Ehab Badran

Big Business Ideas for Everyday Life


I’ve been diving into the world of business strategies lately, looking at how different businesses work and grow.

It’s interesting to think about how companies we use every day, like Amazon or Uber , started and got to where they are now. These businesses have made our lives easier and more enjoyable.

What really caught my attention was learning about the journey of these companies. They began with a simple idea and, with hard work and determination, turned it into something big.

For example, think about how often you shop online, call for a ride, listen to music, or watch a movie. All these services, like Amazon, UberSpotifyNetflix, and Zoom, started with a plan.

They faced challenges, learned from mistakes, and kept pushing until they became the brands we know and love. It’s inspiring to see how a good idea, combined with the right strategy, can really take off.

I’ve looked at many business strategies, but five comparisons really stood out to me. I think it’s important to know about these, not just for starting a business, but also for motivation in any project.

Learning from the success stories of founders who used these strategies can be inspiring. In fact, the principles of these strategies can be used in many areas of our lives.

I will provide a brief overview of each of these five comparisons and then mention the names of real businesses we use every day and how they fit into each category.

1. Linear vs. Platform Business Models:

Linear: This model follows a simple and linear process. A business obtains resources, adds value to them, and then delivers a final product or service to customers. Think of it as crafting: gathering materials, using skills to create something unique, and selling the crafted item.

Platform: Instead of direct product sales, this model connects users in different groups to interact. One group offers a product or service, while the other group consumes it.

The platform generates revenue by facilitating and benefiting from this interaction, through methods like fees or transaction percentages. This approach expands product/service reach and creates a dynamic ecosystem where users collaborate, exchange ideas, and build beneficial relationships.

2. Blue Ocean vs. Red Ocean Strategy:

Blue Ocean: Here, a business has the opportunity to enter a market space that is completely uncharted and devoid of any competition. It’s similar to stumbling upon an uninhabited island where the business gets to establish its own rules and regulations.

The primary objective is to foster innovation and generate fresh demand by introducing unique products or services that capture the attention and interest of consumers.

Red Ocean: In this competitive strategy, a business immerses itself in a market that is already filled with numerous competitors. It’s comparable to a fish trying to establish its territory in a pond bustling with activity.

The key to achieving success lies in surpassing competitors and not only meeting but also capturing the prevailing demand in the market.

3. J-Curve vs. S-Curve Growth:

J-Curve: Think of this as an investment phase followed by a reward. Initially, there might be high costs or losses as the business gets off the ground. But after a certain point, there’s an expected rapid rise in returns.

S-Curve: This represents the life cycle of many ventures. At first, growth is slow as awareness builds. Then, there’s a rapid phase of expansion and popularity. Eventually, as the market matures, growth starts levelling off.

4. Freemium vs. Premium:

Freemium: This model offers a taste for free. Users get access to basic features at no cost, but they’ll have to pay to unlock more advanced features or benefits. It’s like a teaser that entices users to upgrade.

Premium: Here, there’s no free version. Customers pay upfront or subscribe to access the product or service. Think of it like buying a ticket to enter an event; you have to pay to get in.

5. B2B vs. B2C:

Business-to-Business: This model is focused on transactions between businesses. It could be a manufacturer selling parts to another manufacturer, or a wholesaler selling to a retailer. The sales cycles are usually longer, with larger transaction volumes.

Business-to-Consumer: Here, businesses sell directly to the end consumer. Whether it’s a product like a pair of shoes or a service like a haircut, the goal is to meet individual needs. Transactions tend to be more frequent but smaller in volume compared to B2B.:

Now, let’s examine how large corporations, as well as familiar brands we encounter in our daily lives, can be categorized and aligned with each of these strategic approaches.

Let’s consider the following examples:

Uber :

Platform Business Model: At its core, Uber embodies the platform model by bridging the gap between drivers and passengers.

Rather than owning its own fleet of vehicles, Uber leverages technology to bring together two distinct user groups, drivers seeking to earn money and passengers looking for convenient transportation. This peer-to-peer connection has revolutionized traditional taxi services.

B2C: Uber’s main interaction is directly with individual consumers. Whether it’s providing a quick ride to the airport or delivering dinner through Uber Eats, the company’s primary audience is the general public.


Platform Business Model: Amazon’s reach is vast. Originally a bookseller, it has morphed into a colossal marketplace where third-party sellers can offer products to a global audience. Through its platform, sellers gain access to customers, and customers enjoy a wide array of products from multiple vendors, all under one virtual roof.

