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Dear community member,
enjoy this week's newsletter with some relevant news. We just published another update on our new growth landscape project, and opened the ticketing for the last pre-summer Bootcamp - with a new format! 


We also took the chance to revamp a bit our Positive Shapers application for our upcoming Platform Design Sprint in April. We introduced the Positive Shaper Tickets in February 2019 as a way to contribute to society, by supporting socially-minded individuals and organizations to help them achieve a larger impact. We offer a limited set of complete or highly discounted accesses to our Platform Design 2-Day Sprints where you will learn through a hands-on approach how to design strategies that pull and multiply impact beyond the potential of the limits of the organization. 
The new Growth Landscape: release #3 and a webinar!
Don't forget we have NFX's James Currier coming in conversation with us about growth and network effects in our upcoming webinar:
Read our third release about the research we're doing on Growth and Defensibility in Platforms and Marketplaces: 
  • A Strategic approach to Liquidity & the Chicken/Egg problem
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Read also the rest of the series:
- 1st instalment: Seeking Sustainable Growth in Platform-Marketplaces
- 2nd instalment: Understand the Network to Design for Growth and Defensibility

 
NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO:
What should you read, watch or listen?  What is for you in this edition of the newsletter?
Click here to watch our video highlights and save 10 minutes of clicking around.  Check the AUDIO ONLY VERSION if you prefer.
Apply to Join the 1st PDT Community Hack Session!
Prompted by many amazing integrations and hacks of the Platform Design Toolkit we are organizing a 2h session open to anyone from the community who has been actively hacking, modding and integrating Platform Design Toolkit with other tools, practices and points of view.

We hope to see you at our Community Hacks 2h session on March 25th 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM CET 
Add this to your calendar.
Apply here: Apply to Join the 1st PDT Community Hack Session
Learn with Us: a New Bootcamp 🧑‍🎓
We just completed just another crazy certification Bootcamp and we couldn't resist but sharing one attendee's review of the experience. By reading Pete Cohen's heartful review you'll get a tremendous peek into Boundaryless' culture and into our flagship learning experiences.
"It's hard to find the words to precisely describe, but the PDT community has a bit of a “punk” vibe to it — these aren’t stuffy business school type people." 

Pete Cohen - Principal Consultant at DiUs
As an answer to the feedback of the community, we also published a new Bootcamp for June that follows a different structure:
  • planned over three weeks 
  • 4 hours sessions (on two following days per each week) - 1PM/5PM CET
If you're not interested in a certification and instead you want to invest two days into a strategy sprint for your own project check the Design Sprint below!
Grab the Early bird!
And now enjoy our ...
PLATFORMS & ECOSYSTEMS 

KEY READS & MORE 
Our curated list of the best reads, videos, and podcasts to inform and transform your understanding 👇
🗞️ Reads
THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE ISSUE
NFTs and a Thousand True Fans ↴
Aren't #NFTs a way to enforce scarcity in digital assets? In that, why is the hacker subculture so excited about them? Are we just cutting out middlemen or are we getting excited for a tired replica of past dynamics that have been subverted by the Internet?
Thoughts inspired by recent Chris Dixon's essay: "Crypto and NFTs give us a new way to take the money. Let’s make it happen."
Reinventing Existing vs. Creating New Markets ↴
"whether a startup is reinventing an existing market, or creating a new one — I’ve noticed that the TAM opportunity tends to be underappreciated." another in-depth reflection by Pete Flint with many great starting points for founders tackling new markets.
A crowded space ↴
Awesome to see Josh Berlinger back to blogging regularly: check this out with a couple of vet interesting recent essays on marketplaces. We highlight especially the ones  focused on improving what we would call transaction engine-based models. Also, check out his new fund: Turtle Ventures!
Beacons: Not Boring Investment Memo ↴
An interesting case study description of a "rising star" of enabling the Creator Economy in the battlefield of winning creators' link in bio choice. "Owning the link in bio is the rare opportunity to aggregate the Aggregators. It’s the “most coveted real estate in tech.”
LinkedIn's Developing a New Freelance Marketplace ↴
LinkedIn is building a marketplace coupled with a digital wallet. As this strategy unfolds will be key to see how an incumbent will look into the demand side where the need for new processes and tools to manage a distributed, remote and nonemployed workforce is becoming essential by the hour.
The hyper freelance model ↴
In these extremely interesting reflections, Ben Issenmann describes the new emerging pattern of creative and financial freedom by describing the seamless approach of what he calls the hyper freelance model: consult > abstract > teach: rinse and repeat.
The GPT-3 Ecosystem ↴
What's the impact of generalized AI as a service? How does it impact competition and moat digging? A few initial thoughts on the GPT-3 app ecosystem here from Dattaraj Rao, Head AI Research of Persistent Systems, a leading global digital service solution agency for large companies.
CLASSIC READINGS (2014) 
Airbnb: The Growth Story You Didn't Know ↴
This classic blog post on growth hackers covers the initial years of Airbnb growth.

