In 1996, Microsoft founded what later became Expedia and spun it off in 1999. It shows that even Bill Gates couldn’t imagine that Expedia would become a $22b market cap giant in less than 20 years. And it demonstrates the power of the platform business model. Once you have a winning concept, you can scale it up massively in short amount of time.
Business Model Canvas
The Business Model Canvas is a very popular tool among innovators devised by Alexander Osterwalder. I am using it to explain some of the most interesting company in-depth profiles as well as some fundamental business models.
If someone asked you “which company is the biggest one in the travel industry?” what would you answer? Maybe American Airlines? Or the Hilton hotel chain? They are some of the biggest players in this industry. Yet, Booking.com’s parent Priceline surpassed both combined by market cap, easily.
Learn how about Booking.com’s business model in-depth in the most popular strategy tool, the Business Model Canvas.
It will help you understand the platform business model which underpins Booking’s success. It will help you sharpen your innovation knowledge.
Demand aggregator platforms like Yelp, Tripadvisor, Groupon, Foursquare have grown at breakneck pace. Even ten years ago hardly anyone would have anticipated their multi-billion dollar valuations. They are strategically positioned on the demand side, unlike Uber and Airbnb who are positioned on the supply side.
Learn how their business model works in-depth using the Business Model Canvas from one of their most successful ones: Yelp.
Airbnb is a fascinating company. It is valued at $31b as of mid-2017 (pre-IPO). It has managed to exceed the market capitalisation of Hilton and Hyatt combined in less than 10 years since its start-up. They are serving over 3 million listings in more than 65,000 cities in over 190 countries and 200,000,000 guests to date. Today, we are going to have an in-depth look at Airbnb’s business model using the Business Model Canvas tool.
The Platform Business Model is fuelling the most envied start-ups and most valuable publicly listed companies. Google, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, Alibaba make most of their revenues from this business model. Today, I am showing it fits in the extremely popular innovation tool, the Business Model Canvas.