All posts tagged “facebook

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Learning about O-zones

I spent this evening reading about Opportunity Zones, or “O-zones”, in the United States.  For a census tract to become an O-zone, it has to have a poverty rate of 20% or higher, or the median household income has to be less than 80% of the… Read More

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Attract and extract

Chris Dixon’s recent piece on why decentralization matters is currently making the rounds online. It clearly explains the first two eras of the internet and how the third era is developing as we speak. Cue decentralized cryptonetworks. I particularly like how he describes the relationship that… Read More

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Google and Facebook show

This morning Fred Wilson posted this chart on his blog: What is clear is that when it comes to US digital ad revenue, it’s the Google and Facebook show, followed by everyone else. Microsoft/LinkedIn is a distant third. Fred calls it “the digital advertising duopoly.” And… Read More

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People you may know

If you’ve ever wondered how Facebook figures out all of the people you may know, here is some reading material.  The short answer is that Facebook doesn’t just know the things you’ve told it about yourself, it also knows what other people have told it… Read More

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10x the scale

Below is a chart from Benedict Evans comparing annual revenue from the Wintel era (Microsoft + Intel) to the current GAFA era (Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon).  His argument is that, today, “the scale of tech winners” is about 10x what it was during the… Read More

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Motivation and coordination

Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures recently gave a talk at the 2017 Blockstack Summit about “Decentralization and the Knowledge Age.” He starts by talking about motivation and coordination. The state, he argues, is good at coordination, but not so good at motivation. The market, on… Read More

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What Facebook knows about you

Here is an eye-opening article from data scientist Vicki Boykis outlining the number of ways in which Facebook collects data about its users. It’s called: What should you think about when using Facebook? One of the more surprising tidbits from Boykis’ article is that Facebook… Read More