What Our Readers Are Saying
The authors explain this ecosystem in engaging prose with ample examples of their theoretical points with practical case studies. Matchmakers introduces complex concepts in an important and expanding area of business and economic development. It is an important and provocative read.
Matchmakers sheds light on some of the most important businesses driving the global economy.
A great read for anyone who wants to better understand how the companies behind the products and services they use every day work.
“Matchmakers is an insider’s look at one of the critical business models of our era—one that only looks easy because the drivers around successful multi- and two-sided networks are anything but self-evident. It’s an entertaining read, yet filled with the insights essential for anyone interested in starting or scaling these complex yet powerful businesses.”
“More than the Internet, the sharing economy or automation platform companies and matchmaking markets are defining the new economy. Evans and Schmalensee are pioneers in developing economic theories that explain this new economy. Here they share what they’ve learned to the great benefit not just of economists, but also of entrepreneurs, policy makers, and consumers.”
“Entirely new business models have evolved around the platform, connecting supply and demand, service provider and customer, sender and receiver. Matchmakers captures this phenomenon—the platform ecosystem—in a way that makes this book compelling reading for anyone seeking to understand the role that platforms play in today’s economy.”
“David Evans and Richard Schmalensee are masters at combining strategic analysis and economic theory. Matchmakers is a journey through the strategies of platform businesses, which are central to our economies. Full of stories, fun to read, stimulating, and rigorous, this terrific book is required reading, from the economics and MBA student to the entrepreneur looking at building a platform to any reader curious about how our economy evolves.”
“Matchmakers will be mandatory for anyone building or investing in multisided platforms—in the cloud or on the ground. It’s not only full of great stories like the rise of M-PESA, it’s also a practical guide to getting your platform business off the ground. If the people behind Apple Pay had this book to read, maybe they would have started differently.”
“This book provided me, as a cofounder of the International Securities Exchange, with a different lens through which to view my business and industry. This framework would have been a valuable addition to my playbook as my colleagues and I grappled with questions of pricing and building critical mass when we were planning the launch, eighteen years ago, of the first all-electronic options exchange in the United States.”
“The ‘matchmaker’ is one of the oldest business models, but it’s ever more important in today’s interconnected, networked world. This deep dive into today’s multisided businesses provides a clear, compelling, and entertaining road map for how net platform businesses can blast off and ignite. Bravo!”