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

The Business of Platforms: Strategy in the Age of Digital Competition, Innovation, and Power [Audiobook]
The Business of Platforms: Strategy in the Age of Digital Competition, Innovation, and Power [Audiobook] by Michael A Cusumano, Annabelle Gawer, David B Yoffie, read by Sean Patrick Hopkins
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8h 7m | 221.83MB

A trio of experts on high-tech business strategy and innovation reveal the principles that have made platform businesses the most valuable firms in the world and the first trillion-dollar companies.

Managers and entrepreneurs in the digital era must learn to live in two worlds - the conventional economy and the platform economy. Platforms that operate for business purposes usually exist at the level of an industry or ecosystem, bringing together individuals and organizations so they can innovate and interact in ways not otherwise possible. Platforms create economic value far beyond what we see in conventional companies.

The Business of Platforms is an invaluable, in-depth look at platform strategy and digital innovation. Cusumano, Gawer, and Yoffie address how a small number of companies have come to exert extraordinary influence over every dimension of our personal, professional, and political lives. They explain how these new entities differ from the powerful corporations of the past. They also question whether there are limits to the market dominance and expansion of these digital juggernauts. Finally, they discuss the role governments should play in rethinking data privacy laws, antitrust, and other regulations that could reign in abuses from these powerful businesses.

Their goal is to help managers and entrepreneurs build platform businesses that can stand the test of time and win their share of battles with both digital and conventional competitors. As experts who have studied and worked with these firms for some 30 years, this audiobook is the most authoritative and timely investigation yet of the powerful economic and technological forces that make platform businesses, from Amazon and Apple to Microsoft, Facebook, and Google - all dominant players in shaping the global economy, the future of work, and the political world we now face.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

The Purpose Is Profit: The Truth About Starting and Building Your Own Business [Audiobook]

The Purpose Is Profit: The Truth About Starting and Building Your Own Business [Audiobook]
The Purpose Is Profit: The Truth About Starting and Building Your Own Business [Audiobook] by Ed "Skip" McLaughlin, Wyn Lydecker, Paul McLaughlin, read by Michael Quinlan
2019 | M4B@128 kbps | 7h 10m | 391.48MB

Do you feel the pull to start your own business?

Tired of working for others and dealing with office politics, eager for control and more money, Ed ''Skip'' McLaughlin certainly felt it. When he left his high-level corporate position to start not one but two new businesses, his colleagues' reaction was disbelief:

People told me I was crazy. ''You are going to fail!''

One of his businesses did fail, but the other thrived. Ed bootstrapped it into an Inc. 500 company and later sold it to a Fortune 100 company. Now, you can learn from his experience - what to do and what not to do - to create your own successful startup. The Purpose Is Profit eliminates the mystery of becoming an entrepreneur. You will learn:

  • Why distinctive competence trumps passion
  • Where and when to get funding without losing control
  • How to build an entrepreneurial brand that lasts
  • Why profit should be factored into every business decision
  • How ethical behavior breeds trust and unlocks profit

As a bonus, The Purpose Is Profit includes two manuals:

  • The Startup Roadmap details the 21 steps you should take to build a profitable business.
  • The Startup Funding Guide delivers the tools you need to fund your business.

The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace [Audiobook]

The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace [Audiobook]
The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace [Audiobook] by Lindsey Pollak, read by Amanda Dolan
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8h 46m | 239.29MB

The essential guide for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and employees looking to navigate today's multigenerational workplace, which spans more generations than ever before.

Millennials have only just begun their reign as the largest generation in the workplace. But they are not alone. For the next decade at least, these young professionals will be working side by side with more established generations, including the baby boomers, who are working longer than ever, and an entirely new group coming up, generation Z.

This means within any organization, any team, any meeting, any marketing opportunity, you may find any combination of generations. Each of these age groups has its own attitude, expectations, and professional style. To lead and succeed in any organization today, you must adapt to how millennials work while continuing to accommodate their older colleagues and paying attention to the next generations coming up. The Remix shows you how to adapt and win through proven strategies that serve all generations' needs.

As the leading expert on generations in the workplace, Lindsey Pollak combines the most recent data from a variety of authoritative sources with her own original research as well as detailed case studies from her Fortune 500 clients. Pollak outlines the ways businesses, executives, midlevel managers, employees, and entrepreneurs can handle situations that may arise when diverse styles clash and provides clear strategies to turn generational diversity into business opportunity.

Generational change is impacting all industries, all types of organizations, and all leaders. The Remix is an essential listen for anyone who wants to survive and thrive today and into the future.

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