Chris Dixon

Chris Dixon

Partner at a16z

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON April 19, 2016

Discussion

Hi, I’m Chris Dixon, general partner at the venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz. I was a computer programmer for most of my life, and cofounded two technology companies: Hunch, a machine-learning company which was acquired by eBay, and SiteAdvisor, a security company which was acquired by McAfee. Before a16z, I was a personal investor in a bunch of tech startups and also cofounded Founder Collective, a seed-stage venture firm. At a16z, I've focused on speculative, emerging technologies like virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, distributed computing, cryptocurrencies, and bio-hacking. Ask away! ** Thanks everyone for the great questions! I'm out of time but really enjoyed it. Happy to chat more later on Twitter and Medium (@cdixon).
Niv Dror
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
@cdixon hey Chris! Thanks for joining us. Are you worried at all about the singularity? In relation to Ray Kurzweil's prediction's, which makes it seem that in 2 to 3 decades civilization as we know it will be gone, and we'll essentially become one with machines. TL;DR:
@nivo0o0 I think people watch too much dystopian science fiction 😀. I think AI will be mostly a positive force. Like all technologies it will get misused, but I think the Skynet concerns are more Hollywood fantasy than real life. Meanwhile we have real, genuine scary things to worry about like climate change.
COSTAS ANDRIOPOULOS
COSTAS ANDRIOPOULOS@candriopoulos · https://medium.com/strictly-curious
Hi Chris, how do you identify emerging trends and how do you pick ventures in nascent markets?
@candriopoulos I try to spend a lot of time reading and meeting with smart people and listening to what they are excited about. Usually when really smart people are excited about a new technology something interesting going to happen in that area in the next few years.
mxschumacher
mxschumacher@mxschumacher · curious
@cdixon @candriopoulos Would be fantastic to hear about written sources you rely on- are there specific publications, scientific journals, websites (aside from the obvious ones like Twitter, HN etc.), blogs. E.g. where do you get early-stage contrarian inspiration?
@mxschumacher @candriopoulos I'm a huge Reddit user. Not the main page but topic specific subreddits like /r/Oculus r/Nootropics /r/Futurology etc. Also obviously I read tech press, HN, Twitter, and Product Hunt 😀. I particularly like discussions of product & tech as opposed to discussions of valuations, finance etc.
@cdixon @mxschumacher @candriopoulos Started a nootropics company a number of years back. Interesting stuff
COSTAS ANDRIOPOULOS
COSTAS ANDRIOPOULOS@candriopoulos · https://medium.com/strictly-curious
@cdixon @mxschumacher Thank you for sharing your invaluable insights. I really appreciate it.
Erik Torenberg
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
Hey Chris! Thanks for joining :) 1) How did you transition from a developer to a founder and how do you advise other developers to do the same? 2) How did you start out as an angel investor and how do you advise other aspiring angel investors who are in a position to do so? 3) What's the story of how a16z came about for you?
@eriktorenberg 1) I had a lot of great mentors including the folks at Bessemer Venture Partner where I worked before starting my first venture-backed company. I also spent a lot of time talking to entrepreneurs and trying to learn from them. 2) I made my first angel investment 1 week after selling SiteAdvisor :) I love startups and wanted to get involved with more of them. I was hugely influenced by Ron Conway who was an investor in SiteAdvisor and is just an incredibly great person and huge help to entrepreneurs. 3) I was at eBay after Hunch got acquired and thought i'd probably do investing full time at some point. I thought maybe I'd do that on my own but then started talking to a16z and just thought it was awesome what they were building and wanted to be a part of it.
Austin Teague
Austin Teague@austin_teague · Full-Stack Marketer and Entrepreneur
@cdixon As an investor how do you find startups to invest in? Specifically is it through referrals, cold emails, specific searches/sites? Second, what is the biggest frustration leading up to investing in a startup?
@austin_teague @austin_teague I spend a lot of time following what smart hackers are interested in (see http://cdixon.org/2013/03/03/wha...). Companies come to us all sorts of ways. Often through referrals. Sometimes we reach out. It varies.
