Sangeet Paul Choudary has spoken at leading global summits, including the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions (AMNC 2016), the WEF ASEAN Summit, and the G20 Summit 2014. He has also been invited to keynote industry conferences globally, speak at Fortune 500 companies, and to lecture at the world’s leading business schools, including HBS and MIT.

Conference Chair

Sangeet is the Conference Chair of the MIT Platform Strategy Summit held every year at the MIT Media labs in Boston, attended by CEOs and founders of Fortune 500 companies and multi-billion dollar valuation startups.

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Speaking Topics

The platform revolution

Based on the international best-selling book Platform Revolution and the top 10 ranked HBR article, this keynote explains the shift from a world of linear pipelines to a world of networked platforms. Taking examples from multiple industries, it lays out the key drivers for this shift and a set of design principles that separate the successful platforms from the unsuccessful ones. Topics covered, in particular, include platform openness and governance decisions, launch and monetization strategies, and factors that lead to competitive advantage.

Platform disruption: How platforms transform industry structures

A topic requested often in board meetings and C-level offsites, this keynote is based on our extensive work with clients across different industries transforming to platform models. The keynote lays out a disruption spectrum and the factors that are powering the rise of platform-based models in industries like Energy, Healthcare, Finance, Mobility, and Manufacturing. It also lays out the structural inefficiencies that exist across industries that allow platforms to create alternate business models and pull user activity to themselves, eating away business from incumbents. The keynote explores impact of platform models across the value chain for a particular industry and patterns in cross-industry competition.

Public policy for the platform economy

Frequently requested by policy makers and think-tanks, this keynote is based on our recent research conducted in partnership with policy bodies like the ILO and the WEF. The keynote explores the policy implications of platforms, especially pertaining to social inequality, worker empowerment, global trade, and property rights. The keynote covers wide ground exploring how the design of platforms may empower or exploit workers, how countries may use platform strategies to win at digital trade, and the emerging governance models that may address many of the policy challenges seen in today’s platform ecosystems.

What’s good for the platform is bad for the ecosystem: The dark side of platform capitalism

This keynote explores the dark side of platforms and is frequently requested by industry conferences as well as policy makers. In particular, this keynote analyzes strategic choices by today’s large platforms that have helped them gain power at the cost of other participants in their ecosystem.The keynote explains how platforms create lock-in for other players in their ecosystems and presents a framework to help policymakers regulate the growing power of these platforms.

Winners and losers in the platform economy

A topic frequently requested by our banking and manufacturing clients, this keynote lays out a framework of different positions that asset-heavy incumbent companies can take in the platform economy. It explains which parts of the business should transform to becoming platforms and which parts should choose to participate on other platforms. The keynote also lays out predictions on which firms are likely to get commoditized next.

China: The next platform leader

China has rapidly emerged as not merely an imitator but an innovator in the platform economy. This keynote lays out the strategies of the successful BAT trio of platforms (Baidu-Alibaba-Tencent) as well as lesser known names like Toutiao and PingAn. It also explores the unique market and regulatory context that have helped these platforms take very different paths as compared to their Western counterparts. This keynote is frequently requested in Western Europe where companies and regulators alike are keen to understand the factors driving the dominance of Chinese platforms.

Winner takes all: Understanding the global dominance of Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google

Built off Sangeet’s work advising antitrust investigations, this keynote explores the growing antitrust concerns around the GAFA platforms and lays out ways in which such platforms may be regulated. For evidence, the keynote’s content draws inspiration from earlier non-digital platforms including Visa and WinTel as well as regulatory work in the EU on the GAFA platforms.

Ecosystem Economics: The new rules of collaboration, coordination, and competition in a connected world.

Often requested by our healthcare and heavy industry clients, this keynote focuses specifically on the partnership and control choices involved in building B2B platform ecosystems. Unlike consumer platforms, B2B platforms involve careful considerations around openness and partner management. The keynote also focuses on standards as a specific coordination mechanism in B2B ecosystems, and contrasts emerging ecosystem management strategies with traditional B2B franchising models.

Platforms for social good

A topic often requested by think-tanks and social foundations, this keynote builds off Sangeet’s work in the social impact sector and lays out a framework for creating platforms for social impact. It identifies design choices that make today’s commercial platforms self-serving, at the cost of social good. The keynote highlights the central role played by data in measuring impact and mobilizing an ecosystem of stakeholders to invest further towards it.

Industry-specific topics

Sangeet’s keynote speeches are frequently customized based on industry.

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Platform Strategy - by Sangeet Paul Choudary

Platform Strategy – by Sangeet Paul Choudary