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  • Platform Revolution

  • How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy - and How to Make Them Work for You
  • By: Geoffrey G. Parker, Marshall W. Van Alstyne, Sangeet Paul Choudary
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258

Facebook, PayPal, Alibaba, Uber - these seemingly disparate companies have upended entire industries by harnessing a single phenomenon: the platform business model. Platform Revolution delivers the first comprehensive analysis of how platforms use technology to match producers and consumers in a multisided marketplace, unlocking hidden resources and creating new forms of value. When a company like Uber connects drivers with passengers, everybody wins - except traditional cab companies, which are scrambling to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Jason Close on 05-28-16

Inspiration and Clarity!

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Reviewed: 09-23-18

I have listened to PR three times now and have taken many notes! The topics have clarified the direction of our platform, not only for myself but it has helped me cleary state our purpose to the team. Automate America was initially an internal platform that we were developing to automate our existing business and our transactions with existing customers, now we are creating a free and fair platform for all professional labor around the world! Thank you Mr. Parker, Alstyne and Choudary!

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  • Thinking in Systems

  • A Primer
  • By: Donella H. Meadows
  • Narrated by: Tia Rider Sorensen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

In the years following her role as the lead author of the international best seller, Limits to Growth - the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet - Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001. Thinking in Systems is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem-solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute's Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • systems allow us to better understand the world

  • By Dan Gottesman on 12-14-18

Managers of Communities Platforms and Marketplaces

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Reviewed: 09-23-18

If you are in any type of leadership role at any business this is a great listen. Thinking in Systems, strategies and ideas can be implemented to any business. I am building an online community for professionals, AutomateAmerica.com and this book has not only helped me clarify the ideas that I already believed but Mr. Meadows and the organisation of those concepts that this book brought has helped me communicate our direction and purpose to our team. The team is now more motivated because they understand that they are a part of something great. They know that we must transform our existing business into an automated online system and they understand that this is the only way to truly help our network and customers more than our competition.

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  • Machine, Platform, Crowd

  • Harnessing Our Digital Future
  • By: Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

We live in strange times. A machine plays the strategy game Go better than any human; upstarts like Apple and Google destroy industry stalwarts such as Nokia; ideas from the crowd are repeatedly more innovative than corporate research labs. MIT's Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson know what it takes to master this digital-powered shift: we must rethink the integration of minds and machines, of products and platforms, and of the core and the crowd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both How AND Why for Techies

  • By Dan Collins on 08-11-17

Great listen for developers and managers!

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Reviewed: 09-23-18

I have a platform called AutomateAmerica.com. We have a great business model but struggled to attract new users and create habits that make the community return. After Machine Platform Crowd, I was able to articulate our direction and strategies to my team with more clarity. We are now on the right track and could not be more excited with the items in our backlog! Thank you Mr. Brynjolfsson and Mr. McAfee. In my case, your teachings will be used for the good of many around the world!

  • Matchmakers

  • The New Economics of Multisided Platforms
  • By: Richard Schmalensee, David Richard S. Evans
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 302
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 258

Many of the most dynamic public companies, from Alibaba to Facebook to Visa, and the most valuable start-ups, such as Airbnb and Uber, are matchmakers that connect one group of customers with another group of customers. Economists call matchmakers multisided platforms because they provide physical or virtual platforms for multiple groups to get together. Dating sites connect people with potential matches, for example, and ride-sharing apps do the same for drivers and riders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great complement to Platform Revolution

  • By Mother of Chickens on 10-13-16

Suggested for any platform or community manager

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Reviewed: 09-23-18

This book has had a great influence on me and I have implemented many of these strategies to guide my development and admin teams. These concepts have also helped me clarify the direction of Automate America to our investors. Thank you Mr. McLain for content and producing it in audio format!

  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

  • By: Nir Eyal
  • Narrated by: Dave Wright
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,425
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    4 out of 5 stars 2,062
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    4 out of 5 stars 2,039

Why do some products capture our attention, while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us? This audiobook introduces listeners to the "Hook Model," a four steps process companies use to build customer habits. Through consecutive hook cycles, successful products reach their ultimate goal of bringing users back repeatedly - without depending on costly advertising or aggressive messaging. Hooked is a guide to building products people can't put down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can't believe I paid for this audio book

  • By Renan Cakirerk on 06-05-14

Will listen to again!

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Reviewed: 09-23-18

I will use many of the strategies to guide my development team! Great ideas and new ways of looking at platform development. Automate America will be a much better community now because of Mr. Eyal

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,265
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,784

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By TheBookie on 06-04-18

Amazing Book

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Reviewed: 05-03-18

Recommended for anyone seeking enlightenment. This book opened my eyes to many views that I never considered.