The virtuous cycle is a positive loop or a set of positive loops that trigger a non-linear growth. Indeed, in the context of digital platforms, virtuous cycles – also defined as flywheel models – help companies capture more market shares by accelerating growth. The classic example is Amazon’s lower prices driving more consumers, driving more sellers, thus improving variety and convenience, thus accelerating growth.
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What is a virtuous cycle?
A virtuous cycle is a positive feedback loop that aligns with a company’s long-term strategy. The virtuous cycle, over time, builds momentum and enables compounded growth for the organization carrying it. For example, Amazon’s virtuous cycle starts with a wide selection at a low price, driven by customer experience. This drives more sellers on the platform, thus enabling more variety and convenience. In turn, Amazon re-invests these resources to further lower customer costs and increase variety, further enhancing this positive feedback loop.
What are some examples of virtuous cycle?
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