Mobile is eating the world

Benedict Evans does a beautiful job explaining the change of paradigm in several industries.

The end of interest rates

A well written article about the change of dynamics on the economics of the venture capital industry. The author suggests 3 reasons why the return on capital will gradually tend to zero.

  1. Technology makes innovation cheaper, making capital abundant
  2. Technology makes capital markets and the allocation of abundant capital more efficient
  3. The effect of decreasing returns will be even more striking on asset-heavy industries.

The whole premise of this article is that technology progress, foster the process of disruption. If we agree with the theory of disruption, the value that will be created are in greater scale captured by the entrepreneurs, not by the investors who assume the risk. There is a change in the economic value.

The funny thing is that we still talk about sustaining competitive advantages, in a world where any advantage is only transient or temporary.

Three Cognitive and Emotional biases every person should avoid

Three Cognitive and Emotional biases every person should avoid

Conventional frameworks or decision-making processes are well suited in tradicional contexts. In high-uncertainty contexts we need different tools to compensate for three cognitive and emotional biases that can lethally distort decision making.

The confirmation bias leads people to embrace new information that reinforces (confirms) their existing assumptions and to reject information that challenges them. Not so bad in an existing business, where your initial assumptions have a good shot at being on the right track, but dangerous in a new business where you’re not yet clear on what you are doing.

The recency bias and human cognitive limits lead us to forget that we made assumptions in the first place, making it nearly impossible to learn from our unfolding experiences.

The winners’ curse causes us to overvalue winning in a competitive situation, even to the point that the price we’ll pay vastly exceeds the value of the prize.

Even worse than individual biases are the social and political processes that effectively inhibit organizational learning. Some ventures from the start-up scene are victims of their own theater. Blog articles, competitions awards, all that hype reinforce the success of an idea. It became harder and harder to disengage the project or change directions.