Decentralized apps or “dApps” are the much-promised innovation of crypto.

Imagine a decentralized version of every major application out there today, as well as new applications native to crypto.

Arianna Simpson, founder and managing director of ASP and crypto angel investor (and former product manager at BitGo with stints at Facebook and Shoptiques) shares where we are right now, and where we might be heading — from open financial tools and decentralized finance (“DeFi”) to infrastructure, gaming, and digital collectibles/ goods.

This talk was originally delivered at the inaugural a16z Crypto Regulatory Summit 2019, which brings together leading crypto experts and builders, other technologists, academics, industry executives, and government officials — along with forward-thinking regulators — to foster collaboration and the exchange of ideas around this important emerging industry.

Before Cortana, before Siri, before Alexa, even before IVR systems, there was Clippy. Clippy was one of Microsoft’s Office Assistant, that shipped as part of Microsoft Office in 1997.  Even though Clippy is no more, he lives on as a meme. Here’s an interesting look at his origin story.

I’ve long thought that the technology sometimes resembled the fashion industry in that trends come, go, and come back albeit in slightly differently. The recent rise of “edge computing” bears witness to this idea.

In this video, a16z partner Peter Levine takes us on a “crazy” tour of the history and future of cloud computing — from the constant turns between centralized to distributed computing, and even to his “Forrest Gump rule” of investing in these shifts.