a16z Video: Why the Next Big Thing Will Look Like a Toy

watch time: 4 minutes

a16z General Partner Chris Dixon walks us through why the next big thing in technology often starts off looking like a toy, illustrating the core idea behind Clay Christensen’s landmark work, The Innovator’s Dilemma. So what are the key factors in determining whether something is truly transformative — like the phone, the internet — or IS just a toy?

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