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Two eras of the internet: pull and push

The evolution of the internet is an extremely complex topic. Sometimes it is helpful to find broad patterns that make it easier to understand. One simplifying pattern comes from the two types of actions internet users take: pull and push. Pull Push dominant platform Search Social dominant platform company Google Facebook growth era […]

“The dawn of trustworthy computing”

Nick Szabo: On the Internet, instead of securely and reliably handing over cash and getting our goods or services, or at least a ticket, we have to fill out forms and make ourselves vulnerable to identity theft in order to participate in e-commerce, and it often is very […]

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Top 10 websites

Top 10 websites in the US according to Quantcast: A few observations: 1) As Josh Kopelman points out, 4 of the top 10 sites (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Buzzfeed) didn’t exist 10 years ago. 2) On Twitter, people seemed surprised to see MSN and Microsoft on the list. I assume they […]

“This business is like bird spotting”

One of my favorite quotes about startups/VC, from legendary VC Mike Moritz of Sequoia: I rarely think about big themes. This business is like bird spotting. I don’t try to pick out the flock. Each one is different and I try to find an interestingly complected bird in a flock rather […]

“A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket”

Nikola Tesla predicted the development internet-connected smartphones back in 1926: From the inception of the wireless system, I saw that this new art of applied electricity would be of greater benefit to the human race than any other scientific discovery, for it virtually eliminates distance.  The majority of the ills from […]

The return of podcasting

Kevin Roose recently wrote about the renaissance of podcasting: Sometime around 2009 or 2010, the podcast scene seemed to wither. The stalwarts (“This American Life,” “Radiolab”) stayed around at the top of the iTunes charts, but there wasn’t much else happening. Download numbers fell. Interest waned. People moved on to […]