Thursday, 19 July 2012

What does a world of platforms look like?

So the tech world is one of Empires and City-States.

The City-States are the individual success stories. The ones who've built a better mousetrap, beaten the opposition to the punch, moved through the IPO and are now set fair on the public markets. They make up the ecosystems.

These ecosystems revolve around vast platforms - the Empires of the tech world. City-States pay them tribute. Citizens pay them taxes. They sit vast, plutocratic, a law unto themselves.

But the empires constantly battle each other. Often they fight themselves to a standstill. Sometimes they wage proxy battles via City-States. Sometimes they swallow City-States whole and grind them to dust.

The important thing to remember is this is not a world at peace.

It is a world at war.

Hopefully I'll be able to bring you some dispatches from the frontline...

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