October 18, 2002 · Lessig
Dave’s valid call for more and different software to cycle us out of Andy Grove’s “Valley of Death” reminds me of a favorite interview that helped me write my last book. Marc Andreessen described the environment in which innovation flourished in the valley — when the platform for innovation was neutral, and innovators did not fear the power of others to crush their innovation. Power in the software market was Andreessen’s concern. Power in the content market drives much of Markoff’s. But the point in both cases is the same: give the past a veto over the future, and the future will be vetoed.
I don’t have the full interview typed up, but here’s the chapter from the book. Marc’s stuff begins on page 265.