Five riveting tales of platform disruptors

5 August 2019 | 3773 Shares

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Technology has the power to disrupt existing industries— this we know from the likes of Lyft, Uber, Airbnb, and Deliveroo.

But as well as operating to fantastic effect in those areas where there’s an already established market, the marketplace model has opened up new vistas of possibilities, letting people, communities, and businesses interact in new and exciting ways.

The Platform Players podcast series from Yapstone looks at the people behind some of the most successful new platforms today that are creating virtualized areas where people can interact safely and securely, and build new bonds between communities and the people in them.

The Platform Players series explores some of these new (and more established) trading platforms in the words of the people who imagined them, and tells the stories that have two things in common: an idea, and a digital platform on which to build.

Here are some of the highlights you can hear at Platform Players:

HopSkipDrive’s Corey McMahon

HopsSkipDrive – Corey McMahon

Corey McMahon is the Product and Operations Leader of HopSkipDrive, a youth transportation platform that was designed to safely transport children to and from their many activities through a network of caregivers. Today, these CareDrivers have driven over five million safe miles and the business has grown eight-fold in the past year. Learn how Corey and his team continue to design the future of platform trust, while positively impacting communities and economic development across the nation.

Listen to the full podcast here.

Wag!’s Jason Meltzer

Wag! – Jason Meltzer

Jason Meltzer loved walking his faithful hound, Cosmo. He turned that love into a website which provided dog walking services to busy, working people like himself. Along with serial entrepreneurs, the Viner brothers, they turned a part-time gig walking dogs on the Venice Beach boardwalk into the nationwide Wag! platform, where dog-lovers, their pups, and people who love to walk dogs meet, transact and share their mutual affection for their faithful friends.

Listen to the full podcast here.

Arcadier’s Kenneth Low and June Boo

Arcadier – June Boo & Kenneth Low

In this episode, Kenneth Lowe and June Boo tell the fascinating story of how Arcadier’s platform-building software changed the way  a whole local government in Nigeria traded its farmers’ premium cocoa beans. With Arcadier’s help, the farmers now market their crops to buyers worldwide, disrupting the traditional flow of goods through endless go-betweens. This is one of many success stories of Arcadier’s platform, which makes it easy for anyone to build a professional marketplace.

Listen to the full podcast here.

Kigo’s Matthew Hoffman

Kigo – Matthew Hoffman

Matthew Hoffman turned a vacation rental disaster from a wash-out Spring Break vacation for himself and his buddies into a business opportunity. From there, he developed several successful vacation rental businesses and is now the Division President of Kigo, a short-term rental software platform providing an end-to-end suite of products to better manage, market, and deliver a complete hospitality experience. By establishing a trusted online brand globally, the short-term platform has processed over $2 billion in bookings.

Listen to the full podcast here.

PatientPop’s Travis Schneider

PatientPop – Travis Schneider

In 2013, Travis Schneider and Luke Kervin came to the shocking realization that the healthcare industry had yet to adopt advanced technology. At the time, Luke’s wife was pregnant and the OBGYN missed a critical test result because of outdated business technology. Luke and Travis knew that they could help, so they set out to digitally transform the entire medical industry through their new platform PatientPop. 

Listen to the full podcast here.

Subscribe today to Platform Players, the new series of podcasts from Yapstone, where you can hear stories about individual entrepreneurs and partners that have gone on to success online. Their inspirational journeys and experiences show that anyone, with the right technology, can create a framework where offline-only businesses can become a digital reality. These journeys are recounted in these podcasts, where you can hear, in their own words, the stories of people like Corey, Matthew, June, Kenneth, Travis, and Jason.

The Platform Players series is sponsored by Yapstone, the premiere payments provider for the platform economy.