And to the extent that our minds still perceive the Internet as an extension of offline things, we will fail to see its most revolutionary possibilities.
I already knew people wanted to sell the stuff in their attic or send money to other people before eBay or PayPal came along, because the offline world had already invented garage sales and Western Union.
In the past, success relied heavily on whether an entrepreneur could move an offline experience online better than someone else.
I am intrigued by what we have built the Internet to do that has no offline corollary.
And I think that helps explain why no one quite foresaw the rise of the Internet: because it doesn't have an offline corollary of its own.
I can't think of anything offline to compare it to.
This has no offline corollary and is economically empowering to so many people. 5. eBay and reallocating existing goods. eBay is actually a little like direct trade.
But sometimes it is hard to tell them apart when we don't have an offline frame of reference.
We are at the point, finally, where we are seeing uses of the Internet that have no offline corollary.