@cdixon @austin_teague "What the smartest people do on the weekend is what everyone else will do during the week in ten years" - Awesome title
Jack Smith
Jack Smith@_jacksmith · Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@cdixon you've done some deals where you're the first money in (e.g. the recently announced comma.ai) and some where, according to Crunchbase, you're leading a $75m Series B (Oculus) or $30m Series C (Shapeways). - How do you think about your investing approach, are you looking to primarily focus on seed deals, but do some later stage deals if the company is legit, or are you more stage agnostic?
@_jacksmith I've been focusing mostly on seed and Series A for the past year and half or so. So if you are a seed or Series A stage company looking for financing please contact me. :)
Charles Jo
Charles Jo@charlesjo · Creator, Startup Study Group (SSG)
A16Z invests a lot of time in media: twitter, blogs, podcasts... Has this provided increased volume of quality deal flow compared to other firms who don't?
@charlesjo: What we try to do is just open up the discussions we are already having internally and make them public. That's one reason I really like podcasting- the format kind of forces you to be natural and have a normal conversation.
Charles Jo
Charles Jo@charlesjo · Creator, Startup Study Group (SSG)
@cdixon Awesome. Founders and investors are learning a lot through a16z podcasts. Cc @tapefinder @smc90
Dylan Qian
Dylan Qian@dylan_qian
Hi Chris! Thanks for doing this! Is there a certain action in particular (ex. adoption by Walmart, acceptance by Visa, etc.) that you would consider the turning point of bringing bitcoin to the mainstream market? Thanks in advance! PS: Would you be interested in speaking to undergraduate students at NYU next time you're in NYC?
DRFarrell
DRFarrell@d_r_farrell
Hey Chris! BIG fan of Hunch! It was a fantastic product! What happened to the notion of building a taste-profile for everyone on the internet? Why didn't you guys reject Ebay's offer for acquisition and continue to build the product out? Do you think there's still potential for a Hunch-like product?
Bryan Landers
Bryan Landers@bryanlanders · COO, Backstage Capital
@d_r_farrell @chrisdixon Yes! Similar question. Whenever I see apps like https://www.producthunt.com/tech... I recall Hunch. You had a killer start using quizzes to fill out the taste graph - can you tell us what you learned from the consumer-facing side of the product and why Hunch shifted focus?
@d_r_farrell Thanks! In the end the eBay deal worked out well. Ebay is using Hunch for their core recommendation technology. I think we were a bit early doing machine learning back in 2008-10. I think today with the breakthroughs in deep learning you could build much more powerful AI.
DRFarrell
DRFarrell@d_r_farrell
@bryanlanders @chrisdixon Seriously! I gotta go dig-up my Hunch T-shirt and flair...
DRFarrell
DRFarrell@d_r_farrell
@cdixon I'll take that as permission to pursue a similar company! :D Any recommendations on resources or articles?
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Makerpad.co
What are your favourite questions to ask founders?
@bentossell We like to spend a significant amount of time hearing about founders' backgrounds and what led them to start their company. We are big believers in founder-market fit http://cdixon.org/2011/06/20/fou.... I find another great way to spend time with founders is to walk through the idea maze: http://cdixon.org/2013/08/04/the...
Alec Ross
Alec Ross@alecjross · Author, The Industries of the Future
Who are you going to vote for for President?
@alecjross I try to stay out of public political discussions :)
Alec Ross
Alec Ross@alecjross · Author, The Industries of the Future
@cdixon I had to try ... :)
Paul Sondhi
Paul Sondhi@paulsondhi · Student
Hey Chris, awesome to see you on here! If you were going to disrupt higher education right now, what would you do?
Paul Sondhi
Paul Sondhi@paulsondhi · Student
@cdixon Thanks for the link! Absolutely agree with your sentiment; online courses (and not offline courses published online) develop a strong continuous learning ethic that is valuable in the long-term. Also, ditto @dylan_qian, we'd love to have you at NYU :)
André J
André J@eonpilot · Swift dev @ eon.codes
Hello Chris Dixon, I spoke to a Chinese guy on twitter the other day and I could not convince him i was not a bot. In the end I used Google translate and said something in Chinese. He finally gave in. Do you think we will soon see the emergence of bot-blockers? Similar to ad-blockers?
Drew Meyers
Drew Meyers@drewmeyers · Founder, Horizon & Geek Estate
@eonpilot haha.. super interesting question. I'm interesting in hearing responses to this as well.
