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Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet

Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet

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A potent exploration of the power of blockchains to reshape the future of the internet--and how that affects us all--from influential technology entrepreneur and startup investor Chris Dixon

"A must for anyone who wants to better understand the real potential of blockchains and web3."--Robert Iger, CEO, Disney

"A compelling vision of where the internet should go and how to get there."--Sam Altman, co-founder, OpenAI

The internet of today is a far cry from its early promise of a decentralized, democratic network of innovation, connection, and freedom. In the past decade, it has fallen almost entirely under the control of a very small group of companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook. In Read Write Own, tech visionary Chris Dixon argues that the dream of an open network for fostering creativity and entrepreneurship doesn't have to die and can, in fact, be saved with blockchain networks. He separates this movement, which aims to provide a solid foundation for everything from social networks to artificial intelligence to virtual worlds, from cryptocurrency speculation--a distinction he calls "the computer vs. the casino."

With lucid and compelling prose--drawing from a twenty-five-year career in the software industry--Dixon shows how the internet has undergone three distinct eras, bringing us to the critical moment we're in today. The first was the "read" era, in which early networks democratized information. In the "read-write" era, corporate networks democratized publishing. We are now in the midst of the "read-write-own" era, sometimes called web3, in which blockchain networks are granting power and economic benefits to communities of users, not just corporations.

Read Write Own is a must-read for anyone--internet users, business leaders, creators, entrepreneurs--who wants to understand where we've been and where we're going. It provides a vision for a better internet and a playbook to navigate and build the future.

Author: Chris Dixon
Publisher: Random House
Published: 01/30/2024
Pages: 320
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.94lbs
Size: 8.57h x 5.84w x 0.93d
ISBN: 9780593731383

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 11/27/2023
Kirkus Reviews 12/15/2023

About the Author
Chris Dixon is a general partner at the storied venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, which he joined in 2013. He has invested there in Oculus (later acquired by Facebook), Coinbase, and other companies. He also placed early bets on Kickstarter, Pinterest, Stack Overflow, and Stripe, all of which have products in wide use today. Dixon founded and leads a16z crypto, a division of the firm that he has grown from $300 million in 2018 to over $7 billion of committed capital dedicated to investing in crypto and web3 technologies. In 2022, he was ranked #1 on the Forbes Midas List of the world's best venture capital investors. Dixon has a bachelor of arts and a master's degree in philosophy from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and has founded two startups (acquired by McAfee and eBay). He grew up in Ohio and lives in California.

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