Facebook Is the Wild Card of Asia Ecommerce (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Daily Lesson / Update)

In 2019, Mark Zuckerberg released a memo on “privacy-focused messaging and social networking” – and charted a new direction for Facebook. The memo had some really big implications. It looks like the first move in a strategy to turn Facebook into a much larger and more powerful company. And it mostly seems like a copy […]

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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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TikTok vs. Spotify vs. Tencent China Literature: Which is More Powerful? (Daily Lesson – Jeff’s Asia Tech Class)

Learning Goals #12 is the “Basics of Tiktok / Douyin and Audience-Builder Platforms”. And as part of this, I’ve been introducing companies that are based on audience builder platforms. These include Tiktok and China Literature Ltd (owned by Tencent), which were discussed in: What Is the Secret of TikTok / Douyin’s Success? (Jeff’s Asia Tech […]

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Tencent’s China Literature Biz, UGC as IP, and a Really Clever Audience Builder (Daily Update – Jeff’s Asia Tech Class)

This past week, I’ve been talking about TikTok and Alibaba’s Tudou-Youku as examples of “audience builder” digital platforms. These are +2 sided platform that connect content creators (who want an audience and other things) with viewers (who want entertainment or other types of content.) And I’ve argued that audience builders are actually more fluid and […]

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How WeChat, TikTok and Chinese Consumers Are Disrupting and Personalizing Luxury

In my online Asia Tech Class, I talk a lot about digital superpowers, which are digital tools that upend established business. And one of these superpowers a dramatically improved user experience, such that the traditional offering is now unacceptable to users. And this sort of dramatically improved user experience is what is happening in luxury […]

3 Ways the Coronavirus is Supercharging Innovation in Digital China

When the SARS virus swept through China / Asia in 2002-2003, it resulted in millions of workers isolating themselves in their homes. And this phenomenon turned out to be pivotal for several, now dominant digital companies. For then small company Alibaba, it created a surge of activity in e-commerce. And for then physical-only retailer JD, […]

WeChat Work and Why Enterprise Tools Will Be Very Different in Mobile-First China

I recently attended the WeChat Open Class in Guangzhou and WeChat Work 3.0 was one of the big topics this year. There is a growing suite of digital tools for enterprise management, communication and collaboration. And they raise some fascinating strategy questions. It’s clear that enterprise tools in mobile-first China are going to evolve differently. […]