Read Write Own Building the Next Era of the Internet

Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet

By Chris Dixon

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - 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.

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Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: 01/30/2024
Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 9780593731383
ISBN-10: 0593731387
Language: Eng

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - 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.

About the Author

Chris Dixon is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, the storied venture capital firm where, since joining in 2013, he has invested in Oculus (later acquired by Facebook), Coinbase, and other companies.

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