Microsoft’s Azure Strategy Is “Two Platforms Plus Infrastructure” (1 of 2) (Tech Strategy – Daily Article)

I’ve been looking a lot at Microsoft. It’s a really compelling digital business model. Like stunningly powerful. But it’s pretty confusing. Microsoft has an endless list of products and services. And so many user groups (consumers, enterprises, SMEs, developers, etc.). And, of course, so many types of revenue. For example, here are Microsoft’s major revenue […]

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Elon Musk’s Strategy for Twitter is to Supercharge Performance – And Then 10x the Product (Tech Strategy – Podcast 145)

This week’s podcast is about Elon Musk’s take-over and turn-around of Twitter. Lots of cool lessons in what he has done in the first 3 weeks. You can listen to this podcast here, which has the slides and graphics mentioned. Also available at iTunes and Google Podcasts. Here is the link to the Asia Tech Tour. Here […]

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Snowflake, Alibaba and My 3 Favorite Cloud Business Models (Tech Strategy – Podcast 141)

This week’s podcast is about cloud business models. It’s a complicated and evolving subject. But I am trying to identify good cloud business models that aren’t obvious (like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud). Alibaba Cloud and Snowflake are examples. You can listen to this podcast here, which has the slides and graphics mentioned. Also available […]

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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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Audience Builder Platforms Are Really Powerful. So Why is Baidu Selling iQiyi? (Tech Strategy – Daily Article)

I’ve talked a lot about why KOLs and influencers are so important in a connected world. Live streaming and short video are currently the big focus of influencers, but this is a much larger phenomenon. So why is Baidu is selling iQiyi, China’s #2 video streaming platform? Consumers Are Networks It begins with this simple […]

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Baidu Is Externalizing and Exploiting AI. But It’s All About Cloud. (Pt 3 of 3) (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Update)

In Part 1 and Part 2, I laid out Baidu’s core search engine and some of the complexities that have evolved in search over time. I have three strategy questions for Baidu going forward: How competitive will a stand-alone search engine be against China’s larger digital giants over time? Can Baidu create a second large […]

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