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Dear Readers, 
here's your latest newsletter on Platforms – a curated list of links brought to you by the Boundaryless - Platform Design Toolkit Team.
The release of our upcoming Whitepaper on the New Foundations of Platform-Ecosystem thinking is approaching fast! We're working round-the-clock to bring you the new paper - that will be released in Creative Commons thus available to everybody - in a presentation webinar on November 20th.
Key dates to recall:
  • On 12 November, our community of Whitepaper Early Adopters and Explorers will gain exclusive access to a pre-release draft of the paper (see below the details to join the Early Adopters group)
  • On 19 November, the above supporters get invited to an exclusive Q&A with the Whitepaper lead author Simone Cicero (the day before the public launch).
  • On 20 November, the Whitepaper will be publicly released: a short presentation of the key findings will be streamed on the Boundaryless Youtube channel on the launch day.
  • On 18 December, we’ll be holding a 2-hour webinar with special guests, to explore in-depth the questions arising from the Whitepaper. Our Early Adopters supporters will have interactive access to this otherwise live-streamed webinar. More details about the guests and program to come.
A more thorough review and framing of the content introduced in this post will be soon available on our now imminent Whitepaper release: get all the info on the release plan here, discover all the perks and book our Early Adopter Kit if you didn't yet, you’re still on time!
Dowload the Whitepaper summary!
Buy youy Early Adopters Kit:  Until the 18th of November!
Explore all the perks and Buy an Early Adopters Kit
Explore the Platform talent Job Market: hire and get hired!
In this Episode Peter C. Evans talks us through some of the latest findings by the Platform Strategy Institute on Platform Talent: why it is important, the essential roles that a successful platform team needs to cover, and how to build talent capable of enabling the creation of value outside the boundaries of the firm, while heralding platform thinking within the organization.
An unmissable episode: listen to Peter C. Evans exploring with us the quest for Platform Talent.
Stay tuned for the upcoming episodes with:
  • Bestseller author Joe Pine on the Experience Economy, the impact of the pandemic and platforms
  • Complexity Theory legend Dave Snowden on scalable organizing in complexity
  • Marketplace Tech leaders at Sharetribe on the future of Marketplace Software 
And now enjoy our ...

Our curated list of the best reads, videos, and podcasts to inform and transform your understanding 👇
🗞️ Reads
The Marketplace Library ↴
Alfons Morales on Unsplash
Truly truly tremendous curation work here from Sjoerd Handgraaf, Sharetribe's CMO.

Find tons of interesting reads on marketplaces, that you can filter by topic, stage or content format.
Can That SaaS Business Turned Into a Marketplace?

Another great deal of wisdom around the product and network aspects, with an eye on the relationship between this and lead generation, niche contexts. By Casey Winters, Chief Product Officer at Eventbrite.

Ben Thompson’s “Stratechery” ↴
This exchange between Tim Wu and Ben Thompson is enriching and worth following as it raises some good reflections on the sometimes seeming detachment of the digital economy from the real world. A thread to follow, it all started here.
Can Digital Assets seed the Future of  Institutional Innovation? ↴
Digital assets are possibly reaching the plateau of productivity.
The interesting question here is to investigate how and if this layer of financial innovation is going to really seed the next institutional innovation (we think so)  
How to Scale a Magical Experience?  ↴
"You don’t start with 100 million users. You start with a few. And in many ways, the best way to begin is to stop thinking big, and start thinking small" an amazing Brian Chesky on Reid Hoffman's podcast. As we always say: a company to watch!
... see our videos and podcast suggestions below 

📁From The Archive

On every issue of the newsletter we remind you of two articles from our gigantic content base that you may have lost - or simply was released before you joined our community. Worth a read:

Check out this extension of the Toolkit aimed at helping adopters move from understanding the potential in the ecosystem — figuring out the overall platform vision — to executing interviews for Ecosystem Discovery (based on Customer Development), and running the first experiments to test the Minimum Viable Platform for validation.
From February 2018 - The Future of Ecosystemic Design

What is an ecosystem? What roles can be played in an ecosystem? What can new technologies such as crypto tokens and the blockchain bring to this emerging practice of “designing for the whole” and kickstarting complex systems of interaction? These are some of the questions that we’re trying to address in this blogpost.
Join this new, short, accessible, all hands-on format based on 2-sessions / 11hrs.  In a nutshell:
  • Bring your own project and apply with our guidance the Platform Design Toolkit to accelerate it;
  • Discover the value and potential hidden in niches, and design experiences that provide customers with a scalable and personalized experience by connecting with independent producers;
  • Prepare for the validation of the new or revised value  propositions;
The Sprint is the perfect option for:
  • corporate teams that want to explore how the Platform Design Toolkit can fit into their innovation practice, and prototype new platform-based value propositions;
  • startups and entrepreneurs working on a new idea or looking for a revamp of their platform strategy
  • 2 online sessions, 11 hours in the online class, using Zoom breakouts rooms and Miro;
Grab the Early Bird or the 15% community discount on Regulars
🎙️  Podcasts & Videos
SaaS Growth, Product Management, Retention and Flywheels
Austin Distel on Unsplash
A condensed masterclass in marketplace retention and metrics for growth from Lenny Ratchinsky, gives listeners a peek into his paid newsletter latest explorations.

 Li Jin on the Pomp podcast 🔥 ↴
Li jin - the inventor of the term "passion economy" and theorist of the creators' revolution, joins the iconic show of Anthony Pompliano to give a bird's eye view on her latest progress
Interner Innovation legend Erik Torenberg joins Pomp
And always on the Pomp podcast, this time we have the chance to listen to Erik Torenberg as a guest. Torenberg is a brilliant observer of changes in startup culture, venture capital and the Internet in general. A brilliant mind to follow.

We also announced our new certification bootcamp dates! 👨🏿‍🎓

Become part of an exclusive network of experts and facilitators that master the real potential of Platform Design, beyond buzzwords: join our classic, and updated for the occasion, Platform Design Bootcamp and join the 100+ certified facilitators
All info on learning opportunities available here
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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