Happy close of 2017, Bitcoin reading tips & Tilda Swinton! ūüĆě ūüĆ≤ ūüćé ~ Online Highfliers Issue 43

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Hi and welcome to the 43rd Edition of this email.

I wish¬†you¬†happy¬†vibes from all you’ve achieved in¬†2017¬†and a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

Here in Melbourne it’s time to go surfing, have fun times¬†at the beach with friends, eat delicious food and enjoy travels.

This newsletter has easy learning ideas for you.

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Get Up To Speed With Bitcoin & Crypto’s.

After watching and reading loads¬†of¬†bitcoin,¬†blockchain, cryptocurrency, ethereum talks and posts, I’ve found “The Internet¬†of¬†Money” book written by Andreas M. Antonopoulos¬†the quickest, most engaging listen. It’ll take you from not understanding to really clever, easy-to-comprehend ideas.

If you’ve been thinking you need to learn about blockchain or have a twinkling¬†of¬†interest, there’s something there for you to uncover.

Here’s how you can listen to Andreas’ book for free:

1. Sign up with Audible to get your first book free for 30 days.

2. Login and use your free credit to purchase “The Internet¬†of¬†Money” written by Andreas M. Antonopoulos.

3. On your smartphone download the Audible app, login, then click the image¬†ofAndreas’ book to start downloading the book.

4. Grab your headphones and hit play. 4 hours 8 minutes straight will do it though I like to listen when I’m driving, walking, or while I’m doing something that doesn’t require much attention.

Let me know how you go.

Crypto’s to the end¬†of¬†2017.

With their wider utility, it’s great to see¬†increasing interest¬†in¬†Ethers. I’m interested to watch what happens with crypto values to the end¬†of¬†the¬†2017. Perhaps they’ll be in more holiday conversations and people may have time to setup online wallets and purchase.

Favourite Reads & Listens.

  • Excited to have started using web browser Brave, powered by BAT tokens, on my computer and iPhone. Less bugs than expected (still a few) though enjoying it as a alternative to¬†Chrome.

  • Nick Hand’s videos¬†are a calm, collected, usually fascinating watch. He has a respectful¬†and kind way¬†of¬†delving into the person he profiles. Impressive too as many¬†of¬†short films are gathered as Nick¬†rides his bike around countries.¬† I attended Nick’s Do Lectures video workshop in Wales and it was so good!¬†Next time¬†you‚Äôre in Bristol, visit him at¬†the Letterpress Collective.

  • Thinking¬†about a¬†cryptokitty? or buying a cryptopuppy?

  • Food¬†for thought on blockchain and the future. (thread)

  • Someone made it big on Bitcoin and is now giving¬†US$86M. Will you¬†apply? #pineapples!

Great online presence.

  • Delivering all the answers… this captivating¬†site¬†from Nick Jaffe helps you prepare your¬†adventure. Go stay!

  • Great tweets and replies from¬†Elon¬†about selling¬†hats to fund The¬†Boring Company ($20 per hat x¬†50,000 hats = $1 million). Last I checked he was at 42k and made a¬†Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy joke. So fun!¬†His twitter bio has me chuckling:

Bye!

~ Sam
RunwayDigital.com

 

 

P.S. As promised:

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Enjoy reading a variety of topics in past editions here.

Learn about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies via this prioritised list of 25+ links.

The extended list of great online presence is here and here.

Enjoy these fascinating audiobooks & podcasts.

Watch something fascinating (YouTube playlists are great).

Say ‘Hi’ on Instagram.

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Happy 2017, Big Art & Exceptional Work ūüď¨ ūüėĪ ūüėć ~ Online Highfliers Issue 42

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Happy 2017!

I’m a fan of delighting people via postal mail.

Most end of year cards I saw this year were wrapped in thick, unrecyclable plastic so I ordered recycled paper postcards and got out the watercolours.

If you’d like a treat in your postbox, reply with your postal address before 16 December.¬†Let’s have fun.

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Big Art.

I’ve had a great surprise this week: a bird’s eye view of a new, massive street art being painted and seeing focused artists¬†Fintan Magee¬†and¬†Jason Parker. They’re¬†painting in all kinds of weather, up and down and across in the cherrypicker (effortlessly working at heights) and their iPhones are getting workouts to check their plan. Seeing them write the original grid with numbers on the empty cement wall then filling in each section with such attention to the shading and colours has been so inspiring.¬†Imagine doing a paint by numbers of this size, to this level of detail and with such success. Whoah! Talent!

Great to see they’re supported by Taubmans (I enjoyed reading links to street art and their¬†history)¬†with loads of paint rollers, brushes and sooo much paint.

