What is the Secret of Pinduoduo’s Success? With Matthew Brennan and Elliott Zaagman. (1 of 2) (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Podcast 45)

  This is Part 1 about Pinduoduo and the idea of interactive / engagement-driven ecommerce. Our guests for this podcast were Matthew Brennan and Elliott Zaagman. Elliott Zaagman is co-host the China Tech Investor podcast and a research and communications professional focused on China.   Matthew Brennan is Managing Director of the China Channel. We […]

Jeff’s 6 Digital Superpowers (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Daily Lesson / Update)

I have been giving you lots of frameworks and concepts. And after a while, it can all get kind of confusing. Is this new software critical for my business? Is this new business model going to seriously impact our industry? Is this like Amazon disrupting retail? Is this more like Mobike, which was nice but […]

How Should Education Companies Like New Oriental Respond to AI Digital Natives Like LAIX? (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Podcast 35)

In this class, I go into the how digital native education companies like LAIX are challenging traditional companies like New Oriental. You can listen here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. Which of the 6 Digital Superpowers does LAIX have? If any. Dramatically transform the user experience Enable a platform business model Network effects […]

Tencent’s China Literature Biz, UGC as IP, and a Really Clever Audience Builder (Daily Update – Jeff’s Asia Tech Class)

This past week, I’ve been talking about TikTok and Alibaba’s Tudou-Youku as examples of “audience builder” digital platforms. These are +2 sided platform that connect content creators (who want an audience and other things) with viewers (who want entertainment or other types of content.) And I’ve argued that audience builders are actually more fluid and […]

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How WeChat, TikTok and Chinese Consumers Are Disrupting and Personalizing Luxury

In my online Asia Tech Class, I talk a lot about digital superpowers, which are digital tools that upend established business. And one of these superpowers a dramatically improved user experience, such that the traditional offering is now unacceptable to users. And this sort of dramatically improved user experience is what is happening in luxury […]