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Dear community member,
first of all, an important reminder of our upcoming incredible webinar: join us on this live conversation on the 3rd of February 2021 at 7 am New York / 1 pm Rome / 8 pm Singapore time.

Moderated by Work Futures writer Stowe Boyd, this unmissable conversation will feature our Boundaryless CEO and Platform Design Toolkit creator Simone Cicero and the Platformation Labs founder Sangeet Choudary, who recently released The State of the Platform Revolution, recapping what the peculiar year of 2020 meant for platforms.

Together Simone and Sangeet will explore what it means to zoom out from a micro-to macro perspective on the platform revolution, including what governments have to keep in mind when dealing with tech giants as they start to shape our geopolitical landscape. Register here.
Have you checked out our primer on sustainable platform growth? Don't miss the first of a series we're working on that will lead to an entirely new guide
Read the recent blog post on Growth!
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.
Big news! After a few months, we're now able to share again an upcoming Masterclass on Rendanheyi - the record-breaking model of organizing of Haier Group. 

Boundaryless is continuing open-sourcing Rendanheyi into what we call the EEEO, the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Enabling Organization model, by integrating the Chinese giant's insights on organizing with a broader set of practices and ideas that will make it applicable to any context, including western and small business contexts. Boundaryless itself is now in the process of consolidating its transition towards a micro-enterprises based model of organizing and we'll share our experience at the training.

This training is also a great opportunity for platform thinkers to finally connect business model innovation with organizational innovation and is a perfect companion for those that have previously attended one or more of our training sessions (reach out for special discounts in that case)!

NOTE THAT: This training is the only training currently available (worldwide) to provide a Haier Model Institute approved certification. 
Take your ticket with a limited set of 25% discounts for our community!
And now enjoy our ...

Our curated list of the best reads, videos, and podcasts to inform and transform your understanding 👇
🗞️ Reads
Welcome Anti-Network Effects ↴
Regulating network effects-driven innovation needs a different playbook as we're entering an age of both policies and technology-driven market evolutions like Benedict Evans has been explaining for so long. Venkatesh Rao offers some initial thoughts (intuitions) around how this may look like.
Platform ecosystems as meta‐organizations ↴
Where do ecosystems stand between traditional firms and markets?  Can we think platforms as meta-organizations? Here's a short video introducing an open-access paper that raises many good questions that help our exploration towards a unified market-firm theory
A super-compressed masterclass in Pricing ↴
NFX's Pete Flint and Madhavan Ramanujam had a chat and released a timeless list of tips about correct pricing. With a few case studies, they outline how companies can gauge price, rewards and compensation in proportion to the value that they bring to the table.
The Metaverse's Value Chains ↴
An enthusiast Packy Mc Cormick ships another great deep dive: this time is on the "metaverse" and its connection with the emergence of Web3. Extremely interesting although we have some reserves on his thesis around Web3 fully removing the case for aggregators.
The renaissance of online communities ↴
"In a sense, the internet killed communities, but it’s also rebuilding them, for the people perfect for you." Another majestic short note by Erik Torenberg where he collects a series of musings around the deep and deeper nature of online communities.
Explore Higher Friction Communities ↴
On the concept of higher friction communities by Ian Vanagas explains how even if low friction (to join) communities prove that "endless entertainment is there if you want it [...] If you have different goals, higher friction communities are the way to go."
Managing work ecosystems ↴
A great take here on the affirmation of workforce "ecosystems": certainly, workforce unbundling is one of the current drivers of organizational evolution, and together with API First makes a strong push towards a new theory of management that can deal with interconnected black boxes and infinite leverage
Leadership in a world of zero transaction cost ↴
How does leadership, interaction, organizational craft happen in an unpredictable landscape when transaction cost goes to zero? This is one of the key questions we are thinking about these days. Lots of key elements of thinking regarding these problems are collected here by Sonia Blignaut
Taleb's take on Bitcoin ↴
As a foreword to the Bitcoin Standard book, this delightful note by Taleb on Bitcoin as the experiment of rewriting the rules of monetary technology, is a classic must-read: Bitcoin may fail, but then it will be easily reinvented as we now know how it works.
... 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!
Our Latest Episode: Becoming Anything you want in the Platform Value Chain ↴
We just released a tremendous conversation to explore in deep the fuss around the future of work and the role of platforms in it, with two of the most no-bullshit thinkers and researchers in the context: Albert Canigueral and Laetitia Vitaud discuss - polarization and empowerment in the future of work - evolution towards networked organizations and organizing collectively - reintegration of productive and reproductive work.

Check this episode out!
Stay tuned for the upcoming episodes with:
  • Strategy legend Rita McGrath on the evolution between firms & marketplaces
  • Strategic thinking pioneer and lighthouse Simon Wardley
  • The Ready founder and future of organizing pioneer Aaron Dignan for a discussion around leadership in scalable organization.
Simone Cicero on the Unbundling of the Firm 

Our very own Simone Cicero has been invited by David Nour - recently mentioned in Thinkers50 Radar 2021 - to discuss the unbundling of the firm: David is a tremendous host, take the chance to listen to this enriching conversation.

Supercell's entrepreneurial teams 
Great insider peek into games producer Supercell's company culture and the role of the "less important CEO in the world". The company runs on self-managed independent, entrepreneurial teams. Key points: + Culture/People it's the most important asset + hiring is key.
Waiting for the fourth Crypto cycle ↴
On this podcast with Bankless, Chris Dixon discussed what he calls The Fourth Crypto Cycle. Dixon is among those that, during the last 5 years, shared the most important insights on the impact of crypto on design, business and society: always a good listen.
Niche Communities thrive ↴
A very rich conversation with pioneer Gina Bianchini (Founder and CEO of the widely popular PaaS Mighty Networks) around the fast growing reach of niche communities, definitely one of the very emerging trends of the pandemic that Mighty Network was able to ride.

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Accelerate your project! 💻

Join  a cohort of learners (by doing) by bringing your project into an intense 2-day session to drive you from identifying and mapping your entities, to designing the two key engines of value creation in the platform (the transactions marketplace and the learning engine) that will compose the platform experiences you want to bring to the ecosystem.  If you don't have a project: we'll either help you join other participants and form a team or provide you with a pedagogic design context for you to maximize learning .
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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.
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