<a href="http://platformed.info/blockchain-and-the-new-face-of-decentralization/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Sanjeet Choudary and Griffin Anderson</a><a href="http://platformed.info/blockchain-and-the-new-face-of-decentralization/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="alignleft wp-image-7618 size-thumbnail" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/BB-Highlight-05-150x150.jpg" alt="Brooklyn Bridge - Eugene de Salignac" width="150" height="150" /></a> on Blockchain. Readable and understandable - something that is happening more and more, so the we the people can start to get our heads around the opportunities - and pitfalls.      

            A great, if busy past week that saw me at UC Davis for two days, working with teams of very bright students as part of their <a href="http://gsm.ucdavis.edu/ag-innovation-entrepreneurship-academy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Agricultural Innovation Entrepreneurship Academy</a> [ File that under <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Passion</strong></span> and <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>People</strong></span> ], down at The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, attending VRM Day with <a href="http://twitter.com/dsearls" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Doc Searls</a> and the team that makes up <a href="https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/research/projectvrm" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The VRM Project</a> [ Put this one under <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>People</strong></span> ], engaged with <a href="http://www.mymentor.net">My Mentor</a>, a new start up launching in the UK [ this one goes under <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>People</strong></span> and <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Platforms</strong></span> ] and got invited (and I accepted) to be a <a href="http://bizcatalyst360.com/our-bizprophets/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">featured contributor on BizCatlyst 360</a> [ In case you are wondering ... <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Passion</strong></span> ]

I have just requested a 3.0 version upgrade on my time module, so once that is installed I will endeavor to write individual posts about some of these topics over the next week.

Meanwhile these are the 5 things that caught my eyes and ears last week.

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            Perhaps the most overused word in technology today. No - you can't just start calling your app or web site a platform ... that is <strong>NOT</strong> what a platform is.

But – if you get it right – and you are in the tech business – a platform is what you should be building. Should, because the chances are that you haven’t built it already. Trust me.

Why ? Because when Marc Andreesen said that software is eating the world – he might have meant platforms.

            <blockquote>The real juggernaut of change today is not technology alone. It's the explosively scalable processes and monetized learning of orchestrated networks.</blockquote>

I first wrote about Sanjeet a couple of years ago – and recommended you buy his book last year. Nothing has changed – except now his work is beginning to move into the mainstream.

The Next Big Thing Might Be Missed If We Aren’t Careful …

[ Source : Forbes ]

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An interesting article on LinkedIN from Don Peppers – where he discusses how the ‘speed of light’ rigs the stock market.

In many ways, it has always been the case that getting information ahead of anyone else provides an ‘unfair’ advantage – that is after all how Nathan Rothschild grew his family fortune significantly when his personal network delivered the result of The Battle of Waterloo fully 24 hours ahead of the British Government’s own messengers.

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            It is nearly two years since I read this post;

Yes, 2013 was the year of the platform. And there’s more to come in 2014

Written by J P Rangaswami, it like so many of his posts, is well thought through while providing a great story and of course well written. What more can a boy ask for ? Well – since you ask, JP often throws great musical segways into his posts. Sadly, no such reference in this particular offering. See – you can’t always get what you want. Though it is interesting to note that he brings his post to an end with the musical term ‘coda’. And it was in fact the coda that made the connection for me.

A coda

While writing this post, I noticed that someone else had linked to one of the year-old posts. Went investigating, and found this site, Platform Thinking. Excellent stuff. And the video at the end of the post is well worth watching. I will make references to what they say there in my next post.

I did what JP said. That means that I have been following Sangeet Paul Choudary for nearly two years now. I reference his thinking a lot, bought multiple copies of his book to share with others. So I am delighted to find that today he has published; The Platform Manifesto –  a 176 slide deck adapted from that book, reproduced below. BUT. More importantly – why not just go buy the book. It is excellent.

            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/images1.jpeg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-3401" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/images1-150x150.jpeg" alt="images" width="150" height="150" /></a>Sangeet continues the drum beat of 'Platformed'. I reference and 'borrow' his thinking a lot - but don't always post here. This time I make an exception, because it clearly explains what I have been trying to get people to understand for the last two years. Bottom line, he examines the roadmap to success for Social companies in the <strong>consumer</strong> space. In passing flagging why Friendster and MySpace stalled. Then moving into the world that I remain get fixated on .. <strong>The Social Enterprise. </strong>(no - that isn't allowing people access to Facebook in  the workplace).

Sangeet calls out the 5 stages of Social Adoption, which for simplicity I repeat here – but you can also get the full story – with context here.

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            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Social-Business-SideraWorks-300x2281.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-2040" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Social-Business-SideraWorks-300x2281-150x150.jpg" alt="Social-Business-SideraWorks-300x2281" width="150" height="150" /></a><a href="http://www.business2community.com/facebook/why-facebook-is-an-advertising-platform-not-a-social-network-0388276">Why Facebook Is An Advertising Platform, Not A Social Network</a> from <a href="http://www.business2community.com">Business 2 Community</a> ......

…. have to say, all makes sense to me – and it’s not just Facebook, add all the walled gardens to the list.

Open, transparent, accesible are all things that make a social network work – but we seem to be in an age of closing them all off. Not good.

I have faith that it will change though – how about you ?