If you’re in Melbourne, head down Little Bourke Street, just before Spencer, to see this and others painted. Otherwise,¬†here are the photos¬†as it comes to be (I plan to add photos to this link until the art is completed).

Thanks to¬†Juddy Roller¬†& crews for bringing this to be and to Sarah Moran for helping me track down the artists’ names.

Ease.

“Fin uses a combination of human and machine intelligence to provide high quality, on-demand assistance so you can focus on what is most important to you.”¬†Product Hunt newsletter.

Excellent! This great product video shows how Fin is clever.

Fin could save you time and give you more ease. It’s a great time to try it out as¬†“Fin is waiving the $120 monthly minimum spend for the Product Hunt community — you can signup¬†here¬†to pay per request.”

Ross Hill first mentioned using Fin so you could get in touch with him.

Favourite Reads & Listens.

Once again Cal Newport (author of “Deep Work”) has me captivated. In “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” he shares his observations of the 3 core traits in people he’s interviewed that love doing exceptional work:

(1) Impact
Creativity (2)
(3) Control

He debunks the passion hypothesis (that you need to follow your passions to find work you love) and courage culture (that you need to be emotionally brave too) and instead highlights people who have developed their experience and skills (career capital) prior to using it for greater autonomy, income, flexibility and more.

These¬†summarised notes¬†are worth a scan if you’re not going to read the book (the Audible version is short & engaging).

It’s a fascinating time as always. I’m curious to see what happens with¬†Facebook’s Messenger for Kids¬†and will be looking on¬†to see what the main character in this street art has in his left hand (will let you know)! Haven’t yet mentioned anything about the Apple Watch 3 – after a couple of months I’m a fan!

That’s all from me for now.¬†As always, shoot me a reply with topics you’d like to read – they add extra spark.

Have a wonderful time,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

 

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Learn about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies via this prioritised list of 25+ links.

The extended list of great online presence is here and here.

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Watch something fascinating (YouTube playlists are great).

Say ‘Hi’ on Instagram.

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Ready Player One, Semi Lattes, and Extending Senses ~ Online Highfliers Issue 41

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It was the “latte” in this Tesla semi post that made me grin.

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Books that you miss upon finishing.

I was entranced and entertained listening to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

VR/AR leaders often recommend it to experience one of our possible futures:¬†ultra-simulation (in 2045). The impressive narration by Wil Wheaton often had me chuckling, the detail in the book astounded me and of course it was fun to hear the vast number of (familiar) 1980’s references.

It’s also a Spielberg¬†movie to be released next year.

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Kevin Kelly in Recomendo.

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Favourite reads & listens

  • What senses would you extend?Neil Harbisson¬†talks¬†about going from full colourblindness to installing an antenna so he could hear sound.¬†Apparently the cleaning product isle in the supermarket is like a fun nightclub!¬†It’s an¬†uplifting, fascinating, futuristic, 9:35min watch. Actually even the first few minutes is worth it to imagine¬†a new dimension for you.Photo credit: Ted.com
  • Rolling Stone¬†followed Elon around for months. Here’s a few quotes that struck me:



  • The world is getting better at a stunning rate“. This report has “evidence of abundance” graphs and insights. Big¬†thanks to Peter Diamandis and his team for showcasing how the world is improving. Here’s to¬†balanced¬†news.

 

 

 

 

  • Using algorithms and radical transparency¬†at work may make your workplace even easier.¬†(thx Jacqui Hocking)
  • The¬†Websummit opening remarks¬†are¬†a great call for designers, creators, entrepreneurs¬†and technologists to focus on building tech that is useful and fair for society. Included are: Stephen Hawking on AI, Bryan Johnson on HI,¬†a regulator’s view of Facebook and other ultra powerful tech companies.

Great presence

  • Thanks for the laugh David Roberts (of¬†Innovation and Disruption at Singularity University). Here is his¬†bio: “His fascination with technology began In fourth grade after building a hovering electric drone, to carry his younger sister to the bus stop, powered by¬†what was formerly his mother’s vacuum cleaner, and fortunately limited by the length of an electric power cord.”Have you added humour to yours?
  • Good fun at the London tube:

Have a wonderful week,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS.¬†One of the companies and experiences that have most impressed me in the last couple of years is¬†Manly Ocean Adventures. Knowledgeable, exceptional value, and thoughtful, they’re advertising their incredible experiences (with or¬†without whales) as¬†great¬†Christmas gift ideas. If you’re near Sydney or your people are… this could be for you!

