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Applico’s Nick Johnson Attended WEF Summit

On October 26, Applico’s Head of Platform Nick Johnson attended and spoke with a World Economic Forum workshop for their Digital Transformation Initiative.

The World Economic Forum describes the Initiative:

“The promise of digital platforms and their ability to create value is unprecedented. Yet to reach this potential – particularly in a business-to-business context – an array of questions need to be addressed. New business models, innovation strategies and enabling policy frameworks all need to be holistically understood to ensure a trustworthy and innovative platform economy can emerge.

“This workshop will gather a community of experts from industry, policy and civil society to identify the key drivers, explore frameworks for balancing competing interests, and collectively prioritize next steps. Outcomes of this workshop will shape an array of activities to be held at the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos and beyond.”

In attendance were top companies from a variety of industries, leading policymakers, and academics, all arrayed to discuss the future of the global economy and how digital efforts currently and will continue to transform it.

Johnson, along with Applico CEO & Founder Alex Moazed, recently authored Modern Monopolies, a book on platforms and the transformative power they bring to the present-day economy. Below are reactions to Modern Monopolies:

“Provides useful insights into how to build more resilient and valuable platforms.”

–New York Times DealBook

“This book is satisfying and timely, a valuable contribution to our understanding of modern business.”

–Booklist

“Modern Monopolies brilliantly lays out the formula for how to get rich in the platform economy. From building audiences to creating network value, this book will become the handbook for the next generation of business leaders.”

–George F. Colony, CEO, Forrester Research

“Modern Monopolies unmasks what Internet platforms are, how they work, and why they are important. A required read for anyone interested in building, or investing in, network-based businesses.”

–Andrew Weissman, Partner, Union Square Ventures

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