The future of digital platforms

Web 3, Design, Sustainability

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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 these 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.

Programme from the last event

The last conference on 24 November 2021, with speakers from Kiva, IKEA, Google, the CMA, ESCP Business School, UCL and many more, focused on 3 key themes: platform design, impact and transformation. Discover the videos and articles below.

Videos (1)
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24 November 2021 - The Video Cartoon!

An illustrated summary of the Platform Leaders event on 24 November 2021 with live scribing from Louise Plantin.

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Kiva Keynote - Chris Tsakalakis

Chris Tsakalakis, CEO of Kiva, is in conversation with Laure Claire Reillier, Launchworks COO and Platform Leaders Co-Chair.

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Digital Transformation and Platforms

With Christoph Heyn from IKEA, Professor Marie Taillard, Thibault Remy from Meilleurs Agents and Jennifer Schenker from The Innovator.

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Choice Architects - Highlights

The best bits from Adam Cohen from Google, Dr. Stefan Hunt from the CMA, Professor Tobias Kretschmer and Assistant Professor Joost Rietveld.

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Platform Leaders - Highlights

Here are the best bits from the Platform Leaders event on 24 Nov 2021. Key themes addressed: Kiva, choice architecture and digital transformation.

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Platforms as Choice Architects

With Adam Cohen from Google, Dr. Stefan Hunt from the CMA, Professor Tobias Kretschmer and Assistant Professor Joost Rietveld.

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Platform Leaders - Full Video

Replay the full video from the Platform Leaders event - The Future of Platforms which took place on 24th of November 2021.

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Closing Remarks - Benoit Reillier

Platform Leaders closing remarks and key insights from Benoit Reillier, CEO Launchworks & Co and Platform Leaders Co-Chair.

Articles (1)
Frederic Montagnon - the promise of web3

The promise of Web3

Serial entrepreneur Frédéric Montagnon is not afraid to lead the way, especially when it comes to new technologies. Self-described as ‘an engineer, not a financial guy’, he was first drawn ...
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Platforms and user-centric design

Platforms and user-centric design

“Every time we make a choice, someone has been there before us. We've had a hidden partner who's made a bunch of decisions.” These are the practical terms that Professor ...
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Platforms aiming for net zero

Platforms aiming for net zero

In our globalised world, shared issues demand collective action – perhaps none more urgently than the climate crisis. Jennifer Schenker, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The Innovator, Lucie Basch, Chief Expansion Officer ...
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TheSpeakers
Chris Tsakalakis Platform Leaders

Chris Tsakalakis

CEO of Kiva
Jennifer Schenker, The future of digital platforms at Platform Leaders 2020

Jennifer Schenker

Founder & Editor-In-Chief, The Innovator
Christoph Heyn Platform Leaders

Christoph Heyn

GVP, Digital Product Management, IKEA
Stefan Hunt Platform Leaders

Stefan Hunt

Senior Director, CMA
Tobias Kretschmer Platform Leaders

Tobias Kretschmer

Professor, University of Munich
Benoit Reillier Platform Leaders

Benoit Reillier

CEO, Launchworks & Co
Marie Taillard

Dr. Marie Taillard

L’Oréal Professor of Creativity Marketing
Thibault Rémy

Thibault Remy

CEO Meilleurs Agents
Laure Claire Reillier Launchworks & Co Platform Leaders

Laure Claire Reillier

Co-Founder & COO Launchworks & Co
Louise Plantin Platform Leaders

Louise Plantin

Illustrator
Joost Rietveld Platform Leaders

Joost Rietveld

Assistant Professor, UCL School of Management
Adam Cohen

Adam Cohen

Director of Economic Policy, Google
TheAgenda

3:30PM – 3:35PM

WELCOME TALK

Introducing Platform Leaders. 

Laure Claire REILLIER

 COO, Launchworks & Co
 Co-author "Platform Strategy"

3:35PM – 4:20PM

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AND PLATFORMS

In this panel, we will explore what platform models mean for digital transformation and what it takes to pivot to a platform or successfully launch a platform to complement an existing business. In both cases platforms are rewriting the rules of the game and help digitalise entire industries.

Christoph Heyn

 GVP, Product Management, IKEA

Jennifer Schenker

 Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The Innovator

Marie Taillard

 Professor, ESCP Business School

Thibault Remy

 CEO, Meilleurs Agents

4:20PM – 5:05PM

PLATFORMS AS CHOICE ARCHITECTS

Choice architecture is an increasingly important way of framing decisions and nudging behaviours. Default settings, online and off line, are far from neutral and shape context and behaviour. Yet too much choice is also unhelpful to consumers. In fact, one of the value-adding roles of platforms is ‘curation’, either directly or through quality signals and reputation tools attributing scores/stars to participants so that choosing what to buy, read or do is easier and informed. In this panel, that brings together practitioners, policy makers and academics, we’ll discuss how digital platforms can become better choice architects.

Stefan Hunt

 Senior Director, CMA

Tobias Kretschmer

 Professor, University of Munich

Joost Rietveld

 Professor, UCL School of Management

Adam Cohen

 Director of Economic Policy, Google

5:05PM – 5:25PM

KEYNOTE

This session will explore how not for profit platforms like Kiva, the microfinance social impact platform, can generate positive outcomes such as financial inclusion. Chris will also discuss the increasingly important social and economic role played by platforms in a range of sectors and geographies.

Chris Tsakalakis

 CEO, Kiva

Laure Claire Reillier

 COO Launchworks & Co

 Co-author of "Platform Strategy"

5:25PM – 5:30PM

CONFERENCE WRAP UP

Closing remarks and key insights from the event by our conference co-chair.
The event will be illustrated live with drawings from Louise Plantin.

Benoit Reillier

 CEO, Launchworks & Co
 Co-author of "Platform Strategy"

Louise Plantin

 Illustrator