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April 19, 2016

Gig economy guru Marshall Van Alstyne on why platforms beat products

About the guest:
Professor Van Alstyne is a Professor at Boston University, a Digital Fellow at MIT and the co-author of Platform Revolution. His work concerns information economics, competitive strategy and network effects, as well as who has access to what information, when, and at what price. His work has received an NSF Career Award, two best paper awards, and has appeared in Science, Management Science, Harvard Business Review, and the popular press.  He received a BA from Yale, and MS & PhD degrees from MIT.

About the podcast:
MIT Digital Fellow and Boston University Professor Van Alstyne argues that product business models are broken and being replaced by platforms. Out of InterBrand’s Top 30 “Best Global Brands” of 2013, about a third of the companies have their own ecosystems, including Apple, Google, and Amazon. Products have features, but platforms have communities. How does that impact business model? Listen in and find out from case studies from Nike, Google, Apple, Amazon, Uber, Facebook, and more.

Products That Count is one of the largest communities of product managers, leaders and entrepreneurs in the world. It provides insider access to founders and C-level execs such as Netflix Product VP, Crossing the Chasm legendary author, Trulia Founder, or Lyft CMO, via speaker series, podcasts, and invite-only executive retreats. Partners include WeChat, Yelp, LeanPlum, Pragmatic Marketing, and StartupDigest. Its venture arm, Mighty Capital, invests in companies building products that count once they have demonstrated product/market fit.

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