Marina Krakovsky

The Middleman Economy

Marina Krakovsky

Talk: The Middleman Economy

For 20 years we've been hearing that the Internet makes middlemen obsolete. But middlemen use the Internet, too, and the best ones do it more efficiently than the average buyer or seller can. In fact, economic research shows that middlemen's role in the economy has actually grown with the growth of the Internet. In this talk based on reporting for her book The Middleman Economy, journalist Marina Krakovsky shows how and why our hyper-connected age makes middlemen more prevalent than ever. Appliance flippers on Craigslist, PowerSellers on eBay, Internet-enabled businesses from Airbnb to ZocDoc and the many venture capitalists who fund them: these are some of the many middlemen who thrive in the modern economy.

Marina Krakovsky

Marina Krakovsky is a Silicon Valley-based social science and business journalist with a degree from Stanford University. Marina is the author of The Middleman Economy: How Brokers, Agents, Dealers, and Everyday Matchmakers Create Value and Profit.

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With the rise of the Internet, many pundits predicted that middlemen would disappear. But that hasn't happened. Far from killing the middleman, the Internet has generated a thriving new breed. In The Middleman Economy , Silicon Valley-based reporter Marina Krakovsky elucidates the six essential roles that middlemen play.

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