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The Mobile Innovation Group is a multi-institution group of researchers at Stanford, INSEAD, and MIT that studies how mobile platforms enable a new set of entrepreneurs and innovative ideas to emerge. As the first academic research group of its kind, MIG works with an extensive data set and executes high-level, carefully crafted analyses.

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WHAT WE ARE INTERESTED IN

Quantitative and qualitative studies of developers as entrepreneurs and innovators

Monetization strategies in mobile applications

Evolution of the two major mobile platforms and effect on developers

OUR PAPERS

Why do some ventures produce innovative “killer apps” while others don’t? Who is making and destroying value in the app ecosystem? What does platform competition mean for the evolution of the mobile app industry?

Entrepreneurial Innovation: Killer Apps in the Iphone Ecosystem

The mobile applications (apps) industry has exhibited rapid entry and growth in the midst of a recession. Using unique data from the iPhone application ecosystem, we examine how the development of "killer apps" (apps appearing in the top grossing rank) varies by market and app characteristics. We find that previous app experience and no updating increase the likelihood of becoming a killer game app, while more updates increase the likelihood of becoming a non-game killer app. Development...

Economic Value Creation in Mobile Applications

New mobile development platforms have created an enormous opportunity for applications innovation by lowering the costs of R&D and attracting the largest body of potential app demanders ever assembled. This has created an explosion of app suppliers, numerous and diverse. In this early stage of discovering how this new industry will create economic value, such a wide variety of value-creation experiments is potentially very valuable, a wide variety of market institutions have been created to support those experiments. However, as we document in this paper, the sheer volume...

Experimentation Strategies and Entrepreneurial Innovation: Inherited Market Differences in the iPhone Ecosystem

Although experimentation is critical to the innovation process in startups, little research has explored the link between different experimentation strategies and entrepreneurial innovation. We use unique data on experimentation strategies and innovation outcomes of firms producing iPhone applications to show that the appropriateness of different strategies depends on market characteristics. Simultaneous experimentation...

Mobile Computing: The Next Platform Rivalry

Competition to become one of several dominant mobile platforms is intense. Platforms compete for developers, who create applications which make the platform valuable for users. Why doesn't one form of platform governance emerge as superior? This essay will stress the reasons for differentiation and proposes a new argument linked to a platform's "hierarchy." Hierarchical governance features can help at one moment but then get in the way at a...

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OUR TEAM

We believe in the power of mobile devices. Our team of professors, graduate students, and undergraduates are passionate about studying innovation onmobile application platforms.


JASON DAVIS

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, INSEAD

PAI-LING YIN

Social Science Research Scholar, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

TIMOTHY BRESNAHAN

Landau Professor of Technology and the Economy, Stanford University - Economics Department

MARKUS BALDAUF

Stanford University, Ph.D. Economics, 2015

ALIREZA FOROUZAN

Stanford University, M.S. Management Science & Engineering, 2012

TIM JACONETTE

Senior Researcher, Stanford University - Economics Department

JORGE GUZMAN

MIT, Ph.D. Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, 2017

IRFAN MOHAMMED

MIT, M.S. Engineering and Management, 2011

ABHISHEK NAGARAJ

MIT Sloan, Ph.D. Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, 2016

JOE ORSINI

Stanford University, Ph.D. Economics, 2015

HATIM RAHMAN

Stanford University, Ph.D. Work, Technology and Organization, 2017

MASOUD TAVAZOEI

Stanford University, M.S. Mangagement Science & Engineering, 2013

ASIYA WADUD

Stanford University, M.A. African Studies, 2013

JUAN RIOS

Stanford University, Ph.D. Economics, 2017

EMANUELE COLONNELLI

Stanford University, Ph.D. Economics, 2017

JOON YOON

Stanford University, Ph.D. Economics, 2018

RACHEL CHUEN

MIT, B.S. Mathematics and Finance, 2014

KIRILL DEMTCHOUK

Stanford University, M.S. Management Science and Engineering, 2015

CARLOS GARAY

MIT, B.S. Mathematics with Computer Science and Economics, 2015

NAYANTARA JAIN

Stanford University, B.A. Music, 2015

JING LI

MIT, B.S. Math and Economics, 2012

FRANCIS PLAZA

MIT, B.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2013

BASSIL TABIDI

MIT, B.S. Mathematics and Computer Science, 2011

SULAMITA YANG

Wellesley College, B.A. Economics and English, 2013

WAN JIN PARK

Stanford University, M.S. Management Science and Engineering, 2014

JARON MOORE

Stanford University, B.S. Product Design and Computer Science, 2014

NIKOLAUS FISCHER

University of Pittsburgh, M.B.A., 2011

ROBERT BURNS

Stanford University, B.A. International Relations, 2014

OSAMA EL-GABALWY

Stanford University, B.S. Biology, 2015

JULIA KHO

Stanford University, B.A. Economics, 2013

ALBERT GIANATAN

Stanford University, B.A. Economics, 2018

STEPHANIE LEE

Stanford University, Ph.D. Economics, 2016

RUI HU

Stanford University, M.S. Environmental Fluid Mechanics, 2014

ROHAN DHOOPAR

Bellarmine, 2015

CHRISTOPHER YEH

Stanford University, B.S. Computer Science, 2018

ADITYA GUNDA

Archbishop Mitty, 2016

AL-KARIM LALANI

Stanford University, M.S. Management Science and Engineering, 2013

ELIZABETH DAVIS

Stanford University, B.S. Computer Science, 2017

KYLE QIAN

Stanford University, B.S. Computer Science and Sociology, 2017

SARAH WILSON

Stanford University, B.S. Biochemical Engineering, 2017

AUGUSTUS ILAG

Stanford University, M.S. Technology and Engineering Management, 2015

CATHERINA XU

Stanford University, 2018

JENNY WU

California Institute of Technology, M.S. Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 2013

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