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The Power of Contemporary Platforms

What can your organization learn from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google?

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It’s not understatement to claim that the platform is the important, powerful, and controversial business model of the millennium. In this talk, I explain how even small businesses can learn a great deal from the Gang of Four. 


Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are extremely successful for many reasons, but make no mistake: their underlying business model is at the top of the list. Each embraced platform thinking and has made billions of dollars in the process. Fortunately, there’s a great deal that every organization can learn from “the Gang of Four.”

In one of my most popular talks, I draw upon the lessons from my award-winning book The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business.

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What Attendees Will Learn

I answer the following questions and more:

  • Beyond perhaps the most pervasive buzzword in the business lexicon today, just what is a platform anyway?
  • What are planks, anyway? How do they extend the power of platforms?
  • What’s all of this hubbub about ecosystems?
  • How can application programming interfaces (APIs) and software development kits (SDKs) attract external developers and ultimately fuel innovation?
  • What are the greatest benefits of—and downsides to—platform thinking?
  • Other than “the Gang of Four”, which new platforms are potentially the most powerful?
  • Why are frenemies here to stay?


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