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from http://cdixon.org 2 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 10 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 10 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 10 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://cdixon.org 16 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 16 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://cdixon.org 69 days ago

When you start looking at a problem and it seems really simple, you don’t really understand the complexity of the problem. Then you get into the problem, and you see that it’s really complicated, and you come up with all these convoluted solutions. That’s sort of the middle, and that’s ...

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from http://cdixon.org 69 days ago

Languages are something of a mess. They evolve over centuries through an unplanned, democratic process that leaves them teeming with irregularities, quirks, and words like “knight.” No one who set out to design a form of communication would ever end up with anything like English, Mandarin, or any of the ...

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from http://cdixon.org 69 days ago

George Gilder discusses the importance of Bitcoin in a very interesting interview: To have a civilization you need more than just bits and bytes. You need contracts, transactions, provable facts, titles, notarization, identities etc. You need all these other factors that can’t be accommodated very well on the existing internet. ...

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from http://cdixon.org 69 days ago

Today, I’m excited to announce that Andreessen Horowitz is investing $50 million in BuzzFeed. As part of the investment, I’ll be joining the company’s board. Many of today’s great media companies were built on top of emerging technologies. Examples include Time Inc. which was built on color printing, CBS which ...

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from http://cdixon.org 85 days ago

MIT professor Woodie Flowers argues that higher education’s current approach to online learning is misguided: We decided to assume that the world could hardly wait to see our huge pile of PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, classroom locations, teaching assistant lists, and other assorted bits of information about our courses. Instead, universities ...

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from http://cdixon.org 85 days ago

Most businesses today believe that technology can dramatically improve the way they operate. But they embrace technology with varying levels of enthusiasm. The lowest level of enthusiasm is to adopt technologies made by other companies – email, customer services software, etc – and perhaps create an “IT department” to manage ...

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from http://cdixon.org 85 days ago

The beauty of software platforms is that you can solve almost any problem by writing more software. For example, one of the most common criticisms of Bitcoin is that it is too volatile and speculative to be used as a payment system. Merchants want the stability of government-backed currencies. Buyers ...

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from http://cdixon.org 85 days ago

Larry Page: When I talk to most companies, I do think their leaders are pretty short-term focused. Imagine you’re running Exxon, what do you do? Say you want to do something good with the most valuable company on earth. A lot of people think probably, it’s not doing good things ...

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from http://cdixon.org 133 days ago

If we were sent back with a time machine, even 20 years, and reported to people what we have right now and describe what we were going to get in this device in our pocket—we’d have this free encyclopedia, and we’d have street maps to most of the cities of ...

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