wikipediaThought experiment: 1. Wikipedia is available to approximately 5 billion people globally (or will be soon). 2. The Print version of Encyclopedia Britannica costs $1,400 per copy. So does the existence of Wikipedia, (economic GDP value = ~zero), add 5B * $1,400 = $7 trillion of new wealth to the world?

Corollary: Are Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales) and colleagues the biggest monetary impact philanthropists ever? Does this leave JDRockefeller and WHGates in dust?

Source: Andreessen’s Wikipedia thought experiment tweets – 1, 2, 3


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