Power-Laws

Tomorrow’s Advance Man – Marc Andreessen’s plan to win the future.

Big profile of @Pmarca in The New Yorker last weekend:

“…I’ve been totally determined to be on the other side of that dynamic by being here, because success in software follows a power-law distribution. It’s not Coke and Pepsi and a bunch of others; it’s winner take all. Second prize is a set of steak knives, and third prize is you’re fired.”  – Marc Andreessen

Every company is becoming a tech/software company these days. What people are ignoring is that software markets have a tendency to become winner-take-all or winner-takes-most markets. Traditional Michael Porter style “competing” doesn’t necessarily transfer.

Mediocristan vs. Extremistan