Grab Touting Masa’s Backing Amps Up Southeast Asia Taxi Wars – Bloomberg

Grab Touting Masa’s Backing Amps Up Southeast Asia Taxi Wars – Bloomberg

I really like Tim for bucking the trend of most reporters and questioning all of this. I met Tim once in Singapore and we shared a meal and chatted. Really enjoyed it and I love that he is accessible and talks via Twitter.

He is willing to kind of say what most won’t:

What Grab failed to do, however, is show how having large tanks of kerosene to burn begets a sustainable business. That makes this bluster look a lot like Asia’s bike-rental wars, and we all know that didn’t turn out well. We shouldn’t be surprised that it’s Masa once again feeding the frenzy given his reputation as a big-stack bully.

No one knows where all of this will land. If the race is about raising piles of cash then I guess Grab is winning.

Obviously I like talking about this subject :: https://seedvc.blog/2019/03/22/my-take-grab-vs-go-jek-inside-asias-battle-of-the-super-apps-fortune/

However I am not sure that means they ultimately win – my issue is that both Grab and Go-Jek seem to think ridesharing forms the basis of a super-app. I am not sure I agree:

 

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