Another Inspiring article from HBS: Technology Platforms and their commercial success

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I really like this article (link below) – it deals with exactly the kind of thinking we need if we’re going to break out of technical jobs. Read it please! It discusses how software platforms can revolutionise business. Its a great example of how a technical innovation can create innovative and large scale commercial opportunities. Particularly look for Hagiu’s comments on the management skills needed to make technology innovations a commercial success.

When you’ve done reading this article, begin thinking about platforms you’re aware and how they are commercially successful. One everybody should have heard of is the XBOX360 – it isn’t just a games console; it is a marktetplace where games developers can showcase their work and consumers can purchase games all from the console, complete with inbuilt payment systems.


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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.


  1. Chad Dexter

    Great article thanks. Its quite inspiring as you say and is a good insight to how technology can create massive profit

  2. Jonesy

    Great article Simon, thanks for pointing it to me

  3. Julie McCann

    Xbox360 is a good example of a successful technology platform isn’t it?
    Not only does it play games and DVDs but Microsoft also sell software, music and videos through its XboxLive.


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