Etsy and How to Predict the Winners in Specialty Ecommerce (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Lesson / Update)

Given the political shake-up in China tech, I’ve been shifting my focus to smaller companies that: Are not of a size that puts them on the radar for anti-trust regulation. Will benefit from government constraints on the giants. So I’ve recently written about NetEase, the #2 player in gaming in China. Is NetEase a Buying […]

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4 Reasons Why Didi and Ctrip Should Merge (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 95)

This week’s podcast is about Ctrip, Didi and their current situation as subscale services marketplaces in China. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes and Google Podcasts. You can sign-up for my webinar next week on health tech at: Jeff’s Health Tech Update: What Matters Now – and What Doesn’t. Tickets, Thu, Aug […]

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3 Questions About the Challenging Future of Full Truck Alliance (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Lesson / Update)

In Podcast 89 (Truck Alliance’s Fight for Complicated Network Effects), I laid out some of the basic information about the company – and why it is a “next level” marketplace. If selling books was simple ecommerce and selling groceries was advanced, then Didi is simple mobility and Truck Alliance is advanced. It’s just a much […]

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Truck Alliance’s Fight to Build Complicated Network Effects (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 89)

This week’s podcast is about Full Truck Alliance, a B2B marketplace platform for freight and cargo. There are a lot of lessons on the difficulties and complexities of matching, pricing and network effects for more complicated services. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. Questions for simple network effects: Local vs. regional […]

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When Will Didi Become Profitable? (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Lesson / Update)

The Didi financials are finally out. And they are an interesting mix of good and bad. Didi has market dominance and tech leadership in the largest market for shared mobility. But it is also chronically unprofitable. For investors, this could be a fantastic opportunity. Because Didi’s ongoing losses will scare off investors and likely lower […]

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Why Didi Is Dominant But Still Unprofitable (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 87)

This week’s podcast is about Didi’s upcoming IPO. They have released their numbers and it shows market dominance but operating losses. This is my explanation for what is happening. And what their strategic plan means. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. Here is the key paragraph from Didi’s IPO filing: […]

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Ant Financial and the 3 Types of Network Effects (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 86)

This week’s podcast is about separating networks (an asset) from platforms (a business model) from network effects (a phenomenon). And the three standard types of network effects. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. I put networks into 3 types: Physical Networks Protocol Networks People Networks I put network effects into 3 […]

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3 Types of Network Effects (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Lesson / Update)

Network effects are the brass ring of the digital age. Companies and investors, especially venture capitalists, are actively reaching for them. And, like platform business models, they can have multiple important effects. Creating surprisingly durable competitive advantages is one of them. First some general comments and then I’ll go into three types of network effects. […]

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JD Logistics vs. DHL in Smart, IOT Logistics (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 84)

This week’s podcast is about how “traditionally great” logistics businesses like DHL and ecommerce giants like JD Logistics are both doing major digital upgrades in logistics. It’s a big unknown but it all looks pretty attractive. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. ——– Related articles: JD Logistics and the Dream of […]

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