Unleash the Power of Network Effects
70% of the value created in technology can be attributed to network effects. But only a small set of companies have managed to crack their complexity. Sameer has studied these complexities for years and is a leading expert on the subject. In this course, he will help you understand the nuances of network effects, harness their power and monetize effectively. Whether you are a founder, product builder, or investor, this course will arm you with the frameworks you need to succeed.
TBD (Sep 2021)
Who this course is for
You are building an early stage startup and are trying to develop network effects
Product & Business Leaders
You work at a company that is built on network effects and want to leverage them better or enhance them
You want to understand network effects to screen investment opportunities and support portfolio companies
A 3-week long workshop-style course led by the creator of Breadcrumb.vc, a leading resource on network effects.
Topics Sameer will cover
The four different types of business models built on network effects — marketplaces, interactions networks, data networks, and platforms
Types of network effects and how they influence growth, unit economics, and barriers to competition
How network effects shape liquidity barriers and strategies to overcome them
The relationship between network effects and engagement
The relationship between network effects and monetization options
The difference between virality and network effects — and how to combine them
Layering or combining multiple forms of network effects
Maximizing positive network effects and minimizing negative ones
Identifying the right metrics for the right network
After taking this course, you will be able to understand the many variants and structural properties of network effects. This will help you evaluate or make the right decisions to reach product-market fit, scale, and monetize.
About your instructor
Sameer is a startup advisor and investor focused on network effects. He is the creator of Breadcrumb.vc, a leading resource on network effects, and is part of the 2021 Atomico Angel Program.
Previously, he was the global director of consulting at App Annie, where he advised leading companies like Spotify, Shpock, and Trainline. Before moving to Europe with App Annie, he was an early-stage VC in India where he first began exploring network effects.
"Sameer is extremely passionate about network effects and has an intimate knowledge of how they manifest across various platforms. This course is perfect for anyone trying to expand their understanding of this key concept and dig a few layers deeper."
Partner & COO at Nosara Capital
Unleash the power of network effects
TBD (Sep 2021)
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have time to take this course?
Yes, this course is designed for professionals with full-time jobs. Each week, Sameer will lead 3 live sessions, each of which will last between 1-2 hours. In aggregate, you can expect a time commitment of 6-8 hours per week, for 3 weeks. This will be distributed across interactive presentations, live Q&A, curated reading, quizzes, and group exercises/projects.
Do I need to attend all live sessions?
All sessions will be recorded will be made available on-demand, so missing a session should be fine. However, attending all sessions is strongly recommended so you can ask Sameer your questions directly. Also, note that the last session of every week is a group exercise and attending them is by far the best way to get the most out of them.
Are there alternative time slots I can attend?
The schedule for the most recent cohort (9:30 AM GMT) was designed for participants in Europe and Asia. If you would like to attend a future cohort or from a different time zone, please fill out this form. This will help me finalize the schedule and time slots for future cohorts.
How much can you really learn about network effects?
A lot! If network effects are a component of your product, they affect everything from defensibility and growth to monetization — whether you are aware of them or not.
For a taster, here's a video of my talk about marketplace monetization from the Marketplace Conference in December 2020. This is just one part of a single module in this course.