For any number of reasons I’m interested in middlemen and brokerage.

Here are four ways that a broker might bring value to another group.

  • Inform either side of interests or difficulties of the other.
  • Import useful techniques, practices, tools.
  • Draw analogies that the other group is blind to.
  • Synthesis of techniques, practies, tools, ideas thru merging.

I very much doubt this is a usefully complete list. For example it doesn’t even include trading goods between the groups. But it’s a start.

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