Read Write Own

Building the Next Era of the Internet

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Pub Date 30 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 30 Mar 2024

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A potent exploration of the power of blockchains to reshape the future of the internet—and how that affects us all—from influential technology entrepreneur and startup investor Chris Dixon

“A must for anyone who wants to better understand the real potential of blockchains and web3.”—Robert Iger, CEO, Disney

“A compelling vision of where the internet should go and how to get there.”—Sam Altman, co-founder, OpenAI

The internet of today is a far cry from its early promise of a decentralized, democratic network of innovation, connection, and freedom. In the past decade, it has fallen almost entirely under the control of a very small group of companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook. In Read Write Own, tech visionary Chris Dixon argues that the dream of an open network for fostering creativity and entrepreneurship doesn’t have to die and can, in fact, be saved with blockchain networks. He separates this movement, which aims to provide a solid foundation for everything from social networks to artificial intelligence to virtual worlds, from cryptocurrency speculation—a distinction he calls “the computer vs. the casino.”
 
With lucid and compelling prose—drawing from a twenty-five-year career in the software industry—Dixon shows how the internet has undergone three distinct eras, bringing us to the critical moment we’re in today. The first was the “read” era, in which early networks democratized information. In the “read-write” era, corporate networks democratized publishing. We are now in the midst of the “read-write-own” era, sometimes called web3, in which blockchain networks are granting power and economic benefits to communities of users, not just corporations.
 
Read Write Own is a must-read for anyone—internet users, business leaders, creators, entrepreneurs—who wants to understand where we’ve been and where we’re going. It provides a vision for a better internet and a playbook to navigate and build the future.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A potent exploration of the power of blockchains to reshape the future of the internet—and how that affects us all—from influential technology entrepreneur and startup...

Advance Praise

“Chris Dixon’s Read Write Own is a must for anyone who wants to better understand the real potential of blockchains and web3 to drive even greater innovation, inspire more imaginative thinking, and ultimately unlock new growth opportunities in the future.”

–Bob Iger, CEO, Disney

“Read this book to understand a compelling vision of where the internet should go and how to get there.”

–Sam Altman, CEO, OpenAI

“Unfortunately, the noise has overwhelmed the signal in the crypto industry over the last five years. Chris takes on the challenge and succeeds at explaining just how crypto technology is what’s important to our technological future and how we all can benefit, much like we have from the Internet. I would encourage all regulators and crypto nay-sayers around the world to read this book.”

–Mark Cuban, Shark Tank; Dallas Mavericks

"This is a pivotal moment for the internet. Chris Dixon's fascinating book offers a refreshing and radical new take at a time when we need fresh thinking more than ever."

–Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder & CEO, Inflection; co-founder, DeepMind; author of New York Times bestseller The Coming Wave: Technology, Power, and the 21st Century's Greatest Dilemma

"If you want to read the smartest, sharpest, and most balanced take on how blockchains could revolutionize our world, Chris Dixon's Read Write Own is the best place to go."

–Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics, George Mason University; author, The Great Stagnation, co-author, Modern Principles of Economics

“Chris Dixon has always been someone who sees the future with clarity and practicality. He does this once again in Read Write Own making the case for blockchain technology as the fundamental building block of the future and clearly laying out where the internet is going.”

–John Donahoe, CEO, Nike

"I love this book: the history, the insights, the optimism. Dixon does a brilliant job of explaining where the internet went wrong, but does an even better job explaining how to make things right. It's a superb vision for a future decentralized internet that can return control and power to individuals. Every page has important arguments about how blockchains can make technology more democratic, just, and trustworthy."

– Nicholas Thompson, CEO, Atlantic; former editor, NewYorker.com

“Whether you’re already interested in crypto or just curious about blockchains, web3, & the future of the internet — this is THE definitive book about the industry and beyond. Chris Dixon has inspired me with his vision for years, and now others get to experience that clear vision in Read Write Own.”

—Emilie Choi, President and Chief Operating Officer, Coinbase

“Chris Dixon is a visionary, and the vision he sets forth this book is all about democratizing the internet. It’s relevant to anyone, but is especially important for creators today. 100% recommend.”

–Rob McElhenney, co-creator, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia; creator, Mythic Quest; co-founder and chairman, Adim; Welcome to Wrexham

“Dixon elucidates how blockchain networks could facilitate a democratisation of financial and economic systems. Far from the casino culture built on crypto’s excesses, Dixon argues blockchains have the potential to create a new class of public goods, wider participation in the governance of global infrastructures, and a redistribution of power away from dominant firms.”

–Azeem Azhar, Exponential View; Bloomberg Originals Exponentially with Azeem Azhar

“This book changed my mind. It’s a clear manifesto for redeeming the internet, and making it the democratic platform we all want. The hero in this story is a second generation of blockchain, tamed from its earlier excesses as speculative coins, and remade into a way for everyone to own what they make online. It’s the best positive case for crypto I’ve seen.”

–Kevin Kelly, founding editor Wired; author, What Technology Wants, The Inevitable


“Chris Dixon’s Read Write Own is a must for anyone who wants to better understand the real potential of blockchains and web3 to drive even greater innovation, inspire more imaginative thinking, and...


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