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

In this podcast, Jeffrey Towson discusses 4 reasons why Didi and Ctrip should merge. He argues that a merger would create a more dominant player in the Chinese travel market, allow the companies to better compete with global rivals, and save money on costs. Towson believes that a merger is the best way for Didi and Ctrip to achieve their long-term goals.

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

In this podcast, Jeffrey Towson discusses the challenges of building network effects in complicated services, such as freight and cargo. He explores the different types of network effects, the factors that impact their growth, and the strategies that companies can use to succeed in these markets. For example, he discusses how companies can use on-demand pricing to match supply and demand, and how they can use route-specific network effects to balance supply and demand on each route.

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

In this podcast, Jeffrey Towson discusses why Didi Chuxing, the dominant ride-hailing company in China, is still unprofitable. He explores the factors that have contributed to its dominance, such as its scale and its network effects, and he discusses the challenges that it faces in becoming profitable. For example, he discusses how Didi has to invest heavily in research and development, and how it has to compete with other ride-hailing companies that are also losing money.

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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Fiverr and the Classic Marketplace Platform Playbook (Tech Strategy – Podcast 74)

In this episode of the Tech Strategy podcast, Jeffrey Towson discusses the classic marketplace platform playbook, using Fiverr as an example. He explains how these platforms work, the competitive advantages they enjoy, such as network effects and economies of scale, and the challenges they face, such as competition from other platforms and the need to keep up with changing customer demands.