4 Predictions for Meituan, Ctrip, and Alibaba vs. Didi in China Ride Sharing (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1, I gave my explanation for why several of China’s digital giants (Meituan, Ctrip, Alibaba) have jumped into ride-sharing recently. In this part, I give my best answer to: Question 2: Can they win? Can they break into Didi’s ride-sharing business? My answer (thus far): They can definitely enter successfully. But winning long-term […]

Can Meituan, Ctrip, or Alibaba Win Against Didi in China Ride Sharing? (Part 1 of 2)

In the last couple of months, several of China’s digital giants have jumped into ride-sharing. And this was a surprise, because with the exit of Uber it was believed that Didi Chuxing had that market pretty much locked up. And I think Didi thought this too – as they began focusing on international expansion. Generally […]

My 3 Rules for Chinese Digital Transformation and Disruption

Over the past three months, I’ve been doing a lot of talks to more traditional businesses (insurance companies, hospitals, chemical companies, express delivery companies) about how digitization is playing out in China. From these talks, I’ve sort of boiled my message down to the following three rules for Chinese digital transformation and disruption. Rule 1: […]

Didi vs. Uber Is Increasingly About Mexico and Latam (Video)

I had a fascinating time in Mexico City investigating Didi Chuxing’s first launch of an international operation in ride-sharing. And they are going against one of Uber’s strongholds, a country where they have 7M riders and 250,000 drivers. Didi vs. Uber in Mexico is going to be a fascinating fight. This video is my take […]

Why Mexico Is The New Frontline for Didi vs. Uber – and Mobike vs. Ofo (Pt 1 of 2)

Mobike has started in Mexico City’s upscale Polanco district, but this is part of wide launch across Mexico. They are going everywhere and are treating Mexico seriously.  That’s pretty awesome. If the big bike-sharing question of 2017 was “can these Chinese companies succeed internationally?”, the question for 2018 is now “how big can they get?” […]

Why Uber Will Merge with Didi (Again)

Bottom Line: Didi has bigger scale, superior management and a better international strategy – and they are beating Uber across the globe. Uber should merge up (or partner) and both companies can focus on their common problem, self-driving cars. *** What a difference a year makes. In mid-2016, Uber was the global champion of ride-sharing. […]