Platforms 20.38 — A weekly digest

A short round-up of what we've seen this week on the intersection of #platforms, #marketplaces and #business, and thought was interesting.


“How did we spot those baby unicorns in the wild? Did we just get lucky? Because we really want to find more of them.”

☝️ The Memos: Bessemer Venture Partners. A series of #investment #memos on platform superstars. A peek at how sausages are made 🌭 Link


“.. when offline payments briefly disappear and suddenly merge with online payments, offline- and online-focused networks suddenly find that they’re competing head-to-head.”

☝️ No One’s Splitting the Bill, But Venmo Is Surging. How #Venmo has become #PayPal’s pandemic secret weapon. The #infrastructure typically is the Secret Weapon 👩‍🎓 Link


“To participate successfully in ecosystems, traditional companies must often change the way they think about customers. Instead of limiting themselves to services within their historical industry borders, they may venture beyond in an effort to serve customers from one end of the customer journey to the other”

☝️ Ecosystem 2.0: Climbing to the next level. A good primer on #ecosystem #innovation (but let's drop that '2.0') 📖 Link

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