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.
Marissa Mayer knew what she was getting into. She's getting big bucks to turn around the once-mighty Yahoo!
From my standpoint, the company's problem is very simple.
Yahoo! has not really embraced platform thinking. Unlike Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Google, and scores of others, Yahoo! doesn't really encourage external innovation. Until the company does, I'm not betting on a turnaround. In other words, the problem isn't inside Yahoo! It's outside–and no internalRead More
There's an interesting post on HBR about why so few large companies routinely innovate. Of course, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are all exceptions. From the piece:
What's striking about Fast Company's 2013 list of the world's 50 most innovative companies is the relative absence of large, established firms. Instead the list is dominated by the big technology winners of the past 20 years that have built innovation intoRead More
My 54-minute keynote and Q&A from the Columbus, OH OCLC event in September of this year is now up. I talk about the management philosophies of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. I also discuss the similarities between Instagram and YouTube, Microsoft's purchase of Yammer, and a whole host of other topics.
Does Yammer represent the last acquisition of its kind? It's an interesting question discussed by a bunch of tech heavyweights here, including Marc Andreesen.
Many comments touch on many different points. For my part, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google have concurrently made it easy and difficult for others to innovate on their platforms. Open APIs and SDKs encourage short-term innovation. However, as we've seen with StockTwits and others, those improvements canRead More
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 ofRead More
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:Read More