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

Disintermediation in Education: The Kahn Edition

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a great piece on a self-appointed teacher who runs a one-man "academy" on YouTube: "The most popular educator on YouTube does not have a Ph.D. He has never. taught at a college or university. And he delivers all of his lectures. from a bedroom closet." Salman Kahn has recorded 1,400 10-minute lectures on a range of topics. Over 16 million people have watched his videos. The Khan Academy explicitly challenges many of higher-education's most.

The Mesh: Why the future of business is sharing, by Lisa Gansky

Grade A Entrepreneurs

By Marylene Delbourg-Delphis @mddelphis. The Mesh, an old word meaning the “opening between the threads of a net&# got its technology flavor with the concept of mesh networking generally defined as “a type of networking wherein each node in the network may act as an independent router.&#

bijan sabet: Gatekeepers

Mark Birch

Disintermediation. tech startups gatekeepers disintermediation bureaucracy education government status quo businessbijan sabet: Gatekeepers : bijan : …So when people ask me what gets me excited, this is what I end up talking about a lot these days. Breaking the status quo and taking down the gatekeeper…. The breaking down of barriers. Direct to consumer. Peer-to-Peer. We are seeing this happen.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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“Meaningful” startups

Chris Dixon

Some are trying to disintermediate incumbents and thereby restructure large industries. There is generally a lot of enthusiasm in the startup world these days. But some observers worry that too many startups are working on “features” instead of world-changing ideas.

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.

The Great Fragmentation


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."

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.

Are Banks the Next Dinosaurs?


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.

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Fintech Companies Redesigning The Financial World


Analyzing in a general way, what appears with much emphasis is a disintermediation movement, in particular the banks. by Caroline Capitani, VP of Business Innovation of ilegra.

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.

Guy Kawasaki on Entrepreneurs Who Write Books

Inc Startups

The general direction is democratization of information and disintermediation of publishers. The bestselling author offers publishing advice--and insight into why his giving away his latest book for free.

Productivity improvements and Musical Chairs. What happens when the economy slumps?

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Disintermediation - The Internet disintermediated many markets, cutting out the middleman, or several layers of distribution. The Internet disintermediation has sharply reduced the need for jobs like travel agents, stock brokers, music stores, secretaries, admins, presentation graphics, MIS analysts. For more than 30 years businesses have invested in software technology with the promise of increased productivity and cost savings.

Where Are Today’s CXOs In The Tech Cycle?

Mark Birch

That being said, Mike brings up a couple of very critical points that will lead this shift towards a new generation of enterprise technology leaders: Disintermediation of IT. With Enhatch, we have melded these trends of verticalization and disintermediation.

6 Reasons Why Technology Won’t Kill B2B Salespeople


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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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.

How technology productivity kills jobs

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Travel agents, stock brokers, and record stores - Technology, specifically the Internet, has disintermediated and disrupted entire industries. Technology is all about productivity. Getting more things done, faster, cheaper, with fewer people. This has been called the "Jobless Recovery".

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?

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.

Are Banks the Next Dinosaurs?


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.

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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Yelp Reviews Inaccurate at Best — Disservice to the Internet at Worst

Immersive Web

Anyone can rise up and disintermediate existing players in any market. Immersive Web Yelp is one of the properties that online businesses need to manage. But be afraid.

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.

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.

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.

[Review] To Sell Is Human


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?

Why Publishers Will Tell You Anything But The Truth


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

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Glimpse Into the Future: What Sales Will Look Like 5 Years From Now

Inc Startups

Disintermediation--Buyers will seek additional ways to go direct to providers and manufacturers, diminishing the need for and use of manufacturer reps, dealers, and distributors. What will the future bring for sales professionals?

Content Creation in an Age of Excess

Inc Startups

Those channels have attempted to disintermediate the traditional relationships that existed between, say, Inc. Small businesses take note: It''s no longer about your products and services. It''s about giving your customers what they want and need--and not old-fashioned marketing.