 

 

PPS. in a previous email I wrote about the Apple Airpods. My update from a month of using them is that I’m still loving the earphones quick change between computer and iPhone and watch phonecall pickup.¬†I am missing the ease of the Jaybirds hanging around my neck. The Airpods are a bit more of a cognitive load for me. They’re fiddly to remember where they are / to put in my pocket when I’m on the move and I sense I’ve a higher risk of losing them. Jaybird X2 Sport were around my neck all the time and I could use one or two earphones and never think about the battery or getting into the practice of taking out one Airpod during a long phonecall to make sure I have enough battery. The tech of the Airpods is beautiful and clever and it’s wonderful they can be used across many bluetooth devices – not just Apple’s. Airpods around the neck!?!

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The extended list of great online presence is here and here.

Enjoy these fascinating audiobooks & podcasts.

Watch something fascinating (YouTube playlists are great).

Say ‘Hi’ on Instagram.

If we’re not connected, let’s do so by clicking¬†here¬†and¬†here.

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The Bitcoins keep going up and up and up… ~ Online Highfliers Issue 40

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Hi and welcome to the BIG 4-0 Edition of this email.

Loads of fascinating developments have happened since I last wrote, including two blockchain tech conferences (Ethereal and Devcon) as well as bitcoin prices going through the roof (US$7,343 /AU$9651 when writing this) and masses of mainstream media attention. This new tech is really starting to touch our lives.

And another rocket went up and down.

How lucky we are to witness these happenings. This time is amazing.

You’re so Ethereal.

Jump onto YouTube to watch the Ethereal conference, specifically:

  • Here, Bryan Johnson fast forwards¬†twenty years and links human intelligence with Blockchains – this is a quick watch¬†and the bonus is: it’s in layman‚Äôs terms.
  • Joe Lubin starts the conference¬†with Blockchain tech’s current state and future possibilities.
  • Peter Diamandis¬†raises the concern of¬†the linear nature of government and the exponential growth of technology. So apt.

The first link here is to the playlist of all videos. Enjoy and hit reply here with any questions you have.

Omotenashi.

Deliciousness + Learning = here.

“Omotenashi is the Japanese culture of treating a guest. It blends a welcoming spirit with warmth, understanding, and above all respect.”

Favourite reads & listens

  • Take a fun and fascinating¬†tour of the international space station.
  • Great thinking on the rising Bitcoin prices¬†from Laura Shin ~“The reasons for the jumps are unclear, but unless there’s negative news, every day, at minimum, the price is likely to rise because of new money coming into the system. Every day on Coinbase alone, about 35,000 new accounts open — a figure that sometimes reaches 50,000 — and thousands of people in South Korea and Japan, two countries where Bitcoin has taken off, are also bringing new fiat money [cash] into the system.”
  • Signup for¬†rocket updates.
  • Here’s a¬†great shortcut to reading Option B book mentioned in the last email.¬†Watch the video on this page.
  • It was fascinating to learn about¬†inserting signals in the brain so people can move prosthetic limbs and even turn on taps at the¬†Stentrode Story event in April. To start with it’s accident victims who can’t move limbs.¬†We may be next: imagine if you can get your mind to turn on a tap. Connecting humans to machines – it’s coming.¬†Putting my order in for wings and flight now.
  • Jonathan Harris has¬†returned¬†with a fabulous tilt on Virtual Reality…

For your CEO and senior leaders

  • Nice one Jeff Bezos:

Great online presence

  • Impressive service, live chat and website that quickly answered questions ~ well done¬†Aussie Broadband.

Reply to let me know what you want to read about.

Have a wonderful week,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

 

 

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Watch something fascinating (YouTube playlists are great).

Say ‘Hi’ on Instagram.

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Tips from Elon ūüĎĹ ‚ú® ūüíź ~ Online Highfliers Issue 39

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Ways to feel happy about your future.

Elon Musk says his massive visions are all about¬†not wanting to feel sad about the future. He suggests people need things in our future to feel excited about (such as the real possibility of a civilisation on Mars). Such simple perspective that’s leading to significant global progress, innovation and inspiration.

“Fundamentally, the future is vastly more exciting and interesting if we are a spacefaring civilisation and a multi-planet species”

“You want to be inspired by things, to wake up in the morning and think that the future is going to be great. And that‚Äôs what being a spacefaring civilisation is all about.”

His insights have inspired me across topics from entrepreneurialism to intentional visions to being playful while aiming high Рperhaps they will for you too via this easy YouTube playlist. Press play and watch each one.

One of the fascinating things is that Tesla’s mission is about influencing the industry (not just selling cars) and if they fail, they’ll have influenced other car manufacturers to progress their sustainable energy cars.

He recently promoted GM making electric cars:

Elon’s Top 5 Areas for¬†Humanity.

