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Understanding the Global Platform Economy

Platforms have proven to be highly successful business models, as demonstrated by Apple, Google, Amazon, Uber, Airbnb, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Alibaba, FlipKart, Jumia among others. Yet many questions remain: How many platform companies are there in the world? What is the market cap of public platforms? How much money have private platforms raised? CGE is exploring… Read more

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World’s Leading Universities for Platform Scholarship

Where does the most important scholarship reside on platform companies, network effects, and double-sided markets? Analysis suggests that 12 academic institutions stand out. The first is Toulouse School of Economics due to the seminal work done by Jean Tirole and Jullien Bruno. Tirole won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2014. This is followed by Imperial… Read more

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Global VC Funding

The US continues to be the global epicenter for VC and other types of early stage funding. Based on data from CrunchBase, US based companies raised $54.5 billion over the past five years compared to $27.5 billion for the rest of the world. The major European-based companies collectively raised $7.5 billion followed by China with… Read more

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Business School Mismatch

There is a significant mismatch between the G2 (US and China) in the institutions available to meet the demand for the next generation of global management skills.   There has been a surge in large companies from emerging markets, especially China. China now has 95 companies in the Global 500 list, which means companies generating more… Read more

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VC Funding for Ride Sourcing

New technologies can unleash new platform opportunities and new forms of value creation, value sharing, and value capture. This chart highlights the stark difference between the PC era (when Zipcar was the only real player) and today, where more than $4 billion in VC funding has flowed into transportation platform startups. This illustrates the power of mobile… Read more

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Internet of Things in 2015

The Internet of Things will continue to gain momentum in 2015. However, the pace of innovation and customer adoption will likely vary between the consumer facing internet and the industrial facing internet. While there are many interesting applications of machine to machine communication and automation and systems that will enhance remote field services around the… Read more

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World of VC and other Funding in 2014

2014 was a strong year for startups and companies seeking funding to grow their operations. Over 10,000 companies around the world were able to raise over $80 billion in the first 11 months of 2014. Flipkart (India) and Airbnb, Uber and Cloudera (US) and Koudai and Meizu (China) are some of the companies that raised the… Read more

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WSJ/NBC News Poll shows stronger U.S. support for Global Economic Engagement

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey: April 2014 A recent WSJ/NBC News Poll shows an interesting and positive development — a rise in U.S. public opinion (43%) recognizing the benefit of economic globalization. This number represents an 18% jump from 2008 and is larger than previous years’ findings dating back to 1997. The same survey revealed… Read more

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