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Publisher's Summary

An inside look at the revolutionary business power of the platform - from the experts who helped discover how it works.
Facebook, PayPal, Alibaba, Uber - these seemingly disparate companies have upended entire industries by harnessing a single phenomenon: the platform business model. Platform Revolution delivers the first comprehensive analysis of how platforms use technology to match producers and consumers in a multisided marketplace, unlocking hidden resources and creating new forms of value. When a company like Uber connects drivers with passengers, everybody wins - except traditional cab companies, which are scrambling to survive. Assumptions about operations, finance, strategy, and innovation all change. Platform Revolution explores the what, how, and why of this revolution and provides the first "owner's manual" for creating a platform marketplace. Revealing the strategies behind some of today's rising platforms, the authors explain how entrepreneurs - and traditional companies - can thrive in this new world. In cases as diverse as shoes, spices, dating, energy, home appliances, and education, Platform Revolution provides the essential guide to unlocking the potential of an economic landscape transformed.
©2016 Geoffrey G. Parker, Marshall W. Van Alstyne, and Sangeet Paul Choudary. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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By Jason Close on 05-28-16

Great book

This was a great book. The only downfall is that it is so jam packed with talking points, it probably needs to be purchased as a physical book, so that one can reference it much easier.

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By Kevin M on 09-13-16

Finally a book that just gives you the info.

This is a text book. It is not exciting, it does have interesting examples of all the principles it's covering but it is not meant to enthrall. As someone who just wanted the information about what drives the platform industry and the differences between it and the traditional model, this book was fantastic. I find most tech books are written as self serving the author just trying to highlight they're own "world changing" theories on business. Almost like most fitness books are mostly written to help build a fitness brand for the author first, and help the reader second. This book is not those. Just info, data, examples, perspective, guidance, history and prediction. It's boring and it's perfect. I'm actually going to go through the whole thing it again.

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By phil chadwick on 03-30-17

Absolute must read for pretty much everybody

This is my favourite audible book i've ever bought. The authors are clearly very very knowledgeable about platform businesses, and are systematic in their explanation of how platform businesses work, what makes them successful and the potential implications for society. Anybody interested in entrepreneurship, politics or just societal trends should listen to this book as soon as possible

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By David M Fairbairn on 10-18-16

just what i was looking for.

I loved it. As an entrepreneur building a multi sided platform, this was spot on.

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By Brian on 05-24-17

review of current trends

This book was generally interesting and primarily an analysis of recent trends and some predictions of where business may be heading.

I listened at double speed, clarity was fine and I think this helped getting through a book with such dense material.

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By Dave on 01-18-17

Extremely interesting & insightful

Own a business and want to stay relevant? Just listen to it. You HAVE to.

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