In this 60-minute talk at NMHC in Dallas, TX, I discuss The Age of the Platform and the platform as a business model. I then take about 15 minutes worth of questions.
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.
An interesting piece on HBR claims that Facebook may be too big to survive. From it:
...it only takes a few unsolicited, valueless notifications and the utility of Facebook goes down. It is simply inefficient to spend any of your precious neocortical processing capacity finding out about the lives of people who are irrelevant to you — people who will never be one of your 150 meaningful social relationshipsRead More
My friend Mark Cenicola wrote an interesting post for VentureBeat on the benefits of using existing platforms vs. building your own. I'm quoted in the piece and there are some nice props to The Age of the Platform. Here's an excerpt:
Let’s face it, apps are the new sexy. They’re an easy path to success, right?
With companies like Instagram being purchased for $1 billion, everyone hopes theirRead More
Apple just missed earnings' estimates for the second time since Steve Jobs' death. Facebook just got hammered because Zynga disappointed as well. (In the book, I write about the symbiotic relationship between the two companies.) Google is facing a bevy of monopoly charges in Europe and a settlement is evidently near.
Yet, we don't seem to be hearing that much these days about Amazon.
And, something tells me, that's exactly the wayRead More
I recently participated on a 47-minute panel at Postal Vision 2020 with Marshall Van Alstyne, Syed Hoda, Larry Weber, and Jeff Jarvis. The topic: how the USPS can embrace platform thinking. It's a lively discussion with some pretty smart cookies.Panel starts: 8 minutes in Q&A starts: 25:30 in. (Jeff says that he's playing Oprah, but he gives off a distinctly Donohue-type vibe.)
My favorite part occurs at the very end when JeffRead More
In the end of the book, I write about emerging platforms like Force.com, WordPress, and Groupon, among others. If I sat down to write about that topic today, Groupon would certainly not be included. It would be replaced with Kickstarter, Udemy, and a bevy of other promising platforms.
Groupon may in fact be living on borrowed time. The DeathWatch is on for the company, as this RRW piece points out: