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Gennaro Cuofano (Italy) writes about digital business models, platforms, blockchain business models, and new ways of doing business, all the while managing the growth of a high-tech startup and a small sales team. In this interview: Decentralization, Scaling, and Building Your Own Platform.
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I'm the founder of FourWeekMBA, a leading source of insights on business model innovation, business strategy and digital business models.
I'm also Head of Business Development for WordLift.io, a high-tech startup creating knowledge graphs ("semantic sitemaps" adaptable for voice search and dynamic chatbots) from websites.
Creator of the "100 Business Models Book," I write on FourWeekMBA about business models (digital business models, platforms, blockchain business models) and new ways of doing business. I manage the growth of a high-tech startup and a small sales team.
Obsessed by how scaling changes companies.
Reduced competition in a world where consolidated tech giants have "locked-in" the digital pipelines (what I like to call the "gatekeeping hypothesis").
Build your own platform (initially not intended as a tech platform, but as a place were you control the communication flow), brand and audience, even if that is more expensive in the short-term. I argue that is among the most effective long-term defence strategies.
Accelerated processes that for me had began already years back. Like remote working, and digitization.
Building an educational platform, to offer up to date, higher-level business education, available to millions of people.
Effective decisions can be taken with a few simple heuristics which in most cases work better than "data-driven decisions."
Evolution of modern tech history: reviewing the history of tech companies, from several sources (financials, old interviews, archived files).
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