How Digital Creates and Destroys Competitive Advantage. Digital Economics II. (Tech Strategy – Podcast 55)

In this podcast, Jeffrey Towson discusses how digital economics can impact well-established competitive advantages like economies of scale. He argues that digital economics can create new competitive advantages, but it can also destroy old ones. For example, he cites the example of Amazon, which has been able to achieve economies of scale by using digital technologies to automate its warehouses and distribution network.

Digital Economics II: Why Pricing Is Getting Both Complicated and Critical. (Tech Strategy – Podcast 53)

In this podcast, Jeffrey Towson discusses how the economics of digital are changing, and how this is impacting pricing. He argues that pricing is becoming increasingly complicated, as businesses need to factor in factors such as bundling, switching costs, and platform business models. Towson believes that businesses need to adapt their pricing strategies to the new digital economy in order to remain competitive.

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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How Should Education Companies Like New Oriental Respond to AI Digital Natives Like LAIX? (Tech Strategy – Podcast 35)

In this podcast, Jeffrey Towson discusses how digital native education companies like LAIX are challenging traditional companies like New Oriental. He argues that education companies need to embrace digital technology and create a more personalized learning experience in order to compete. Towson provides examples of how LAIX is using digital technology to improve the learning experience, and he discusses the implications for education companies of all sizes.

Grab vs. GoJek vs. Lazada: Who Will Win in Services in Southeast Asia? (Tech Strategy – Podcast 32)

In this podcast, Jeffrey Towson discusses the competition between Grab, GoJek, and Lazada in the Southeast Asian services market. He identifies the most important factors for success in this market, including consumer engagement, merchant engagement, and platform business models. For example, Grab has been successful in capturing a large share of the consumer mind by offering a wide range of services, including ride-hailing, food delivery, and payments.

Is Baidu the New AT&T? The Basics of Physical vs. Virtual Networks. (Tech Strategy – Podcast 26)

In this podcast, Jeffrey Towson discusses whether Baidu can become the new AT&T in China. He considers factors such as Baidu’s strengths in search and artificial intelligence, as well as the challenges it faces from rivals like Alibaba and Tencent. For example, Baidu has a strong foothold in the Chinese search market, but it faces competition from Alibaba in the e-commerce market and Tencent in the social media market.

Alibaba, Complementary Platforms and Why Dinosaur Packs Are Scary (Daily Update – Jeff’s Asia Tech Class)

I consider digital platforms the super predators of the business world. They are like that Indominus Rex dinosaur in the movie Jurassic World that is part T-Rex and part velociraptor (photo here). And when it breaks free (which always happens in those movies), it runs around eating everything on the island. Because it is the […]

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