Oracle Is Saving TikTok From Itself

I like Bytedance. I think they make great apps. Super engaging. With fantastic user interfaces. They are one of the most innovative mobile app companies on the planet. But they suck at internationalization. Their attempt to become China’s first international digital  company has been a slow moving train wreck. Lots of us have been predicting […]

Can TikTok Be Copied? Innovators vs. Imitators. (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Daily Lesson / Update)

There was a good article this week in Insead Knowledge by Jason Davis and Vikas Aggarwal. What I liked about it was the below question it posed: “…an innovator’s attempts to innovate by mobilising in-house knowledge can often end up benefitting rivals more than the innovator, particularly when rivals share and propagate knowledge among each […]

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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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WeChat and TikTok’s Starkly Different Visions for Digital Information Flows (pt 2 of 2)

I recently went to the WeChat Open Talk meeting and founder Allen Zhang raised some questions that have really stuck with me. He talked about about the increasingly important role of information flows in daily life and who controls this. His talk is here but my basic take-away is the below question. How do you […]

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 […]

TikTok Rocks Facebook, US-China Round One Ends, Luxury Is Going Digital Fast (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Daily Update)

Happy Friday everyone. Three quick reads for the Daily Update. Have a great weekend. – jeff   TikTok Is Rocking Facebook TikTok continues to go international fast. Here is a good summary at SCMP, which claims Tiktok was the second most downloaded app globally in 2019 (although take these numbers with a big grain of […]

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