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Chris Dixon: Building the Next Era of the Internet

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Is it time for a vision of a better internet with a playbook to build the future?

The internet of today is a far cry from its early promise of a decentralized, democratic network of innovation, connection and freedom. In the past decade, it has fallen almost entirely under the control of a very small group of companies like Apple, Google and Facebook. In Read Write Own, tech visionary Chris Dixon argues that the dream of an open network for fostering creativity and entrepreneurship doesn’t have to die and can, in fact, be saved with blockchain networks. He separates this movement, which aims to provide a solid foundation for everything from social networks to artificial intelligence to virtual worlds, from cryptocurrency speculation—a distinction he calls “the computer vs. the casino.”

With lucid and compelling prose—drawing from a 25-year career in the software industry—Dixon shows how the internet has undergone three distinct eras, bringing us to the critical moment we’re in today. The first was the “read” era, in which early networks democratized information. In the “read-write” era, corporate networks democratized publishing. We are now in the midst of the “read-write-own” era, sometimes called web3, in which blockchain networks are granting power and economic benefits to communities of users, not just corporations.

Join us to hear Dixon share his message for internet users, business leaders, creators, entrepreneurs—anyone who wants to understand where we’ve been and where we’re going.

Dixon founded and leads a16z crypto, a division of the firm that he has grown from $300 million in 2018 to more than $7 billion of committed capital dedicated to investing in crypto and web3 technologies.


This program was rescheduled from February 12, 2024.

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Tue, Mar 19 / 6:00 PM PDT

Commonwealth Club World Affairs of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Chris Dixon

General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz; Author, Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet; X @cdixon

Moderator TBA


5:30 p.m. doors open & check-in
6–7 p.m. program
7 p.m. book signing
(all times Pacific)


$15 members
$25 nonmembers
$46 members with a book
$56 nonmembers with a book
Free for students and Leadership Circle members 
Free for members
$10 nonmembers
$31 members with a book
$41 nonmembers with a book
Free for students and Leadership Circle members