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Relevance

Relevance

On Forbes recently, Darcy Travlos wrote an interesting piece entitled Importance of Being a Platform (Apple, LinkedIn, Amazon, eBay, Google, Facebook).

It's gratifying to see major publications run pieces on the central premise of your book nearly 18 months after it was published. It's particularly hard staying ahead of the technology/business curve these days, what with nearly constant change taking place. With the exception of Groupon (covered in the chapter

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Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone

Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone

From a recent ComputerWorld piece:

Microsoft yesterday confirmed that a retail copy of Office 2013 is permanently tied to the first PC on which it's installed, preventing customers from deleting the suite from one machine they own and installing it on another.

The move is a change from past Office end-user licensing agreements (EULAs), experts said, and is another way Microsoft is pushing customers, especially consumers, to opt

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If All Else Fails, Smear

If All Else Fails, Smear

Microsoft is back at it with its Google smear campaign. Google employees are reading individual emails to serve up better ads.

Or so Ballmer et. al would have you believe.

Bullocks!

To my knowledge, Google employees don't read any Gmail messages. Rather, algorithms serve up ads to support free products. This is the essence of the freemium model.

Do the math on the number of emails sent. Does Google employ a team of monkeys

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On eBay and Platforms

On eBay and Platforms

Charlie Rose did an interesting interview with eBay CEO John Donahoe last night. Donahoe clearly understands the importance of platforms, and his honesty about missing key trends like social media is nothing if not refreshing. What's more, admitting that Skype didn't work--and explaining why--is not something I would expect from someone in his position.

In The Age of the Platform, I clearly draw a line between eBay and the rest of

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Santa Clara University Discussion

Santa Clara University Discussion

Yesterday, I spoke to students at Santa Clara University about the Age of the Platform via Google Hangout. Professor Terri Griffith facilitated a great discussion for her MGMT 524 class. We talk about the book, Facebook's new social search tool, The Innovator's Dilemma, and a bevy of other topics.

Click below to watch it.

Ecosystems in Action

Ecosystems in Action

What do you get when you mix Apple's developer ecosystem with Kickstarter? You get some amazing new innovations about which other companies can only dream. 

In the Age of the Platform, outside forces can take your products and services in fascinating directions.

Or not, as RIM is discovering.

 

 

On Platforms and Whining

On Platforms and Whining

I wrote yesterday about Microsoft's whining about Google's paid search results.

I find it interesting that competitors of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are so vocal. For the most part, the Gang of Four just focuses on building better products and offering better services. Sure, Larry Page complains about Facebook's walled garden. Apple pulled Google's maps from iOS 6 before a highly public retreat.

Still, I don't read too much about Jeff

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On Scroogled and Hypocrisy

On Scroogled and Hypocrisy

Microsoft has taken to "educating" consumers on Google's holiday search practices. Yes, there's even a website devoted to this "public service." Microsoft is trying to bill itself as the voice of the uninformed masses. In this fictional world, Bing provides true, unfettered, pure results.

This is just lame. Microsoft can't beat Google at search so the former results to this futile effort. It smacks of desperation. Separately, its head of search

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Why Amazon Cut Prices on AWS

Why Amazon Cut Prices on AWS

As I write in the book, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google have many things in common, no the least of which is the tendency to disrupt themselves before others do. Case in point: Amazon recently lowering its prices on AWS. If profits are lower in the hosting world, why would others enter? For its part, Google doesn't want to become Microsoft. In a world of "social search", why do I

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Ken Auletta on the Gang of Four

Ken Auletta on the Gang of Four

Ken Auletta appeared on Charlie Rose recently to talk about Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. It's a great talk about some of the more interesting dynamics at play.

Rose should have me on his show.

There. I said it.

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