The Pareto Principle Applied to Platform Ecosystems

I've grown fond of comparing platform economies with real world economies. "Platforms" are fairly abstract things - intangible for most - so relating them with familiar concepts and principles makes them easier to understand.

Threads vs Metaverse: habits, not technology, make a Platform

It's been fun to watch the growth of Threads. Earning 20% of the weekly active user base of Twitter within two weeks is impressive, even for Zuck.

App Marketplace News

Heedjy brings ecosystem-as-a-service to SaaS startups

Most successful B2B SaaS businesses encounter the "buy it or build it" dilemma as they amass enough integrations to warrant an app marketplace. Heedjy hope to make "buy" the default option.

App Marketplace News

Shopify paid out $561m to app developers in 2022

Shopify's latest investor overview "Leading the future of commerce" just dropped, and features some eyewateringly good numbers for their developer ecosystem.

App Marketplace News

GitHub Copilot generates up to 46% of all code (but you're not out of a job)

In a blog post announcing GitHub Copilot for Business, some pretty incredible stats were sprinkled around. 46% of all code created using GitHub Copilot is accepted by developers across all programming languages. That's up from 27% in June of last year.

An Embarrassing Oversight Helped Create Facebook's $167billion Mobile Advertising Business

Half-way through 2012, you’d have been forgiven for thinking that Facebook was doing a MySpace. In other words, Facebook was on a fast path to slow, painful decline.

App Marketplace Strategy

On True App Marketplaces, Nobody Knows You're A Dog

In July 1993 cartoonist Peter Steiner sat at his desk, trying to think of a clever caption for one of many cartoons he created for the New Yorker.

App Marketplace Analysis

Lessons in Platform Strategy from Atlassian’s 2019 Investor Session

One of the best ways to get a closer look “under the hood” of public companies is to check out their Investor Day presentations.

People, Platforms, and PWAs: Three Forces Driving the Future of Micro-entrepreneurship

The technology industry’s buzzword du jour is “platform.” Conceptually, the idea of a “platform” is not new, but technology companies’ desire to become platform companies, and the number of new companies claiming their status as a “platform” has accelerated dramatically over the last few years.

Why the Gig Economy’s Minimum Wage Debate Matters to Platform Companies

Fast Company recently reported that contractors at multiple delivery platforms have partnered with labor advocacy group Working Washington to demand a $15/hour minimum wage across the entire gig economy.

Product Integrations

Your API Is Not A Feature

Early stage SaaS companies survive and thrive by creating new customer value as fast as they can. Ignore feature requests from your early adopters at your peril. They churn, you fail.

Browsers, Not Apps, Are Still The Future Of Mobile

Are native apps dead yet? Are browsers and the web still the future of mobile? What is a browser, anyway?