I found this chart from the Economist in an article about hacking interesting. Apparently Google has ~2B lines of code (across all its products). Compare this to Liunx at ~20m and a comparably bloated Windows at ~50M. Worth a read.
Although I’m probably the last person on earth to have “discovered” this, I have found this podcast – EpiCenter – on blockchain and related items pretty useful. The quality of the guests is high, the questioning clear and the pace of the conversation unhurried. Worth a listen.
Nicely written article on the “bro” culture in Silicon Valley from the NYTimes. While most of the article focuses (of course!) on Uber, it has examples from others including Zenefits and Quirky. A couple of points that caught my eye:
- In 1999, 10 percent of investing partners at venture capital companies were women. By 2014 the number had declined to 6 percent. Bros in VC support Bros in tech companies.
- None of the 15 biggest tech “unicorns” — start-ups worth more than $1 billion — has a female chief executive
Worth a a quick scan.
This looks interesting: An one day event at MIT on April 18 this year focused on the business of Blockchain. Seems to have a bunch of relevant speakers (e.g. the head of the Hyperledger project) and a broad focus (various industries, social impact etc.).
- Apparently, only ~6% of American mobile phone users use Uber (or Lyft) once or more a month. I could have sworn it would be much higher. No wonder Uber’s valuation is sky high.
- Despite it’s high valuation (~$70B), it hasn’t had a CFO in 2 years
- A growing percentage of Uber employees don’t see themsevles there in 2 years
- At least 6 key execs and senior employees have left in the last few months including several of the tech leaders in mapping, AI
- Uber’s share in the US market has fallen from 80% to 74% (with most of that going to Lyft)
Worth a quick read.
I came across a nicely written report on Blockchain – “The Walport report” that does a good job (especially on basic technology) of demystifying and clarification. Although it was commissioned by the UK government and so leans more towards government use cases, it does a good job of painting the broader canvas as well.
Worth a quick scan.
Nice little article in MIT tech review on how Dropbox has expanded its focus on the broader (enterprise) collaboration market. Some tidbits that caught my eye:
- Dropbox has a ~$10B valuation; sales are running at ~$1B a year up from ~$400M in 2014
- Cash flow positive since 2016
- About 10M new people start using the free version every month. Wow
- More than 200k companies have signed up for Dropbox business (up from 50k in 2014). Most are small companies
But not all is rosy. It’s still a very competitive market – e.g. Gartner counted ~130 companies in the file storage/sync market. Plus companies like Google are bolstering their collaboration offerings (e.g. they released a bunch of new features at Google Next this week).
Worth a read (but you will need a subscription).