment platform for SMEs. And then to add additional platforms and services on top of that. It’s a big […]
In this podcast, Jeffrey Towson discusses the three types of network effects: direct, indirect, and standardization and interoperability. He explores how these different types of network effects can create value for businesses and consumers, and he discusses the challenges that businesses face in building and maintaining network effects. For example, he discusses how businesses need to invest in marketing and advertising to attract users, and how they need to keep users engaged with their products and services.