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April 19, 2016

Gig economy guru Marshall Van Alstyne on why platforms beat products

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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.

About: Products That Count is a global community of 15,000+ product managers and innovators. Its mission is to provide insider access to founders and C-level execs such as Netflix Product VP, Crossing the Chasm legendary author, Trulia Founder, Lyft CMO and more. It produces coveted programs on product including a podcast, monthly speaker series in San Francisco, New York and London, and invite-only executive retreats. Partners include WeChat, Yelp, LeanPlum, Pragmatic Marketing, and StartupDigest.

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