It feels like reading a history book at this point in time!
You really can't miss it.
... see our videos and podcast suggestions below 
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🎙️  Podcasts & Videos
Did you catch up with Boundaryless Conversation Podcast Episodes published so far?
Check them out as the podcast is also available on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsSoundcloudStitcherCastBoxRadioPublic, and other major podcasting platforms.
If you're using an Apple device, and you want to support our podcast, please take a moment now to go here and rate our podcast 5 stars! This really helps listeners discover our conversations and join our community!
Latest Episode: Mapping, Doctrine, and Culture in the Future of Organizing  ↴
We've been rarely so excited about a podcast release, because Simon Wardley's work has had such a tremendous impact on everything we've been doing in ages (especially on Platforms and Ecosystems).

Please do you a favour and sit down to listen to this conversation that will help you reconnect so many layers that it's hard to count.


Check this episode out!
Stay tuned for the upcoming episodes with:
  • The Ready founder and future of organizing pioneer Aaron Dignan for a discussion around leadership in scalable organization.
  • Bill Baue and Ralph Thurm founders of r3.0 the revolutionary project that wants to change the way we account for planetary sustainability.
Sacred civics with Jayne Engle 

"We have to change culturally, in order to change socially and infrastructurally" an incredible talk by Jayne Eagle about a new mindset, heartset and organisational-set needed to rethink how we run our civic Economies

The org transformation story of Ping An 
Ping an's Chief Innovation Officer explains how the group went from being an insurer to a services giant ranging from telemedicine to financial services through an organisational culture that praises micro-entrepreneurship and autonomy. Sounds like an EEEO!
The Past, Present, and Future of the Internet with  Matt Mullenweg↴
In this amazing interview, one of the fathers of the  internet as we know it, Automattic (Wordpress) founder Matt Mullenweg lays down his vision of what does it mean to enable ecosystems.

Always a great listen!
Building the Network State ↴
In this presentation, Balaji Srinivasan explains how cryptography is finally becoming a relevant paradigm shift.  Several questions are outstanding around how such ideas interact with the concept of locality, and the idea of what an organization. In any case, well worth a watch.
A Literal Marketplace of Ideas ↴
In this podcast, Justin Murphy interviews Mike Elias, founder of IdeaMarket.io - a stock market for pricing public intellectuals. A truly fascinating conversation that's highly relevant to the information ecology and platforms' world we live in.
According to Mike Elias - it's a good idea to let market forces determine the "attention-worthiness" of public intellectuals, in a context where media corporations traditionally are the "central banks of narrative"

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Grab the the Community Discount!

Transform your Organization

Boundaryless is open-sourcing Rendanheyi into what we call the EEEO, the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Enabling Organization model, by integrating the revolutionary Chinese giant's insights on organizing in complexity with a broader set of practices and ideas that will make it applicable to any context.
Grab the the 25% community discount
All info on learning opportunities available here
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Play with Platforms: Platform Design Toolkit
Enjoy Platform Design Toolkit 2.2, grown on several years of experience with startups, corporations, and institutions of all kinds. 
Highlights on this release:
  • an updated Transaction Board canvas, now more explicitly helping you to work on reducing transaction costs in interactions;
  • an updated User Guide (2.2);
  • the possibility to instantiate a virtual board for online collaboration, thanks to our partnership with Miro, a leading online collaboration software worldwide.
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