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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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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