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Blockchain Cryptocurrency

Decentralized Applications: What’s Now, What’s Next

Decentralized apps or “dApps” are the much-promised innovation of crypto. Imagine a decentralized version of every major application out there today, as well as new applications native to crypto. Arianna Simpson, founder and managing director of ASP and crypto angel investor (and former product manager at BitGo with stints at Facebook and Shoptiques) shares where […]

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Interesting Microsoft

Clippy: the Unauthorized Biography

Before Cortana, before Siri, before Alexa, even before IVR systems, there was Clippy. Clippy was one of Microsoft’s Office Assistant, that shipped as part of Microsoft Office in 1997.  Even though Clippy is no more, he lives on as a meme. Here’s an interesting look at his origin story.

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AI Economics of AI Machine Learning

Better Together: Humanity + Machine Learning

In this talk by a16z operating partner Frank Chen, given at the annual a16z Summit, Chen goes beyond the hype to look forward at how AI and automation will augment, enhance, create, and yes, replace humans…. but also highlighting what it is that makes us human to begin with.

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Azure Future

Does Edge Computing Mean the End of the Cloud?

I’ve long thought that the technology sometimes resembled the fashion industry in that trends come, go, and come back albeit in slightly differently. The recent rise of “edge computing” bears witness to this idea. In this video, a16z partner Peter Levine takes us on a “crazy” tour of the history and future of cloud computing […]

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Interesting Startups

What Will Technology Do to the Real Estate Industry

Alex Rampell, a16z general partner, explains how as consumers get used to less friction and more transparency in the age of mobile, software is finally beginning to disrupt buying a home — from discovery to purchase to finance and more.  Including even disrupting the nature of home ownership itself.

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