08/21/2011

The Outlines of a Post-Industrial Global Economy Emerging

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I agree with Marc Andreessen, venture capitalist, investor, and co-creator of Mosaic and then Netscape that software apps and broadband access worldwide is going to drive the economy. The old order economy is being disrupted, and will continue to be, and I think I buy into his contention that Wall Street undervalues technology companies and stock.

Six decades into the computer revolution, four decades since the invention of the microprocessor, and two decades into the rise of the modern Internet, all of the technology required to transform industries through software finally works and can be widely delivered at global scale.

Over two billion people now use the broadband Internet, up from perhaps 50 million a decade ago, when I was at Netscape, the company I co-founded. In the next 10 years, I expect at least five billion people worldwide to own smartphones, giving every individual with such a phone instant access to the full power of the Internet, every moment of every day.

On the back end, software programming tools and Internet-based services make it easy to launch new global software-powered start-ups in many industries—without the need to invest in new infrastructure and train new employees. In 2000, when my partner Ben Horowitz was CEO of the first cloud computing company, Loudcloud, the cost of a customer running a basic Internet application was approximately $150,000 a month. Running that same application today in Amazon’s cloud costs about $1,500 a month.

via Marc Andreessen on Why Software Is Eating the World – WSJ.com.