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This song feels like Easter. Much love to our family and friends.  

A simple explanation of the Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange. 

Just finished Monument Valley — a beautiful puzzle game designed by Malmö, London, and NYC based studio USTWO.

This title is a piece of art as much as it is a game. Lead Ida, the silent princess, through 10 architectural labyrinths full of color, delicate sounds, and illusion. The puzzles are challenging, but not frustrating allowing you to fully take in the experience and adventure.

Highly recommended for all players of any age.

#Homescreen2014 →

Great hack and insights into how people use their phones by @brothwick and the Betawork team.

These mobile devices are swiftly becoming, for most people, their primary computing experience, and the homescreens are the hubs of primary navigation for users. Yet, as this analysis confirms, its a misnomer to call these devices smartphones. The phone is an app — these are computing devices. This sample data says to me that as users move their primary computing experience to a smartdevice, it’s opening up opportunities for startups to re-define those experiences. Call it mobile first, mobile product design or unbundling — app user after user and developers alike are seeking to re-define computing by building products and services that are powered by smartdevices, are data rich, cloud-connected and as simple as possible.

I’m not much of a church goer, but this is one epic Gospel jam. 

Listen to this podcast and learn something about tech in China.

China and Tech by a16z

#chinatech

Andreessen Horowitz Raises New Fund | Andreessen Horowitz →

But perhaps most importantly, we are seeing many new companies build “full stack” startups (to use the metaphor my partner, Chris Dixon, describes here). Instead of just owning part of the stack — for example, licensing their technology for another company to embed in its end-user product — more companies today are integrating the service, end-to-end and at scale. These entrepreneurs care enough about all aspects of their product/service that they want (or need) to innovate in all the areas that touch it. These companies aren’t just controlling a better end-user experience for their customers — they’re potentially bypassing legacy constraints altogether.

Oculus

Facebook bought Oculus Rift today for $2 billion – what does it mean?

I first saw Oculus Rift in action a few month ago at Launch Festival. The picture below shows a player wearing the Oculus VR headset connected to a custom treadmill and gun. The screen on the left shows the game and what the player sees. When the player runs on the treadmill he runs in the game. We he pull the trigger his character shoots in the game. 

I didn’t get to try myself, but I could tell the player was immersed. At one point I took a few steps closer … the player had the gun pointed just a few inches from my head and didn’t even notice. Literally IN THE GAME.

Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus made me scratch my head. Interesting that they would buy a hardware company. What does VR have to do with social networking? 

But then again imagine meeting your Facebook friend/family member from across the world in a virtual environment of your choice and having a conversation face-to-face. That would be pretty special. Is this where Facebook is heading?

Fred Wilson says this is the search for the next platform after mobile. He’s probably right and Facebook is betting on what could be the next big thing.

Anyone have an Oculus? I want to try.

The Back to the Future Arbitrage of Silicon Valley and what it will take to beat it | blog maverick →

Living in the European startup ecosystem I hear a lot of talk about what startup hubs here need to do to compete with Silicon Valley. This is Mark Cuban’s take on the subject. Here’s the money quote: 

So if you want your new tech corridor to play in the big leagues with Silicon Valley and its VCs , don’t stress about capital for entrepreneurs to create companies. Stress about capital that will buy  provide exits for companies  or that can get them to a liquidity creating IPO.

a16z Podcast: The State of the Bitcoin Ecosystem, and a Theory on Satoshi by a16z

Marc Andreessen interview at Stanford Business School.  

Fine art conveyancing - an interesting application of the Bitcoin protocol

Page 64 of the Coindesk Bitcoin Report (see my last post) caught my eye as it laid out other interesting uses of Bitcoin Technology and the bockchain such as: smart contracts, smart property, and notary services. 

Keep in mind Bitcoin the currency is only one application - albeit the most important one - built on top of the Bitcoin protocol.

Take art conveyancing - the service of preparing legal documents for the transfer of ownership for a work of art from one individual or business to another. This service typically cost the buyer 10 - 15% of the art work’s price.

Building art conveyancing on top of the Bitcoin protocol we could provide a faster and more secure service at a fraction of the cost.  

The definitive Bitcoin report

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Iconic is a new icon system for the web which takes the most powerful features of SVG icons and exposes them via a bit of JavaScript. You can style the icons with CSS (even just parts of the icon) or change icon properties using simple data attributes (like which way an arrow is pointing). They’re also responsive—so the icons are automatically simplified at smaller sizes. The package is $99 for a pro license and $49 for personal use.

9-bits:

Iconic is a new icon system for the web which takes the most powerful features of SVG icons and exposes them via a bit of JavaScript. You can style the icons with CSS (even just parts of the icon) or change icon properties using simple data attributes (like which way an arrow is pointing). They’re also responsive—so the icons are automatically simplified at smaller sizes. The package is $99 for a pro license and $49 for personal use.