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Time to break up Google?

tech monopoliesI ran across this really nice written article on the state of tech dominance from the NY Times – “Is it time to break up Google?“. It essentially argues that Google, Amazon and Facebook have become natural monopolies and we continue at our peril if we don’t do anything.

A couple of points that caught my eye:

  • While profits have soared at the tech companies, revenues for newspapers and music companies have fallen by 70% since 2001
  • Newspaper publishers have lost over 50% of their employees between 2001 and 2016

Worth a read.

 

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Google has ~2B lines of code

April 15, 2017 Leave a comment

I found this chart from the Economist in an article about hacking interesting.lines of code 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.

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Nice podcast on blockchain

epicenterAlthough 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.

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C.E.-Bro: Jerks in Silicon Valley

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.

Categories: startups, technology, trends

Business focused Blockchain event at MIT

March 27, 2017 Leave a comment

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.).

Only ~5% use Uber / Lyft

March 26, 2017 Leave a comment

A couple of interesting tidbits from a couple of articles on Uber (one from an article on Uber’s troubles in the Economist this week; the other from the Information)

  • 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.

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Nice report on Blockchain

March 20, 2017 Leave a comment

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.

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Worth a quick scan.

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