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from http://cdixon.org 3 days ago

Benedict Evans has a new presentation about the explosive growth of internet-connected smartphones. By 2020, 80% of adults on earth will have a smartphone: And each of those phones is equivalent to what we used to call a supercomputer: As Fraiser Speirs tweeted: “I wanted a flying car and all ...

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from http://cdixon.org 11 days ago

It is only afterward that a new idea seems reasonable. To begin with, it usually seems unreasonable. It seems the height of unreason to suppose the earth was round instead of flat, or that it moved instead of the sun, or that objects required a force to stop them when ...

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from http://cdixon.org 11 days ago

A lot of the best tech startups are ideas that have been around for years but the time is finally right. — Chris Dixon (@cdixon) October 15, 2014 Some people get jaded. "We tried X years ago" and summarily dismiss. But then eventually the time is right and it works. ...

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from http://cdixon.org 11 days ago

Great idea from Brian Armstrong of Coinbase: 1/ Seems like there should be a standard protocol for machines to negotiate bitcoin payments for resources. 2/ Examples could be getting access to wifi hot spots, your car finding charging stations, mesh networks (net taker/giver). 3/ Devices could be like vending machines, ...

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from http://mixergy.com/ 11 days ago

My audience knows I usually talk to successful entrepreneurs to find out how they built their businesses. And they’re usually tech entrepreneurs who built software. But I also want to bring on people who teach because I think the legacy that teachers leave is one that will long outlast them. ...

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from http://mixergy.com/ 11 days ago

After this interview, I bought my wife a beautiful Raven + Lily necklace that’s made out of discarded bullets. It was created by Ethiopian women who were ostracized by their communities because they have HIV/AIDS. When Raven + Lily’s founder, Kirsten Dickerson, saw the quality of beads the women made ...

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from http://mixergy.com/ 11 days ago

I’ve got a Mixergy fan on here who I have been emailing for years. I just discovered some of his old emails in my inbox and thought his story is worthy of studying. His name is Conrad Egusa. He’s the founder of Publicize, a PR company that works for startups ...

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from http://www.chiefhomeofficer.com/ 17 days ago

Anyone who’s followed this home office, home-based business and road warrior / teleworker blog knows the Chief Home Officer has gone hardcore minimalist in recent years. The laptop bag went from carrying every possible tech accessory to a pared-down, Spartan approach that reduces clutter, weight and mental detritus. That’s even ...

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from http://www.chiefhomeofficer.com/ 17 days ago

If you were headed out to an event where provisions are a great unknown, what necessities would you deem essential? Clothing, a few toiletries, food and drink – even spirits. Of course. What about electricity? In modern culture, where the smart phone is as important to many as having access ...

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from http://www.chiefhomeofficer.com/ 17 days ago

Get a first-person glimpse at the annual LOCKN’ Music Festival and what it takes for a suburban baby boomer to live like a veteran festival goer. Join a jam-band music lover and tech columnist at his first festival as he discovers how to survive four days in a tent and ...

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from http://www.chiefhomeofficer.com/ 17 days ago

First thing I did when I learned the stars had aligned and I would be heading to the LOCKN’ Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia, in early September, was check the line-up. Man, my first festival would be a doozie – The Allman Brothers band (on their farewell tour, no less), ...

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from http://cdixon.org 17 days ago

[Virtual Reality] is the last medium. We’re at the very beginning of it, but version 147 is The Matrix or Total Recall. Our brain is no longer translating an approximation of the story. You read a book; your brain reads letters printed in ink on paper and transforms that into ...

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from http://cdixon.org 17 days ago

Fred Wilson calls applications built using Bitcoin that couldn’t have existed prior to Bitcoin “native Bitcoin apps“. Most of the applications built so far on Bitcoin are not native by this definition. You can buy something at an e-commerce site using Bitcoin and it is cheaper than using a credit ...

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from http://andrewchenblog.com 17 days ago

[Andrew: Trying to build and launch dating apps is a favorite pastime of 20-something tech entrepreneurs. However, dating products are notoriously hard to grow because it requires people to be "in-market" and also they don't necessarily want their friends to know they're online dating. Today, we have a great piece ...

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from http://andrewchenblog.com 17 days ago

[Andrew: There's very little data out there on mobile, and so in the last few weeks, I've had guest posts on the % of users who opt-in to push notifications, as well as clickthrough rates of push. Today, I have some new metrics around retention, including for the first time, ...

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