This is the 13th episode of 16 Minutes, our weekly-ish news show where we quickly cover the top headlines of the week, the a16z Podcast way: what’s real, what’s hype from our vantage point in tech. This week, we cover the following news — with a16z experts general partner Connie Chan and D’arcy Coolican from the consumer team, and former CSO/ a16z security operating partner Joel de la Garza — in conversation with Sonal Chokshi:
- OK Boomer meme and meaning — What makes this meme news, given current and coming tech trends around meme-to-merchandise, ecommerce, video, app design, the future of social… and the overall zeitgeist between generations and cultural transitions?
- fraud in gaming microtransactions/ trading — Is money laundering really happening through gaming microtransactions? What to make of Valve’s recent restriction that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive container keys cannot be traded or sold on the Steam marketplace because they are now “believed to be fraud-sourced” by worldwide fraud networks?
Relevant/ related links:
- on Ok Boomer:
- on ecommerce as video’s killer app by Connie Chan & Avery Segal
- on short-form video and the rise of AI-based consumer apps by Connie Chan
- on when advertising isn’t enough, and the shift from “eyeballs” to “wallets” by Connie Chan
- on design by livestream (as well as other trends from China) by Connie Chan
- on memes and livestreaming in China with Connie Chan, Christina Xu, and Sonal Chokshi
- on the rise of the super app by Connie Chan
- on gaming economies:
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