The future of digital platforms

Governance, Impact, Regulation

An initiative by Launchworks & Co

Platforms and their ecosystems are now part of our daily lives. They are redefining the way we work, the way we learn, how we innovate and how we collaborate. As a community of platform leaders, how do we ensure that the full potential of digital ecosystems is realised for all?

What is Platform Leaders?

Platform Leaders brings together entrepreneurs, policy makers, academics and practitioners to exchange insights and best practices on the future of digital platforms and ecosystems. These communities don’t always talk to each other, yet are collectively building the platform economy. Platform Leaders provides strategic insights into key topics and allow experts to share complementary perspectives to shape the debate so that the potential of digital markets can be unlocked for all.

Latest event

Our latest event, Platform Leaders 2020, took place on 18 November. Check out the videos as well as the speaker list and agenda below.

Videos

Platform Leaders 2020 x Louise Plantin

An illustrated summary of Platform Leaders 2020 with live scribing from Louise Plantin.

Platform Leaders 2020 - Platform Impact

This session explores the social and economic impact of digital platforms. Speakers include Jennifer Schenker, Founder and Editor-in-Chief at The Innovator, Professor Arun Sundararajan, NYU, Joe Schorge, Founder and Managing Partner, Isomer Capital and Llibert Argerich, SVP Marketing, Udemy.

Platform Leaders 2020 - Platform Governance

This session explores the governance principles of platforms, the challenges associated with ecosystem management and the importance of trust. Speakers include Azeem Azhar, Founder and CEO, Exponential View, Frédéric Mazzella, Founder and President, BlaBlaCar and Co-president France Digitale, Rob Chesnut, Former Chief Ethics Officer, Airbnb, Author Intentional Integrity and Sasha Michaud, Co-founder & VP Public Affairs, Glovo.

Platform Leaders 2020 - Full Webinar

Platform Leaders 2020: the Future of Digital Platforms. Here is the full webinar with Master of Ceremony Petra Jung, Ecosystem Architect, Launchworks & Co

Platform Leaders 2020 - Introduction

Laure Claire Reillier, COO Launchworks & Co, introduces Platform Leaders 2020.

Platform Leaders 2020 - Platform Regulation

This session explores the challenges associated with the regulation of platforms and ecosystems. Speakers include Lewis Crofts, Editor in Chief, MLex, Professor Michael Jacobides, London Business School, Oliver Bethell, Head of Competition EMEA, Google and Tom Smith, Director of Legal, Competition & Market Authority.

Platform Leaders 2020 - Closing Remarks and Key Insights

Platform Leaders 2020's closing remarks and key insights from Benoit Reillier, CEO Launchworks & Co.

TheSpeakers
Frederic Mazzella The future of digital platforms at Platform Leaders 2020

Frédéric Mazzella

Founder & President BlaBlaCar and co-president France Digitale
Laure Claire Reillier The future of digital platforms at Platform Leaders 2020

Laure C Reillier

Co-founder & COO Launchworks & Co
Oliver Bethell The future of digital platforms, Platform Leaders 2020

Oliver Bethell

Head of Competition EMEA, Google

Michael Jacobides, the future of digital platforms, Platform Leaders 2020

Michael Jacobides

Professor of Strategy @ London Business School
Benoit Reillier The future of digital platforms at Platform Leaders 2020

Benoit Reillier

Co-founder & Managing Director Launchworks & Co
Llibert Argerich Platform Leaders 2020: the future of digital platforms

Llibert Argerich

SVP Marketing, Udemy
Lewis Crofts, the future of digital platforms, Platform Leaders 2020

Lewis Crofts

Editor in Chief, MLex
Robert Chestnut The future of digital platforms at Platform Leaders 2020

Rob Chesnut

Author, Speaker and former Chief Ethics Officer Airbnb
Azeem Azhar, the future of digital platforms, Platform Leaders 2020

Azeem Azhar

Founder Exponential View
Arun Sundararajan The future of digital platforms at Platform Leaders 2020

Arun Sundararajan

Harold Price Professor of Entrepreneurship @ NYU
Jennifer Schenker, The future of digital platforms at Platform Leaders 2020

Jennifer Schenker

Founder & Editor-In-Chief at The Innovator
Joe Schorge The future of digital platforms at Platform Leaders 2020

Joe Schorge

Founder & Managing Partner Isomer Capital
Tom Smith B&W 158 x 186

Tom Smith

Director of Legal, Competition & Markets Authority

Sacha Michaud, the future of digital platforms, Platform Leaders 2020

Sasha Michaud

Co-founder & VP of Public Affairs, Glovo
TheAgenda

3PM – 3:10PM

WELCOME TALK

Introducing Platform Leaders. 

Laure Claire REILLIER

Co-Founder and COO, Launchworks & Co
co-author "Platform Strategy"

3:10PM – 3:50PM

PLATFORM IMPACT

Platforms are playing an increasingly important social and economic role that will further increase post covid. This session will explore how platforms have fared and adapted during covid, their increasing contribution to resilient ecosystems and how they may contribute to a sustainable economic recovery. 

Professor Arun Sundararajan

Harold Price Professor of Entrepreneurship at NYU

Joe Schorge

Founder and Managing Partner, Isomer Capital

Jennifer Schenker (Moderator)

Founder and Editor-in-Chief at The Innovator

Llibert Argerich

SVP Marketing, Udemy

3:50PM – 4:30PM

PLATFORM REGULATION

Like all businesses platforms are subject to competition law as well as a range of regulatory obligations (including for example data privacy). Some policy makers are now arguing that platforms may require additional scrutiny. This panel will explore the challenges associated with the regulation of platforms and ecosystems, and discuss the latest thinking of EU and UK policy makers.

Professor Michael Jacobides

Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Strategy Professor (LBS)

Oliver Bethell

Head of Competition EMEA, Google

Tom Smith

Director of Legal, Competition & Markets Authority

Lewis Crofts (Moderator)

Editor in Chief, MLex

4:30PM – 4:40PM

CONFERENCE BREAK

An illustrated summary of the first two panels by Louise Plantin. Louise studied illustration and comic art at the École Estienne in Paris and at the École des Beaux Arts in Angoulême works with large companies, start-ups and publishing houses.

Louise Plantin
Illustrator

4:40PM – 5:20PM

PLATFORM GOVERNANCE

Unlike traditional businesses platforms orchestrate complex ecosystems and co-create value with their participants. This panel will explore the governance principles of platforms, the challenges associated with ecosystem management and the importance of trust.

Frédéric Mazzella

Founder and President, BlaBlaCar and co-president France Digitale

Rob Chesnut

Former Chief Ethics Officer Airbnb, Author "Intentional Integrity"

Sasha Michaud

Co-founder & VP Public Affairs, Glovo

Azeem Azhar (Moderator)

Founder and CEO, Exponential View

5:20PM – 5:30PM

CONFERENCE WRAP UP

Closing remarks and key insights from the three panels.

Benoit Reillier

Co-Founder and CEO, Launchworks & Co
co-author of "Platform Strategy"