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

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

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

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  • 1. US Platforms, Markets, and Opportunities Startonomics / Tokyo - June 9, 2009 Dave McClure, Founders Fund Bradley Horowitz, Google Dan Gould, Fox Interactive
  • 2. 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-?)
  • 3. Social Platform Wars (circa late 2007 / early 2008)
    • Missing :
    • Twitter
    • Apple/iPhone
    • Zynga/SGN/+
    • Microsoft
    • Ning
    • MMORPGs
    • FriendFeed
    • (many others)
    • (intl players)
  • 4. Platform Viability Successful Platforms have 3 Things: 1) Features 2) Users 3) Money Users . . Money Features Growth Profit Profitable Growth Nirvana
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Vertical Market Platforms?
    • Family & Parenting
    • Geographic / Cultural
    • Sports / Entertainment
    • Academic
    • Other?

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