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…
Demo of Meta’s “natural machine” - 3D gestural computing. I’ve sat through this demo with Meron, and it doesn’t even scratch the surface of his vision for next-generation computing and interaction.
If we only invest for the company we are now, we’ll never become the company we want to be.
Marc Andreessen on Net Neutrality
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.
Realizing my working style tends to trade decreased structure & clarity for increased creativity & initiative.
There’s a reason Andressen Horowitz brought on Benedect Evans. Really smart takes on future of mobile in context of Facebook / WhatsApp
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.
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…
We Just Cared More
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.”
In another sign of the growing VC interest in healthcare technology companies, data warehousing and analytics software company, Health Catalyst, has raised another $41 million in funding.