OpenID is not a panacea

And it won’t solve all, or even most, of the identity issues that have stymied progress to date.

But it is a good attempt at just making something happen that’s real and that kicks off the conversation.

Importantly, it’s built on a foundation that, like BitTorrent, will reward net positive behavior as determined by its general constituency.

Most importanly is that it captures one’s imagination and allows you to dream unfettered by convention, economics or the bottom line. It does essentially one thing, does it well enough, and, in the right hands or cirumstances can contribute to the unearthing of brilliance.

Author: Chris Messina

Head of West Coast Business Development at Republic. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Hashtag inventor. Previously: (YC W18), Uber, Google.

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