Marketplaces on the internet

Underlying some of the internet age’s most prominent success stories are marketplaces. These range from actual marketplaces like Uber—platforms that bring together previously disconnected supply and demand audiences—to business models that leverage markets to increase efficiency. From a business and venture perspective, marketplaces capture the imagination both rationally and emotionally. In this series of posts we…
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Table stakes in product development

Cap Watson is Etsy’s design lead. His perspective on the idea of product table stakes is something that should be familiar to people in the web/mobile space. In the context of Twitter, etc. copying Instagram’s functionality: In my career I’ve been in dozens of meetings where the term “table stakes” gets dropped in. Maybe it’s by a designer…
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