#128 - How the world went wild for Wordle | Curio

#128 - How the world went wild for Wordle

16 mins | Jan 20, 2022

Today's episode from 20th January 2022. We all know the names Jobs, Musk and Bezos, but do you know who the billion-dollar risk takers are behind their brands? We take a look at a new book charting the history and delving into the personalities of the venture capitalists responsible for some of the biggest companies today. Then later, tiny grey, yellow and green coloured grids are popping up on everyone's social media feeds but why has the world gone wild for Worldle? We take a look at how this humble head-scratcher has everyone hooked. How did the venture capital industry trigger the tech revolution? More attention has focused on the entrepreneurs who remade the world with technology than the billion-dollar risk-takers who powered it. In The Financial Times, John Gapper reviews Sebastian Mallaby’s “The Power Law” and finds a sweeping history of a venture capital revolution that tells an undercovered tale. It's a humble internet word game that went from only 90 players a day to more than 2 million in a matter of months. It's no surprise that yet another satisfying puzzle game has gone viral, however, unlike the rampant commercialism surrounding the others, its lack of advertising sets it apart. For The Financial Times, Janine Gibson explores what makes such a simple game so endearing. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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