The Age of the Platform

Musings by the author about platforms, planks, and ecosystems.

The Near Future Interview

The Near Future Interview

In the fall of 2013, I did an interview with the folks from The Near Future. For some reason, only about 20 percent of the chat made the cut. I really wish that they had aired the whole thing; I remember touching on a wide variety of business and technology issues, most of which have been omitted

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Housekeeping

Housekeeping

You might notice the improved readability of this site. My über-talented web guy Todd Hamilton has made some much-needed tweaks to this site. There's a larger font and we removed a few extraneous elements.

While we're at it, the plan is to keep blogging here as it strikes me throughout 2014. Next year, I'll integrate this site in

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2014: Year of the Platform Revolution?

2014: Year of the Platform Revolution?

The new year is here and some are predicting that the platform revolution has arrived in full force. As Greg Satell writes on Forbes in "Every Business Will Be Disrupted By Open Technology":

Technology is now transforming human experience at an extremely visceral level. If you are competing with the plumbing company across town—or

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On Evernote’s Platform Struggles

On Evernote’s Platform Struggles

Evernote is indispensable to untold numbers of people, and CEO Phil Libin knows it. As a result, the company is not lacking in ambition. As former TechCrunch writer recently Jason Kincaid put it, Evernote literally "aims to be an extension of your brain." 

At least, that's the theory. 

The company has fumbled of late on a number of fronts. As

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Inside Amazon: AWS, APIs, and Platform Thinking

Inside Amazon: AWS, APIs, and Platform Thinking

Not that much is known about the inner workings of certain parts of Amazon, Brad Stone's great book The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon (affiliate link) notwithstanding. After reading it, I for one still had many questions about how AWS works.

For an amazing insight into this, check out this HRB piece with Andy Jassy

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Platforms and Curves

Platforms and Curves

I saw this tweet today and just had to smile: Seems everyone is writing a "platform" book. @philsimon you were way ahead of the curve! — Culver McCall (@CulverMcCall) December 4, 2013 As expected, there are many books out or soon to be released that touch upon platform thinking and collisions among the Gang of Four.  One particularly thorny Read More

The Age of the Platform: Indonesian Edition Coming

The Age of the Platform: Indonesian Edition Coming

Last year, I announced that the book will be translated into Korean. I was pretty psyched because my other three books had never made it out of English. Today I'm pleased to announce that the book will be translated into Indonesian some time in 2014. 

PT Elexmedia Komputindo is the publisher.

Products Over Platforms

Products Over Platforms

In the two years since the publication of The Age of the Platform, I have met some pretty smart cookies. At the top of that list, though, is Marshall Van Alstyne, a MIT and Boston University professor and student of platforms.

Watch his eDay keynote here. It's a riveting talk rife with examples on how platforms are overtaking

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VISTA 2013 – The Age of the Platform

VISTA 2013 – The Age of the Platform

I recently keynoted the VISTA 2013 Forum. I talked about The Age of the Platform for about 56 minutes. I then took questions from the audience.

Keynoting the VISTA Expo & Symposium

Keynoting the VISTA Expo & Symposium

I am pleased to announce that I’ll be keynoting the VISTA Expo & Symposium on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 in Seattle, WA. (Press release here.) I’ll be speaking about platforms, ecosystems, healthcare, and open-source development.

Attendees will receive a copy of The Age of the Platform and I’ll be signing copies after my talk.

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