Study Tour Report: Building the Digital Platform
The 2018 April LEF Study Tour based itself in Seattle and San Francisco to build clarity around the nature of the digital platform and how it applies to the IoT and machine intelligence. LEF staff welcomed a cadre of keen attendees, and together we set about learning by spending time with innovators in this space.
Over the course of five days we visited organizations that are investing heavily in digital platforms – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, NVIDIA and GE Digital. To augment that viewpoint, we also visited a range of start-up organizations funded through either Seattle-based Madrona Ventures, or Silicon Valley’s a16z, to get ideas about the sorts of problems that need to be solved, but which the big organizations are not addressing.