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The Platform Disco Podcast

Discover the strategy, technology, and humans behind modern transactional ecosystems. 

Join us on a journey of discovery with industry leaders at the forefront of platform business models used for commerce, circularity, procurement, and more. We delve into the critical aspects of strategy, technology, and organizations that drive success in today’s transactional ecosystems. Gain firsthand insights into the challenges and triumphs experienced by top executives, providing you with the knowledge and inspiration to effectively design, build, and expand your marketplace initiatives.  

Platform Disco has episodes in English and German with new releases dropping 7 AM CEST every Wednesday. To learn more, explore the individual episode listings below.

View or listen to the latest episode:

How SAP tackles the challenges of scaling the circular economy

We talk about the importance of building ecosystems and leveraging existing capabilities to support a sustainable future. Stephan emphasizes the need to connect the dots and avoid building new software from scratch and also highlights the role of data in facilitating circular transactions and reducing friction in the circular economy. Stephan explains the challenges in embracing circular business models and the importance of trust and knowledge in driving the transition.

Meet the Hosts

Alex Pesjak

Alex is a seasoned platform professional who is passionate about creating value in ecosystems and platforms. With a deep understanding of strategy, transformation, and innovation, he is driven by the vision of a thriving Ecosystem Economy across Europe and beyond. Pesjak specializes in aligning purpose, ambition, and circularity to create strategic frameworks that drive success. He is skilled in transforming legacy businesses while simultaneously leading ecosystems through agile and dual operating models.

Alex has a 20 year Brand and Innovation Background in Coca-Cola and Kraft Foods while working as a consultant for the last 12 years in the fields above. With a passion for creating value for all stakeholders, he is dedicated to driving the transformation to networked business models and organizations. Alex currently serves as McFadyen Digital’s VP, EMEA as a leader in their Strategic Advisory practice.

David Detjen

David is a digital commerce professional with expertise on the operator and partner sides of the equation in a variety of roles. This experience, both operating a platform in the form of an online marketplace, and serving in more of a consultative role, provides David with a unique perspective, able to “walk in the shoes” of far more than most while providing solutions.

Prior to joining McFadyen Digital, David honed his skills at the likes of Siemans Digital Logistics, Avatis Medical, Mindcurv, and Ecellerate, helping clients to transform their digital commerce capabilities. With McFadyen Digital, David continues this work leveraging the advantages of composable MACH approach to technology while utilizing the latest platform business models to provide scalable growth to his clients.

Peter Evans

Before becoming the Chief Strategy Officer at McFadyen Digital, Peter Evans was a Managing Partner at the Platform Strategy Institute, a consultancy dedicated to management strategy and application of platform business models across a wide range of sectors. Dr. Evans has over 20 years of experience leading teams in identifying, framing, assessing, and communicating high-priority marketplace trends and disruptions that support business planning and investment prioritization.

Peter received his master’s degree and Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an International Academy of Management Fellow. He is also the co-chair of the MIT Platform Strategy Summit and the Founder of MusicTech Connect in Atlanta.

Episode Library

Episode 5

So wird der Frankfurter Flughafen zum digitalen Marktplatz

Hosted by: Alex Pesjak, Peter Evans, Claus Grunow

Language: German

Length: 1 hour and 12 minutes

Episode 4

Von der Idee zum Marktplatz: Digitale Transformation bei der Schäfer Shop Group

Hosted by: Alex Pesjak, Peter Evans, Joachim Bach

Language: German

Length: 53 minutes

Episode 3

Why Europe is far behind in platform creation

Hosted by: Alex Pesjak, Peter Evans

Language: English

Length: 23 minutes

Episode 2

The “Android of Automation” - How Bosch Rexroth is Building a Partner Ecosystem

Hosted by: Alex Pesjak, David Detjen, Hans-Michael Krause

Topics include: Automation, Partner Management, B2B

Language: English

Length: 65 minutes

Episode 1

Discover Strategie, Geschäftsmodelle, Tech und Menschen hinter Plattform Ökosystemen

Hosted by: Alex Pesjak, David Detjen

Language: German

Length: 28 minutes

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If you or someone you know are leaders in the platform space with a story to tell, please complete one of the forms below to be considered as a guest for the Platform Disco podcast. With a distribution system that includes organic and paid social media, search ads, email lists, and newsletter lists, we have a large potential audience and a rapidly-growing number of audio subscribers on Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, IHeartRadio, SiriusXM, and more. The video version of the podcast is also syndicated via LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, and other social outlets. 

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