Alibaba, Complementary Platforms and Why Dinosaur Packs Are Scary (Daily Update – Jeff’s Asia Tech Class)

I consider digital platforms the super predators of the business world. They are like that Indominus Rex dinosaur in the movie Jurassic World that is part T-Rex and part velociraptor (photo here). And when it breaks free (which always happens in those movies), it runs around eating everything on the island. Because it is the […]

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Software and the Sexy but Dangerous Economics of Digital (pt 1 of 3)

Why are so many things free on the internet? And on our smartphones? And what does this mean for the economics of traditional products and services as they become smart, connected and infused with software? So the question is why are things free on the internet?   My answer is the sexy but dangerous economics […]