J-Curve Growth: Starting out, Amazon reinvested much of its revenue back into the business, leading to initial operational losses. But with strategic expansion and diversification, it witnessed explosive growth and profitability.

B2C & B2B: Amazon’s primary interface is with individual consumers through its online marketplace. Simultaneously, through Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other ventures, it offers essential services to businesses, large and small.

Spotify :

Platform Business Model: Spotify is not just a music player; it’s a nexus connecting artists to their fans. By offering a platform for artists to showcase their work, Spotify has reshaped the music industry’s dynamics.

Red Ocean Strategy: The music streaming industry is fierce, with multiple players jostling for user attention. Spotify competes head-to-head with these services, constantly innovating to retain and expand its user base.

Freemium: Spotify’s business strategy allows users to access a vast music library for free but with advertisements. Those seeking an uninterrupted experience can opt for the premium version.

B2C: Primarily, Spotify targets individual consumers, catering to their diverse musical tastes and preferences.

Netflix :

Blue Ocean Strategy: Netflix’s shift from DVD rentals to online streaming carved a new niche. By offering an on-demand, ad-free viewing experience, it sidestepped traditional broadcast models.

S-Curve Growth: Netflix’s adoption rate started slow, picked up momentum as streaming gained popularity, and now, in many regions, it’s entering a phase of saturation and stabilization.

B2C: With a vast array of content, Netflix caters directly to consumers, offering them entertainment at their fingertips.

Zoom :

Premium: Zoom offers premium-quality video conferencing tools that are trusted by businesses worldwide. While there’s a free version, its advanced features, especially tailored for businesses, come at a price.

B2B & B2C: While Zoom’s primary strength lies in its business solutions, catering to organizations requiring seamless communication, it also serves individual consumers, especially evident in its widespread use for social calls during global lockdowns.

Tesla :

Blue Ocean Strategy: When Tesla introduced high-performance electric vehicles, it moved into relatively uncharted territory, differentiating itself from the mainstream automobile market and pioneering advancements in EV technology.

Linear Business Model: Tesla follows a more traditional approach when it comes to manufacturing. They design and produce electric cars, battery energy storage systems, and more, which they then sell directly to the consumer.

B2C: Tesla’s primary model focuses on selling products directly to consumers, whether it’s their cars, solar products, or home battery solutions. However, they also have a B2B component, especially when considering their energy solutions for businesses.

Applying These Business Strategies to Daily Life and Projects:

The question now is “How can I use this knowledge in my day-to-day life or projects?” It turns out, these strategies aren’t just limited to businesses.

They can offer valuable insights and tools that can be adapted and applied in various scenarios, whether you’re an entrepreneur, a student, a hobbyist, or just someone with a passion project.

Linear vs. Platform Thinking: Are you working on a project? Think linearly by breaking it down step by step, understanding the resources you need, and the value you can add. On the other hand, if you’re trying to create a community or network, adopt platform thinking. By connecting people and facilitating interactions, you can build richer, more collaborative environments.

Blue Ocean vs. Red Ocean Strategy: Always search for blue oceans in your life. Whether it’s identifying a unique skill you can develop or spotting a gap in a community project, always strive for innovation. But remember, sometimes operating in a red ocean – improving upon existing skills or refining established ideas – can also lead to mastery and excellence.

J-Curve and S-Curve Growth: Personal growth often mirrors these curves. Initially, when picking up a new skill or habit, progress might seem slow or even negative (like the initial dip in the J-curve). But with persistence, there’s often an inflection point where growth accelerates. Recognize and anticipate these patterns in your personal and professional journey.

Freemium vs. Premium: Think about your skills and knowledge. Sometimes, it’s beneficial to offer your skills or knowledge for free (or at a basic level) to gain exposure or build trust. Later, as you become more established or specialized, you can ‘charge’ or leverage your advanced skills for greater opportunities.

B2B vs. B2C Mindset: In interactions and networking, understand your audience. Are you interacting with businesses or individuals? Adjusting your communication style and strategy based on your audience can enhance your effectiveness.

In conclusion, these business strategies aren’t just for CEOs and entrepreneurs. They provide frameworks and lenses through which we can view challenges, opportunities, and growth in nearly every facet of our lives.

By understanding and adapting these strategies, not only can we appreciate the businesses we interact with on a daily basis, but we can also better navigate our own paths, turning ideas into realities and dreams into tangible successes.

Ehab Badran

Your Curious Surgeon 🌟

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