NYT - 1.10.13 by Quentin Hardy
In one view, if you are not creating an industry-eating software business, you’re out of luck. “You’re either on the side of the lever where you’re getting leveraged away,” he says, “or you’re providing the software in which you’re going to be insanely rich.”Ben Horowitz may have the skeleton key to the decimation – sorry, transformation – of our economic and political lives. What he doesn’t have is a good sense of what we will look like when we get to the other side.
As he says in this video interview, “Do we think enough about the implications and how it’s going to change society? Probably not as much as we should.”
Mr. Horowitz is an unusually thoughtful person, but thinking about social implications is not his job. As co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, one of Silicon Valley’s newest, largest and most high-profile venture capital firms, he and co-founder Marc Andreesseen base many of their investments off a thesis they call “Software is Eating the World.”
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