Platforms for “on-demand”

Tom Goodwin makes a great point:

-Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles.
-Facebook, the most popular media owner, creates no content.
-Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory.
-Airbnb, the largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate.

What do these observations have in common?

All of these companies are platforms for the new “on-demand” economy.

The very nature of the on-demand economy is that a buyer must, on a real-time basis be able to identify seller.

Uber Is the most obvious example. Uber brilliantly identifies, for the buyer of taxi services, a seller with a willing car and driver.

Facebook helps billions of writers find audiences for their content.

Airbnb identifies, for the buyer, a homeowner willing to rent their house.