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What is a Platform?

Every business wants to be a platform, because that is where the big money is to be made. But what are platforms? The literature contains a confusing variety of examples. Search engines, social networks, online marketplaces, operating systems, browsers, the statistical package R, real estate brokers, shopping malls, nightclubs, color TV’s, auto body frames, credit […]

How Gitlab Messed up its Governance

On the 23rd of October, Gitlab users received a message explaining that the Terms of Service were updated so that the enterprise edition of Gitlab would contain telemetry. In plain English, this means that Gitlab Inc. would collect unspecified data from how companies use their enterprise edition of Gitlab and might send it to third […]

What is Your Ecosystem? The Ecosystem Ar...

Product innovation usually causes a change in your ecosystem. When music became downloadable, this disrupted the market for CDs and DVDs and created a new ecosystem for downloadable music dominated by iTunes and Amazon. The current move from combustion engines to electric vehicles reconfigures the ecosystem of car manufacturers, as new suppliers become relevant for […]