Hot on the Wheels of Grab, Go-Jek Rides Further Into Southeast Asia

That’s the headline of a story out Thurs. that I wrote with my colleage P.R. Venkat. It begins: Motorcycle-taxi service PT Go-Jek Indonesia will invest $500 million to expand its operations in Southeast Asia, revving up competition in a fast-growing consumer market just two months after Uber Technologies Inc. reached a landmark deal to exit […]

Think American Elections Are Bad? Indian Voters Get 1,000 Texts a Day

That’s the headline of my most recent story, out yesterday, which I wrote with a few colleagues. It begins: For Gurupad Kolli, a 40-year-old lawyer who lives in a remote Indian village, the torrent of WhatsApp messages surging to his phone a few weeks ago meant one thing: election day was near. They’re at turns […]

Walmart Bets $15 Billion on an E-Commerce Passage to India

That’s the headline of a story just out today with my colleagues Eric Bellman and Corinne Abrams: It begins: NEW DELHI—The famously frugal and focused Walmart Inc. is betting $15 billion on a much different kind of company: a sprawling Indian e-commerce startup that has burned through mountains of cash to try to conquer the […]

Walmart Looks to Scale Back in U.K. and Brazil, With an Eye on India

That’s the headline of a story just out with my colleagues Sarah Nassauer and Luciana Magalhães: It begins: The world’s biggest retailer has concluded it can’t take on the whole world by itself. Walmart Inc. is in discussions to give up control over hundreds of stores in the U.K. and Brazil, two big markets where […]

Alibaba Bets Another $2 Billion on Southeast Asia

That’s the headline of a story I wrote with my colleague Liza Liz, which ran on Monday. It begins: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Executive Chairman Jack Ma is doubling down on Southeast Asia, investing another $2 billion in e-commerce subsidiary Lazada Group and naming trusted confidante Lucy Peng as its chief executive. The investment announced […]

Uber Agrees in Principle to Exit Southeast Asia for Stake in Rival

That’s the headline of my newest story, which I wrote with my colleagues Greg Bensinger and Julie Steinberg. It ran late Thursday, and begins: Uber Technologies Inc. has reached an agreement in principle to sell most of its Southeast Asia operations to local rival Grab Inc., ending a costly fight for market share in the […]

Uber Battles Ride-Sharing Startups in SoftBank ‘Family’

That’s the headline of my newest story, which I wrote with my colleage Mayumi Negishi, out today. It begins: SoftBank Group Corp., the world’s biggest technology investor, has poured some $20 billion into ride-sharing companies around the globe, including Uber Technologies Inc. Now, those companies are spending at least some of SoftBank’s money to battle […]

Why the iPhone Is Losing Out to Chinese Devices in Asia

That’s the headline of my newest story, which ran last week. It begins: NEW DELHI—The iPhone X has set a new benchmark for smartphone prices and bolstered Apple Inc.’s bottom line, but its steep price may be hobbling its future in Asia’s biggest markets and allowing Chinese challengers to grab market share. Buyers from India […]

Mike Allen and Axios, Profiled in Buzzfeed

Over at Buzzfeed, Steven Perlberg profiles Mike Allen and Axios, the news organization he co-founded just a year ago: Axios has bigger ambitions than changing Washington’s news diet. Led by Allen’s fellow Politico alum Jim VandeHei, the company has a broad audience in mind: tens of millions of smart people who seek out quick news […]

The Internet Is Filling Up Because Indians Are Sending Millions of ‘Good Morning!’ Texts

That’s the headline of my newest story, an A-hed out yesterday. It begins: Google researchers in Silicon Valley were trying to figure out why so many smartphones were freezing up half a world away. One in three smartphone users in India run out of space on their phones daily. The answer? Two words. “Good Morning!” […]