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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)

  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 <ul><li>IBM = Big Iron (1970s-1990s) </li></ul><ul><li>Intel = Integrated Circuit (1980's-curr.) </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft = Desktop (1990's - mid 2000’s) </li></ul><ul><li>Cisco = Network (1990's-curr.) </li></ul><ul><li>Google = Search Act II (2000-curr.) </li></ul><ul><li>PayPal = Online Payments (2000-curr.) </li></ul><ul><li>Apple = iTunes + iPod (2003-curr.) </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube = Online Video (2006-curr.) </li></ul><ul><li>AOL = Email + Gated Internet (1992-2001) </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo = Search Act I (1994-2000) </li></ul><ul><li>Amazon = Books/New Goods (1995-curr.) </li></ul><ul><li>eBay = Used Goods (1995-2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Craigslist = Classifieds (1998-curr.) </li></ul><ul><li>Friendster = Social Networks vI (2002-2004) </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn = Prof. Social Networks (2003-curr.) </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace = Social Networks v2 (2005-2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook = Social Networks v3 (2007-curr.) </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter = Social Networks v3.5 (2008-?) </li></ul>
  3. Social Platform Wars (circa late 2007 / early 2008) <ul><li>Missing : </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Apple/iPhone </li></ul><ul><li>Zynga/SGN/+ </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft </li></ul><ul><li>Ning </li></ul><ul><li>MMORPGs </li></ul><ul><li>FriendFeed </li></ul><ul><li>(many others) </li></ul><ul><li>(intl players) </li></ul>
  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 <ul><li>“ HOT ” platforms: iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, Wave (?) </li></ul><ul><li>Email & IM : Yahoo, MSFT, Google, AOL, Skype </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networks : Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, Orkut, hi5, Friendster, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Payment & E-Commerce : Amazon (1-Click), eBay (PayPal), Apple (iTunes) </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile : iPhone, Palm, Android, Blackberry, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming : Zynga, RockYou, Slide, Playfish, SGN </li></ul><ul><li>Development : Amazon (AWS), Google AppEngine, Mozilla, Ruby/Rails, Python/Django, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Other : SalesForce, Craigslist, Wikipedia, YouTube </li></ul>
  6. Vertical Market Platforms? <ul><li>Family & Parenting </li></ul><ul><li>Geographic / Cultural </li></ul><ul><li>Sports / Entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Academic </li></ul><ul><li>Other? </li></ul>

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