Summary of The X-Economy

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With the fervor of evangelists, over-caffeniated cheerleaders, or breathy Amway sales mavens, Koulopoulos and Palmer introduce us to the X-economy, the business-to-business online marketplace emerging today, and according to the authors, certain to take over this and other galaxies tomorrow. The nuts and bolts of this book could’ve been easily presented in a magazine article instead, leaving the book-length presentation feeling a bit padded. Nevertheless, recommends this book to anyone curious about what comes after the New Economy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How electronic exchanges are re-making the economy, and
  • The benefits and opportunities these exchanges make available to existing businesses, entrepreneurs and consumers.

About the Authors

Thomas Koulopoulos is president and founder of the Delphi Group, a top-10, Boston-based advisory services firm for the Global 2000. He is the author of six books, a syndicated columnist, and a lecturer at the Boston College’s Wallace Carroll Graduate School of Management. He has been named one of the industry’s most influential consultants by Information Week magazine. Nathaniel Palmer is a principal and chief analyst at Delphi Group. A frequent lecturer on the X-economy and the business of technology, he counsels many of the industry’s leading software vendors and online service providers worldwide.



Communities of Trade
The X-economy is short for the exchange economy, a demand-driven network of real-time global exchanges that instantly brings together all of the resources needed to form a value chain. Simply put, the X-economy is the collection of online exchanges that will dominate...

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