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Lazada squeezes the likes of Ezbuy out in Southeast Asia

We have always been arguing that with the giants such as Alibaba, Lazada and JD.com entering the Southeast Asian market, smaller e-commerce platforms will...

Trivia: Chinese internet companies dig animal names

If you've been closely following Chinese internet industry, you might notice a very interesting phenomenon: Many companies use animals or plants in their logos,...

Mobile payment in Southeast Asia – overview and trends – Part 3/3

Who owns the future? The governments or the internet giants (or someone else)? In the first two parts of this analysis, we discussed why we...

Mobile payment in Southeast Asia – overview and trends – Part 2/3

Plausible and implausible use cases for payment adoption in Southeast Asia In Part 1, we discussed why we couldn’t exactly replicate Alipay and Wechat in...

Mobile payment in Southeast Asia – overview and trends – Part 1/3

Can someone replicate the success of Wechat Pay or Alipay? Our Chinese entrepreneur friends believe that the low penetration of banking services in South...

Why a derelict rural shop accepts WeChat & Alipay

I stopped my car to walk into this small grocery shop near the roadside to buy some bottled water. This was in the countryside...

Overlooked enabler of China’s last mile logistics success

What  are the biggest enablers of China’s ecommerce and O2O boom? Capital, technology, (huge) consumer base, rising consumption power, and (relatively) cheap labour? Well, they...

Chat bots & AI – Part 2: who will own the future

Who will own the future of intelligent chat bots? On one hand, there are internet giants such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, Alibaba and Tencent. These...

Twitter’s problem is not 140 vs. 280, but failure to expand horizontally

Big news that Twitter is experimenting expanding size limit of each tweet from 140 characters to 280 characters. This is entirely missing the point Twitter’s problem...

Clash of the titans in Thailand’s ecommerce scene

  Last year, Thailand witnessed the entry and subsequent overhype of 11street – a company owned and invested by South Korean telecommunications giant SK Telecom....

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