The online marketplace industry is still very young. It is constantly changing and evolving—and as a result, being a part of it is very exciting. Business models, market opportunities, the funding landscape, payment systems, and many other parts of this ecosystem are in a continuous state of flux. In order to remain on top of things, it is a good idea to follow the people who are shaping and analyzing the industry.
We have gathered three lists of people to follow along with their active platforms. These lists are, of course, subjective and by no means complete. Many of these people inspired us while we wrote the Marketplace guide and other articles for the Marketplace Academy. Each list represents a perspective on the industry:
This is the second list, with marketplace thought leaders. Also have a look at our list of ten important marketplace investors, and ten inspiring marketplace founder & CEOs. So bookmark, follow, add to your feed, or do whatever you deem necessary to stay in the loop with these people. We have collected all the ones mentioned here in one Twitter-list.
Marketplace Thought leaders
Online marketplaces, the sharing economy, and collaborative consumption have received a lot of (academic) attention in the past few years. Many people spend a lot of time trying to see beyond the horizon and speculating on the future, sharing their insights with the world. These are a selection of the ten most interesting thought leaders.
Rachel Botsman – Twitter | Website
Author of What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption and an expert on collaborative consumption.
Arun Sundararajan – Twitter
Professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His research interests include the sharing economy and crowd-based capitalism. He is the author of The Sharing Economy.
Of course, don’t forget to follow @Sharetribe on Twitter, where we share the best marketplace-related articles on a daily basis. By signing up for the Marketplace Academy mailing list, you’ll also get notified of new content targeted at helping marketplace entrepreneurs succeed with their business.
If you feel that a crucial marketplace thought leaders is missing from our list, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be sure to add them to our next edition of the list.