The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision Of The Future

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The #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller from Steve Case—the co-founder of AOL—presents “a compelling roadmap for the future…that can help us make sense of the technological changes reshaping our economy and the world. A fascinating read” (Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and founder of

Steve Case—a pioneer who made the Internet part of everyday life—was on the leading edge of a revolution in 1985 when he co-founded AOL, the first Internet company to go public and the most successful business of the 1990s. Back then Case was an entrepreneur in an industry that hadn’t really been invented yet, but he had a sense how dramatically the Internet would transform business and society. In The Third Wave, he uses his insights garnered from nearly four decades of working as an innovator, investor, and businessman to argue the importance of entrepreneurship and to chart a path for future innovators.

We are entering, as Case explains, the “Third Wave” of the Internet. The first wave saw AOL and other companies lay the foundation for consumers to connect to the Internet. The second wave saw companies like Google and Facebook build on top of the Internet to create search and social networking capabilities, while apps like Snapchat and Instagram leveraged the smartphone revolution. Now, Case argues, we’re entering the Third Wave: a period in which entrepreneurs will vastly transform major “real world” sectors such as health, education, transportation, energy, and food—and in the process change the way we live our daily lives.

Part memoir, part manifesto, and part playbook for the future, The Third Wave explains the ways in which newly emerging technology companies will have to rethink their relationships with customers, with competitors, and with governments; and offers advice for how entrepreneurs can make winning business decisions and strategies—and how all of us can make sense of this ever-changing digital age.


  • ThirdWave 01 Title

    Duration: 31s
  • ThirdWave 02 Foreword

    Duration: 07min
  • ThirdWave 03 Preface

    Duration: 11min
  • ThirdWave 04 Ch1

    Duration: 27min
  • ThirdWave 05 Ch2

    Duration: 23min
  • ThirdWave 06 Ch3

    Duration: 22min
  • ThirdWave 07 Ch4

    Duration: 19min
  • ThirdWave 08 Ch5

    Duration: 19min
  • ThirdWave 09 Ch6

    Duration: 12min
  • ThirdWave 10 Ch7

    Duration: 26min
  • ThirdWave 11 Ch8

    Duration: 12min
  • ThirdWave 12 Ch9

    Duration: 50min
  • ThirdWave 13 Ch10

    Duration: 32min
  • ThirdWave 14 Ch11

    Duration: 34min
  • ThirdWave 15 Ch12

    Duration: 26min
  • ThirdWave 16 Acknowledgements

    Duration: 10min
  • ThirdWave 17 Credits

    Duration: 01min