How Can Meituan Compete with Alibaba? And Prepare for Next Gen Services Marketplaces? (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Podcast 27)

  In this class, I talk about Meituan and the evolution toward more advanced types of services marketplaces. You can listen here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. What Should Meituan Do?: Geographic expansion Focus on transportation services (i.e., Didi) Focus on hospitality services (i.e., Ctrip) Jump into an ancillary opportunity: Financial Services or […]

Ctrip and Hospitality’s Big Balance Sheet Challenge (Daily Update – Jeff’s Asia Tech Class)

Ctrip has forecast its revenues will drop 45-50% in first quarter. From KrAsia: Coronavirus spurs somber outlook for online travel companies Chinese major online travel agency Trip.com announced on its recently released Q4 earnings report that revenues would decrease by about 45% to 50% year-on-year (YoY) as a result of the coronavirus. Trip.com has already […]

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Covid-19 Drives Live Streaming. But Private Traffic Pools Are the Solution. (Daily Lesson – Jeff’s Asia Tech Class)

Much of our discussion about digital platforms (Alibaba, Tencent, etc.) has been about their business models. And all their strengths, which are formidable. But I haven’t talked much about the experiences of the user groups on these platforms. What does this mean for merchants and brands selling on Alibaba? For restaurants on Meituan? For content […]

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Why Asia and Meituan Are Better At Food Delivery, Tencent’s Awesome Financials (Daily Lesson – Jeff’s Asia Tech Class)

Two topics for Today’s Update / Lesson. Tencent Quarterly Results Are Awesome, Yet Again It’s almost boring how these digital giants keep putting up fantastic numbers. Numbers that any other business would dream of. Most businesses are long, hard slogs where you struggle and struggle. Margins are usually small. And growth is difficult and expensive. […]

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10 Lessons in China AI – From Kai-Fu Lee’s Book AI Superpowers (Pt 1 of 2)

Kai-Fu Lee has released a new book titled AI Superpowers. It broadly compares artificial intelligence in China and the USA and it’s getting a lot of press. I was fortunate to hear him present part of his book at an Amcham event in Beijing. The book doesn’t go into AI or business questions too deeply. […]

The Rise of Alibaba and China’s Super-Platforms in 7 Slides (Pt 1 of 3)

Alibaba is confusing. The company just keeps getting bigger and more complicated. There is really nothing like it in other countries. For example, most e-commerce sites don’t own movie studios and soccer clubs. And now we are seeing the emergence of new retail, which is a dramatic change in Alibaba (and other Chinese e-commerce platforms). […]