by • June 25, 2012 • Business modelsComments (2)247

8 patterns for thinking about strong network biz models (thoughts-in-progress)

I was thinking about network effects, where every additional user you gain makes your entire service more valuable to everyone involved (increasing customer lock-in and widening the moat new competitors must cross to attack you).

It led me to these 8 business model patterns. Some network effect businesses use most of them. Others use just one or two. I don’t have a big conclusion to make, but I wanted to share my thinking in case it’s useful. I’ve had a couple useful breakthroughs by comparing my ideas against these 8 patterns to see what I might be able to change to reach a more defensible model.

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2 Responses to 8 patterns for thinking about strong network biz models (thoughts-in-progress)

  1. Rocio says:

    Very interesting… I’d say if you have a few of these you’re well on your way to success. I enjoyed the perspective.

  2. Peter says:

    Very interesting!

    I’d love if you add also the Revenue Model.
    For each of the examples perhaps?

    BTW, thanks for your blog. it’s awesome!