In March, techies (myself included: http://www.geekwire.com/2015/why-meerkat-is-going-to-make-it/) went wild over a new kind of live streaming. A startup called Meerkat launched a mobile app that let users broadcast high quality live video to the world straight from their phones, using Twitter […]
In less than 10 years Eventbrite has established itself as a major force in the ticketing industry. Longer term, the company’s ultimate goal is to become not just a technology provider for individual ticket sellers, but rather a robust discovery platform for consumers to find out what is happening in the world around them.
How Valve's value creation keeps people playing this game years after its release.
ClassPass, a service that offers unlimited gym classes for $99/month, has used the power of network effects to build an incredibly fast growing platform.
Amazon brings together readers, publishers, authors, and advertisers in a platform/environment that creates mutual value for all stakeholders and allows Amazon to capture value for itself.
DogVacay's multi-sided platform connects dog owners and sitters, and eliminates the need for expensive and unnatural kennels.
StyleSeat has developed a two-sided marketplace for the historically fragmented beauty industry, and is betting on network effects as it prioritizes quick growth of its user base.
Car manufacturer Daimler, who owns the Mercedes brand, has been quite aggressive in pursuing new business opportunities in the evolving context of urban transportation. Along the way the company is shifting from a product-centric business model to a platform approach to create and capture value.
WeChat has pioneered the messaging-as-a-platform business model, generating massive revenue from its 600 million active users and capturing value across industries from banking to transportation. Where will it grow next?