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European Platform Alternatives

When the Platform Alternatives project began its research of Europe’s platform economy in 2020, the team set out to understand the structural effects of the large American platforms and the strategies of their European competitors. What they found was a highly diverse and active landscape, where scaling at all cost and market domination were not necessarily core concerns. Now, two years on, the question of how to regulate large platforms still dominates the public and policy debates. The contributions gathered here, however, suggest that it would also be of societal value if mainstream discourse learned to take a closer look at the variety of organisational solutions of existing European platforms. Not only to regulate them better but also to help them prosper into true alternatives in the global market.

Blog articles

Titelbild Blogpost: When self-regulation in platform entrepreneurship is an asset. Ein Einkaufswagen steht auf einem Parkplatz.

When self-regulation in platform entrepreneurship is an asset

Tina Krell interviewed Magdalena Piech from Allegro, Poland’s leading digital marketplace. What are its community-driven efforts and views on regulation and self-regulation in platform entrepreneurship?

You can see an empty platform and tracks leading around the corner, pointing the way to the future.

Drilling down on diversity in the European platform economy

The Platform Alternatives research team looks back on two years of research into the European platform economy and tells which insights have surprised them the most so far.

Titelbild technology-driven future of work: Ein Smiley auf den Asphalt gemalt.

Is an ethical pathway to a technology-driven future of work possible?

Tina Krell sat down with Zenjob co-founder and CEO Frederik Fahning. They discussed the platform dynamics in the temp industry, the labour market and the challenges of scaling in Europe.

Titelbild des Blogbeitrags Sustainable platform economy in Europe. Rohre vor einer Wand und davor grünes Gras.

Four key ideas for a sustainable platform economy in Europe

The Platform Alternatives project spoke to various highly experienced stakeholders. In this article we want to share four ideas on sustainability and fairness for platform companies.

There is a small child standing in front of a huge staircase wearing a cap with a European flag.

How can European Platform Entrepreneurship succeed?

Tina Krell had the opportunity to interview Aleksandar Orlić from Randevu.tech. Together they talked about platform entrepreneurship in Europe and the opportunities as well as challenges of the future.