@eonpilot The whole bot trend is interesting. I think there are multiple threads including 1) text vs voice interface (e.g. to communicate with businesses), 2) lower friction user acquisition for developers who are frustrated with app store rich-get-richer dynamics 3) advances in NLP making automated discussions much better (we were investors in Wit.AI which is the NLP engine behind Facebook's new bot platform). In general when tech X gets big there are anti-X techs. So If bots are a big deal there probably will be bot blockers :)
Charles Kunene
Charles Kunene@charles_kunene · Co-founder & Product Designer @Obaa
What's your biggest frustration with Silicon Valley in general and what would you do to solve it?
@charles_kunene Well--as you might expect --I'm generally very positive on Silicon Valley. I think this place/time will be looked back on as a very special golden era in the history of technology. I do favor the trend towards bigger, ambitious startups that solve hard problems. I think for a while people in the startup community assumed that only big companies can take on very hard technical challenges like self-driving cars, virtual reality, AI etc. I think that's starting to change and I'm very excited about it.
Andrew Ettinger
Andrew Ettinger@ettinger · 👟 @wearAtoms // ex @Twitter @ProductHunt
Who's the most underrated investor, in your opinion?
Kingsong Chen
Kingsong Chen@kingsongchen · Dev
Hi Chris, what are some lessons learned from a16z's investment in OpenGov and how do you feel about startups working on government technology?
Harry Stebbings
Harry Stebbings@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
@cdixon so awesome to have you on PH having heard so much about you from @epaley and @dafrankel I have to ask, how did you approach the task of developing your pattern recognition when you started investing? What were those key moments that helped shape your thinking?
Paul Tomkinson
Paul Tomkinson@paultomkinson · Founder, Textras
Hi Chris. Thank you for taking time with us. In 2012 Marc said about you, 'entrepreneurs who work with Chris routinely say that he was a bigger contributor to their success than their own VCs.' What since then have you learned as something entrepreneurs don't place much value in, that their VC's can help with in terms of success, that they should?
Ben Center
Ben Center@benhcenter · Investor Relations Associate, Onevest
Hi @cdixon, thank you for sharing your time with us! I'm curious about the acquisition process, in light of this recent article on Medium: http://firstround.com/review/one... What do you think are some of the characteristics, skills, and leadership strategies that people often overlook (or underestimate the importance of) that is crucial to building acquire-friendly companies?
Will Fry
Will Fry@williamrfry · Building @SolutionLoft, Studying @Penn
@cdixon As a programmer in another life, how do you think programming will change in the next 20 years? What will it look like? How much of software creation will be automated?
Frédéric Renken
Frédéric Renken@fredericrenken · Product at Superhuman
@cdixon Hi Chris! 1. What is your task manager of choice? Or do you not use one? 2. What are your favorite books on philosophy? Thank you so much!
@fredericrenken Philosophy: I studied philosophy in college and graduate school. I got interested via programming and AI. I was mainly interested in analytic philosophy-- specifically language, logic, and philosophy of mind. Favorite philosophers back then: Quine, Dennett, Wittgenstein, Kripke, Goodman, Russell, Frege.
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
What's the best piece of advice you ever received? Flip side, what's been the worst?
Palak Zatakia
Palak Zatakia@palakzatakia · 22. Building something cool.
Hey Chris. Thanks for joining us. I would like to know: What are some of the traits that you look for in the founding team? :)
Max Savin
Max Savin@msavin · Dreamer, Designer, and Developer
Silicon Valley looks more and more crowded by the day. What is your advice for building a network?
Guerric de Ternay
Guerric de Ternay@guerricdeternay
Hi @cdixon, Your article, What's Next in Computing, is very interesting. (I recommend it to anyone here). You didn't mention anything related to the blockchain technology, even though I know that some of you at a16z are quite bullish on its potential, not to mention @pmarca. There are some requirements to make blockchain project interesting. These include needing a database, having multiple people writing to that database, having some interactions between transactions, operating with an absence of trust, and not needing a trusted intermediary. Within these constraints, there are a lot of opportunities in starting an ambitious project and transforming an industry. But we still lack of stories. Beyond these thoughts what's your take on the blockchain and its future?
