The Third Wave: Summary Review

This is a summary review of The Third Wave containing key details about the book.

What is The Third Wave About?

In The Third Wave, the author uses his insights garnered from nearly four decades of working as an innovator, investor, and businessperson to chart a path for future visionaries. From his position as an investor in start-ups like Zipcar and LivingSocial, Case predicts the future of the economy and describes what he calls the "Third Wave of the Internet". AOL and other companies introduced early consumers to the Internet in the first wave; search giants such as Google and companies such as Apple have led us into the second wave, the app economy; and the third wave will be "the Internet of things", in which every experience, product, and service will be transacted online. Using his own experience and examples from companies he's invested in, he lays out a vision for the future of success in a disrupted age.

Who is the author of The Third Wave?

Stephen McConnell Case is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist best known as the former chief executive officer and chairman of America Online.

How long is The Third Wave?

  • Print length: 240 pages

What genre is The Third Wave?

Business, Nonfiction, Entrepreneurship

What are good quotes from The Third Wave?

“The Stone Age didn’t end because we ran out of stone. It ended because we invented something better.”

“Third Wave technology will also change how we measure success in the classroom. What good is an annual standardized test, after all, once teachers and parents can get detailed reports with a wide range of metrics, comparing their students on a regular basis to others in their class or school or state? In this way, big data on individual students will do for education what standardized testing never quite could: bring quantitative precision to a qualitative learning process.”

“The entrepreneurs of this era are going to challenge the biggest industries in the world, and those that most affect our daily lives.”

― Steve Case, The Third Wave
 

What are the chapters in The Third Wave?

Chapter 1: A Winding Path
Chapter 2: Getting America Online
Chapter 3: The Third Wave
Chapter 4: Start Up, Speed up
Chapter 5: The Three P's
Chapter 6: Pardon the Disruption
Chapter 7: The Rise of the Rest
Chapter 8: Impact Investing
Chapter 9: A Matter of Trust
Chapter 10: The Visible Hand
Chapter 11: America Disrupted
Chapter 12: Ride the Wave

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