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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 for some strange reason.

OK. Enough bitching. Here it is. At least they kept the bit

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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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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 of Amazon. The best part about this talk: Jassy is discussing highly technical concepts in

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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 collision is taking place in the world of mobility, with Apple and Google squaring off

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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.

Thoughts on Ballmer, the Consumerization of IT, and Platforms

Thoughts on Ballmer, the Consumerization of IT, and Platforms

In the book, I write about the cardinal importance of the Consumerization of IT. In short, it's been huge.

Think about that in the context of the forthcoming retirement of Steve Ballmer. As Derek Thompson writes in The Atlantic:

Steve Ballmer made some very bad things. But his tenure will probably be judged by the things he didn't make and the big picture he didn't see. Microsoft used to be

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Amazon and Frenemies

Amazon and Frenemies

The Age of the Platform is causing some interesting ripples, and not just with consumers.

The enterprise is starting to pay attention to the threat posed by the Gang of Four.

Exhibit A: Oracle's new partnership with Microsoft.

I for one never thought that Steve Ballmer and Larry Ellison would walk down any type of aisle, but these tealeaves aren't terribly hard to leave. Each fears Amazon–and it should.

I know plenty of startup

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The Future of Facebook

The Future of Facebook

In the last 18 months, I've thought more and more about the Gang of Four and The Age of the Platform. Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are clearly dominant but I'm starting to see cracks in Facebook. The other companies were started as businesses and we're used to paying them. Not so with Zuck's baby. Turning users into customers isn't easy, nor is increasing the number of ads they see.

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On Yahoo!, Tumblr, and Planks

On Yahoo!, Tumblr, and Planks

It appears as if Yahoo! is going pony up more than $1 billion for Tumblr–and the move has platform written all over it.

A hefty price to pay? You betcha, but it's a move that makes sense for Marissa Mayer et al.

Think about it. At present, there's no way for consumers to take Yahoo! in different directions. There are no Yahoo! proper apps (read: Android, iOS, and Facebook). You really can't create

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Is Facebook Blowing It?

Is Facebook Blowing It?

Want to share something on Facebook with your followers?

Well, it may start to cost you, at least according to an interesting piece on WallBlog. From the article:

High profile Facebook users are growing increasingly frustrated at what they see as the social network gaming the system in order to encourage people to pay to promote their content.

It kind of reminds me of the effect of Google algorithm changes on

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