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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 a startup across the world—you now have the same capabilities as the world’s largest corporations

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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.

Frenemies and the Age of the Platform

Frenemies and the Age of the Platform

In my first Ignite talk, I discuss Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and life in the Age of the Platform. I stress the importance of getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.

The Problem, Dear Marissa, Lies Not Within Yahoo!

The Problem, Dear Marissa, Lies Not Within Yahoo!

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 internal

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Why Most Big Companies Can’t Innovate

Why Most Big Companies Can’t Innovate

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 into

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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.  

  

Keynote: Management in the Age of the Platform

Keynote: Management in the Age of the Platform

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.

OCLC Keynote #3: The Age of the Platform

OCLC Keynote #3: The Age of the Platform

In this 45-minute talk at OCLC in Columbus, OH, I discuss The Age of the Platform and the platform as a business model. I then take about 15 minutes worth of questions.

The End of Silicon Valley As We Know It?

The End of Silicon Valley As We Know It?

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 can

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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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