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Lazada CEO Warns Against ‘Walled Garden Super App’ in Tech

  • Head of Alibaba’s Southeast Asian unit urges for open network
  • Li spoke at Singapore business summit amid fierce competition
Chun Li
Chun LiPhotographer: Wei Leng Tay/Bloomberg

Chun Li, who presides over Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Southeast Asian unit Lazada, said digital companies in the region should steer away from creating walled-garden super apps in favor of more collaboration and differentiation.

“We should work together to build an open network in this digital economy, not a walled-garden super application or platform,” Li said in his keynote speech at Singapore Apex Business Summit on Tuesday, referring to lessons he learned from his experience in the U.S. and China. “All players should focus on what they do best.”