We take computing power for granted today.
That’s because computers are literally everywhere around us. And thanks to advances in technology and manufacturing, the cost of producing semiconductors is so low that we’ve even started turning things like toys and streetlights into computers.
But how and where did this familiar new era start?
The History of Computer Science
Today’s infographic comes to us from Computer Science Zone
, and it describes the journey of how we got to today’s tech-oriented consumer society.
It may surprise you to learn that the humble and abstract groundwork of what we now call computer science goes all the way back to the beginning of the 18th century.
Incredibly, the history of computing goes all the way back to a famous mathematician named Gottfried Wilhem Leibniz.
Leibniz, a polymath living in the Holy Roman Empire in an area that is now modern-day Germany, was quite
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For decades, the world’s top athletes have competed in illustrious tournaments such as The Masters or the Tour de France.
People tune in from all over to see these athletes in peak form, and tournaments rake in cash from media rights, advertisements, sponsorships, merchandise, and also the live event itself. In turn, these competitions offer millions of dollars in prize pools for the participants.
But what if there was a new type of sport that upped the ante?
While sport purists might scoff at the idea of any type of competition involving video games – the numbers speak for themselves. The realm of eSports already has tournaments that pack stadiums, offering bigger
prize pools than either the Tour de France or The Masters.
And soon, eSports will be a billion dollar business with a global audience of over 300 million fans.
The Booming Business of eSports
Today’s infographic comes to
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In your everyday life, a minute might not seem like much.
But when it comes to the vast scale of the internet, a minute of time goes much further than you ever could have imagined. That’s because the internet has a degree of scale that our linear human brains are unaccustomed to operating on.
An Internet Minute in 2018
Today’s infographic is from Lori Lewis and Chadd Callahan of Cumulus Media
, and it shows the activity taking place on various platforms such as Facebook or Google in each 60 second span.
It really helps put an internet minute in perspective.
Just a Minute, Please
The numbers for these services are so enormous that they can only be shown using the 60 second time scale.
Any bigger, and our brains can’t even process these massive quantities in any useful capacity. Here are just a few key numbers scaled to a
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For any ambitious startup founder, the traditional route to funding goes through angel/seed investors and then eventually to the big venture capitalists.
The sophisticated players in this funding landscape make significant amounts of dough by spotting game-changing opportunities in their early stages, and then applying their insights, connections, and experience to these startups to make them financially viable. Finally, they guide the successful company to an exit, take their returns, and then distribute to the partners.
But what if startups, especially those related to the blockchain, were able to raise money from everyone simultaneously? What if the traditional gatekeepers didn’t matter as much?
ICOs vs. Venture
Last year, it became clear that Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) would start to challenge traditional venture capital, as funding raised through them exploded by over 20x.
Today’s infographic from Vanbex Ventures
shows key statistics around this phenomenon, as well as the evolving reception from
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From the beginnings of General Motors Acceptance Corporation to the introduction of the Diner’s Club charge card, the history of credit
has been filled with game-changing innovations.
Today, new innovations in tech are continuing to shape the consumer credit industry – and with U.S. consumer debt sitting at $13 trillion, these changes could play a role in impacting how consumers access credit both today and in the future.
The Modern Credit Landscape
Today’s infographic comes to us from Equifax
, and it gives a snapshot of modern credit as well as a perspective on how new technologies such as trended and alternative data are changing the landscape.
It’s the second part of our ongoing three-part series on credit:
Credit scores play a massive component of consumer life, and they are used to gauge creditworthiness for big purchases ranging from homes to launching a business.
Interestingly, how this scoring works
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Tesla is currently stuck in “production hell” with Model 3 delays, as Elon Musk describes it.
But Winston Churchill had a great quote about facing what seems like insurmountable adversity: “If you’re going through hell, keep going”. This is certainly a maxim that Musk and Tesla will need to live by in order to realize the company’s longstanding mission, which is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.
Rise of Tesla: The Future Vision (Part 3 of 3)
Today’s giant infographic comes to us from Global Energy Metals
, and it is the final part of our three-part Rise of Tesla Series
, which is a definitive source for everything you ever wanted to know about the company.
