Platforms in an Aggregator World

Facebook Shops are good for Shopify merchants, but bad for Shopify; the answer is to push more into the real world.

The Anti-Amazon Alliance

Google Shopping is changing its model, suggesting Google is joining the Anti-Amazon Alliance; 3rd-party merchants should do the same.

Shopify Follow-up, Defining Definitions, OpenDoor Partners with Redfin

More on Shopify, including why I was reluctant to cover the previously, but now see the promise of the Internet in their model. Then, why I’m excited about being uncertain, and how Redfin and Opendoor’s partnership helps define the market in home-buying.

Shopify and the Power of Platforms

It is all but impossible to beat an Aggregator head-on, as Walmart is trying to do with Amazon. The solution instead is to build a platform like Shopify.

DistroKid, The “Publisher’s Right”, Shopify Results

Distrokid is small, but it’s a powerful example of the how distribution is not a value-add, the implications of which European publishers have yet to learn. It’s a lesson that doesn’t just apply to media, either.