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The New Economics of Multi-sided Platforms: Matchmakers – Book presentation

 |  March 22, 2016

Navigating the New Matchmaker Economy

April 26


Raffles Hotel

1 Beach Rd, Singapore

Keynote Speaker

David S. Evans

Co-Author of

Matchmakers: The New Economics of Multisided Platforms

Harvard Business Review Press, May 2016

Many of the most dynamic public companies, from Alibaba to Facebook to Visa, and the most valuable start-ups, such as Airbnb and Uber, are matchmakers that connect one group of customers with another group of customers. Economists call matchmakers multisided platforms because they provide physical or virtual platforms for multiple groups to get together. Dating sites connect people with potential matches, for example, and ride-sharing apps do the same for drivers and riders.

Although matchmakers have been around for millennia, they’re becoming more and more popular—and profitable—due to dramatic advances in technology, and a lot of companies that have managed to crack the code of this business model have become today’s power brokers.  Three of the fifth largest firms by market cap are matchmakers as are 7 of the 10 largest unicorns.

Today, we are increasingly living in the Matchmaker Economy.

At this luncheon event, Dr. Evans, who has done pioneering work on the new economic science of multisided platforms and worked with many of the world’s leading matchmakers, will explain what the new matchmaker economy means to you, whether you are an executive, investor, entrepreneur, or government official.  Dr. Evans will then moderate a panel of executives from several global matchmaker businesses.

Dr. Evans is the co-author, with Professor Richard Schmalensee, of Matchmakers: The New Economics of Multisided Platforms. According to Dan Schulman, CEO of PayPal, “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.”

Space is limited. Tickets are $100, which includes lunch and an autographed copy of Matchmakers: The New Economics of Multisided Platforms. To register CLICK HERE

Navigating the New Matchmaker Economy is sponsored by Competition Policy International and the Computer and Communications Industry Association.

Competition Policy International (CPI) provides comprehensive resources and continuing education for the global antitrust and competition policy community.


Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) is an international not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to innovation and enhancing society’s access to information and communications.