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Inside Amazon

Inside Amazon

Wonder what it's like inside a gazillion-square foot distribution center?

Wonder no more. (Video may take a few seconds to load.)

Amazon: Inside the Mind of Jeff Bezos

Amazon: Inside the Mind of Jeff Bezos

The Charlie Rose episode with Jeff Bezos is nothing less than fascinating. Among the highlights for me the are study hall and the discussion among Amazon top brass of ideas in depth. This might be the best 40 minutes of viewing of the last month for me.

NMHC Keynote: The Age of the Platform

NMHC Keynote: The Age of the Platform

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.

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 Gang of Three?

The Gang of Three?

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 relationships

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Digg and OPP

Digg and OPP

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 their

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Amazon: Under the Radar?

Amazon: Under the Radar?

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 way

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Postal Vision 2020 Panel

Postal Vision 2020 Panel

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 Jeff

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Postal Vision 2020 Keynote

Postal Vision 2020 Keynote

Here's my recent 30-minute keynote address from Postal Vision 2020. I talk about The Age of the Platform, the Gang of Four, and the implications for the postal service. Video courtesy of Ursa Major Associates, copyright 2012.

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