The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future | Steve Case

Steve Case; The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future; Simon & Schuster; 2016-04-05; kindle: $13, paper: $18+SHT.

<quote ref=”amazon“>The first wave saw AOL and other companies lay the foundation for consumers to connect to the Internet. The second wave saw companies like Google and Facebook build on top of the Internet to create search and social networking capabilities, while apps like Snapchat and Instagram leverage the smartphone revolution. Now, Case argues, we’re entering the Third Wave: a period in which entrepreneurs will vastly transform major “real world” sectors like health, education, transportation, energy, and food—and in the process change the way we live our daily lives. But success in the Third Wave will require a different skill set, and Case outlines the path forward.</quote>


Sure feels like the end of the bubble.  Here is a chronicle of generalized boosterism of the scale of George Gilder’s Telecosm

Whatever happened to that?


  • The Next Wave in the Internet’s Evolution; Steve Case; In The Wall Street Journal (WSJ); 2016-04-04.
    Teaser: First came getting people online. Then the apps era took over. Now a fresh reimagining is taking off.

    • too big to fail
    • Financial Technology (FinTech)
    • The “Waves”
      • First Wave → internet portals; e.g. AOL.
      • Second Wave  → applications & services on top of the internet.
      • Third Wave → something about ubiquity
    • coopetition (a neologism of cooperation & competition)
    • EdTech
    • Affordable Care Act
    • Uberized (industries)

Training for Discontent | Sarah Eisner

Sarah Eisner; Training for Discontent; In Her Blog, on Medium; 2015-05-13; previously filled.
Teaser: The Doublespeak of Parenting and the Double Blade of Ambition in Silicon Valley

Sarah Eisner lives in Menlo Park, CA; she is a mom; ex-product management, Cisco, engineering degree(s?), Stanford.

tl;dr → there is stress in the grade schools; the parents cause it because they are successful; she volunteered at the school, she observed it, she reported it, she worked with the education complex to try to ameliorate it; amelioration can only be done in the slightest; she has moved on.


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


In amplifying Paul Graham, Gregory Ferenstein, a reporter, surveyed anyone who would answer of Silicon Valley elite, about inequality. Here’s what they told him for his article (book) | Vox

I quizzed dozens of Silicon Valley elites about inequality. Here’s what they told me; In Vox; 2016-01-09.

tl;dr → Hunting for that perfect takedown rebuttal.  Onward to the forthcoming book.



In order of appearance:


  • Peter Thiel, internet personality
  • Byron Morgan, founder, Vinylmint (music).
  • Andrew McAfee, expert, MIT.
  • Sam Altman, internet personality.

Economic Inequality | Paul Graham

Paul Graham; Economic Inequality; On His Site; 2016-01-04(or so).

tl;dr → 3600 words; [Economic inequality] isn’t his fault; in fact, he creates it for a living and that act is seminal to the rest of society.  The startups are the seed corn; he creates the startups. We should be more grateful.

Filed under: True But Irrelevant; Won’t settle anything.  Expected to be inflammatory.

If one’s value criterion is “my people X were wronged; we need to get more; and right now!” then the argument addresses nothing [substitute X for identity consciousness among at least and not limited to: sex, gender, orientation, age, ancestry, language, previous military service (or refusal of such), looks, weight, height, hair color, Stones-vs-Beatles, Windows-vs-Mac, iOS-vs-Android, whatever].  Won’t cause the have-nots to have more, be smarter, be safer, be less outsourced, the meek to be able to rise up and inherit or live in a world with less corruption; or, importantly, to shut up and let him & the rest of us practice our craft, whatever that may be with the minimal interference that is our due.  Does not answer why the youngs want to experiment with manged economics for a little bit (ahem, The Socialism.  Every generation has to re-learn this, don’t they?).

A bad fit with the long arc of history argument of The Refragmentation.

Dispossessed in the Land of Dreams, which is Palo Alto | New Republic

Dispossessed in the Land of Dreams; Monica Potts; In The New Republic 2015-12-13.
Teaser: Those left behind by Silicon Valley’s technology boom struggle to stay in the place they call home.
Monica Potts is a fellow with the New America Asset Building program.

tl;dr → Beltway reporter breezes into town, weaves a discursive tale alternating between one person’s heartwrenching slow-moving personal disaster and in-town social policy. Eats, shoots, leaves. Dripping with the sanctimony of the age, and with helpful animated interactive HTML5 maps of the area for the East Coast audience who won’t understand what “east side of the city” means, oriented against the mute totemic icons for the campuses of Google, Microsoft, Stanford.

Separately noted.

Why More Black Engineers Aren’t Being Hired In Silicon Valley | International Business Times

Why More Black Engineers Aren’t Being Hired In Silicon Valley; Michael Learmonth; In International Business Times; 2015-11-30.
tl;dr → because Silicon Valley people don’t recruit in the Old South; they recruit “their own” from offshore or nearby in Berkeley or Stanford.

The Technology Revolution Impacts and Reduces the Workforce | Jon Taplin @ USC

The Technology Revolution Impacts and Reduces the Workforce | Jon Taplin @ USC; editor; In Some Blog, entitled The Trichordist; 2015-08-21.

Original Sources

  • Jonathan Taplin; The Technology Revolution Impacts and Reduces the Workforce; On YouTube; 2015-03-10; 5:06.
  • Jonathan Taplin; Sleeping Through a Revolution; on Vimeo; 2015-03-10; 44:10.
  • Jonathan Taplin (USC); Sleeping Through a Revolution; In Medium; 2015-04-22.
    Teaser: Letter to the Millennials 2


Separately noted