A guest post by Simone Cicero, creator of the Platform Design Toolkit, a methodology and set of practical tools that help platform businesses create value.
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Inspiration · 4 min read
From bootstrapping to $1M in funding – An interview with Arash Shiva and Marius CiocirlanArash Shiva and Marius Ciocirlan of Sharegrid reveal how they went from bootstrapping to $1M in funding, using Sharetribe.
Getting started · 7 min read
Ten Lessons Learned Investing in Early Stage MarketplacesInvestor Mathias Ockenfels of Point Nine Capital shares ten valuable lessons for marketplace entrepreneurs.
Marketing & Growth · 9 min read
How to grow your marketplace on a budgetLearn how find the right first users for your platform, without any complex and expensive strategies, promotions or engineering.
Business model · 16 min read
Meet the insurers of the sharing economyIn this article, we will explore the various players in the insurance industry—both traditional and newcomers—that are offering innovative insurance solutions to sharing economy platforms.
Inspiration · 4 min read
Discover latent demand – An interview with Boris WertzBoris Wertz, the prolific marketplace investor and former COO of AbeBooks, believes there are still many untapped verticals that are ripe for disruption by new marketplace businesses.
Marketing & Growth · 15 min read
How to use PR to grow your online marketplace businessLearn how to transform your sharing economy business with PR, and get a free professional press release template.
Business model · 3 min read
Your business model does not scale – Why peer-to-peer marketplaces fail, part 3First, you need to think about what it is that you want. Are you planning to build a large VC-funded global marketplace business, or just a smaller local business? This decision can make a big difference.
Getting started · 6 min read
Why you should launch your marketplace earlyYou should strive to launch your marketplace as early as possible. This way you can quickly validate your concept and see whether it really solves a problem for your users.
Inspiration · 5 min read
How to find the next big marketplace idea – An interview with Robin ChaseFrom the stage at Cabaret Sauvage in Paris, Robin is telling the vivid story about how she likes to stay at friends’ houses when she travels.