Tencent versus Alibaba: a complete guide to an increasingly fierce rivalry (INFOGRAPHIC)

Tencent versus Alibaba: a complete guide to an increasingly fierce rivalry (INFOGRAPHIC)
March 19, 2014at 9:00 am
by Paul Bischoff
Tencent (HKG:0700) is the world’s fourth largest web company, and Alibaba is on the verge of history’s largest tech IPO. Both of these behemoth companies occupy many of the same verticals in China, which is the biggest and possibly most isolated internet ecosystem on Earth. To summarize the massive product and service war between Tencent and Alibaba, we’ve put together an infographic showing which of their offerings are winning or losing in all of their competing sectors.

We made this list as comprehensive as possible, but there could be a few we missed. Sometimes both companies have a product, but neither is the market leader, or we simply don’t have enough data to pick a winner. Additionally, we decided to leave out verticals where only one of them is active; for example, Alibaba doesn’t have a competing portal to go up against Tencent Video, just as Tencent doesn’t have a counterpart for Alibaba’s B2B ecommerce arm. That said, we’ve come up with 20 areas that embody the ongoing rivalry between Tencent and Alibaba. All the numerical figures were the latest we could find, mostly from the past 12 months. In the end. Tencent scored 10 wins to Alibaba’s seven with four unknowns. Some verticals are bigger than others, however, and this isn’t a battle to the death. These companies are huge, and both are here to stay for the long run.


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Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (www.heroinnovator.com), the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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