THE NEW GROWTH LANDSCAPE #5 — READ 1,2,3,4

A primer in understanding all the dimensions of the pricing problem and opportunity in Marketplace-platforms by Simone Cicero and Manfredi Sassoli de Bianchi

This fifth research update on the emerging landscape of growth in platforms and marketplaces is brought to you by the team at platformdesigntoolkit.com and is dispatched in our fortnightly newsletter.

This essay presents all the elements of a platform strategy and their relationship to pricing, we cover the take-rate — the common model to price the transactional part of your platform strategy (the “marketplace”) — how to price a SaaS or — more generally — the services side of your platform strategy, and the extension platform side: how do you extract value from the development of extensions, plug-ins and templates…


THE NEW GROWTH LANDSCAPE #1 — read 2,3,4,5

Framing the new growth landscape for growth, network effects dependent Value Propositions by Simone Cicero and Manfredi Sassoli de Bianchi

This first research update on the emerging landscape of growth in platforms and marketplaces is brought to you by the team at platformdesigntoolkit.com and is dispatched in our fortnightly newsletter.

This essay presents the first framing of an upcoming integration to the Platform Design Toolkit: a new Guide and a new Learning experience on Growth, Network Effects and Defensibility that will also cover the “product” side of a Platform-Marketplace Strategy. Stay tuned by subscribing here!

Catch up with the whole series here.

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Unbundling and Re-bundling as the world changes

This post is brought to you by the team at platformdesigntoolkit.com and is dispatched in our fortnightly newsletter. All the links you’ll find in this post were previously mentioned in it, so … subscribe!

This end of the year blog post provides a — always very much acclaimed by our community — year-round review of the most important reads, videos and podcasts you may have missed in 2020. It will surely fill your holiday read space with insights and prepare you at best for what’s coming up. This year we also provide a sneak peek on what was 2020 for…


by Simone Cicero and Emanuele Quintarelli

This post is brought to you by the team at platformdesigntoolkit.com and is dispatched in our fortnightly newsletter and it’s part of a new series on most innovative organizations of the 21C called EEEO Conversations.

As the loyal readers will certainly know, in the more recent months, we’ve started abstracting and developing a new approach to organizational design and development called the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Enabling Organization.

The main inspiration for the development of such a model and approach to structuring an organization was the tight work that we’ve been doing in the last year…


Research Update #8 - How Technological trends and a new landscape of Risk will reshape the network-based economy of the next decade

This is the 8th in a series of research updates that we share with the community to keep everyone updated on our latest progress on the research for our 2020 White Paper: New Foundations of Platform-Ecosystem Thinking.

In this update, we share the latest research notes we developed in the process of revising our forecast about the future of platform-ecosystems thinking and it’s application. It was in January 2019 the last time we provided a relevant update on this and that post is still a relevant premise to this: we suggest the reader give it a read, especially as it…


THE NEW GROWTH LANDSCAPE #2 — READ 1,3,4

A framework for the long term viability of a markeplace-platform strategy by Simone Cicero and Manfredi Sassoli de Bianchi

This second research update on the emerging landscape of growth in platforms and marketplaces is brought to you by the team at platformdesigntoolkit.com and is dispatched in our fortnightly newsletter.

This essay introduces a framework to think about acquiring relatively sustainable competitive advantage in a marketplace-platform context, ensuring better defensibility through the analysis of the networks of relationships that underlie the platform experiences we bring on the market, a conscientious use of specific flywheels and other tactics. In this post we don’t focus on solving the liquidity problem, and the so-called chicken-egg issue, that will be the subject of the…


BOUNDARYLESS CONVERSATIONS PODCAST — SEASON WRAP-UP

In this episode with Lisa Gansky and Bill Fischer, we pick their brains on the key theses emerging from the research for our upcoming 2020 Whitepaper, around which the exploration of the first season of the Boundaryless Conversations Podcast has been focused. They share interesting views on the future of organizing, from the perspectives of ecosystems, innovation, invention, communities and the rapid, large scale change we’ve experienced first hand through the pandemic.

Join Lisa and Bill in our sense-making event on 23 July!

Lisa and Bill will be co-hosting our BIG sense-making event on 23 July. We have invited all our previous Podcast guests for a day for further explorations and collective sense-making.


BOUNDARYLESS CONVERSATIONS PODCAST #18

John Bunch explains why Zappos uses research on cities to inform its internal structure, and the ambition to create an anti-fragile company that can be around for 1000 years and more. That puts pressure on evolving the company quickly to respond to new market demands and opportunities, while ensuring that people in the organisation are fully aligned with its core values and can move swiftly within its enabling constraints.

Podcast Notes

In this episode we have a conversation with John Bunch, Lead Organizational Designer and Adviser to the CEO Tony Hsieh at Zappos. John joined Zappos.com in 2009 as a Software Developer and moved on to lead the Public API team. John was the Implementation Lead during Zappos’ shift to Holacracy and self-organization. Coming out of the roll-out of Holacracy, John transitioned to leading internal infrastructure and systems design.

In the conversation, they talk about how Zappos — through the application of Holacracy and marked-based dynamics — is becoming a thriving entrepreneurial organization. …


BOUNDARYLESS CONVERSATIONS PODCAST #17

Jeremiah Owyang talks about how the recent turbulence in the US has led to a broken taboo around issues like racism and social inequalities and that tech companies start to realise their moral responsibilities towards people and society. Looking into the future, things need to speed up towards more resilient and sustainable supply chains, as “angry” weather events tell us the urgency.

Podcast Notes

In this episode, we’re speaking to Jeremiah Owyang, founding partner of the San Francisco based research firm Kaleido Insights, where he focuses on how disruptive technologies — such as social media, collaborative economy, autonomous world, blockchain and more — and how they impact the relevance of corporations.

Jeremiah is well recognized by both the tech industry and the media for his grounded approach to deriving insights through rigorous research.and is frequently quoted in top-tier publications, has given a TED talk and was featured in the “Who’s Who” in the Silicon Valley Business Journal. His Twitter feed was named one…


Dear reader,

Welcome to this inaugural six months highlights newsletter on medium, giving you a quick recap on what we’ve been publishing on Stories of Platform Design in the first half of 2020. If you want to receive our fortnightly curation newsletter as well, please subscribe here and join our +6k subscribers.

This spring has often felt like living several decades in only a few months. In Boundaryless, when the Covid-19 sent most of us into some form of lock-down, we got busy focusing our attention on two main things.

First of all, turning all our training and service offers…

Simone Cicero

Co-Creator of http://platformdesigntoolkit.com, Thinkers50 Radar 2020 Co-Founder of Boundaryless

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