Marshall Van Alstyne

Marshall Van Alstyne is co-author of the international bestseller Platform Revolution. He is one of the world’s experts on network business models and is Questrom Professor of Management at Boston University. He is a frequent speaker, board level advisor, and consultant to startups and global firms. His research has received over 10,000 Google Scholar citations and won half a dozen academic awards.

Together with Geoffrey Parker and Nobel Laureate Jean Tirole, Van Alstyne developed the concept of two-sided markets, which is used extensively in platform business models. Parker and Van Alstyne co-founded the MIT Platform Summit and Boston University Symposium, which they have co-chaired since 2013. He received a BA in computer science from Yale and an MS and PhD. in information systems economics from MIT. He holds multiple patents – he was among the first to measure the dollar value of social networks – and his theories of network businesses are taught worldwide.

Winner (with Geoff Parker) of the Thinkers50 2019 Digital Thinking Award.

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The Price of Lies

When it comes to political ads on Facebook, anything goes. On Twitter, nothing does. In a speech at Georgetown University in October last year, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, defended the company’s decision not to fact-check political ads on the site....

Put Friction on Liars, Not Just Their Lies

If truth is the first casualty of war, then lies should not surprise us when politics become a battlefield. The year 2020 is a low point in the integrity of our political discourse. Partisans cannot hear one another.  If they listen, it is not to comprehend but...