Commentary
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There Are 2 Ways To Make Large Datasets Useful…

ChrisDixon - April 15, 2012

I’ve spent the majority of my career building technologies that try to do useful things with large datasets.*One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that…

Commentary
803 views

Facebook’s Response to Yahoo’s Patent Lawsuit

ChrisDixon - April 4, 2012

Like many in tech, I believe all software patents should be abolished. That said, I think Facebook made the right move by filing a lawsuit against Yahoo’s…

Analytics
678 views

The Problem with Investing Based on Pattern Recognition

ChrisDixon - March 7, 2012

A famous story in artificial intelligence is how the US military developed algorithms to determine whether an image had a tank in it. They used a standard machine…

Best Practices
718 views

“It is the human friction that makes the sparks”

ChrisDixon - February 20, 2012

From Jonah Lehrer, Brainstorming Doesn’t Really Work (via Stowe Boyd): (more…)

Uncategorized
720 views

Platform distribution risks

ChrisDixon - February 15, 2012

When your product extends a platform’s functionality, one of the main risks you face is that the platform could embed your product’s key features within the platform…

Best Practices
584 views

Maximizing Capacity Utilization as a Startup Premise

ChrisDixon - January 5, 2012

In stark contrast to other major airlines, Southwest has been profitable for 40 years. If Southwest had one core “startup premise” it was this: for every second the…

Commentary
683 views

Technology and Job Creation

ChrisDixon - December 10, 2011

In response to my recent post “Making industries ‘garage ready’ for startups," venture capitalist Jordan Elpern-Waxman made an interesting comment: (more…)

Cloud Computing
724 views

Why Is Enterprise Tech So Far Behind Consumer Tech? Because It Can Be.

ChrisDixon - December 5, 2011

Brian Manning put it nicely in a comment to my post yesterday about enterprise software: In my opinion, enterprise technology is WAY behind consumer technology for one reason:…

Commentary
825 views

IT: Do You Want to Sell Sugar Water or Do You Want to Change the World?

ChrisDixon - August 29, 2011

“Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or come with me and change the world?” – Steve Jobs I sometimes wish…

Analytics
799 views

Inferring Intent on Mobile Devices

ChrisDixon - April 28, 2011

[Ex-Google CEO Eric] Schmidt recently said that while the Google Instant predictive search technology helps shave an average of 2 seconds off users’ queries, the next step is…