By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. 6 Reasons Platforms Fail
Marshall W. Van AlstyneGeoffrey G. ParkerSangeet Paul Choudary, Harvard Business Review, 2016/03/31
These are some good lessons; here they are, with some comments from me:
- "Failure to optimize openness" - I see this a lot; the platform is 'sort of' open, but the developers hang on to key components of it (eg., 'we will only allow pre-approved content') which stifle the value.
- "Failure to engage developers" - I always think of that famous Steve Ballmer video. You have to engage the broader developer community to invest in it, otherwise it's a flop.
- "Failure to share the surplus" - everybody engaged in the platform has to win. If you favour one side over another in a buyer-seller marketplace, your platform will fail.
- "Failure to launch on the right side" - I'm not sure I'd say this the same way the article does. The problem is, if you have a pre-existing content monopoly, you have to find a way to break that monopoly, either by enticing existing producers into the platform (as Netflix did) or by providing viable alternatives.
- "Failure to put critical mass ahead of money" - I keep repeating the mantra here - companies don't acquire technologies nearly so much as they acquire audiences. If you're trying to sell a platform with no users, you have a real uphill battle.
- "Failure of imagination". More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. An Animated Carl Sagan Talks with Studs Terkel About Finding Extraterrestrial Life (1985)
Dan Colman, Open Culture, 2016/03/31
Carl Sagan is one of my heroes, extraterrestrial life would be really cool to find, so of course this item interests me. Not so much you? Oh well. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That’s Ludicrous
Ryan Merkley, Wired, 2016/04/19
This is an opinion article from the CEO of Creative Commons that (as the title suggests) defends efforts like SciHub to provide direct access to scientific publications despite publisher copyrights. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Introducing Backchannel Technology into a Large Undergraduate Course
Ruth Neustifter, Canadian Journal of Learning, technology, 2016/04/19
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MOOQ
Various authors, 2016/04/18
Somehow I think that my understanding of MOOC quality will be different from their understanding of MOOC quality, but I wish them the best. "MOOQ’s mission is to develop a quality reference framework for the adoption, the design, the delivery and the evaluation of MOOCs in order to empower MOOC providers for the benefit of the learners. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Gamification, personalization and continued education are trending in edtech
Sean O'Connor, TechCrunch, 2016/04/18
The real story here is buried: "While the market is small and fractured today, GSV Capital estimates that education will grow from 9 percent to 12 percent of America’s GDP over the next decade. This equates to a trillion-dollar opportunity." That's an awful lot of opportunity. More...
Your morning dose of funny. Not to be confused with reality. More...
Where am I Who am I The Relation Between Spatial Cognition, Social Cognition and Individual Differences in the Built Environment
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Where am I? Who am I? The Relation Between Spatial Cognition, Social Cognition and Individual Differences in the Built Environment
Michael J. Proulx, Orlin S. Todorov, Amanda Taylor Aiken, Alexandra A. de Sousa, Frontiers in Psychology, 2016/04/07
Good deep read, suitable for long flights. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Connected to Learn: Teachers' Experiences with Networked Technologies in the Classroom
Matthew Johnson, Media Smarts, 2016/04/07
This is a nice opportunity for 8 to 10 individuals living in developing nations to work as open publishing advocates on behalf of DOAJ in a project funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). More...