Disruptive Technologies: Are Platform Business Models Eating the World?

In only a few years, platforms like Airbnb, Uber, or Facebook have disrupted entire industries. While it’s taken decades for hotel groups such as Hilton and Accor to build and manage global brands, it’s taken only a few years for Airbnb to become the world’s largest accommodation provider. Yet Airbnb owns no real estate. Similarly, Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. And Facebook, the world’s most popular media company, creates no content.

But what are platforms? And how do they operate? And are they really taking over the world? 

During this event, platform expert and author Benoit Reillier will moderate a panel of platform veterans from professional social networks such as Linkedin, travel platform Kayak/Priceline and service marketplace startup Fantastic Services.

Participants will learn what it takes to design, ignite and scale platform businesses successfully, and how traditional forms may respond to the disruptions. The session will provide ample time for questions from the audience, as well as an opportunity to network with like-minded alumni.

Veterans platform experts confirmed for the panel include:

Jan ValentinHead of Europe for Kayak / Priceline

Rune SovndahlCEO of Fantastic Services

Laurence Bret-SternSenior Marketing Director (EMEA/LATAM) at LinkedIn

Our moderator: Benoit Reillier (BUS '05), Managing Director of Launchworks & Co, and author of Platform Strategy:  How to unlock the power of communities and networks to grow your business

Date: Tuesday June 20th, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: WeWork Waterhouse Square, Atrium
138 Holborn, London EC1N 2SW
Ticket price: £15 (drinks and canapes will be provided)


June 20, 2017 at 6:00pm - 8:30pm

WeWork Waterhouse Square, Atrium

138 Holborn
London EC1N 2SW
United Kingdom
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