VC Chris Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz thinks it’s a lot harder to predict financial cycles than it is to see a new computing platform coming down the pike. As he noted in a recent post, new cycles tend to begin every 10 to 15 years; assuming the 2007 introduction of the iPhone kicked off the last wave, we’re fast heading toward the Next New Thing. Or things, technically,… Read More
Dispatch wants its autonomous vehicles to make on-demand delivery available to the masses. The company announced on Wednesday it has grabbed $2 million in seed financing led by Andreessen Horowitz. This is the second investment Andreessen Horowitz partner Chris Dixonmade this week in autonomous vehicles, following the investment in Comma.ai he announced Sunday. “I’m really excited about autonomous vehicles in general,” Mr. Dixon said. “Machine learning and deep learning is only recently at the point where you can really make a high-quality, highly autonomous, safe vehicle. It’s going to open up all sorts of vehicles.” Dispatch develops a vehicle it nicknamed “Carry” to travel on sidewalks and pedestrian areas. The robot, which looks like a large cooler on wheels, can carry up to 100 pounds and travels at the same speed humans walk. It has four compartments that users unlock with their smartphones when it arrives. The founders, Continue reading "Autonomous Delivery Vehicle Company Dispatch Drives $2M in Seed Funding"
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The subtitle to this post ("The future of media is here -- it’s just not evenly distributed") is a variation of William Gibson’s famous remark that “The future is already here -- it’s just not very evenly distributed.” An obvious follow up question is: if the future is already here, where can I find it? There is no easy answer, but history shows there are characteristic patterns. For example, it’s often useful to look at what the smartest people work on in their free time, or things that are growing rapidly but widely dismissed as toys. Another clue to the future is to look for communities that embrace rapid, Darwinian experimentation. Even if you have no interest in video games, if you are interested in media, you should be interested in PC gaming. Over the past decade, PC gaming has, for a variety of reasons, become a hotbed of experimentation. These experiments have resulted in a new practices and business models -- some of them surprising and counterintuitive -- that provide valuable lessons for the rest of the media industry. MORE
[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/225571829" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] Apple included support for ad blocking in its recent iOS 9 update, and for many that prompted discussions around an age-old question: Is traditional advertising a viable business model for content -- and if it isn’t, what has a shot at replacing it? MORE