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Newsletter 144: Airbnb's Ecosystem, Europe's AI Act, Circular Platforms' Funding

Keep up to date with Digital Business Trends and what is happening in TheNTWK Community with our Newsletter. Learn from others and share your experiences at TheNTWK, the hub of knowledge for digital business models. Templates: Metrics Assessment

NTWKer Sameer Singh has released an improved version of the “Metrics assessment for companies with network effects”.

“This 5-question quiz gives you a quick overview of the metrics you need to be measuring at this stage and a rough guideline of what “good” looks like. Founders/operators and investors can use it to identify key metrics for any company (as long as it is built on network effects), and validate the “health” of traction.”


Unpacking Airbnb's Ecosystem: An Analysis Using the Ecosystem Strategy Map (ESM)

NTWKer Julian Kawohl has a new blog post analyzing Airbnb's ecosystem strategy and innovation.💡

"Airbnb is not just another travel and hospitality platform; it's a multi-layered ecosystem that has redefined the way we experience travel. With a revenue of $8.4 billion in 2022 and a net income of $1.9 billion, Airbnb has established itself as a dominant player in the industry.

Explore Airbnb's revenue-driven ecosystem strategy reshaping travel with role versatility, partnerships, and innovation."


Circular Platforms Gain Traction: $386 Million Raised Globally in 2023

NTWKer Peter C. Evans shared: "How much have circular platforms raised world-wide year-to-date? This isn't an easy question to answer since there are no existing lists to tap. Here is my list. Note that this does not include all funding flowing into circular economy startups. We are looking hear at a specialized subset of circular platforms and marketplaces. Collectively these 15 startups have raised $386 million. The regional break down is Asian- 47%, Europe - 27% and N. America 26%. Since their founding, this group has raised $1.6 billion."


Five big takeaways from Europe’s AI Act

A tech policy update from MIT Technology Review about the European AI Act:

"The AI Act vote passed with an overwhelming majority, but the final version is likely to look a bit different.

It was a big week in tech policy in Europe with the European Parliament’s vote to approve its draft rules for the AI Act on the same day EU lawmakers filed a new antitrust lawsuit against Google.

The AI Act vote passed with an overwhelming majority and has been heralded as one of the world’s most important developments in AI regulation. The European Parliament’s president, Roberta Metsola, described it as “legislation that will no doubt be setting the global standard for years to come.”


Harvard Business Review - Ideas and Advice for Leaders

"Hiring leaders for their experience is sensible if the future environment is expected to be similar to that of the past and if the firm’s main goal is to navigate this stable environment ever more efficiently. ... But in today’s volatile context, experience may be less valuable than ever, as it becomes outdated quickly."

Martin Reeves, Felix Rüdiger, Arthur Boulenger and Adam Job are urging companies in their HBR article to reimagine their business.


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