We need to talk about platforms

Platforms are not to be confused with traditional corporations. They are much more. Here’s three reasons why: 1. Platforms are a new, unforeseen and strong user of power Platforms that aggregate people’s needs, physical assets and labour. Companies such as Amazon, Etsy, Facebook, Google, Salesforce, and Uber are creating online structures that enable a wide range of human activities. This opens the way for radical changes in how we work, socialize, create value in the economy, and compete for the resulting profits. In future, all of our interactions with strangers […]

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Why IoT leads to the platform economy?

  1. There is nothing new about platforms  An emergence of digital platform economy is driving fundamental changes in our societies. But there is nothing new about platforms. Platform refers to a product, technology or organization that enable direct interactions between two (or more) distinct actors. For example most General Motors cars were already years ago built on a shared product platform. So, no matter if you bought an Opel or a Cadillac, the underlying structure of the car was actually similar. It makes sense, of course, to standardise production […]

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3 Guidelines for Corporations Wishing to Grasp Collaborative Platforms

Facebook, AirBnB, Zipcar, Ebay and Wikipedia. The biggest new services have transformed the ways we eat, sleep, move, communicate and consume. And more often than not, they are also good business. Robin Chase, the co-founder of Zipcar and the author of Peers Inc., visited Demos Helsinki to share her thinking on the new emerging collaborative economy and tell us why it is a terribly frightening or exhilarating future for established legacy companies. Chase is not only a thought-provoking thinker and activist – she is the co-founder of a ride-sharing platform […]

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