“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” Sometimes, it’s not important to disrupt but rather enabling the existing infrastructure in place to solve real, validated pain-points.
Pipelines and Platforms
- The classic HBR article (April 2016) on the rise of platform business models has changed the way software products are created nowadays. Every ‘platform’ has a two-sided responsibility to support the buyer and seller community, and in return derive value through interactions happening between them. Airbnb, Upwork, Uber, Google, Apple, Facebook - they have all changed the world through their platforms. They enable ecosystems of various businesses and hence, derive value by creating it.
Read ’Platform Revolution
’ and ’Scaling Lean
’ to mix an understanding of double-sided, simultaneous business model with system thinking principles.
I am this crazy fan of flashcards. It’s a wonderful method to learn in a bite-sized amount to not only increase the exposure of new information but also facilitate subject recall. Sweet and easy to use, this could be the coolest new teaching tool for educators.
My count is 2/9. Adding all of these to my summer reading list. Marketplaces are the most interesting business models to work with. That’s why marketplaces get a lot of books written on them. Get your hands dirty with any of these and understand how the most powerful companies (read: smart marketplaces) taking over the world.