Working Webware: All about Ning

Dan Farber and I examine Ning's business model with the CEO, Gina Bianchini.

On Episode 2 of Working Webware, ZDNet Editor in Chief Dan Farber and I talk with Ning's CEO, Gina Bianchini. We delve into the company's platform strategy and how Bianchini plans to compete against other enablers of social networking. Then we kick the CEO out of the room and talk about the company's prospects.

Ning is a very strong social network platform, and the platform business, in this market, is the place to be. We have enough companies trying to rope people into engineered communities. Ning doesn't do that; it lets its users build their own neighborhoods in the ways they want.

Bianchini is a savvy CEO and a tough interview. She engages at a level of remove more typical of one running a much larger company. That will serve her well when, and if, Ning gets to that scale that she's aiming for.

See also: Working Webware Episode 1: Can Zoho steal Microsoft's customers?

About the author

Rafe Needleman reviews mobile apps and products for fun, and picks startups apart when he gets bored. He has evaluated thousands of new companies, most of which have since gone out of business.


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