OPEN TALK: (ProductWorld): Products, Platforms & Innovation


Jay Dembani
Avalara, Senior Product Manager

I am a Product Management Professional with 16+ Years of experience of building and managing – scalable B2B SaaS Products spanning across multiple domains using APIs, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain & Automation Frameworks.

At Avalara, I manage a portfolio of platform integration products called Connectors & Extractors. 


Today, majority of the world’s most valuable companies by market capitalization are platform companies; to name a few are Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Google & Microsoft.
All these companies started off with a great product by claiming a substantial mass of customers and providing enough value for all the stakeholders of the ecosystem by optimizing the "network effects".
In this talk I am going to touch upon the key factors, strategies and business models which can enable transition of a product mindset to a platform mindset.
I will also highlight how some of the global product companies are rapidly transforming themselves as successful platforms using innovative methods in their respective domains