Strategy

How Alibaba is able to capture nearly all Chinese shoppers

Alibaba’s growth history Alibaba Group was founded in 1999 by Jack Ma, a former English teacher from Hangzhou (China), and started out as an online marketplace enabling small enterprises to compete on a national and global scale (Alibaba group, 2015). Through Alibaba.com, companies seeking products are enabled to connect with manufacturers all over the world …

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Strategy

How Airbnb is disrupting the hotel industry

Airbnb’s growth history  Airbnb was conceived in 2007 when founders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia found themselves unable to afford rent (Crook & Escher, 2015). They decided to set up three airbeds to rent out to lodgers (thus the original name of the company, Airbed and Breakfast). After significant struggles to raise funds, Airbnb grew …

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Monetization

What if energy is free tomorrow?

What would the world look like tomorrow if energy is free? Peter Diamandis recently said in an interview in a Dutch documentary that energy could be free (judging from the reduced cost per output). What if instead of energy being eventually free of charge, it would happen tomorrow? What threats and opportunities can you expect for …

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Innovation

17 Drivers to ensure speed in new product development

New product development (NPD) and innovation have grown to become the sole driver of establishing sustainable growth for many organizations. One can invest significant funds into the R&D department, however, how effective is this? The fact that innovation and R&D spending are gaining attention – even in economic recession – brings the following question to …

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