Digital Innovation Conference: Platform Strategy

Hosted by NYU Stern Fubon Center

Top academics, innovative startups, and forward-looking institutions discussed the challenges and opportunities of platform strategy

NYU Stern's Fubon Center for Technology, Business, and Innovation hosted Stern’s first Digital Innovation Conference on September 27, 2019. The focus of this year's conference was Platform Strategy

Digital platforms have rapidly risen to dominate industries as diverse as entertainment, retail, financial services and more. They promise to create unprecedented value in the years to come. The rapid rise of new business models, however, requires managers and scholars to deal with new strategic questions, such as:
  • How "open" should the platform's boundaries be?
  • To what degree should ecosystem participants make investments in co-specialization or share proprietary data?
  • How will value be be shared across the members of the ecosystem?
  • What kind of governance roles should be played in the ecosystem and by whom?
This one-day conference brought together leaders of platform businesses and leaders in platform research to discuss these tough -- and exciting -- questions.  The conference had several interactive sessions designed to facilitate members learning from each other, and forming new collaborative relationships. 

Gain insights from 20+ world-class experts. Talks include

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Closing Keynote

David Ko (NYU BS ’93) is the former president and chief operating officer of Rally Health, an online platform aimed at helping consumers manage their health and health care options. Prior to joining Rally Health, David was COO at Zygna, where he oversaw strategic planning, game development, international expansion, and infrastructure. Previously, David worked at Yahoo!, where he was SVP of Yahoo!’s audience, mobile, and local businesses, with oversight of Yahoo! media properties.

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Keynote: Are Platform Firms Different?

Marshall Van Alstyne (@InfoEcon) is coauthor of the international bestseller "Platform Revolution". He is one of the world's foremost experts on network business models and is the Questrom Chair Professor of Management at Boston University. He is a frequent speaker, board advisor, and consultant to startups and global firms. His joint article on platform strategy is a top 50 of all-time for Harvard Business Review. He studied computer science at Yale and information economics at MIT.

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Keynote Conversation on Digital Leadership

Umang Dua is the Co-Founder of Handy, the leading home services platform. Founded in 2012, Handy has expanded to hundreds of cities across three countries and has raised over $110 million from investors like Fidelity, TPG, General Catalyst, Highland Capital, David Tisch and Ashton Kutcher. In October 2018, Handy joined ANGI Homeservices Inc. to accelerate growth and bring the Handy experience to millions more customers in the the $400 billion home services market.

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A Star is Born: How Platform Hubs Orchestrate the Success of Complements

Melissa A. Schilling is the Herzog Family Professor of Management and Director of the Technology & Innovation Initiative of Fubon Center at New York University Stern School of Business. Professor Schilling’s research focuses on innovation and strategy in high technology industries such as smartphones, video games, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, electric vehicles, and renewable energies.

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The Business of Platforms: Strategy in the Age of Digital Competition, Innovation, and Power

A world-class academic pioneer in platform strategy, Annabelle Gawer is Chaired Professor in Digital Economy and Director of the Centre of Digital Economy at University of Surrey (UK). She advises the European Commission on regulation of digital platforms. She will discuss her new book “The Business of Platforms” (HarperBusiness) coauthored with Michael Cusumano (MIT) and David Yoffie (Harvard Business School).

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Platform business, SO WHAT?

Jihoon Rim is executive advisor and former CEO of Kakao (KRX:035720), a top-tier technology company in South Korea that is well known for its mobile messenger Kakao Talk, music streaming service Melon, and ride hailing service Kakao Taxi among many successful Internet products the company services. After finishing his term, Jihoon moved to New York City and teaches a newly created course "Managing a High-tech company" at NYU Stern."

Conference Agenda

Platform Strategy

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