Disintermediation - It's a B h.

A Crowded Space

Every marketplace deals with disintermediation: oDesk, eBay, Airbnb, CustomMade, and Etsy. This is known as disintermediation. . From Wikipedia: In economics, disintermediation is the removal of intermediaries in a supply chain: “cutting out the middleman”. .

Disintermediation–an old story playing out now

The Equity Kicker

Disintermediation is one of the oldest stories of the internet. We’ve seen Betfair cut the middleman out of sports bets for a reasonable chunk of the football and horseracing gambling market in the UK but I can’t think of another large business that has disintermediated a consumer market. The most obvious candidates for disintermediation are media publishing businesses.

Disintermediation - It's a B h. - A Crowded Space

A Crowded Space

Sonos + Alexa Strategy

Feld Thoughts

I hope they are thinking hard about it, rather than fearing being disintermediated by Alexa. We all know that Sonos is finally working on an Alexa integration. As I sit here listening to Atom Heart Mother on my Alexa (via “Alexa, play Pink Floyd’s album Atom Heart Mother”), I so badly want it to play throughout my house on our Sonos, rather than just on my desk via Alexa.

Trail Mix and Online Advertising

Eric Friedman

Darren Herman , who is a thought leader in the ad planning world, recently published Disintermediation of Online Display Advertising ( Link to the PDF ) In which he recounts the early stages of online advertising and brings you up to speed in a clear and concise way.

All GMV is not created equal

A Crowded Space

Weak marketplaces suffer from disintermediation, pricing pressure, and destructive competition. At oDesk, we started with a 50%+ take rate but quickly lowered that to 30% and then 10% as we became more self-service and also wanted to lock up the market and prevent any disintermediation. Disintermediation - GMV is stronger if customers are effectively locked in. For marketplaces companies, GMV (gross merchandise value) is the number 1 metric that most focus on.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Our Recent Seed-Stage VC Investments

View from Seed

The internet continues the disintermediation of content creation. Two weeks ago, my partners and I here at NextView Ventures announced our second fund.

Where are the opportunities for the next venture-scale marketplace business?

Version One Ventures

At Version One, we are more inclined to invest in businesses where the services are as commoditized as products so there isn’t supplier preference nor disintermediation. Here’s a question that we have been getting a lot lately: Do you still invest in marketplaces? . The answer is YES! We love their network effects and continue to invest in them.

9 Real Estate Marketing Strategies to Expand Your Business

Up and Running

Disintermediation refers to the mindset where customers wonder whether they really need a real estate agent or not. Disintermediation marketing targets such customers to convince them of the value offered by a real estate professional.

What Is a Business Model? Business Models Explained

Up and Running

Disintermediation. Disintermediation is when you sidestep everyone in the supply chain and sell directly to consumers, allowing you to potentially lower costs to your customers and have a direct relationship them as well. Airbnb is a well-known example of the marketplace business model.

Why I love the Care Space

A Crowded Space

This may make disintermediation a big challenge. Making this process easy and convenient should be enough to prevent disintermediation. Startups are attacking just about every vertical.

6 Reasons Why Technology Won’t Kill B2B Salespeople

YoungUpstarts

Marketing Disintermediation. by Eliot Burdett, co-founder and CEO of Peak Sales Recruiting. A new report from Forrester Research called “Death of a B2B Salesman,” predicts that one million U.S. B2B salespeople will lose their jobs to self-service e-commerce by 2020.

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Are Banks the Next Dinosaurs?

thebarefootvc

Twenty years from now, we will see disintermediation of banks, and millenials will no longer recognize the current banking system as they will receive financial services from a number of new entrants in the technology sector.

[Review] To Sell Is Human

YoungUpstarts

The first section reveals that the sales profession hasn’t vanished into thin air despite the “disintermediating” propensities of the Internet. Do you know that 40% of our time at work is engaged in selling, even if we’re not in sales?

The Most Interesting Part of CVS & Aetna

Growthink Blog

For Aetna, the existential fear that in a world of big data, predictive analytics, and financial disintermediation of why do big insurance companies like them need to exist at all anymore. CVS' proposed acquisition this week of health insurance giant Aetna is a big deal.

Why Publishers Will Tell You Anything But The Truth

YoungUpstarts

Business professors call this phenomenon “disintermediation,” the elimination of the middleman. By Michael Levin.

Top 9 Misaligned Marketplace Incentives

A Crowded Space

Also, if someone is paying a membership, there’s a good chance they’ll want to make some good connections in the marketplace, disintermediate, and then cancel the membership. . "Never, ever, think about something else when you should be thinking about the power of incentives." -Charlie Munger. Most marketplaces I know end up seeing some unexpected behavior from their users. It’s always critical to be examining the incentives of all users of the platform.

Growthink Innovation Series: FinTech

Growthink Blog

What does financial disintermediation really mean? [To listen to a recording of the webinar, Click Here ] On this recorded webinar, the Growthink Innovation Series turns to the transformative world of financial technology. According to PWC, within the next 3-5 years, cumulative investment in FinTech globally could exceed $150 billion.

A Critical, but Ignored Metric for Marketplaces

A Crowded Space

They will not care much about their online reputation, they will not drive turnaround times lower, and they will be disintermediation risks. In the press and on home pages across the web you see metrics like 100,000 expert freelancers or over a million sellers or “adding 3,000 new users per day.” ” Those all sound great, but they are irrelevant to the health of a marketplace company.

