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May 2, 2016

A conversation with MIT gig economy guru Van Alstyne

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.

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.

Listen to the full podcast from Products That Count here.

About

SC Moatti is the managing partner of Mighty Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and Products That Count, one of the largest networks of product managers, leaders and entrepreneurs in the world. Previously, she built products that billions of people use at Facebook, Nokia and Electronic Arts. She also serves on boards of both public and private companies, including mobile technology giant Opera Software (OPERA:Oslo). An award-winning bestselling author, Moatti frequently gives keynotes on investing and innovation at prestigious conferences globally, including the Mobile World Congress, the Collision Conference, and the Commonwealth Club; and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, and on NPR. She lectures at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she earned her MBA and has a Master of Science in electrical engineering. A16Z general partner Andrew Chen called SC “a genius at making mobile products people love.” For more information, visit Mighty.Capital

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