Denkfabrik (Partner: BMAS)
16:45 - 17:30
Are Plattforms God?

Short thesis

Platforms are developing god-like powers over the firms that operate in their ecosystems and because of their reach are transforming entrepreneurship. The platform’s god-like powers include the ability to cast any vendor out for any or no reason.


The platform economy is fundamentally altering the nature of entrepreneurship.  The platform owner has complete visibility into its dependent entrepreneurs’ activities, the ability to introduce a new competitive product, change ranking algorithms, change any and ALL conditions of participation, to separate the vendor from their customers, and forbid any independent communication with customers. The millions of vendors and creators dependent upon platforms such as eBay, Amazon, YouTube, Instagram etc. should be considered dependent entrepreneurs.