Nice post! Prior to school I worked with many network-based companies and was constantly impressed by LinkedIn. LinkedIn not only has a terrific product with a loyal user base, but it also is an incredibly well-run company — it is on the forefront of big data analytics, has a strong culture and has business forecasting / systems in place that beat Wall Street estimates for the company nearly every quarter. There have been some very high profile tech IPOs in the last five years with varying degrees of success. LinkedIn has proven to be one of the most successful public technology companies. I’m interested to know if you know much about their business / operations side that allow them to beat Analyst expectations on Wall Street constantly?
Awesome post, Sinead! It is inspiring to see private companies advancing human achievement in a field that has recently been constrained by government inefficiencies and a lack of resources. From my understanding of SpaceX, I believe the reusable rocket system drives a significant amount of the cost savings as well. Of the ~$1.1bn in cost savings from a rocket launch, do you know what they breakdown of this is between vertical integration, purchasing model and reusability of the rocket?
I’d also love to hear your thoughts are on the implications of this private sector model for the future of the space industry. Does SpaceX have plans to transition into manned missions? Would they have to make any significant changes to their operational model in order to accomplish this?
Great post, Kate! I have never used Slack, but have been intrigued about this business since my days working with technology companies in New York and hearing about the product from fellow HBS classmates. I am wondering how you think their business model will evolve over the next 5 and 10+ years. I see the current fremium model as a way to drive adoption and their impressive user growth numbers. However, I feel that there is a large opportunity cost to this model once they are at scale. Do you think they will transition to a more SAAS-based subscription model to capture the value of their service? Would be interested to hear your thoughts.