@guerricdeternay @pmarca I did mention blockchain in that post, but you are right that I didn't focus on it. I'm more excited about public blockchains like Bitcoin and Ethereum than I am about private blockchains. I have this theory that for every technology there is a strong and aweak form. For example, when Wikipedia first came out, a lot of people said "That's cool, but it's too crazy to have anyone edit a public wiki, let's take the wiki idea and make it private and sell it to companies." Wikipedia was the pure form of the tech. Enterprise wikis were the diluted form of the tech. In the end the pure form wins, although it takes longer because the tech is new and strange and is hard to make sense of.
Guerric de Ternay
Guerric de Ternay@guerricdeternay
@cdixon @pmarca Thanks Chris for your detailed reply. You're so right about open technology. I'm just wondering what people mean by 'private blockchain'. Since blockchain is useful when there is a lack of trust between the parties, like it is with Bitcoin. How would it be different from a database if the blockchain technology is owned by a specific (and non-decentralised) entity?
@guerricdeternay @pmarca Let me now take the pro-(private) blockchain side of the argument. You have a bunch of banks who don't trust each other and can't agree on standards and can't recruit great developers to build tools for them. Private blockchain could solve all these problems. So think of it more as a political innovation than a pure tech innovation.
Guerric de Ternay
Guerric de Ternay@guerricdeternay
@cdixon @pmarca Ok. I see what would be the use case for private blockchain. Do you see blockchain as a platform that companies could use to create value and capture some of it? Like the iPhone has been to many companies in the Valley? To illustrate my question: Let's say that companies would leverage the Ethereum network to create services and then capture part of the value they create. It makes a lot of sense as most platforms/networks have worked like this. But in the case of blockchain, it feels that the aim is to reach a point where everything is decentralised with no intermediary. Basically developing blockchain tech as a bank would just be the same as having someone digging his own grave.
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hi Chris! Thanks for being here today. What 3 things should every new founder constantly be thinking?
@ems_hodge 1) recruiting the best people, 2) making customers happy, 3) making sure the company is financially healthy.
Guerric de Ternay
Guerric de Ternay@guerricdeternay
@cdixon @ems_hodge It sounds so easy said like that. ;)
David Senra
David Senra@readbydavid
What are some books that have influenced your thinking?
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
You're a board member at a number of A16Z portfolio companies (Airware, BuzzFeed, Coinbase, Envoy, iCracked, Improbable, Keybase, Shapeways, Skydio, Soylent, and StackExchange). 1) What do you enjoy the most about being on the boards of these companies? 2) How do you add value as a board member?
Danielle Newnham
Danielle Newnham@daniellenewnham · Founder, The Junto Network. Author
Hi Chris, I have 2 questions. 1/ What is the header pic on your Twitter profile? 2/ What first got you excited about tech?
@daniellenewnham I literally google'd "create avatar" a long time ago and made that kind of as a joke but now have used it so long I've kept it. :) I started programmer when I was a kid. Like a lot of people who started programming early, I wanted to make video games, and made a bunch of really bad games before realizing I should probably go to college and get a real job etc.
Topaz Tee
Topaz Tee@topaz_tee
any advice to a 22 year old computer science student?
Tom Frauenfelder
Tom Frauenfelder@tomfrauenfelder · Founder
Hi @cdixon, enjoy your opinions and appreciate you taking the time today. Can you speculate on how you see video playing a role in the future of the internet? I hear talk of how quickly it is growing and wonder what value you may see that isn't being capitalized on today?
Nirmal Raj S
Nirmal Raj S@nirmalrajs
Recently you led 2 investments in a week (Comma and Dispatch), how was the week like? Is there any common theme here?
@nirmalrajs autonomous vehicles :) I've made three recent investments in autonomous vehicles: Skydio (aerial drones), Comma (cars), Dispatch (ground drones).
Corey Hubbard
Corey Hubbard@corey_hubbard · Founder - DreamHighr
Hello Chris, I enjoy the a16z podcast and my question is what are your thoughts on early-stage HR Tech startups?
Abhinav Nakirekanti
Abhinav Nakirekanti@anakirekanti
Hi Chris. Big fan of your blog. With the advent of automation in pretty so many of the jobs that we have today, do you see intelligent machines and technology giving rise to an entirely new set of jobs? Similar to how the tech revolution required the subsequent generations to adapt their skill sets to revolve around computer science.
@anakirekanti Here's a relevant graph I really like https://medium.com/@cdixon/thank.... The problem with new tech is it's really easy to imagine the jobs it will destroy but really hard to imagine the jobs it will create (e.g. https://digitalmarketinginstitut...). That asymmetry makes people pessimistic even though all the historical evidence shows that tech raises the standard of living and creates new jobs.
