The Future of Tech, with Chris Dixon – [Invest Like the Best, EP.69]

My guest this week is Chris Dixon, who has written some of my favorite essays on technology and venture investing. Chris is a prolific investor and thinker, having been an entrepreneur, angel investor, and now partner at the well known venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

Our conversation focuses on major trends in technology, including cryptocurrencies and the future of autonomous vehicles and drones.

Chris has a rule of thumb for technology trends: find out what smart people are working on during the weekend, and you’ll know what other will be doing years in the future. After surveying his old essays, it’s clear you use Chris’s writings as a similar litmus test.

Please enjoy this great conversation with Chris Dixon on the future of tech.
 

Books Referenced

Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages

Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World

 

Links Referenced

Douglas Hofstadter

Daniel Dennett

How Aristotle Created the Computer

New Yorker Cover on automation

The World of Numbers website

Jerry Neumann podcast episode

David Tisch podcast

ERC-20 Token Standard

Eleven Reasons To Be Excited About The Future of Technology

 

Show Notes

0:00 (First Question) – Why did Chris choose to study philosophy

:19 – Douglas Hofstadter

:20 – Daniel Dennett

1:16 – How Aristotle Created the Computer

 

1:31 – Where has his thinking and viewpoints changed the most having been in the real world

 

2:38 – What is the real driving force behind all of the technology that we are creating and will automation kill all of the jobs

4:12 – New Yorker Cover on automation

4:53 – The World of Numbers website

 

6:32 – A look at his history in networks and network design

8:59 – Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages

9:03 – Jerry Neumann podcast episode

10:28 – Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World

 

11:02 – What are the market and technological forces that make it difficult to regulate software hardware companies

 

12:35 – The best features of proprietary centralized networks and open networks

 

14:36 – What things are better centralized vs decentralized

20:26 – David Tisch podcast

 

20:59 – When it comes to cryptocurrencies, what are the concerns that the protocols themselves hold value and could this lead to centralization of the system problems

22:00 – Block size debate (topic)

(minus 6 seconds)

24:42 – ERC-20 Token Standard

 

25:25 – Is the blockchain the answer to the stagnation of the big tech players

 

30:49 – Does Chris find investment in individual crypto tokens analogous to seed funding in companies

 

32:41 –  How does Chris think about the dichotomy of investing in people vs technologies

33:01 – Eleven Reasons To Be Excited About The Future of Technology

 

35:47 – What organizational structures of companies are most compelling

 

39:52 – Any major trends in technology a cause for concern for Chris

 

40:36 – Any interesting trends by people looking to disrupt the centralization of internet power to a small few

 

42:11 – What major trends is Chris passionately pursuing

 

49:17 – If everyone agrees on a future trend of technology, can you still make money investing in them

 

51:22 – How do you encourage younger people to approach the world and a career differently in this ever-changing world

 

55:41 – Kindest thing anyone has done for Chris