Christian Busca Posted about 2 years ago What business models are outdated and what are the alternatives? I would add crowdsourcing to the 'freemium' and 'platform' models. Indeed, crowdsourcing/crowdfunding is starting to disrupt some industries, including the showbiz: Wikipedia which is causing troubles to encyclopedias, one can easily substitute manuals by googling fora and the likes, soon we will be able to learn languages while helping translate the Internet (http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/luis_von_ahn_massive_scale_online_collaboration.html), crowdfunding could modify (at least a little bit) capital markets, Youtube offers so much entertainment (free from copyright) etc. Freemium, platorms and crowdsourcing essentially concern intangibles. Still, I wonder whether these three business models (which exists thanks to, and on, the Internet) will have an impact on the economics of hard goods. Some clues are already there: ebay and Amazon enable the 'long tails' of manufacturers and consumers to meet and 3d printers will do much more. Probably the showbiz is just the first industry trying to resist the disruptions caused by the Internet.