The Biggest & Boldest Undertaking of 2018

Growthink Blog

The big news this week was the announcement that Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan were teaming up to form a completely new healthcare company. As in Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, and Jamie Dimon. What does this mean for healthcare as we know it?

Artificial Intelligence: Implications On Marketing, Analytics, And You

Occam's Razor

The current crop of Analytics tools are getting better and better at the known knowns , the process of disintermediation of the humans doing that work is only going to accelerate… And then that work will disappear. A rare post today.

4 Well-Known Companies to Emulate

Growthink Blog

These kinds of businesses are under severe “disintermediation” threat, as technology allows buyers and sellers to connect directly with each other, and thus bypass “middlemen” like Grainger.

Mobile Payments: The Trillion Dollar Industry That's Never - AgileVC

Agile VC

If massively succesful, Isis might disintermediate the companies that manufacturer plastic payment cards and perhaps the companies that make mag stripe hardware (e.g. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. How To Think About The Future. About Me. AGILEVC My idle thoughts on tech startups.

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Are Banks the Next Dinosaurs?

thebarefootvc

Twenty years from now, we will see disintermediation of banks, and millenials will no longer recognize the current banking system as they will receive financial services from a number of new entrants in the technology sector.

Terence Kawaja Presents “Clash of the Titans” in Social Media

VC Cafe

There is disintermediation going on. For those of you who don’t know Terence Kawaja, he is one of the most influential (and funny) social media advisors around, and is also very experienced at investment banking.

Don’t drink your own Kool-Aid (surviving TC50)

Both Sides of the Table

Everybody thought the real substance was going to come from B2B eCommerce players that would deliver “real value&# by disintermediating supply chains … blah, blah, blah. This is part of my ongoing series “Start-up Lessons”.

The Great Fragmentation

aweissman.com

They disintermediate incumbent industries but also do the same to any new attempts at re-aggregation? A few weeks ago my partner Albert Wenger wrote about Facebook being unbundled: "Facebook's Real Mobile Problem: Unbundling" where he opined that "mobile devices are doing to web services what web services did to print media: they unbundle." Then I recalled this blog post from University Ventures which wonders whether "colleges and universities are the next object of the Great Unbundling."

Angels Rush in Where VC Fear to Tread

Up and Running

The article suggests – and we agree – that angels are disintermediating traditional VCs in many cases. About three years ago I attended a Web 2.0 conference at which a couple of professional venture capitalists and a couple of successful angel investors talked about trends. This was before the great recession, but in the middle of the explosion of web apps and social media.

When it Comes to Venture Capital, Do Like Warren Does

Growthink Blog

These high fees obviously eat away at returns, and more profoundly are in contrast to the “disintermediation spirit” so at the heart of modern technology investing. All of a sudden, it is boom time again for venture capital funds, with over $10.3 billion in fresh capital raised by 578 funds in the 1st quarter, up 36% from 2012.

Twitter Link Roundup #149 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Another industry being disintermediated by technology: Gaming Faces Its Archenemy: Financial Reality – [link]. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.

Social CRM at the Crossroads

Venture Chronicles

The evolution of business is all about the reduction of latency and disintermediation through technology, as in the elimination of human action. We have reached a point of disintermediation where we no longer even want to go to them, we expect that a tweet will be responded to substantively in a matter of minutes.

Better, Cheaper, More Convenient

Rob Go

M arketplace businesses are the classic example of this because they disintermediate the supply chain and offer a more free exchange of products between buyers and sellers. One very broad category of companies are what I’d call consumer transactional businesses.

Don’t call it AdTech. It’s “Adhesive”

VC Adventure

The ability of Adhesive companies to insert themselves into the data stream, which existing marketplace players will enable and encourage this, and exactly who the ultimate beneficiaries are (not to mention who is being disintermediated) are key components to a company’s ability to gain rapid market share and scale. For about the past year my partners have been pushing me to write up some thoughts on AdTech investing.

Twitter Link Roundup #60 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

The great RockMelt social disintermediation – [link]. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.

Winners and Losers in the Coming Crowdfunding World

Growthink Blog

Liberatingly, crowdfunding will allow smaller companies to simply bypass and disintermediate these broken financial sources altogether. This week, the President is expected to pass H.R. 3606 - the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) bill, which includes provisions that for the first time legalize investment-based crowdfunding.

Corporate Venture Capital: Obligatory or Oxymoron?

David Teten

Urs Cete, the Head of Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments , notes, “If you think you can provide just money, you will be disintermediated.”. When I meet with executives from large corporations, they’re often worried.

Five reasons why SOPA is luddite legislation

Fred Destin

Technology disintermediates industries -- this one is no exception. SOPA may not pass. What it tells you about the policymakers outlook on how to defend against piracy and copyright infringement is extremely scary.

Don’t call it AdTech. It’s “Adhesive”

VC Adventure

The ability of Adhesive companies to insert themselves into the data stream, which existing marketplace players will enable and encourage this, and exactly who the ultimate beneficiaries are (not to mention who is being disintermediated) are key components to a company’s ability to gain rapid market share and scale. For about the past year my partners have been pushing me to write up some thoughts on AdTech investing.

The Singularity hits Venture Capital (Wilson/Kauffman Redux)

Fred Destin

The markets are getting transparent and disintermediated. I mean, really, who still wants to be a venture capitalist ? It's fast moving from job to have for new HBS grads with flat abs and trophy girlfriend (or vice versa) to labour of love for guys or gals who are willing to commit 15-20 years of their lives and preferably a big percentage of their current and future wealth without knowing whether they will ever make money. Shocker !