• Project Title: Network Effects on Company Success

  • BASIS Advisor: Mr. Linhares

  • Internship Location: eBay

  • Onsite Mentor: Mr. Vikas Mehta

I intend to determine trends that lead to hyper growth in e-commerce marketplaces and to explicate the major reasons for this growth. In the process, I will define the major characteristics necessary for a firm to grow exponentially. My research can be used for future companies to determine how they plan on growing. It’s critical to know if network effects exist, how strong they might be, where they come from, and how they might be harnessed to the firm’s benefit. I hope to make a roadmap on which network effects to use that don’t exist and create a pathway for startups or small companies to help create new jobs for future companies to determine which network effects to work on. I will be interning at eBay in order to research the network effects being exercised by eBay and other e-commerce marketplaces. I will do this by examining in-depth different e-commerce marketplaces. I will research three things for each firm: the business climate, additional products the firm has produced, and news circulating around the firm during the time when the greatest percentage increases of the number of users and the number of interactions between the users occurs.