The Internet Isn’t Optimized For Meritocracy | MediaPost

The Internet Isn’t Optimized For Meritocracy; ; In MediaPost; 2017-09-01.
Kaila Colbin is co-founder, Ministry of Awesome, an NGO, a community booster club for Christchurch, NZ
“Ministry of Awesome is the starting point for making things happen in Christchurch, NZ”

tl;dr → Kaila Colbin is unhappy, in some unspecified way.
and → Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, YouTube are bad.


  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Netflix
  • YouTube


  • Her point, and she does have one…
    The references are helpful.


  • “On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog”, In The New Yorker, 1993-07; cartoon.
  • Network Effect; In Jimi Wales; Wiki.
  • Ben Thompson; Aggregation Theory; In His Blog; WHEN?
  • Benedict Evans (A16z); Winner Take All; In His Blog; 2017-08-20.
    tl;dr → there is a Network Effect (“winner take all” effect) in the industry supporting autonomous automobiles; e.g. LIDAR units are a commodity, anyone and everyone makes them could make them.
    Thusly, The Salubrious Effect accrues unto

    1. [businesses selling] software
    2. [businesses selling] city-wide optimization and routing [services]
    3. [businesses operating] on-demand fleets.

In Silicon Valley Now, It’s Almost Always Winner Takes All | New Yorker

In Silicon Valley Now, It’s Almost Always Winner Takes All; ; In The New Yorker; 2015-12-30.

tl;dr → Gee Wiz!  A paean to the Network Effect (Bob Metcalf’s Law)


  • Sidecar has been shut down.
  • <quote>Google and Uber aren’t very different. Broadband was Google’s sun god; the smartphone is Uber’s. </quote>, per Om Malik, before.
    Ahem … and that’s totally true … as far as it goes.
  • winner take all market
  • Bob Metcalf’s Law


  • Amazon
  • Android
  • Android Pay
  • Apple
  • Apple Pay
  • Coke
  • Direct Hit
  • Dogpile
  • Ethernet
  • Excite
  • Facebook
  • Fast company
  • Flywheel
  • Google+
  • Honda
  • Infoseek
  • iOS
  • Leap Transit
  • Lycos
  • Lyft
  • Metcalfe’s Law
  • Microsoft
  • Northern Light
  • PayPal
  • Powerset
  • RidePal
  • Samsung Pay
  • Sidecar
  • Simpli
  • Skype
  • Square
  • Toyota
  • Uber
  • Walmart Pay
  • Yahoo


  • Richard Branson
  • Sergey Brin
  • Jack Dorsey
  • Larry Page
  • Sunil Paul
  • Kevin Systrom