under the microscope

DNA Sequencing is eating the world

The first of a four-part series. “When I think about what is different in the world of genetic technologies, I think about Sequencing, Synthesis, Scale, and Software. … Incredible things are now possible at the intersection of these areas. The […]

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Roam’s road ahead

The note-taking software with just over $1 million in revenue just raised money at a valuation that raised many eyebrows. “How the tool for networked thought can grow into its $200m valuation.” | learn more

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How big is software?

This is a short and interesting read. “Patio11’s Law: The software economy is bigger than you think, even when you take into account Patio11’s Law.” | learn more

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The arc of collaboration

Productivity software (e.g. Dropbox) and collaboration software (e.g. Slack) have long been separated. This post discusses how the next step in software combines the two, “and why the Slack of Gaming may be Discord but the Discord for Enterprise is […]

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Machine learning deployment

From Benedict Evans: “In the last 5-6 years, machine learning has gone from ‘crazy idea from the 1980s’ to ‘software’. That has come with several waves of deployment and several waves of company creation, as we work out what to […]

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Software and the Tough Tomato Principle

“Most people think of tools as designed around their material, not materials around their tools. But in practice, tools and materials are constantly reshaping each other.” | learn more