Innovative Platforms

February 24, 2019

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Digital technologies give rise to a variety of platforms. Uber matches drivers and riders. iTunes makes apps available for iPhone users.

For this assignment, please identify companies/organizations that you think have an innovative platform. Why are they innovative? Discuss the function of the platform, two or three interesting elements of the platform, and highlight the value creation of the platform. If you have room, feel free to make observations about aspects of the value capture strategy, but do not make it central.

Create an approximately 500-600 word post to make your contribution by Sunday, February 24 at 8 p.m.

Please also respond to and comment on three other posts per module. Your comments are due Monday, February 25, at 10 a.m. Feel free to use graphics, data, videos and links to other sites to corroborate your points.

Selected posts will be discussed in class and also featured on the HBS Digital Initiative website.

Please prepare a 2-3 min summary of your blog post before Monday’s class.

Responses (39)

onX maps: A GPS app for hunters
Fidel Cashflow
Fidel Cashflow
Last modified on February 24, 2019 at 9:21 pm
onX is a one-sided platform for outdoor enthusiasts. It combines GPS technology with public records to provide data in an intuitive, integrated, and visually rich format.
Rent the Runway and the Future of Retail
Gina Ciancone
Posted on February 25, 2019 at 2:39 am
Rent the Runway continues to challenge the need of brick-and-mortar retail stores by providing a compelling and accessible online platform to rent high-end women’s fashion for work, evening, and any event in between.
Who said Journalism is dead?
Posted on March 5, 2019 at 7:32 pm
The death of journalism It is no secret that print media is suffering. From 2000 to 2015, US newspaper print advertising revenue fell from $60 billion to $20 billion. [1] This, however, is less a reflection of high-quality written content going [...]
Digital health provider platforms – will Wellpepper win users?
Posted on February 24, 2019 at 2:42 pm
  ‘Digital health’ is a trendy term that connotes a crowded marketplace of new technological tools in medical care delivery, design, and reimbursement.  Direct-to-consumer digital health involves the efforts of many ventures spanning the range of telemedicine to patient navigation [...]