Ant Financial and the Sustained Innovation Trap of Network Effects (3 of 3) (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Podcast 49)


This is Part 3 in a three part series about Ant Group / Ant Financial. In this part, I talk about how sustained innovation is the primary strategy for maintaining their competitive advantages.

You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya.

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This is part of Learning Goals: Level 5, with a focus on:
  • #19: Basics of Ant Financial / Alipay and Payment Platforms

Concepts for this class.

  1. Network Effects
  2. Adaptation and Resilience
  3. SMILE Marathon: Sustained Innovation

Companies for this class:

  • Ant Financial / Alipay / Ant Group

Photo courtesy of Alibaba


I write and speak about digital China and Asia’s latest tech trends.

I also teach Jeff’s Asia Tech Class, an online course and daily commentary for busy executives on Asia tech and China’s digital leaders.

  • My online class offers:
    • Deeper insights into workings of the tech giants of China and Asia.
    • Executive training in the strategies and tactics of advanced digital strategy.
    • A unique view from the ground – and behind the scenes – of digital China.
  • And the class is condensed to just 70 minutes a week – so even very busy executives can do it.

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