Platforms v Aggregators

… the most important distinction between platforms and aggregators: platforms are powerful because they facilitate a relationship between 3rd-party suppliers and end users; aggregators, on the other hand, intermediate and control it.

— Ben Thompson, in ‘The Bill Gates Line


And the original:

A platform is when the economic value of everybody that uses it, exceeds the value of the company that creates it. Then it’s a platform.

—Bill Gates, as recounted by Chamath Palihapitiya

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