What do Google, Facebook, Alibaba, Uber, Airbnb have in common apart from the fact that they are some of the most valuable start-ups of the recent years? They are all platforms businesses! The success of these envied companies has made the platform business model the holy grail of business models.
Platform business model: the most revolutionary innovation idea right now
The platform business model must be considered the most important and revolutionary business model of the last decade or two. Google, Facebook, Alibaba, Uber, Airbnb, Paypal and many other of the most successful startups are built on this business model.
The great misconception is that this is only an opportunity for high-flying IT companies. In reality anyone can come up with these ideas. Why should not an incumbent from the hospitality industry come up with the idea of TripAdvisor or Airbnb? Gain the knowledge you need to understand how this business model works and develop your own ideas.
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