Companies like Uber and Airbnb are destroying age-old industries and established brands by marginalizing their business models. These companies altered the competitive landscape by leveraging the power of networks, taking advantage of their self-organizing power to co-create along with customers. 

Business leaders must respond now since networks are revolutionizing every industry.

Our research revealed that there are four business models that cut across all industries: Asset Builders, Service Providers, Technology Creators and Network Orchestrators. Consistently, these four categories of companies have valuations of 1, 2, 4, and 8 times revenues respectively.

We have created seven steps that help leaders to harness the power of their implicit networks.

Meet the Expert

About Barry

  • Board member for companies seeking expertise in social, mobile, cloud and big data.
  • Strategic advisor to company leaders wanting to pivot their business models to benefit from digital technologies. Clients include (past and present) AT&T, Microsoft, GE Healthcare, Deloitte, ESPN, and Goldman Sachs.
  • Technology investor in social, mobile, cloud and big data companies; portfolio companies manage 15,000 social networks with 40 million members for 150 leading brands.
  • Author and speaker: co-authored 5 books and 20 ebooks; published 1,100 articles; appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR, and Bloomberg TV; delivered 500+ keynote speeches globally.


Chairman, CEO • OpenMatters
Jun, 2011 — Present
  • OpenMatters helps boards and leaders build great digital companies.
CEO, Co-Founder • Mzinga
Jun, 2001 — Mar, 2011
  • Mzinga is a social software, services, and e-learning company.
Partner • Arthur Andersen
1995 — 2001
  • Global research and innovation
  • Software analytic solutions
Managing Director • John Hancock Financial Services
1991 — 1993
  • Managed $2B institutional real estate equities division of the John Hancock Life Insurance Company, U.S.A.
Co-CEO, Co-Founder • Milestone Associates
1980 — 1991
  • Created $200M real estate investment and development firm
Management Consultant • McKinsey & Company
1977 — 1979


Columbia University
MBA, Finance, General Administration, 1977
Tufts University
BA, Economics, 1975


  • Board member and advisor, Innocentive, a crowdsourcing software company serving the R&D market.
  • Board member, Parametric, provider of mobile and big data software solutions to the stadium market.
  • Board advisor, Strikingly, a Y Combinator company that provides software to build a mobile presence.
  • Board advisor, Activate Networks, a big data software and services company.
  • Board member, USAgainstAlzheimer's, a nonprofit network that seeks to leverage the power of social networks to end Alzheimer's globally.
  • Board advisor, Knowledge@Wharton, a digital business journal that reaches 2+ million subscribers.
  • Board member, Rothman Institute at Fairleigh Dickinson University, which delivers entrepreneurial education.
  • Former board advisor, Sonicbids, a social music company now part of Backstage.
  • Former board member, The Pulse Network, which provides private-label social TV solutions and marketing events.

Keynote Speeches

  • Appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR and Bloomberg TV.
  • Delivered more than 500 keynote speeches globally.


  • Board member, Senior Fellow, The Wharton SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management - the world's first “think tank” for management education.


Author of 1,100 articles, 20 ebooks and five published books:
  • Social Nation: How to Harness the Power of Social Media, Wiley & Son, September 2010.
  • Barack, Inc: Winning Business Lessons of the Obama Campaign, Pearson, January 2009
  • We Are Smarter than Me: How to Unleash the Power of Crowds, Pearson, October 2007
  • Value RX: How to Make the Most of Your Organization's Assets, Harper Business, September 2001
  • Cracking the Value Code: How Successful Businesses Create Value, Harper Business, April 2000

  • System for Modeling, Measuring, Managing and Depicting the Effects of Business Decisions on Market Value, filed November 1999, U.S. WO2000034911
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