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Three levels of enthusiasm for technology

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 those technologies but nothing more. The next level of […]

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Bitcoin and volatility

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 don’t want […]

Software eats software development

Software is eating the world, and doing so using smaller and smaller teams. WhatsApp was able to disrupt the global SMS industry with only a few dozen engineers. Small teams can have a big impact because software development (and deployment) has improved dramatically over the past decade. Some improvements include: Infrastructure. Deploying a commercial […]

The decline of the mobile web

People are spending more time on mobile vs desktop: And more of their mobile time using apps, not the web: This is a worrisome trend for the web. Mobile is the future. What wins mobile, wins the Internet. Right now, apps are winning and the web is losing. […]

Oculus

I’ve seen a handful of technology demos in my life that made me feel like I was glimpsing into the future. The best ones were: the Apple II, the Macintosh, Netscape, Google, the iPhone, and – most recently – the Oculus Rift. Virtual reality has long been a […]

Full stack startups

Many of today’s most exciting startups were tried before in a different form. Suppose you develop a new technology that is valuable to some industry. The old approach was to sell or license your technology to the existing companies in that industry. The new approach is to build a […]