Platform Business Challenges

March 24, 2020

Read The Full Prompt

Digital technologies give rise to a variety of platforms. For this assignment, please pick ONE of the following two options:

1) Identify a platform firm, describe how it creates and capture value, and evaluate its scalability and sustainability.  To make it interesting, please stay away from well-known platforms such as those owned by Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft.

2) Identify a firm that tried to work with a platform (e.g., X Fire or Australian banks) or tried to become a platform (e.g., Qihoo). Describe the opportunities and challenges in its journey.

Materials

“Why Some Platforms Thrive and Others Don’t” (Links to an external site.) HBR January-February 2019
“Products to Platforms: Making the Leap” (Links to an external site.) HBR April 2016

Assignment

Create an approximately 750-word post to make your contribution on digit.hbs.org  by 6 pm on March 24.

Please also respond to and comment on three other posts per assignment. Feel free to use graphics, data, videos, and links to other sites to corroborate your points.

Selected posts will be discussed in class.

Submitted (79)

Upwork— the future of remote work online
Viria Vichit-Vadakan
Last modified on March 24, 2020 at 6:11 pm
Upwork— the future of remote work online Upwork founded in 2014 is an online marketplace that connects clients, namely businesses and professionals, to skilled freelancers.  The platform currently has 5 million businesses and over 10 million freelancers on the platform. [...]
Alphasights: Purveyors of Knowledge
Melekot
Posted on March 24, 2020 at 7:29 pm
 “No [person’s] knowledge here can go beyond his experience” – John Locke The maxim that knowledge is power is heard so often that its fundamental truth may be obscured with repetition. Nonetheless, knowledge is the indispensable currency that makes the [...]
Udaan- India’s Amazon or Alibaba?
Sneha Biswas
Last modified on March 23, 2020 at 11:46 pm
Udaan is a B2B marketplace in India connecting small and medium sized retailers to wholesalers for a range of products from lifestyle, home, electronics to fruits and vegetables.
Too Good To Go: A Win-Win-Win Situation
Partha Ray
Last modified on March 22, 2020 at 2:08 pm
Too Good To Go is the world’s leading platform for reducing food wastage. The free smartphone app connects local restaurants, hotels and retail businesses that have unsold, surplus food with local customers.
Hello Alfred: automating the on-demand economy
RLT
Last modified on March 23, 2020 at 3:02 pm
In a world crowded with on-demand apps and services, Hello Alfred created an aggregated service platform for recurring and widely demanded services to simplify the life of their customers. The platform is assisted by company employed “Alfreds” who coordinate the [...]
GrubHub: Slimy or Satisfying?
Jon Snow
Posted on March 24, 2020 at 6:35 pm
GrubHub has scaled profitably and brought together restaurants, hungry people, and drivers, but can they sustain their business amidst rampant competition?
Caviar – Food delivery’s race to your doorstep
r cai
Posted on March 23, 2020 at 10:18 pm
Caviar entered the competitive food delivery space in 2012 positioning itself as the “fancy food” delivery startup. At that time, the market was dominated by two large players, Seamless and Grubhub, with many new players looking to enter. Caviar’s platform [...]