I was very excited to get this book since Steve Case announced he was working on it. I started following Steve in 2012 when I read about the startup years of AOL. As many of you know, he co-founded the company back in 1991.
Since then, I was impressed by his work on Startup America, his VC fund Revolution, and even if it sounds trivial, I became a loyal follower when I realized we share the same birthday (August 21st).
THE THIRD WAVE is an excellent book that will give you perspective on the past, current, and future status of the tech revolution. As soon as I started reading, I couldn’t put it off until I finished it.
Steve divides the tech entrepreneurial movement into three waves. The first wave, when the Internet was built; the second wave, when we built apps and social networks on top of it; and now the third wave, when we’re bringing the Internet to everything else in our world.
The Third Wave entrepreneurs are those who are working on disrupting transportation, health care, education, food, energy, and other areas of our lives as a community.
My personal take from the book is understanding Case’s perspective of the role the government should have in this new future. As entrepreneurs, we often dismiss the public sector as the bureaucratic nightmare ought to slow us down. We forget that we need to take on an active role to make change happen.
It’s such a treat to read Steve Case’s stories from the AOL years and how people refused to believe the Internet would become a thing. Back when people referred to it as “the information superhighway,” there was a lot of skepticism about whether or not people would want to get online at their homes.
However, this book is not stuck in the past. It’s a manifesto for the future of America and the rest of the world. Steve uses his experience and stories to provide a vision of a better tomorrow for all of us.
Not only The Third Wave will help you understand what will come next, but Steve Case will also inspire you to be part of it. I’m sure we will look back to it in a few decades and understand he saw with great accuracy what we needed to address.