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Dear community,
Welcome to another fortnightly newsletter by Boundaryless.
A 1-day event to explore platform based regeneration:
Join us on June 11th for a - free to access - day to kickstart a structured conversation around the idea of Platforms for Regeneration: the day will see keynotes, panels and deeper sense-making sessions.

👉 Register here 
Catch up with our latest Webinar from our Growth Series:
"Lessons Learnt by Growing Startups: practical approaches to driving growth
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On May 13th, our Manfredi Sassoli de Bianchi and Simone Cicero had an in-depth conversation with Yara Paoli and Craig Zingerline to hear from their experiences and gain insights into the terrific accomplishments they had during the years, as well as listening from the errors and learnings from the perspective of the founder, and how growth plays a major role in the company’s life.
Catch up with the written recap by clicking here
Catch up with the recordings from the previous growth-related webinars here and don't forget to subscribe for the next for June 15th, with the terrific Josh Breinlinger co-founder at Rev.com and now Turtle VC (a fund with a focus on highly defensible marketplaces)
Catch up with all our Research on Growth!
Are we converging towards a common protocol of Organizing?
Catch up with our latest research on Platform-Ecosystem based modes of organizing, and see if you're interested in joining our consortium of parties that are exploring building a software enabled shared protocol.
Read the latest update from the Blog!
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
A thorough analysis on Marketplaces ↴
 
Despite bit generous in defining what a marketplace is the recent Dealroom, Adevinta and Speedinvest report on the Future of Marketplaces is a good portrait of the transition between traditional supply-chain-based models into network-based models of business.
Furthermore, a great online dashboard on marketplaces is provided to catch up on the latest data on investments, business models, and other key market trends.
Your next Marketplace strategy? Go Niche ↴
 
"Niche Marketplaces Depend on Strong Supply-Side Partnerships"says Linxin Wen, founder of authentic Chines food delivery platform Chowbus. At Boundaryless, we believe that suppliers re-gain their importance in the strategy of marketplace owners as the pendulum moves from horizontal to vertical marketplaces.
This is why you should reconsider your online activity ↴
Packy McCormick regularly shows up in our newsletter with his provocative thoughts. This time, he brought about an intriguing piece: "The Great Online Game". We are all playing a game with real-world consequences, and those who master its rules have gains beyond expectations. Must read.
Have you subscribed to Erik Torenberg's newsletter yet? ↴
 
Great to see Erik Torenberg write regularly on Substack. Catch up with his most recent essays starting from this one on Value Creation and Value Capture.

See if you agree with Simone's shared reflection here.
The real potential of Blockchain Technology ↴
 
Catch up with Jordan Hall's recent take on the real potential of the self-organizing collective intelligence of the Blockchain - with the referenced post by Vitalik Buterin on social legitimacy - to ponder how the crypto ecosystem can contribute to institutional reinvention in the coming years.
A Sociological Take on Platforms ↴
We took a moment to catch up with the recently released series of articles in: "Power and Control in Platform Monopoly Capitalism" - and especially with the lead essay by David Stark and Ivana Pais (check it out here).
Despite academia seems to be disconnected from the newest evolution of the "so-called" platform economy (especially the drive towards niches and the resulting changes in the power dynamics between owners and providers), this essay and the others in the issue may represent an interesting source for those that are seeking to reconnect platforms with existing academic studies in sociology and beyond.
... see our videos and podcast suggestions below 
Last week to join our last pre-summer Bootcamp!
  • 4 hours sessions (on two following days per each week) - 1PM/5PM CET
  • planned over three weeks (six sessions)
See all the training options
🎙️  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: Open Ecosystem Strategies: Catalyzing Change in Industries  ↴
In this week's podcast with Gregory Landua we explore the story of Regen Network and how the platform is working to weave communities around regeneration (and in particular carbon sequestration) to unleash the coordination potential needed to bring these processes a global scale. In the podcast, we cover a polycentric, blockchain-based approach to ecosystem mobilization and the potential of ecosystem-sourced smart-contracting, achieving distributed verification, adopting POW vs POS blockchain, and much more. An unmissable conversation.
Stay tuned for the upcoming episodes with:
  • A group conversation around the role of Software and Protocols in the enablement of ecosystemic organizing with Rob Solomon (Consensys Mesh / Cone), Bryan Peters (Sobol.io) and Sascha Kellert (Rekursive.org)
  • A conversation with Platform cooperativism pioneer and Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Colorado University Nathan Schneider
Another pearl by James Currier 

Listen to this amazing conversation between James Currier, Erik Torenberg and the OnDeck community: There's always something great, deep and profound you can learn from James. And not only from his investment thesis.
A master.

Progress and Productivity 

We've been listening to two tremendous podcasts on progress and productivity, a topic that is not nearly understood enough these days: First Eli Dourado with Partick O'Shaugnessy on Invest Like the Best; Second, Jason Crawford (catch up with his superb work, strongly suggested) on the Futurati Podcast.

The Passion Economy and NFT ↴
 
If, like us, you've been reading a lot around the passion economy and the NFTs phenomenon, now listen to this and let it blow your mind: James Currier interviews Li Jin on the NFX podcast. So many key points on the attention economy, the future of funding content industry and more. One of the best podcasts of the year so far.
Breaking down Ethereum 
Just another crazy good Business Breakdown episode, this time hosting Ethereum researcher Justin Drake: an excellent premier, if you always wanted to double-check how the future of economic coordination works.
Exit To Community: two tangible cases 
To prepare a bit for our upcoming conversation with Nathan check out this video where two tangible cases of #ExitToCommunity are discussed as part of the program of Boulder Startup week.
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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.
Download the Platform Design Toolkit Now!
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