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8VC Resources Overview

Over the past several years we have written dozens of essays on a variety of topics ranging from our investment theses and macroeconomic analyses to character studies and philosophical musings.

Though we sometimes release essays commenting on current trends in Silicon Valley or announcing new hires or projects at 8VC, more often we describe the lessons we’ve learned about how to build successful startups, the intricacies of VC-entrepreneur relations, and principles of leadership and good governance. At the other end of the spectrum we write a variety of pieces on policy issues including transportation, education, and regulatory state.

The Coming Transformation

July 2012

This paper discusses the present age of creative destruction. New technologies will disrupt major industries, creating a large transfer of wealth and power in the global economy.

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The Smart Enterprise Wave

January 2013

This paper describes the urgent need and unprecedented opportunity for Smart Enterprise platforms to enable app-driven innovation and disrupt large, old-line industries. There exist a variety of network effects and winner-take-all dynamics during this one-time event in which the original, closed technology infrastructure in these industries is opened up, and upgraded to leverage big data.

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The Future of Labor pt. I - Keynes

January 2017

This is the first installment in a two part series. Here we unpack the philosophical and evolutionary assumptions at work in the debate over technological unemployment. In Future of Labor II, we will discuss the economics of new job creation and chart several industries of the future which will create employment opportunities for American workers.

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A Deficit of Leadership

August 2016

In this essay we discuss leadership and a serious cultural issue: the failure of Silicon Valley to train world-class leaders.

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Lessons from Peter Thiel

April 2010

These lessons summarize what Joe Lonsdale learned from working over many years with Peter Thiel, a chairman and founder of Palantir.

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Healthcare IT Thesis

March 2018

The healthcare industry is one of the pillars of the American economy. National healthcare expenditures account for nearly 20% of GDP, or three trillion dollars.

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The Latest from Our Blog

Why health IT has under-delivered, and how we can recover the promise of the 2010s.

What happened to the future of healthcare?

We all saw the empty aisles and mad rush to grab that last roll of toilet paper on grocery shelves this past week.

People will demand more goods. And the quickest and most flexible way to move things is on trucks.

How COVID-19 is impacting the freight industry (and what we can do to move supplies faster)

The life of application developers in today’s cloud-native world has been profoundly affected by two conceptual developments: containers and microservices. These have led to the creation and maturation of orchestration engines, which offer software developers more simplicity, velocity, reliability and agility in launching and managing cloud-first applications.

Kubernetes: A Love Story

American society mythologizes great inventors and celebrates the “stroke of genius”. But profound ideas are usually the result of incremental and often painstaking progress on hard technical problems. Entrepreneurs must rapidly prototype, test their products against the market to determine if they’re addressing real challenges, and develop profitable business models, all at the same time.

How to Reboot the Trucking Industry

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