“Digital Speed” is Mostly About Tactics. But True Operating Speed and Excellence is a Marathon. (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Lesson / Update)

In 2009, Brian Acton and Jan Koum founded WhatsApp to ride the wave of mobile apps kicked off by the launch of the iPhone. The original purpose of WhatsApp was to put a status notification next to your name, to let people know “what’s up”. But the small team noticed three important things that would launch their […]

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Can Hello Bike Become a Mini Didi? A Mini Meituan? (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Update)

Take-Away 1: Hello bike-sharing is a marginally profitable, small services business. Its recent shift to ebikes (and subscriptions) is increasing its revenue and making it more defendable. But it is also changing the economics. Take-Away 2: Hello is trying to build a platform business model on its large user base. A marketplace for mobility (like […]

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Jeff’s Asia Tech Class: Daily Update 10.30.19

This is one of the daily updates for my Asia Tech class. It builds off podcast / lecture 2 about what Starbucks China should have done about Luckin Coffee (located here). Two main points for today: Luckin Coffee traded defensibility for scalability Are WeWork and Luckin blitzscaling? Or are they just in money wars? 1. […]

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