Why WeChat Can’t Be Replicated. And What’s Next for the “Everything App”. (Tech Strategy – Daily Article)

WeChat’s Unrivaled Position: WeChat, the Swiss Army knife of apps, defies imitation. Its ecosystem seamlessly integrates messaging, payments, social networking, and more.
The Elusive Replication: Despite global aspirations, no app has replicated WeChat’s multifaceted success. The “everything app” model remains elusive.
What Lies Ahead: As WeChat’s dominance endures, the tech world anticipates the next wave of super apps. What innovations will shape the future?

6 Digital Concepts That Matter for Facebook Meta (2 of 3) (Tech Strategy – Daily Article)

Facebook is one of the most dominant digital platforms in the world, with over 2.8 billion monthly active users and 10 million advertisers. But what are the digital concepts that enable Facebook to achieve such scale and reach? This article explores six key concepts that matter for Facebook’s tech strategy: network effects, data network effects, platform business models, digital superpowers, digital dragons, and digital competition.

Facebook Meta is Mostly 4 Networks and 2 Platforms (Tech Strategy – Podcast 193)

Facebook Meta is not just one thing, but a collection of different products and services that work together to create a powerful tech ecosystem. In this podcast, Jeff Towson breaks down the four networks (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger) and two platforms (Oculus and Spark AR) that form the core of Meta’s strategy. He explains how each network and platform serves a different purpose, attracts a different audience, and generates a different revenue stream. He also analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of Meta’s approach, and what it means for the future of social media and augmented reality.

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CEOs, You Are in an Arms Race for Consumer Attention and Engagement (Tech Strategy – Daily Article)

As businesses grapple with the escalating arms race for online demand, they must devise strategies to capture consumer attention and engagement in the age of digital abundance. The ever-increasing supply of products and services necessitates innovative tactics for customer acquisition, retention, and engagement. This article explores the dynamics of this competition, highlighting the importance of demand-side scale, the role of platform business models, and the criticality of filters and matching for online demand.

Will Southeast Asian Grab Become Meituan or Didi? (Tech Strategy – Podcast 121)

Southeast Asian tech giant Grab is facing a difficult choice: should it focus on profitability or growth? This article explores the pros and cons of each strategy and discusses the potential outcomes for Grab. Ultimately, the decision of whether to focus on profitability or growth will depend on a number of factors, including the company’s financial situation, its competitive landscape, and its long-term goals.