Trends #0066 — Ecosystems

“Work begins with the division of labor.”

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💎 Why It Matters

This is glue for topics we’ve discussed including agenciesproductized servicesmicro-SaaSdigital productsonline coursesmicro private equity and more. 

🔍 Problem

Platforms can’t find or seize most opportunities to improve their ecosystems.

💡 Solution

We can build servicesSaaS apps and digital products to extend and improve platforms.

🏁 Players

Twitter

Shopify

WordPress

🔮 Predictions

☁️ Opportunities

🔑 Key Lessons 

  • Platforms can’t solve all of their own problems. Extensibility helps fill niches without complicating the core product.
  • Today’s SaaS apps can’t exist in isolation. Users expect integrations. Hence the rise of Zapier, Integromat and Automate.io.
  • Platforms attract and extract. Low take rates and high affiliate commissions attract partners. Value is extracted once network effects are strong.

😠 Haters

“You didn’t talk about how to build platforms.”
Most platforms are in winner-take-most markets. There are more opportunities to build on platforms than to build them. To learn more about building platforms, see micro-marketplaces and managed marketplaces.

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Thanks to Stewart Townsend (Channel as a Service), Vishal Srivastava (Trainedge), Shashank Yadav (Omdena) and Yarty Kim (Bourne Fighter). We had a great time jamming on this report.


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  • 12-minute audio episode with Ecosystem stories, insights and opportunities. 

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