The world as tech and manifestation

a16z – “Platforms vs Verticals and the Next Great Unbundling”

Schopenhauer’s famous thesis is predicated on a will that is at the core of everything, surrounded by concentric shells, which are directly or indirectly representations of it.

The World As Will And Representation

The schema can manifest itself in different areas, not always literally, one of which I think is in technology and its evolving forms in products…

which are ingredients of networks… that in turn shape platform elements… particularly as network and product dimensions multiply.


The varying representations in this case evolve, grow, diminish, combine, disintegrate… much like this might occur in biological forms…

but there remains a core, a structural foundation, which defines the limits and the possibilities… like a will that is at the root of what sequentially follows.