The What Would Google Do? world
Jeff Jarvis explains in his new book how business models should mirror Google's success:
In an economy built on networks, you want to be a platform. Google is. It enables countless businesses to run thanks to its revenue (AdSense), its content (Google Maps), its functionality, (Google Docs), its services (Google App Engine), not to mention its distribution.
In the book, I make a fanciful argument that a car company - any of the once-big three - could become a platform for more car companies to build atop it - if it came out with an open-source car. If it did, its capital needs and risk and labor and benefits coasts would decline; it could grow again without going into debt to do so. I have other ideas for what a car platform is. Universities should become platforms for aggregated educations. Doctors’ offices should be platforms for health. In this new world, you don’t want to own everything - indeed, if you’re like Google, you want to own as little as possible. Instead, you want to enable everything.