Steam, Garena and Specialty Gaming Business Models (Tech Strategy – Podcast 137)

This week’s podcast is about Steam and Garena, which are good examples of successful specialty gaming business models. These are niche businesses that have thrived in the shadow of the giants. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes and Google Podcasts. Here are my criteria for specialty ecommerce businesses. Is the company sufficiently differentiated in […]

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GoTo Is Going for an “Ultimate B2C Marketplace” in Indonesia. But Alibaba Couldn’t Do It in China. (1 of 2)(Tech Strategy – Daily Article)

The recently merged Gojek and Tokopedia (i.e., GoTo) has gone public in Indonesia. And I finally got a look at their filings (thanks to a subscriber who sent me a translated copy). GoTo is basically what you would expect. It’s a marketplace platform for local services (i.e., Gojek) combined with a marketplace for products (i.e., […]

Grab and Why Operating Cash Flow is Part of the Digital Operating Basics (2 of 3) (Tech Strategy – Daily Article)

In Part 1, I went through the basics of newly public Grab. It’s one of the first tech unicorns of Southeast and it’s an interesting combination of a mobility and a food delivery platform. At first pass, we could represent it this way. You can see a marketplace platform for mobility services, which is where […]

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Will Southeast Asian Grab Become Meituan or Didi? (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 121)

This week’s podcast is about Southeast Asian tech giant Grab, its impressive execution and its chronic unprofitability: You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes and Google Podcasts. Here is my new book: Moats and Marathons (Part 1): How to Build and Measure Competitive Advantage in Digital Businesses Kindle Edition       —–- Related articles: Grab […]

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Why Uniswap’s Protocol Is a Threat to Coinbase’s PPH Marketplace (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 120)

This week’s podcast is about how web 3.0 is creating three types of marketplaces: Digital platforms (web 2.0), such as a Taobao Platform-protocol hybrids, such as Coinbase Protocol networks, such as Uniswap You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes and Google Podcasts. Here is my new book: Moats and Marathons (Part 1): How to Build […]

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