Platform distribution risks

February 15, 2012
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When your product extends a platform’s functionality, one of the main risks you face is that the platform could embed your product’s key features within the platform – what is sometimes called subsumption risk. This happened to a lot of startups in the 90s that built products for the Windows platform.

When you depend on a platform for distribution (acquiring and retaining users), you take on different risks. Specifically:

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