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Messaging, the Block Chain and Other Next Big Things

My friend Jason Hirschhorn, the CEO of media aggregator REDEF, asked me to talk about trends I am seeing in the technology industry during a recent dinner we hosted for media and finance leaders in New York.

These ideas aren’t fully baked, but they’re a taste of the under-the-radar themes I am hearing about around Silicon Valley. We’d love to hear from you all—and our new contributors—about what you would add to the list.

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As of a few months ago, I started hearing a lot more excitement around the concept of the “block chain,” or the transaction database that contains a record of every Bitcoin bought and sold. I am starting to hear about “block chain companies” for other areas, like advertising.