Read Write Own

Read Write Own

Building the Next Era of the Internet

A potent exploration of the power of blockchains to reshape the future of the Internet—and how that affects us all—from highly influential entrepreneur and technology investor Chris Dixon

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Chris Dixon’s Read Write Own is a must for anyone who wants to better understand the real potential of blockchains and web3 to drive even greater innovation, inspire more imaginative thinking, and ultimately unlock new growth opportunities in the future.
— Bob Iger, CEO, Disney
Read this book to understand a compelling vision of where the internet should go and how to get there.
— Sam Altman, CEO, OpenAI
Chris Dixon has always been someone who sees the future with clarity and practicality.  He does this once again in Read Write Own, making the case for blockchain technology as the fundamental building block of the future and clearly laying out where the internet is going.
— John Donahoe, CEO, Nike
Chris takes on the challenge and succeeds at explaining just how crypto technology is what’s important to our technological future and how we all can benefit, much like we have from the internet. I would encourage all regulators and crypto nay-sayers around the world to read this book.
— Mark Cuban, Shark Tank; Dallas Mavericks
This book changed my mind. It’s a clear manifesto for redeeming the internet, and making it the democratic platform we all want. It’s the best positive case for crypto I’ve seen.
— Kevin Kelly, founding editor Wired; bestselling author of The Inevitable
A sharp-edged manifesto for ‘new networks with better architectures’—better because they’re free of corporate control.
Kirkus Reviews
Illuminating . . . Dixon’s detailed discussions add nuance to the oversimplified metaphors often used to describe blockchain . . . a stimulating overview of blockchain’s potential.
Publishers Weekly

about the author

Chris Dixon is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz (“a16z”), joining the venture capital firm in 2013, where he made early investments in Oculus (acquired by Facebook), Coinbase (which went public in 2021), and many other successful companies. Chris now leads a16z crypto, which he founded in 2018, and which now has over $7 billion in committed capital dedicated to crypto and web3 technologies—with investments ranging across applications such as decentralized finance and decentralized media, to infrastructure, social media, gaming, and more. He was ranked #1 on the Forbes Midas List in 2022.

Before joining a16z, Chris placed early bets on Kickstarter, Pinterest, Stack Overflow, and Stripe—all of which have products in wide use today. He had also previously co-founded and led two technology startups, SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee) and Hunch (acquired by eBay). Drawing from his first-hand observations, mental models, and experiences with startups and the internet industry, Chris was an early and prolific blogger (at and has been a long-time advocate for community-owned software and networks. He has contributed pieces on the future of the internet to Wired and history of computer science to The Atlantic—and has discussed (and debated) crypto and web3 on several popular podcasts including The Tim Ferriss Show, The Verge’s Decoder, The New York Times’s “Sway,” Invest Like the Best, and more.

Chris has Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees in Philosophy from Columbia University; an MBA from Harvard Business School; and started his career as a software developer. He lives in California and grew up in Ohio.

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