Can firms challenge critical mass in multi-sided platform markets?

I came across this nicely written piece about platform markets – “From Netscape to eHarmony: The High Risks and Big Rewards of Platform Markets” on http://strategy-business.com Technology eco-systems are common in markets with multi-sided business models – For e.g the smartphone app-store connecting developers & phone-users, online-marketplace & storefronts connecting buyers & sellers. The article introduces the term ‘tipping point’ – an alternate representation of a critical mass of users needed to create positive network effects. An interesting question raised herein is: How can you identify a platform market that is attractive to enter, and under which conditions is it appealing? Defining the...

The 50th entry – a collated list …

It has been a while since I have started this blog. It has been enriching being more disciplined in creating original content (while curating some). Looking back over these 49 blog post entries, I thought it might be a good time to take a pause – and collate in the 50th entry some of the original content I created in the process. So here it follows … 1. Smart e-Governance – An entry strategy for Smart Cities 2. mPOS: Addressing new customer segments! A case of blue-ocean strategy! 3. Yahoo acquires Tumblr – a move towards competitive parity? 4. A case...

Smart e-Governance – An entry strategy for Smart Cities

There is a lot of discussion and hype around Smart Cities. Analysts use different criteria to define Smart Cities as an aggregation of different types of services. While the obvious Smart Players exist, several companies also aspire to grab a big chunk of this pie. With this mind, they are all busy charting out plans to be Smart City players – trying to tie together individual services & technologies under their umbrella and assessing what more can be done to close the gap. Typically ‘Smart’ Transportation vendors are looking to fill the gaps and hoping to be a dominant player....

Helping the cities, service providers assist smart city adoption

A report on Forrester by Jennifer Belissent indicates that local governments are increasingly investing in technology – with the intent of sustainably transforming various City functions and reaching the eventual objective of  building Smart Cities. Here’s a glimpse of the report through a blog by Ms. Belissent. Cities, don’t go it alone. Service providers accelerate smart city projects. (via Forrester Research)

mPOS: Addressing new customer segments! A case of blue-ocean strategy!

In an attempt to better understand and apply the blue-ocean strategy, I decided to test the framework on a rapidly evolving market – the payment’s industry. The solutions in the payments industry can be broadly classified into categories: those addressing emerging economies and those addressing developed economies. It naturally follows that the value propositions of the payments solutions in these two segments are quite apart and hence the associated value networks differ as well. Here, I take a look at the developed economy market and specifically into a trend that has attracted several firms – mobile point of sale (mPOS). In its...

Product Manager: The messenger of the market!

I came across this presentation on the Pragmatic Marketing website about a year back and thought of sharing this on the blog here. The author, Steve Johnson, presents an extremely interesting articulation of the Product Management role in technology companies – “A product manager is a messenger of the market”. He also presents interesting insights into the role of product managers accelerating the adoption of agile methodologies. A must read for those interested in career options in product management.