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On Evernote’s Platform Struggles

On Evernote’s Platform Struggles

Evernote is indispensable to untold numbers of people, and CEO Phil Libin knows it. As a result, the company is not lacking in ambition. As former TechCrunch writer recently Jason Kincaid put it, Evernote literally "aims to be an extension of your brain." 

At least, that's the theory. 

The company has fumbled of late on a number of fronts. As

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Products Over Platforms

Products Over Platforms

In the two years since the publication of The Age of the Platform, I have met some pretty smart cookies. At the top of that list, though, is Marshall Van Alstyne, a MIT and Boston University professor and student of platforms.

Watch his eDay keynote here. It's a riveting talk rife with examples on how platforms are overtaking

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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

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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,

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The Economist on the “Big Four”

The Economist on the “Big Four”

You know that you've written an important book when The Economist basically validates its thesis. There's quite a bit in this piece about platforms.

Maybe someone should write a book about it. Note to self...

Thanks to Mark Cenicola for letting me know about this one.

 

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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