Pipelines, Products, & Platforms

This month’s issue of the HBR’s Spotlight was on the subject of how platforms are reshaping business. The subject of platforms are exciting from a technical standpoint as they require very little physical infrastructure and if engineered properly can be scaled orders of magnitude to accommodate rapid growth. From a business mindset owning a successful platform can be perceived as a mechanism to generating seemingly effortless wealth; scaling costs can be fractional to the revenue return on an exponentially growing user base of producers and consumers. The players of a good platform are manifold and can provide meaningful value to all, each in its own way.

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The Collective Robot Brain and Other Remarkable Breakthrough Technologies

I was at the magazine rack at a Chapters the other day in hopes of discovering a new publication to add to my readings, low and behold I found two: MIT Technology Review, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. If a pattern in my magazine choices has become evident, I guess I’ll admit to being a sucker to the weight of big university names. In any case I skimmed a few articles in each and found a breadth of interesting topics and so I picked the two up. Below are some of the highlights of my readings thus far.

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Hello World, This is Daniel

A Hello World seems like as equal an appropriate start to a software and programming skewed professional blog as any other I could think of. Probably not too original either, but I enjoyed the opportunity to find a nice orbital photo of our planet earth for the article’s masthead. In the interest of not making an ordeal of an introductory blog post I will quickly brainstorm my motivations for this blog and use it at as a point of reference if this blog should evolve and be actively maintained.

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