The Platform Stack #2
Web5 or WebX ?
Jack Dorsey’s Bitcoin venture TBD, unveiled an ambitious effort to build a decentralized Web platform dubbed "Web 5." Here is the link to the presentation that explores the different components of the proposed platform.
Web5 brings decentralized identity and data storage to your applications. It lets devs focus on creating delightful user experiences, while returning ownership of data and identity to individuals.
Introducing Network Effect #16: Hub-and-Spoke - James Currier
It’s the network effect that drove TikTok’s ascendance in 2016, Medium’s initial traction in 2013 until they blew it, and now that we can see the pattern, LiveJournal’s growth in 2000, and CraigsList’s growth in 1995.
ByteDance's bumpy year - Casey Newton
TikTok remains dominant, but some (tiny) cracks are beginning to show
Axie Infinity’s vision of a “play-to-earn” video game has crumbled, and the company behind it now tells the players who bought into the hype it was never about the money, anyway.
Convoy | Transporting Innovation - Greymatter.
Convoy CEO and co-founder Dan Lewis discusses the current shipping landscape and how his company is upgrading the long-antiquated trucking industry. Convoy, which has developed a platform that puts drivers, shipping companies, and freight brokers on the grid has allowed all parties to operate more efficiently, resulting in saved costs and time as well as reducing pollution. Founded in 2015, Convoy now works with about 80,000 registered trucking companies (which collectively have some 400,000 trucks in their network), and in April raised $260 million in Series E funding.
Deal size > $10m; includes platform companies only; non-exhaustive list
Multiverse | Series D - $220M | London, United Kingdom
Multiverse is a tech startup that matches talent who have not graduated from college with apprenticeship opportunities.
Backbase | Private Equity - $129M | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Backbase empowers financial institutions to accelerate their digital transformation and effectively compete in a digital-first world.
Codat | Series C - $100M | London, United Kingdom
Codat is the universal API for small business data.
Bud | Series B - $80M | London, United Kingdom
Bud develops an open banking platform that enables users to access data from any financial product.
Coinhouse | $40M | Paris, France
Coinhouse is a digital platform for individuals and institutions wishing to acquire and secure their digital assets.
Calaxy | Series A - $26M | Katy, United States
Calaxy is the open social marketplace designed & built by Creators for Creators.
bttn. | Series A - $20M | Seatle, United States
bttn. offers subscription-based ordering on direct-from-manufacturer medical supplies.
For details visit Funding rounds at Platfirms
Turo and Ouicar are targeting millions of international tourists in France and aim to expand in the US, UK and Canada
View more Acquisitions at Platfirms
Keynote : Governance and Trust in Online Marketplaces - Steve Tadelis
For more platform events visit Events at Platfirms
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