Platform Digest — 21.09

👋 On time for your weekend: a round-up of this week's remarkable stories at the intersection of #ecosystem #innovation and #platform #organisation.


Scale vs. curation: The tension at the heart of retail

[T]he tension between endless virtual aisles and carefully curated product offers is not a binary distinction. [T]he ultimate goal for both is the same: allow consumers to engage with the product assortment, and to empower them through different means to make good decisions in an increasingly digital-first world.

📓 A playbook for valuable experiences at scaleThink with Google


The Pseudonym Call Option:

This optionality, safety, flexibility, and “brand” like qualities make pseudonyms a very interesting opportunity to think about as we deepen the amount of time and effort we put into our online identities.

🥸 Pseudonymity is a design strategy—Art $ Attention


NFTs and a Thousand True Fans:

The thousand true fans thesis builds on the original ideals of the internet: users and creators globally connected, unconstrained by intermediaries, sharing ideas and economic upside. Incumbent social media platforms sidetracked this vision by locking creators into a bundle of distribution and monetization. There are, correspondingly, two ways to challenge them: take the users, or take the money. Crypto and NFTs give us a new way to take the money. Let’s make it happen.

🔮 The future is unevenly distributed, but it will arrive—Chris Dixon

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