Products are not Platforms

tl;dr — A product is a conceptual whole intended to serve a specific purpose. A platform is a set of independent-yet-interlocking tools which can be externally orchestrated to create products.

This post is in continuation to my redux of Steve Yegge’s blog post about platforms and builds on my thoughts and learnings from trying to convert Myntra’s supply chain technology to a more platformized avatar. Here I want to talk about how products and product thinking differ from platforms and platform thinking.