Introduction to Learning Platforms, Computer Vision and Megvii (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Daily Update)

I have listed 5 types of platform business models: Marketplace and transaction platforms (e.g., Taobao, Meituan, Lazada) Innovation and audience-builder platforms (e.g., YouTube, TikTok, Android) Collaboration / coordination and standardization platforms (e.g., Slack, Microsoft Teams, Adobe) Payment platforms (e.g., MasterCard, Alipay) Learning platforms Here are examples of the first two. But I have not really […]

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What Ant Financial Tells Us About Square’s Future. (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Daily Update)

The market capitalization Square has exceed $100B, which makes it about 1/3 of what Ant Financial / Group was expected to list at (prior to delay). Both companies are using platform business models to invade and expand the payment and financial services space. Fortunately, Ant is further along this trajectory and offers some interesting insights […]

What Ant Financial Tells Us About Square’s Future. (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Daily Update)

The market capitalization Square has exceed $100B, which makes it about 1/3 of what Ant Financial / Group was expected to list at (prior to delay). Both companies are using platform business models to invade and expand the payment and financial services space. Fortunately, Ant is further along this trajectory and offers some interesting insights […]

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The Pros and Cons of Farfetch’s Global Luxury Marketplace (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Daily Update)

In my previous article on Farfetch, I asked the question of whether Alibaba or another Chinese company might buy the company – and at what price. And I did a brief introduction on Private Market Value (PMV). Which is basically a take-over price. Is Alibaba (or Another Chinese Company) Going to Buy Farfetch? (Jeff’s Asia […]

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Airbnb is Going to Get Crushed in Asia. Rethink Your Valuation. (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Podcast 59)

  This week’s podcast is on Airbnb and what I think people are getting wrong about its business model and future in Asia. Which has some effect on how you would value it going forward. You can listen to this podcast here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. The valuation presentation by NYU Professor […]

Airbnb’s Valuation Depends on Asia and Its Super-Apps (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Daily Update)

Airbnb is heading for its IPO. Their numbers are public and it’s pretty much what we expected. Airbnb is a simple marketplace platform that is growing and close to operating profitability (pre-Covid). And lots of people are having fun doing valuations this week. If you’re curious, here is NYU valuation professor Aswath Damodaran’s valuation. His […]

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Forget the “Alibaba Ecosystem”. It’s About Collaboration-Based Industries and Business Models. (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Podcast 56)

  Correction: I had Michael Jacobides’ name incorrect throughout this episode. My apologies. Podcasting while sick may not have been my best idea.   This week’s podcast is about starting to take apart the fuzzy idea of ecosystems. We have clear frameworks for pipelines and platforms. And linkedin business models and complemntary platforms. But the […]