Charles Kunene
Charles Kunene@charles_kunene · Co-founder & Product Designer @Obaa
With respect to Uber v. Lyft: I've heard the argument framed as 'Uber will win because Travis is more aggressive and Lyft is too nice'. I found that argument troubling. Why does a16z believe that Lyft will win and what values does Lyft embody that resonate with you?
Snah Desai
Snah Desai@s_haverford · Operations Analyst, ServiceTitan
what should a non-technical founder of a hardware startup be doing to ensure the successful launch of a product before a working prototype has been finalized?
Adam Marx
Adam Marx@adammarx13 · Freelance writer/editor and music addict
Hey @cdixon, thanks for taking some time today for this! a16z talks a lot about the idea-maze and looking for people who have a read on things others might be missing. How do you personally weigh the idea-maze concept when someone is pitching you on an opportunity? What in your mind makes you stop and say to yourself, "this person has something no one else sees"?
Marcus Moretti
Marcus Moretti@mwmoretti · Product at Mic
Hey @cdixon, do you think Facebook's Messenger Platform will usher in a utopia of bot-powered B2C products? In general what do you think of bot ecosystems? What will the best use-cases be?
FLATHIVE
FLATHIVE@flathive · WE CONNECT DIGITAL GIGS WITH HUMANS!
What are your tips to get seed investment?
David Gold
David Gold@gavid_dold · Currently @dropbox, previously @citi
Hey @cdixon. I'm an aspiring venture capitalist. Do you have any advice for somebody looking to break into this field?
Jak Tran
Jak Tran@jak_tran · Founder of FORUM an open messaging app
Do you think Apple and Google should add a "bot layer interface" to iOS & Android to counter Facebook messenger bot platform ?
Ambi Valento
Ambi Valento@quit_t · Studygu.ru
Hi Chris. What is the easiest way to get competence in such complex areas like machine learning, VR, blockchain? How much time you spend on learning about it and what aspect is most important to you as an investor?
david segal
david segal@dsegal · Mobile Engineer
bernie, hillary, trump, or cruz? why do you think bernie is so popular in the tech community? who would be best for tech innovation? who would be best for tech VC?
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
You were leading A16Z's investment in Oculus in 2013. Was it a rather unanimous decision to invest or did some of your team members express concerns that it may be too early for VR or that Oculus didn't have enough potential?
@tomstocklein certainly we had a long discussion before leading a $75M investment in a pre-launch hardware company. :)
Dan Comand
Dan Comand@dancomand
You've talked about the "Goldilocks Effect" before, can you talk more about it and how to build and sell products to enterprise customers?
Damien Hoffman
Damien Hoffman@mindfire360 · Founder/CEO Cheat Sheet
Chris, how do business builders trench a moat when it's easier than ever to copy what was once too hard to copy?
@mindfire360 In tech the long-term moat is almost always a network, whether it be of users, developers, data ("data network effects"), etc.
Twain
Twain@twainus · Inventor
@cdixon - What if instead of 20 step visual Q+A inputs to train a taste graph, it only takes 2 data inputs that aren't and can't be collected from current Social and Knowledge Graphs? What's the best way to solve this problem?
Charles Kunene
Charles Kunene@charles_kunene · Co-founder & Product Designer @Obaa
Chris, with more bad news coming to light about Theranos; what are your views on what went wrong and what founders and investors can learn from this? Secondly, how can founders balance between hyping their startup and remaining truthful about product/progress?
Marc
Marc@marceglon · Hackerpreneur Mag & Letterlist.com
Hey Chris. Are there any toy-like technologies that you've seen recently that everybody else might be missing?
Sean K. Gabriel
Sean K. Gabriel@skaulana · Product & UX aficionado
Hey Chris, thanks for doing this live chat! Was your role in founding SiteAdvisor the first time you managed people professionally? What are your favorite lessons in mentorship and team-building that you've carried forward to the VC world from earlier in your career?
Dendi Suhubdy
Dendi Suhubdy@dendisuhubdy · Math @ncstate CS @umontreal
@cdixon what do you mainly see in entrepreneurs that you invest in that differs from anybody else? Have you invested in someone that hasn't created any product yet but has shown great hacking skills? Or do you invest only in traction.
