New Economy Business Models (Carr vs. Anderson)

by on October 31, 2008 · 11 comments

Somewhere between Nick Carr’s “Typology of Network Strategies” and Chris Anderson’s “Four Kinds of Free” is the secret to understanding our new economy:

Carr’s “Typology of Network Strategies”:

  1. Network effect
  2. Data mining
  3. Digital sharecropping, or “user-generated content”
  4. Complements
  5. Two-sided markets
  6. Economies of scale, economies of scope, and experience

Anderson’s “Four Kinds of Free”:

  1. Direct cross-subsidy (get one thing free, pay for another)
  2. Ad-supported (third-party subsidizes second party)
  3. “Freemium” (a few people subsidize everyone else)
  4. “Gift economy” (people give away things for non-monetary rewards)

Of course, both Carr and Anderson are building on theories and business models previously articulated by many others. A few that come to mind:

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