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Overview of US Platforms & Social Networking (Startonomics Tokyo, June 2009) by Dave McClure.

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    Overview of US Platforms & Social Networking (Startonomics Tokyo, June 2009) Overview of US Platforms & Social Networking (Startonomics Tokyo, June 2009) Presentation Transcript

    • US Platforms, Markets, and Opportunities Startonomics / Tokyo - June 9, 2009 Dave McClure, Founders Fund Bradley Horowitz, Google Dan Gould, Fox Interactive
    • Evolution of Platforms + Successful Platform Monopolists
      • IBM = Big Iron (1970s-1990s)
      • Intel = Integrated Circuit (1980's-curr.)
      • Microsoft = Desktop (1990's - mid 2000’s)
      • Cisco = Network (1990's-curr.)
      • Google = Search Act II (2000-curr.)
      • PayPal = Online Payments (2000-curr.)
      • Apple = iTunes + iPod (2003-curr.)
      • YouTube = Online Video (2006-curr.)
      • AOL = Email + Gated Internet (1992-2001)
      • Yahoo = Search Act I (1994-2000)
      • Amazon = Books/New Goods (1995-curr.)
      • eBay = Used Goods (1995-2004)
      • Craigslist = Classifieds (1998-curr.)
      • Friendster = Social Networks vI (2002-2004)
      • LinkedIn = Prof. Social Networks (2003-curr.)
      • MySpace = Social Networks v2 (2005-2007)
      • Facebook = Social Networks v3 (2007-curr.)
      • Twitter = Social Networks v3.5 (2008-?)
    • Social Platform Wars (circa late 2007 / early 2008)
      • Missing :
      • Twitter
      • Apple/iPhone
      • Zynga/SGN/+
      • Microsoft
      • Ning
      • MMORPGs
      • FriendFeed
      • (many others)
      • (intl players)
    • Platform Viability Successful Platforms have 3 Things: 1) Features 2) Users 3) Money Users . . Money Features Growth Profit Profitable Growth Nirvana
    • Platform Discussion Topics
      • “ HOT ” platforms: iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, Wave (?)
      • Email & IM : Yahoo, MSFT, Google, AOL, Skype
      • Social Networks : Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, Orkut, hi5, Friendster, etc
      • Payment & E-Commerce : Amazon (1-Click), eBay (PayPal), Apple (iTunes)
      • Mobile : iPhone, Palm, Android, Blackberry, etc
      • Gaming : Zynga, RockYou, Slide, Playfish, SGN
      • Development : Amazon (AWS), Google AppEngine, Mozilla, Ruby/Rails, Python/Django, etc
      • Other : SalesForce, Craigslist, Wikipedia, YouTube
    • Vertical Market Platforms?
      • Family & Parenting
      • Geographic / Cultural
      • Sports / Entertainment
      • Academic
      • Other?