Hi Chris, Thanks for being here. What is your opinion of accelerators such as Founder Institute? Cheers!
mxschumacher
mxschumacher@mxschumacher · curious
Writing existing assets / rights etc. into a Blockchain requires trust (a big difference to the "self-referential" Bitcoin - Blockchain), how do you think that problem can be overcome and will it inhibit projects in that category?
Amarnath Revanna
Amarnath Revanna@amarnathrevanna · Entrepreneur
Can you tell us more about your thoughts behind making an investment on self driving cars with comma.ai?Considering all the big brands out there trying to achieve this breakthrough with big investments, how do you think comma.ai can compete, succeed and set themselves apart from others?
@amarnathrevanna there are >1B cars out there, so there's a lot of opportunities for both big companies and startups. The key will be figuring how to collect mountains of training data to make the smartest systems.
Mohsen Khalkhali
Mohsen Khalkhali@mossibat · Venture investor @ Iratel Ventures
@cdixon good to have you here. What's the one thing that you'd recommend a new VC do to help a young ecosystem flourish?
Jerome Fougerat
Jerome Fougerat@jefouge · M&A advisor at Orion M&A
Hi Chris, thanks for being available for this chat session ! Question for you : do you think that there still some great opportunities in the AI market and especially in bots creation. Is the market already overcrowded ? too many start-ups ? no real market opportunity ? large actors like Facebook have already taken all market shares... etc. Please give us your opinion.
Lalit Kapoor
Lalit Kapoor@lalitkapoor · Director of Engineering @ VTS
Hi Chris! As your engineering team grows (40+) how do you continue to measure the health of the team & their output? Can you share some metrics you've found to be good indicators? Thanks!
Mohsen Khalkhali
Mohsen Khalkhali@mossibat · Venture investor @ Iratel Ventures
@cdixon good to have you here. What's the one thing you'd recommend a new VC do to help a young ecosystem flourish?
Maria Zarkova
Maria Zarkova@marija_zarkova · Social Media Marketer, EmbedSocial
What are your comments on the Facebook announcements about the Oculus Rift? Has it reached the "thick edge of the wedge"?
@marija_zarkova Timely question. I now have a Vive and CV Rift and have spent a lot of time with each, especially over the last week. I just spent the entire weekend using the Rift. I think people are going to be amazed when they see it. My hope is that this year millions of people get to finally try it and see what the enthusiasts are so excited about. It will take a few years, though, for prices to come down and for VR to really go mainstream.
Amarnath Revanna
Amarnath Revanna@amarnathrevanna · Entrepreneur
Any particular advice for a tiny startup trying to make its presence in the AI space on an extremely tight budget?
Sunny Xiaqing Bai
Sunny Xiaqing Bai@sunnybai · VC analyst in Bay Area
Hi Chris, thank you for sharing your wisdom with us. We all know that a16z has invested in companies in various industries. You guys knows a lot of things but no one knows everything for sure. So there must be some knowledge or way of thinking which is so important that it free you from your own knowledge frame and be able to make investment decision on industries that pass your professional background. Could you tell us something about that?
Guerric de Ternay
Guerric de Ternay@guerricdeternay
@cdixon I have two more questions: 1. Does a16z treat you as well as an over-funded startup with free beer, table tennis, amazing expresso machine, free food, and free massage? 2. What does it look like to work with @pmarca and @bhorowitz?
Bryan Landers
Bryan Landers@bryanlanders · COO, Backstage Capital
@cdixon What's it like for you, personally, to live the life you've crafted - so many meetings, conversations with smart people, making big bets on things that might fail or change the world, absorbing new ideas and formulating hypothesis about their impact on the future, a position of power to influence the fate of people's lives?
Jack D
Jack D @avatar_jack · Menu Czar
Chris, what are your thoughts on Go Cubes? I saw you tweet about them once- are you still a fan?
Ryan David Mullins
Ryan David Mullins@rdavidmullins
Do you think the standard theory of low-end disruption still applies to a world in which four or five giant & agile platforms are runnin' thangs? Seems like most of the variables governing classical Clayton Christensen Disruption Theory are no longer valid. Something like this recently argued in Steve Case's Third Wave which was a rather trite book but still onto something. Been many a podcast on A16Z talking about disruption theory but still assuming that it still applies in its standard form.