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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 a recent TechCrunch article explains, on 01/04/14 CEO Phil Libin "responded to the scathing criticism of the company

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WP Engine Interview on The Age of the Platform

WP Engine Interview on The Age of the Platform

I recently sat down with WPEngine CEO Ben Metcalfe to talk about The Age of the Platform, WordPress, and a host of other topics. It goes for about 16 minutes.  

  

App.net & the Open-Closed Platform Dilemma

App.net & the Open-Closed Platform Dilemma

It turns out that App.net did it. The Kickstarter project raised $500,00. Enough people believe in a user- and developer-centric platform, advertisers be damned.

So, the work's over, right?

Hardly. App.net has to overcome the classic open-closed dilemma. Facebook never would have become so massive if it had charged at the beginning. Because of that, it has to now figure out a way to make real money.

In Free (affiliate link), Chris Anderson

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On Stocktwits and Frenemies

On Stocktwits and Frenemies

Imagine for a second that you're Howard Lindzon, founder of StockTwits. Your company uses the Twitter API search on stock ticker symbols. For instance, clicking on $AAPL provides financial information about Apple's stock price, financials, and the like.

And then you wake up today to find that Twitter likes your idea so much that it's effectively copied it. Aside from hashtags, Twitter now supports cashtags.

Mr. Lindzon: Welcome to the Age of

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Innovation, Google Plus, and the Additive Power of Platforms

Innovation, Google Plus, and the Additive Power of Platforms

Tabletop Forge is an interesting Kickstarter project that "lets you play tabletop role-playing games inside of a Google+ Hangout. Includes dice, maps, and great audio/video."

In a word, wow.

Two things here. First, Google+ isn't a separate or standalone platform; it's a plank in the Google platform.

Second and more important, today we are seeing the rapid innovation and development of different planks and platforms. Kickstarter and other funding platforms are becoming metaplatforms:

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Twitter, Ecosystems, and the Age of the Platform

Twitter, Ecosystems, and the Age of the Platform

In this fascinating interview with Charlie Rose (about 40 minutes in), Jack Dorsey of Twitter explains the evolution of the company. Particularly interesting is his disclosure that many Twitter innovations came from users (read: the @ symbol, hashtags, and the concept of a retweet.) In the Age of the Platform, you can embrace ecosystems like Twitter or you can cling to traditional ways of doing things like the publishing industry.

The Platform Mind-set

The Platform Mind-set

“We are open to anything."

--Eric Migicovsky

The Pebble Watch has raised more than $8 million on Kickstarter as of this writing. Not bad, considering that the original goal was $100,000. Now, apps are coming. Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky's quote above epitomizes the Age of the Platform. You think that Migicovsky expected this type of success? Embrace the uncertainty. Let the ecosystem take your company, your platform in new and exciting directions.  

The Wristwatch as a Platform

The Wristwatch as a Platform

No, I'm not joking. In a recent Wired piece, Pebble founder and lead designer Eric Migicovsky talks about his company's record-setting Kickstarter project. In the interview, he discusses how he envisions a "smartwatch" with apps. In short, this isn't your grandfather's watch:

The community has the biggest effect on our product. With a product market like ours, we’re focusing on building an SDK that will wow developers, and that will let

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SAP and Enterprise Ecosystems

SAP and Enterprise Ecosystems

Well, it's taken some time, but The Age of the Platform is finally starting to get the press I believe it deserves. While the book looks at consumer-oriented platforms, more and more I'm hearing about platforms in the enterprise world. My friend Brian Sommer recently ran a six-part piece on ZDNet on how enterprise software vendors are (finally) embracing platforms and ecosystems. He mentions the book and me in parts one and Read More

Platforms and the Death of Synonyms

Platforms and the Death of Synonyms

Not everything is a platform.

Let me repeat that: Not everything is a platform.

This TechCrunch article must set some type of unofficial record for the number of times that the word platform is (mis)used.

I take great pains in the book to define a true platform.

What isn't a platform? Netflix, for one. It's a service. What can John Q. Developer build on top of Netflix? Nothing, last time I checked. (Internally, of course, that's

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