Top articles of the week | August 24

August 24, 2019

Every week, we put together a list of our top 5 articles of the past week. Happy reading!

Service & Marketplace-model fit Parth Sethi (reading time: 7 minutes)

In our research on marketplaces, we discovered this wonderful post by Parth Sethi that explains the four types of models. He explains how each marketplace model and provides relevant examples along the way. If you are interested in marketplace business models, check it out!

Solitude and Leadership The American Scholar (reading time: 30 minutes)

“Thinking means concentrating on one thing long enough to develop an idea about it.” Solitude is not often associated with leadership; however, in today’s non-stop information overload, it is essential. This post made me realize just how bad I am that introspection and the impact dopamine fueled notifications are having on my ability to reflect.

Want to innovate like Amazon? Here’s their formula Chief Martec (reading time: 10 minutes)

Scott Brinker’s blog called Chief Martec is one of my go to resources. In his recent post, he dissects what makes Amazon special; their operating formula. While many companies espouse these principles, few like Amazon actually put them into practice. It covers four key areas: architecture, organization, mechanisms and culture.

If you are interested in the topic of organizations as organisms, this podcast episode of Invest Like The Best with Zack Kanter is extremely insightful as well.

The WeWork IPO Stratechery (reading time: 15 minutes)

A lot of ink has been spilled about WeWork’s upcoming IPO. Ben Thompson provides the bull case for WeWork and uses Amazon Web Services as an analogy. Though he does conclude by stating that he wouldn’t invest, it is interesting to consider the possibility of WeWork succeeding.

Alex Danco also wrote a terrific post on that possibility. Byrne Hobart distills the numbers in a detailed post as well.