The Future Is Here, It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed. But It Is Here.

Marc Andreesen's latest tweetstorm explores the future of technology startups - and digital media.
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Marc Andreesen's latest tweetstorm explores the future of technology startups - and digital media.

It always interesting to see how the tools we create for publishing are used in new ways. Marc Andreessen, who’s a master of pushing boundaries and buttons, has also mastered a whole new genre in tweeting called the Tweetstorm – and his latest torrent of tweets is well worth a read for anyone thinking about the future of technology startups and digital media. 

The stream of 13 tweets reads:

1/A thing I believe that few believe: Almost all Silicon Valley startup ideas from qualified founders = great ideas. But some are too early.

2/Track startups over multiple decades, what you find is that most ideas do end up working. It's much more a question of "when" not "if".

3/This is interesting for several reasons. First, it means that criticism of the form "that will never happen" is usually misguided & wrong.

4/Second, it means that a much bigger risk for founders is "too early", vs "wrong" or "too late". Often doesn't match feedback from others.

5/To quote Peter Thiel, it is often better to be the last company to market (hit timing right & take down the entire market) vs the first.

6/Third, when you have the timing right, you almost always feel like you're too late. Terrified you've missed the window = great sign.

7/When idea X has been in the air, with repeated attempts to build X, yet most customers are not yet doing/using X, it's never too late.

8/Fourth, founders by definition live in the future, see a world that doesn't yet exist & try to make it so. Nailing timing = hardest thing.

9/Which is often why more pragmatic founders end up building the big & important companies -- the idealists were just too early.

10/Fifth, therefore, most of the great ideas for the next two decades are already known. In labs, in failed startups, in big co prototypes.

11/Those ideas are being dismissed now since the early attempts have't worked. This has the opposite predictive value vs what people think.

12/Quoting @GreatDismal, the future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed -- or it's not yet distributed at all. But it is here.

13/The key question is: What ideas are widely dismissed today due to having been tried & failed? Answer is the codex to the next 20 years.

You can read the full stream and the comments here.

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