Posts from Stanford University

Book Recommendation: Internet Architecture and Innovation

On the heels of its paperback release, I would like to recommend a book that is required reading in our shop, Internet Architecture and Innovation by Barbara van Schewick. I've mentioned Barbara before on this blog. She is a Law School Professor at Stanford and has written extensively on this important topic.

I am a fervent believer that everything that is great about the Internet emanates from its underlying architecture. That's where Barbara is coming from too, which is probably why we like her and her work so much at USV.

In this book, Barbara argues that the massive amount of innovation that has been made on top of the Internet is directly attributable to its architecture and that there are some parts of the architecture, most notably the last mile in wired and mobile, that are problematic and that do not benefit from the hypercompetitive nature of the open Internet.

This is an important piece of policy work and anyone who cares about the Internet ought to give it a read.


Required Reading For The Carlota Perez Interview

I blogged about the interview I'm doing with Carlota Perez tomorrow. I'm super excited about this. The details are in the post behind that link.

We only have 15 minutes so as Carlota and I have talked this over, we've decided that we can't do a deep dive into her research and her theories. Instead we will spend the time trying to make sense of where we've been over the past ten years and where we are heading now.

So, if you plan to attend the interview or watch via livestream, please review these slides in advance. They are from her talk this summer at Stanford at the Triple Helix conference at a session in memory of Chris Freeman, another brilliant economist whose work inspired much of Carlota's work.



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