Stone Is Building a Digital-Physical Hybrid for Payments in Brazil (3 of 3) (Asia Tech Strategy – Daily Lesson / Update)

In Part 2, I laid out the story of Stone Company, a Brazilian digital native that is building out payment, financial and enterprise services for SMEs. My basic take was: I like the company’s basic value proposition (payment plus working capital services) for smaller merchants, especially compared to what they get from local banks. I […]

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Berkshire-Invested Stone Co Has Now Dropped +80% in 2021 (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 109)

This week’s podcast is Brazilian Stone Company (STNE), the Berkshire Hathaway-invested payment platform that has fallen in share price by +80%. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes and Google Podcasts. Here is my new book (released December 1): Moats and Marathons (Part 1): How to Build and Measure Competitive Advantage in Digital Businesses Kindle Edition […]

Berkshire-Invested Stone Co Has Now Dropped +80% in 2021 (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 109)

This week’s podcast is Brazilian Stone Company (STNE), the Berkshire Hathaway-invested payment platform that has fallen in share price by +80%. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes and Google Podcasts. Here is my new book (released December 1): Moats and Marathons (Part 1): How to Build and Measure Competitive Advantage in Digital Businesses Kindle Edition […]

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How Didi And Ride-Sharing Are Different in Brazil: My Visit to 99 HQ. (Pt 1 of 3)

China’s digital giants are going international. Sort of. Asia is viewed as a strategic requirement by many (Alibaba, JD). So we see a lot of moves there (Alibaba acquired Lazada). Payments (Alipay) and hotel bookings (Ctrip) are following Chinese tourists abroad. So they are going pretty much everywhere. For example, Ant Financial recently tried to […]

巴西和其他发展中国家可以向中国学习什么

过去的几周我都待在巴西,在各地游览讲学。Inniti的约瑟夫·塔伯曼(Joseph Teperman)给予我热情周到的招待,为我在圣保罗、弗洛里亚诺波利斯、贝洛奥里藏特、维多利亚和阿雷格里港安排了游览行程。我得以在领导力研究院(Instituto de Lideres)与一些优秀的人物见面。这是一次精彩的旅行。