The platform economy enables marketplaces to scale by leveraging an ecosystem that involves a platform operator, a seller community, and a buyer community. With all ten of the top ten global retailers, nine of the top ten US retailers, and nine of the top ten ecommerce unicorns all operating marketplaces, it is easy to understand the heavy investment and high valuations seen in the space.
This panel of marketplace and financial experts to discuss investments, returns, and valuations within the marketplace sphere from both the operator and seller sides. Returns will focus on GMV, profit, cost reduction, nimbleness, data, and other benefits. From the operator side, we will discuss marketplaces selling physical goods, services, digital goods, and the investment returns being seen by these organizations.
In this session, we will discuss
– The disruptive effect of the marketplace model
– Where investments are being made in platform businesses
– Examples of corporate marketplace investments and returns
– The state of marketplace investments, returns, and valuations
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