Peter Kafka

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Why Netflix Won (And Why Digital Music Start-Ups Can't)

Here’s a good coda to last week’s “digital music start-ups are screwed/no they’re not” debate: A concise explanation of the Netflix digital success story, via Venrock’s David Pakman. Key insight: A really big check solves a lot of problems. Unstated corollary: Netflix can write a really big check because consumers place a much higher value on TV + movies than on music: They’ll pay $9 a month for limited access to video but not $10 a month for unlimited tunes.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik