The economies of Crowdsourcing

“The workforce in the cloud: ‘Talent exchanges’ on the web are starting to transform the world of work” – via the The Economist Reading about $10 flat rate, I wondered –   Will anyone be motivated to offer services at sub-par minimum-wages level? Can that impact the long-term trend in wages? Can such labor-exchanges portals create a long term impact on minimum wages? Will regulators feel the need to step in?

Amazon’s India entry – launches marketplace

Amazon discreetly enters the Indian e-Commerce space – starts with the online marketplace business. (Click Here for the article – via “The Next Web”) In an attempt to bypass foreign direct investment (FDI) restrictions in India, Amazon has entered in an head-on competition with eBay – one small step behind Flipkart. Investing in Snapdeal empowers Amazon to localize the offering, complementing junglee.com – thus saving it time in this respect. Can Amazon leverage is renowned supply chain expertise through its Fulfillment business? While marketplace is an exciting opportunity to leverage, Amazon would sure hope that the FDI restrictions are relaxed for e-commerce vendors...

Internet of Things & Business Model Innovation – via HBR

In a world networked with people & things – value creation has gone beyond the traditional approach. Even a pure products/manufacturing company can rethink its business model – enabling value creation through non-traditional service offerings. Here is an interesting read from the ‘HBR Blog Network’ about the internet of things and the potential impact it can create on business models. How the Internet of Things Changes Everything

Blue Ocean Strategy for a networked society.. my two cents to some interesting posts…

Recently while working on a self-imposed assignment – testing the application of blue ocean strategy on an actual business situation – I came across a series of recent blog posts by Sami Dob at Ericsson. I was delighted to see an industry practitioner write about the blue-ocean-strategy. While it has insightful recommendations, it did challenge some of my understanding of the concept. These blog entries refer to the application of Blue Ocean Strategy to the Networked Society – defined as a combination of heterogeneous networks, connected by end-point devices and served by the cloud ecosystem. So? Why this blog entry? For one, I wonder if the...

Market sizing, product strategy … dealing with a shrinking 2D printing market..

The slide-deck in this post is a blast from the past!  A few months before I started my internship with Xerox, I thought of creating a nice little slide deck – in an attempt to articulate a new proposition. It is public knowledge that the print industry is shrinking (2D printing – to be more accurate) and Xerox has been major player in this industry catering specifically to the enterprise customer segment. I’ve attempted to do two things in this deck: 1. Proposed an alteration to the product strategy (printers specifically) enabling value added benefits for the enterprise customer and the...

Yahoo continues its acquisition spree – a bid for Hulu this time!

Yahoo continues its acquisition spree – this time it has bid for Hulu.com Hulu brings along a lot of content along with demographic data to complement the Tumblr acquisition. Yahoo competes with media giants and private equity firms for this bid! The ‘range’ of the bid indicates its desperation – clearly it does not want to repeat the Youtube bidding scenario. It might seem like Yahoo is trying to fill the Youtube gap in its portfolio, Hulu has its differences when compared to Youtube. Hopefully Yahoo doesn’t try to replicate Google’s Youtube strategy with Hulu – it deserves a integration & monetizing...