Will JD Logistics Become a New Type of Ecosystem? (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 71)

This week’s podcast is about JD Logistics. It’s an interesting case of a capability becoming a service business. And maybe a new type of ecosystem. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. The slides I mentioned for industry-specific solutions are: Related podcasts and articles are: Introduction to Innovation, Elon Musk and […]

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Great Strategy But Difficult Climbing at ZhongAn Online Insurance (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Update)

Online insurance company ZhongAn was the first mover in “digital meets insurance” in China. A strategy Ant Financial would later refer to in its IPO filing as “InsureTech”. And in both the ZhongAn and Ant cases, we saw: An awesome digital strategy and vision in a very big market. Limited traction after years of effort. […]

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Why Revenue Scale and Operating Leverage Are Different for Software vs. AI. (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 69)

This week’s podcast is about revenue scale and operating leverage in traditional companies vs. software vs. AI. And these things can be really different. Especially software vs. AI. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. Here are the three factors I mentioned that interact for operating leverage: Revenue Operating profits Economic […]

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Introduction to Learning Platforms, Computer Vision and Megvii (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Daily Update)

I have listed 5 types of platform business models: Marketplace and transaction platforms (e.g., Taobao, Meituan, Lazada) Innovation and audience-builder platforms (e.g., YouTube, TikTok, Android) Collaboration / coordination and standardization platforms (e.g., Slack, Microsoft Teams, Adobe) Payment platforms (e.g., MasterCard, Alipay) Learning platforms Here are examples of the first two. But I have not really […]

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Forget the “Alibaba Ecosystem”. It’s About Collaboration-Based Industries and Business Models. (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Podcast 56)

  Correction: I had Michael Jacobides’ name incorrect throughout this episode. My apologies. Podcasting while sick may not have been my best idea.   This week’s podcast is about starting to take apart the fuzzy idea of ecosystems. We have clear frameworks for pipelines and platforms. And linkedin business models and complemntary platforms. But the […]