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Friday 3 April 2020


Tech in 2020: Standing on the shoulders of giants

Benedict Evans

Every year, Benedict produce a presentation digging into macro and strategic trends in the tech industry.

This year’s report, Standing on the shoulders of giants, asks what the Next Big Thing will be, now that 4 billion people have a smartphone, everyone is willing to do anything online and mobile is boring.

The internet has expanded from commodity e-commerce and advertising to transforming much broader parts of the economy for many more people. Meanwhile, we wonder about cars, VR, smart home, machine learning and crypto as future trends. 

What happens when everyone is online? When we connected everyone, we connected the bad people as well – now that the internet has become an integral part of society, it reflects and amplifies all of society’s problems.

Join this dial-in to hear Benedict’s views.

Benedict Evans

Benedict has spent 20 years analysing mobile, digital media and technology, in investment banking, at Orange and NBC Universal, in strategy consulting and most recently in venture capital at Andreessen Horowitz in Silicon Valley.

He is now an independent analyst based in London.

Tech will become a regulated industry… somehow, but we have no consensus on how, or what that would even mean, as every major economy starts trying to create its own rules for a global medium.