An Intro to Soft Advantages: Bundling, Cross-Selling and Complements (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Article)

Digital economics are just very strange. As soon as a service or business becomes infused with software and data technology, the economics start to change and strange things happen. Reproduction costs drop to zero. Stuff starts becoming free. Scalability increases dramatically and can be surprisingly cheap. And some old, obscure ideas in economics start to […]

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Two Big Questions About SenseTime and AI Software Business Models (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 114)

This week’s podcast is about SenseTime, which is a leader in computer vision in China / Asia. It’s a fascinating company for looking at the evolving business models of AI software. The two big questions are: What are the unit economics of large AI companies? What types of scale advantages and network effects do large […]

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Adobe Inc. and the Power of Old School Software Economics (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 81)

This podcast is about the super cool economics of Adobe Inc. And how they capture the economics of digital by also building strong competitive moats. In Adobe’s case, it’s mostly network effects and bundling. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. The digital economics terms cited are: Zero marginal production costs. […]

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Adobe Inc. and the Power of Old School Software Economics (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Update)

Take-Away 1: Adobe Inc. is a good example of many of the strengths of traditional software economics. It has evolved and expanded over decades to become a full suite of creative tools. It is now trying to expand from creative tools to operating tools. Take-Away 2: However, purely digital companies need to protect their attractive […]

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Alibaba Launches a Horizontal Attack on Education; Mutual Aid Finally Cracks Digital Health (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Daily Lesson / Update)

There was a fascinating announcement from Alibaba. From CX Tech: “E-Commerce Giant Taobao Steps Into China’s Online Education Market” “Taobao, an e-commerce platform owned by Alibaba, is seeking to penetrate China’s already crowded online tutoring market with a massive plan aimed at connecting more than 1,000 online education service providers with 100 million new students […]

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