3 thoughts on “Profit From Platforms”

  1. Having not read book, just review, I am in an ideal position to comment πŸ™‚

    Hackers and Painters seems like it makes some similar points though.

    However, having run a software company I would say yeees, but thats not the whole story. Sorry Geeks, but it isn’t.

    Take iPod/iTunes for eg – its not just a software platform..its an end to end value chain.

    Yes, you need the best developers you can get…a few good ones are far more productive than a large team of OK ones.

    But you also need people who can understand customer needs, people who can build great use cases and system specs, people who are great at customer sales and service.

    Oh, and people who can design great consumer icons πŸ˜‰

    If you have a stable existing business like MSFT, maybe developers are the critical cost component, but in a flexible environment a lot of others skills come into play.

    • imho of course, based on not reading the book, but since when has that been a barrier to blogging πŸ˜‰

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