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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Laws of the Edgeconomy: Open Beats Closed

Facebook takes another small step towards openness.

As we've discussed extensively, there are tremendous structural pressures for openness. From a strategic point of view, in the edgeconomy, getting open always and everywhere trumps staying closed.

Though Facebook is decidedly evil, and is fighting tooth and nail against these pressures - they are too great for it resist. They are using a bucket to fight the tide.

All of which adds up to a great strategic error. Why can't Facebook find a working business model? In large part, because it's focuing on staying closed - when, by getting open, enormous and explosive possibilities for radical business model innovation would be unlocked.

-- umair // 2:02 PM // 2 comments


really interesting thoughts umair. what would you do if you were the chief strategy officer at FB to push towards the openess you describe?
// Anonymous Anonymous // 3:48 PM

"Why can't Facebook find a working business model?"
Oh, but they do have a business model - grow exponentially worldwide and do an outrageously priced IPO based on hype and everyone's expectation that they'll figure out eventually how to monetize all those users. If they had a concrete business model now then they'd have to price their shares based on hard data, and that can't be good for the VCs. Remember - the company is managed by a 23 year old. A very talented 23 year old, but still, wanna bet that Accel are calling the shots there?
// Anonymous Elad // 8:54 AM

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