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

Barry Libert

Consultant Barry Libert
Chairman and CEO, OpenMatters
Dover, Massachusetts
  • English

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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