Commoditize, Modularize Incumbent Value, then Aggregate

Ben Thompson’s post on Stratechery does a nice job highlighting how value creation shifts when an incumbent’s integrated system is commoditized and modularized… and replaced by a new aggregation and integration marketplace strategy. More broadly, breaking up a formerly integrated system — commoditizing and modularizing it — destroys incumbent value while simultaneously allowing a new […]

Creating a Valuable Platform

Sangeet Choudary is the Founder and CEO of Platform Thinking Labs, best known for his work on platform business models and multi-sided network effects. He is also the co-chair of the MIT Platform Strategy Group at MIT Media Labs, Boston, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD Business School, a Global Fellow at the Centre for Global Enterprisein New York, […]

Becoming an “as-it-happens” business

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Steve Wooledge, VP Marketing at MapR Technologies, highlights the shift to realtime analytics and the value of a data-centric approach to deliver “as-it-happens” results. Is your business an “as-it-happens” business or an “after-it-happens” business? If you are only using big data to build models for optimizing processes every so often, then yours is an “after-it-happens” […]

To jump-start growth, flip priorities


R “Ray” Wang recommends flipping company priorities to jump-start growth in his recent HBR article. The punishing forces of quarter-to-quarter performance expectations have forced business leaders to scramble for short-term profit gains at the long-term expense of the organization.  Because of those short-term bets and strategic pivots, organizations are struggling to meet ever-changing customer needs, are challenged to […]

Facebook’s global dominance of messaging, in two maps

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Originally posted on Quartz:
A new study by GlobalWebIndex, a digital market research firm, looks at how some 48,000 people in 33 countries use social media. One of the more interesting findings is a list of the most popular messaging app by country. It is particularly striking in visual form. The world—at least the bits of it surveyed…

The 6 Skills of the “Creators”

Amy Wilkinson ( @amywilkinson ), author of The Creator’s Code, describes key characteristics of today’s leading entrepreneurs.

What’s Next

Epocs of Consumer Tech - Ben Thompson

From Ben Thompson’s post – “The State of Consumer Technology at the End of 2014” While the introduction of the iPhone seems like it was just yesterday (at least it does to me!), we are quickly approaching seven years – about the midway point of this epoch, if the PC and Internet are any indication.4 […]