The case describes some strategic, marketing and organizational challenges faced by Mobike during the path of further expansion and growth. China, as an emerging and fast-expanding market, has its unique features. Mobike, as a successful Chinese startup, was able to survive a number of rounds of fundraising and stood at a crossroad, leading to different future growth paths.
The company has its doubts about the future. The point is not how to grow fast, but how to grow and stay in the market longer. The founder Hu Weiwei and CEO Davis Wang were concerned about the strategy for the future. The question was: should Mobike enter the deeper level of second- and third-tier cities in China, or should it pursue its global market penetration?
The case illustrates the challenges presented by business expansion. It highlights the importance of strategic tools, namely business model canvas, scenario planning and market analysis, to reevaluate current business operations, clarify future possibilities and mitigate business risks.
The case could be used in business schools at a variety of levels, including undergraduate, MBA and Executive. It could also be used in marketing, strategy and international cultural management courses. It is particularly useful for participants who want to explore strategy domain or build market knowledge on Chinese markets and the growth path on Chinese startups.