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May 10, 2021Liked by Steven Sinofsky

It is amazing to me, to think back on how insurmountable the AOL juggernaut was believed to be. If, as a business, you wanted to reach people on 'The Internet', you just had to go through AOL. They had it locked up, and then all of a sudden they didn't. I mean, we saw 1-2-3 and WordPerfect go down - heck, we pushed - but compared to them, AOL really had a glass jaw.

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May 9, 2021Liked by Steven Sinofsky

I am glad you included the section on the Memex. It was always a hot reference (sorry) in the discussions at the time. I think it also highlighted how people thought the amount of linked knowledge was somehow knowable instead of an unbounded computing problem. That difference of perspective led people to believe walled gardens were feasibly competitive.

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deletedMay 12, 2021Liked by Steven Sinofsky
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Thank you! In the memo I wrote (linked to in the post, thanks to the litigation) I talked about the evolution of email from computer science to the whole school. Even when I was a freshman we all had email, but just no one to email to!

I am excited about today because cloud and mobile make it much easier for a tiny team to have a huge impact. Think of tools like Slack, Clubhouse, or the creator community and how much impact small teams are having. So much fun...again!

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