MARSHALL VAN ALSTYNE

(@InfoEcon) is coauthor of the international bestseller Platform Revolution . He is one of the world’s experts on network business models and is the Questrom Professor of Management at Boston University and a Digital Fellow at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. He is a frequent speaker, board level advisor, and consultant to startups and global firms. Marshall’s research has almost 20,000 citations on Google Scholar and has won numerous academic awards.

Together with Geoff Parker, Marshall was among the originators of the concept of two-sided markets. This idea helps define platform business models. Marshall’s research and commentary have appeared in journals such as Science, Nature and Harvard Business Review. And his interviews appear regularly across Bloomberg, The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. Geoff and Marshall co-founded the MIT Platform Summit and Boston University Symposium, which they have co-chaired since 2013. He received a BA in Computer Science from Yale and an MS and Ph.D. in Information Systems Economics from MIT. He holds multiple patents, was among the first to measure the dollar value of social networks, and his theories of network businesses are taught worldwide. He is a husband and dad, who loves dogs, exercise, travel, and questions of governance.

Marshall and Geoff are ranked among the top management scholars globally by Thinkers 50.

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