Myusao: is a Chinese e-commerce website that helps you find products in your favorite categories and brands by matching product images to descriptions.
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I first noticed myusao when I was searching for a bike. After some research, I found that it was one of the best places in China to buy bikes on a budget but did not want to pay too much. The website is simple and easy to use, and it has lots of good prices.
Myusao is owned by Alibaba Group (which means it’s a member of Alibaba Cloud); the site is operated by Alibaba; and the two companies work together very closely (and the site works consistently well with other features of Alibaba Cloud).
When I searched more closely for bicycles, I found out they also offer motorbikes, scooters and cars – all at reasonable prices – making myusao a good place to go if you want them too!
What makes myusao special? Well, apart from being well-known and trusted by customers as an excellent online shopping destination (and part of Alibaba), they are also well known within China as an excellent brand. They sell branded luxury watches, smartphones, laptops… What’s more: their products are both quality-assured and reasonably priced despite them being expensive in China (the local currency exchange rate favors Western brands in most cases).
What is this about?
We’re a small team of developers that started a new product called myusao. We are looking for quality feedback on how to make it better. And we want to hear from you.
It’s very easy to get confused about the purpose of this blog. Some may think we are paid by a company, but that is not the case at all. We are unpaid volunteers who have put in a fairly significant amount of time and effort into making this site and our community work, and at no point have we received any payments for our efforts (which is very different than being paid by a company). This is simply the next step in a process which started with setting up myusao as an experiment, along with many other smaller experiments such as trying out Skype or Twitter, and then moving on to building an online community (which has been good fun).
The link above should take you to my site; if you want to see more details about us and the future of myusao, please check out our blog where we post updates about what’s going on here.
The thing with most people who start something new is that they assume that their ideas will be validated by others; however, most ideas don’t work out as well as they hope they will. Myusao was one such idea: what if there was something like Slack but for developers? What if there were tools for managing projects? What if there were instant messaging services, but with Realtime collaboration?
For us though, it was more than just “What if…?”: it was about solving problems I had started thinking about long ago when I used to run a startup; it was creating something people would love so much that they would spend hours or even days writing up their experience with myusao, sharing their thoughts and opinions in the comments section. It was realizing that — while technology is certainly making communication easier — there are still many non-tech people who are perfectly capable of expressing themselves in ways that technology tools can never emulate or replace (and vice versa). It was creating something which could be great for developers but also useful for non-developers too; finally answering the question: “Why do I need Slack when I can have everything I need right here on my computer?”
I believe there are still numerous problems which can be solved through collaborative problem solving via online mediums. As long as some software does what others claim
How does this work?
MyUsao is a new Chinese startup which aims to build an ecosystem of mobile apps and services for the Chinese market. A recent article by MacRumors spoke about how the company has already created a strong product offering, but has yet to establish its value proposition in this mostly nascent market.
The article quoted CEO Fang Zhong as saying that the company is focused on creating a “mobile ecosystem” (a nice way of saying “ecosystem”), which essentially means creating a network of apps and services which can be integrated into mobile devices. This sounds very similar to Apple’s strategy, but here the company is focused on making their ecosystem more than just a few apps. The concept of “mobile ecosystems” has been around for a while, but it still feels somewhat foreign to me.
I think it is worth taking time to understand what they are trying to do here and why they have defined this as different from other ecosystems. The primary barrier to entry in most ecosystems is the lack of choice or differentiation in products or services (or both). But MyUsao is aiming at something different:
1) Differentiation through quality
2) Choice through price
3) Choice through reach
4) Choice through availability
5) Choice through ease of use: MyUsao offers more than one option for each of these features; choose from any combination of them at any time; in addition, many users won’t even need more than one app/service at any given time because we offer complete integration with many popular devices and platforms (so you don’t have to download multiple versions on every device). This combination gives users more choices and it allows them greater flexibility in choosing what best suits their needs.
By offering choice, We create an environment where growth can be accelerated and ultimately lead to higher profits for all those involved (the company and the users). In addition, the choice offered by MyUsao’s unique bundle model creates demand without cannibalizing existing customers or threatening their loyalty. More choices means more competition & hence better profits! – Fang Zhong ~~~ This seems like such an interesting idea! I really am glad you wrote about this… But your point “MyUsao doesn’t exist yet” seems slightly inaccurate: they do exist as an organization but they haven’t registered as such. They have a team building up some apps/services but we don’t know much about what those are yet because there isn’t much info out there
How do I use it?
Maybe you’ve heard of myusao? It’s a Chinese version of Slack that I wrote, based on a more general but smaller market (under 100 million users). It is meant to be used in the same way that Slack is. But instead of making it easier to do so, I’d like to impart a few tips on how to use it:
- Ask me questions about myusao and get help from people who are using it.
- Don’t be scared or hesitant about asking for help, because being an open source product there is an active community around myusao. You can find us at http://myusao.com/community/
- Don’t worry that you will only get a response from people who are interested in your product and not those who are trying to help you. We are here for you too!
Have you been using myusao? Were you able to find what you were looking for? Did the community help you with any questions? If yes, let me know in the comments below and we could feature your feedback on our next post!
Why would I use this?
In this post, I’ll argue that the most important proof of value lies not in any one product or service, but in the fact that there are many products or services competing for the same customer. The reason is not at all technical: if you can do something which is better than another, then you are likely to achieve market success.
What I’m trying to say here is that it is perfectly possible that your product could be better than other products in a particular category. It won’t be better than them all, but it could be better. And if it isn’t as good as them all, then you might have a shot at winning some customers from them.
There are many other examples of this thought: consider Craigslist vs Facebook vs eBay; consider Amazon vs Ebay vs Etsy; consider Hulu vs Netflix vs YouTube; consider AdWords versus Facebook Ads versus Google Adwords; and more. Each example has different levels of competition and different kinds of competition: Facebook has no rivals for certain types of social sharing (like LinkedIn), whereas Craigslist and Ebay both compete with Craigslist for certain categories (such as classifieds).
But the point is this: there are competitors which compete with your product or service, but they aren’t obvious ones — they don’t come out with ads announcing their presence every month. And even if they did do so, you wouldn’t notice because they would be competing directly with you! (This also works within your own industry — think Amazon and Walmart.)
By contrast, when there are clear competitors that are attempting to steal away customers from your product or service, then there will be ways by which you can differentiate yourself from them and win new ones. You need customers who want what you have to offer — otherwise you can only hope for some form of customer referral marketing (which works perhaps 80% – 85% of the time). But when your competitors don’t exist yet, and even if they do exist but aren’t offering anything valuable (and thus very few people will choose to buy from them), then competition exists for those who want what you have to offer — except only between yourself and those who want what you have to offer! This means that your customers don’t care whether it is Apple or Google doing a search on “Android phones on Black Friday deals 2018″; they just want a phone!
If you are still reading, thank you. It’s been a good journey so far, and I hope it has helped you learn some things, or at least gotten your inspiration flowing.
I’d like to end this post by thanking everyone who has followed along with this blog over the years: all the amazing people (including my wife and children) who have read it. For all of them, I thank you.
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