Part 3 shows Elon Musk’s future vision, and what it holds for the company once it can get past current production issues.
To understand Tesla’s ambitions for the future, you need
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The idea of using modern tech to transform the multi-trillion dollar healthcare industry has been around for a long time.
In 1996, legendary Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jim Clark launched his third startup, Healtheon, which was focused on what he called the “Magic Diamond”. The diamond represented the $1.5 healthcare market in the U.S. and its shape came from the doctors, providers, payers, and consumers slotted into the four outer points.
In the middle of the diamond, Clark had placed his new company Healtheon, which he expected to profit immensely from connecting the healthcare world together with the internet.
Before Its Time?
Healtheon had a successful IPO in the middle of the Dotcom bubble, but it never was able to truly achieve its bold and original vision. As signals mounted that Dotcom stocks would implode, the fledgling company merged with WebMD in 1999.
Despite the fate of Healtheon, the
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This Chart Reveals Google’s True Dominance Over the Web
The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays.
Yes, we all know that Google is dominant in the realm of search.
But at the same time, the internet is also a huge place – and building a decent searching algorithm can’t be that hard
This week’s chart is a bit mind-boggling, because it makes the case that Google is even more dominant than you may have guessed. Between all Google features and the search giant’s YouTube subsidiary, more than 90% of all internet searches are taking place through the company.
The Hard Data
According to Jumpshot
), a marketing analytics firm that licenses anonymous ClickStream data from hundreds of millions of users, about 62.6% of all searches online are through Google’s core function.
But that’s just the beginning, as that number
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In the original whitepaper, Satoshi Nakamoto envisioned Bitcoin as a peer-to-peer version of electronic cash that would facilitate transactions without the oversight on a trustworthy, centralized party.
Since then, cryptocurrency has surged in popularity as an asset class – and Bitcoin is now just one of many digital currencies out there. Investment has poured into the sector because many see the blockchain as an important foundational technology for the future, and it’s also gained traction for speculative reasons.
However, strictly from a payments perspective, certain issues have cropped up since the original Bitcoin vision was outlined, and they’ve ultimately prevented crypto from receiving mainstream adoption as a currency for day-to-day transactions.
What are these obstacles, and how will they be overcome?
The Retail Opportunity
Today’s infographic comes to us from NetCents
, and it highlights the growing acceptance of cryptocurrency by retailers and a willingness for consumers to consider using
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To build a successful and enduring company, you need more than just hype, publicity, or impressive fundraising skills.
Ultimately it all boils down to one simple principle: you must have a product that solves a pressing problem, and then the right amount of paying customers to make the math work.
Today’s infographic comes to us from Point Nine Capital
, and it highlights five basic revenue models that startups can use to achieve $100 million in annual revenue.
The take home message here is that to build a long-term business, a team must implement a realistic strategy that considers multiple factors including product-market fit, user acquisition, pricing, and revenue per user.
Are you hunting flies, or are you trying to hunt elephants?
Just like in real life, these things require very different strategies and tactics. To build a $100 million revenue per year company, you’ll need to have
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Part of the appeal of cryptocurrency is that it exists “outside” of the system.
Using complex cryptography and decentralized ledgers, a blockchain can operate independently from the world’s most powerful countries, corporations, and banking institutions.
While this detachment from authority is extremely powerful, existing almost exclusively in the digital realm does have its drawbacks.
Preventing Crypto Theft
Today’s infographic from CryptoGo
shows that as cryptocurrencies rise in prominence, so does its appeal to hackers, criminals, and other bad actors.
With millions of dollars being stolen via crypto theft, investors and other dabblers in cryptocurrency must take precautions to protect their assets for the long haul.
Crypto theft comes in many different forms, and at least $225 million of cryptocurrency has been stolen as of mid-2017.
There are various forms of crypto theft that have made this possible, including brute forcing, phishing, phone-porting, mining malware, and Ponzi schemes.