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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.

Marshall Van Alstyne & Geoff Parker Full Profile

Thinkers50 Podcast: Marshall Van Alstyne and Fake News

In this second conversation between Des Dearlove and Marshall Van Alstyne we hear about the social problem of Fake News.  Marshall's work looks at when private companies can police themselves, and when government intervention is required. They also discuss the...

Thinkers50 Podcast: Marshall Van Alstyne: Platforms

In this conversation between Des Dearlove and Marshall Van Alstyne, Professor at Boston University and author of Platform Revolution, the two discuss the nature of platforms and the three requirements for something to qualify as a platform. Listen to the Podcast...

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