Top articles of the week | Oct 16

October 16, 2021

Every week, we put together a list of our top 5 articles of the past week. Happy reading!

Remystifying Supply Chains Ribbonfarm Studio (reading time: 18 minutes)

A friend of mine who runs an ecommerce startup in Asia was explaining to me the global supply chain crisis. It was a fascinating conversation and made me realize how bad the current situation really is. This post by Venkatesh Rao brilliantly explains supply chains and just how young they are. Supply chains are not some distant phenomenon but everything in our lives revolves around them.

Metaverse! Metaverse? Metaverse!! Benedict Evans (reading time: 5 minutes)

“We are building the Metaverse for X” has become the new startup pitch. Ben Evans deftly shatters the hype around the buzzword. The term has become the new “digital transformation” and while it does speak to an overarching trend, we are quite far from a literal metaverse.

The Death and Birth of Technological Revolutions Stratechery (reading time: 19 minutes)

From time to time, it’s good to zoom out and consider where we are at this moment in history. This post serves as a good reminder of the massive technological shift that is altering the world. Ben Thompson uses Carlota Perez’ excellent framework to position the current state of technology and ponder the question – are we entering a golden age? I tend to think so.

Predicting gene expression with AI DeepMind (reading time: 5 minutes)

Many smart people I follow have discussed the importance of Deepmind’s breakthrough work in the field of genetic research using AI. The possibilities to improve human health using gene expression are starting to become reality.

The Future of Venture Capital Will Be Decentralised (reading time: 11 minutes)

We’ve covered venture capital a few times recently in this newsletter given the abundant sources of capital in the current market. There are fascinating theories on the evolution of the industry. The crypto view of the world is that this asset class will become decentralized. This article posits the rise of a new type of firm, the venture DAO.