We Are All Intelligence Officers Now -
Thoughtful and thought-provoking speech from Dan Geer at RSA this year. Speaks to the cyber challenges arising from our rapidly growing complexities and dependencies. Long and well worth the read. A few choice quotes:
“But from the point of view of prediction, what matters is the ratio of skill to challenge; as far as I can estimate, we are expanding the society-wide attack surface faster than we are expanding our collection of tools, practices and colleagues…..So it is with cyber risk management: Whether in detection, control, or prevention, we are notching personal bests, but all the while the opposition is setting world records.”
“Above some threshold of system complexity, it is no longer possible to test, it is only possible to react to emergent behavior.”
Why Companies are Not Startups -
In the last few years we’ve recognized that a startup is not a smaller version of a large company. We’re now learning that companies are not larger versions of startups.There’s been lots written ab…
Mobile video stalls and rebuffering are significant issues globally
If we only invest for the company we are now, we’ll never become the company we want to be.
Marc Andreessen is turning out to be one the most intelligent and reasoned voices on the net neutrality issue. Two recent Twitter threads serve as proof. See the links below.
Marc Andreessen on Net Neutrality and Innovation from back in January.
Marc Andreessen on Net Neutrality and Competition from today (Feb 23d).
For $19B, Facebook has bought a lot of user attention and neutered a potential threat to its social graph. What it hasn’t bought is the future of the consumer internet. That is being built elsewhere. — Hamish McKenzie in $19B doesn’t make it brilliant.
Shareholder expectations can drive unhealthy dynamics for mature companies facing uncertain, highly dynamic markets like tech. (Read bottom-to-top)
Realizing my working style tends to trade decreased structure & clarity for increased creativity & initiative.
Facebook notes that WhatsApp has over 450 million MAUs, with 70 percent of those active each day. In a staggering comparison, Facebook also notes that the messaging volume of WhatsApp approaches the SMS volume of the entire global telecom industry — and that it’s adding 1 million users a day. —
From TechCrunch piece on FB buying Whatsapp
It is astounding that a single messaging app could rival the volume of the entire global SMS industry.
Here’s how Google is seeing the future. Its last 25 acquisitions. via http://stks.co/qzG2
Google's Nest Egg: Attainable Data From The Internet Of Things -
By combining the IP address of an always-on Google device with information from devices within the home that may or may not be signed into the user’s own Google account, the company finally has a solid method to associate devices that belong to a household — smart TVs, over-the-top devices, tablets, Withings scales or network-attached printers, to name a few — with Google accounts and households.
More evidence that the holy grail of the internet of things lies in the physical graph. Companies that can create the best visibility into that graph stand to win.
The combination of anonymity and ephemerality has fostered experimentation and creativity rarely seen elsewhere. It’s incredible what people can make when they’re able to fail publicly without fear, since not only will those failures not be attributed to them, but they’ll be washed away by a waterfall of new content. Only ideas that resonate with the broader community persist… — Chris Poole on anonymity
When I reflect on the last 10 years, one question I ask myself is: why were we the ones to build this? We were just students. We had way fewer resources than big companies. If they had focused on this problem, they could have done it.
The only answer I can think of is: we just cared more.
"Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s tenth anniversary, pondering the same question so many other people have asked.
Startups have a great disadvantage in resources yet consistently beat established companies in building new products that people want. This isn’t going to change.”