Simone Cicero

Creator of the Platform Design Toolkit.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2020.


Created the first fully open-source methodology for Platform and Ecosystems thinking – the Platform Design Toolkit.


Has worked with large organizations ranging from Fortune 500s to the UN, to explore and experiment a new theory of organizing for the 21st century.


Champion of platform design. Interested in co-design, design thinking and innovation, with a special interest in open business models both in software and hardware. In 2013, Cicero created the Platform Design canvas as a derivative of the Business Model Canvas. It subsequently evolved into the Platform Design Toolkit.


Italian designer, speaker and entrepreneur. The Platform Design Toolkit aims to help organizations of all kinds create shaping strategies, leveraging ecosystems, transforming themselves and the world in the process. Italian connector of entrepreneurial network Ouishare (



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