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The Big Tech is rushing for earnings report: Boon or Bane?
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Good news for all startups: Shopee APP now sells more than Alibaba

For the quarter ending on 30 June 2022, Shopee reported revenues of US$1.7 billion, up by 51.4 per cent year-on-year versus US$1.57 billion (down by three per cent) submitted by Alibaba $Alibaba(BABA.US)$ for all of its international businesses — Lazada, AliExpress, Trendyol and Daraz combined.
Good news for all startups: Shopee APP now sells more than Alibaba
It is also a worthy lesson considering the difference in strategy.
Sea has grown Shopee — which was founded in 2015 — from nothing, funding its growth with profits from a successful digital entertainment business, Garena.

Meanwhile, Alibaba pursued a multi-pronged approach. Its own retail marketplace, Aliexpress — established in 2010 — connected the world’s consumers to Chinese manufacturers, while a series of acquisitions allowed it to buy outright a seemingly dominant stake in several major markets: Turkey (Trendyol), Pakistan (Daraz) and Southeast Asia (Lazada).

And yet, it has fallen behind, having just appointed its fifth CEO at Lazada in five years, while Shopee keeps selling more and more.

It wasn’t all that long ago that we were still drawing comparisons between Shopee and Lazada, but now, the latter is three to four times smaller than the former, which handled almost as much (US$19 billion) in Gross Merchandise Value in the last quarter alone as Lazada did in the entire 2021 (US$21 billion).
Good news for all startups: Shopee APP now sells more than Alibaba
This seems to be excellent news for all startups, as it shows that neither success in other countries, nor the depth of one’s pockets are a guarantee of dominance, while upstarts seemingly late to the party can still beat their much larger rivals in the end.
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  • CHK82 : Halo admin.

  • 102492810 : At what cost? Shopee lost tons of money, and they would have folded if not for Tencent, granted Garena funded Shopee partially. The era of smart money is over. Baba could smash Sea if they choose to, with 3bil FCF and many more billions in the chest.

  • squalolo 102492810: that's true. as alibaba / lazada is geared more towards profitability and have healthy cash flow, though losing market share