The Importance of Institutional Redundancy

Every system built by a single institution has points of failure that can bring the entire system down.  Even in organizations that have tried hard for internal redundancy – for example, Google and Amazon have extremely distributed infrastructures – there will always be system-wide shared components, architectures, or assumptions that are flawed.  The only way to guarantee there aren’t is to set up completely separate, competing organizations – in other words, new institutions.

 

(Full Post: http://cdixon.org/2009/11/20/the-importance-of-institutional-redundancy/)


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Chris Dixon

Chris Dixon is an investor at Andreessen Horowitz. He was previously the Co-Founder/CEO of Hunch, Co-Founder of Founder Collective, and Co-Founder/CEO of SiteAdvisor.

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