The five areas Elon sees as important to work on now for humanity:
  1. Doing Artificial Intelligence (AI)¬†“in a good way”
  2. Reprogramming genetics Рincluding higher bandwidth to the brain.  Whoah.
  3. Self driving cars
  4. Sustainable energy
  5. The Internet

One for the history books!

Since we reuse airplanes, we might as well reuse rockets! Go SpaceX!

Favourite reads & listens

  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy”¬†by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg is a guide for being a great human, a great friend, to those going through the grief of losing a loved one and tips for people who are directly going through mourning. There were snippets in there about resilience and adversity that could apply to other aspects of life though it was predominantly about Sheryl’s story of her husband unexpectedly dying at 47 years old and how she coped and performed with the help of supportive colleagues at Facebook, friends and family and includes the wisdom that helped. An emotional rollercoaster and a book for life that I recommend. 6 hour listen on Audible.
  • Melburnians –¬†Dior¬†is here¬†’til 7 November. The scale of this exhibition at NGV is brilliant as is seeing the House through the years. Worth¬†a couple of hours. If you’ve seen the¬†Dior and I documentary¬†you’ll enjoy the familiarity. I was mesmerised by this¬†Autumn/Winter 2017 show¬†on the big screen:
  • Simple, short watch¬†to support you and the other high achievers you know.
  • Ski like a girl¬†talk by¬†Lynsey Dyer. Lynsey started¬†She Jumps¬†which teaches girls and kids to: Find your own magnificence and sense of belonging through:¬†1. Have a goal 2. Lighten up on yourself 3. Be your own best friend 4. Listen to your intuition 5. Accept all the parts of yourself.
  • My new¬†airpods¬†are as excellent as people say they are. Effortlessly (so fast) changing and connecting¬† between¬†computer, watch and phone, and comfortable.¬†Ohhhh yeahhh….
  • Enhancing Human Intelligence (HI) via a chip in your brain.¬†What’s possible?¬†Bryan Johnson provides food for thought and insight.
  • “Work should light a fire in your soul!” Go¬†Tina.

Great online presence

  • @msjohannam¬†on Instagram.
  • It was wonderful to be part of¬†Type.Human‘s launch today. Get in touch with them if the¬†idea has you curious.
  • Oh NASA, of course, you’re AMAZING!
  • I’ve been¬†baking. Enjoy!

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency News

Remember that list I mentioned? The one with 25+ links of Blockchain and cryptocurrency insights? It has a few additions for you ~

  • a new, prioritised YouTube playlist,
  • a new video on blockchains for supply chains,
  • a new talk by Andreas about Bitcoin’s future.¬†I particularly liked his analogy to not mistaking smooth sailing¬†as a sign of great sailors,
  • favourite podcasts and newsletters you can subscribe to¬†and more.

Click on those of interest. The YT playlist has a few short ones that are easy to pickup.

Shoot me a reply so I can improve the next email. Thanks.

Here’s to your wonderful¬†week!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

P.S. Like my new t-shirt?

 

 

 

 

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Enjoy these fascinating audiobooks & podcasts.

Watch something fascinating (YouTube playlists are great).

Say ‘Hi’ on Instagram.

If we’re not connected, let’s do so by clicking¬†here¬†and¬†here.

 

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Disruption, Mars & Zen ~ Online Highfliers Issue 38

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Hi and welcome to the 38th edition of this email.

Airline Industry, you’re next.

Just over a week ago Elon Musk announced his Mars plans and (mic dropped) massive airline disruption.

‚ÄúThe goal of these initial missions is to find the best source of water… That‚Äôs the first mission. The second mission is to build the propellant plant.‚ÄĚ

See the Mars village come to life.

Who knows what will be discovered through exploring and living on¬†Mars. Going anywhere in the world (at similar costs to current tickets)¬†in under an hour will connect people even more¬†ūüėĄ

Elon has said¬†“life needs to be more than just solving every day problems. You need to wake up and be excited about the future”.

Each individual contributes to the whole of humanity. Here’s to his talk inspiring you.

This¬†one’s¬†great too.

Love is Love.

In Australia we’re having a vote on marriage equality so there is lots of conversations about LOVE ūüėć

I loved (ah, pun intended) seeing a t-shirt yesterday with a simple “Love is Love” across the top.

Simple. Let’s get on with things.

Learning about Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies – including Bitcoin and Ethers.

I’ve compiled and ordered 25+ easy introductory and more advanced blockchain tech and cryptocurrency links on this¬†page.

It includes a few recent links, such as “How to explain cryptocurrencies and blockchains to your friends and family” podcast and another great couple of introductory YouTube video I spotted last week.

Getting into this topic takes watching and reading so start out with those at the top of the page and find a couple of hours to enjoy learning – perhaps via your phone as you walk along the river?

Favourite reads & listens

  • Alyssa Ravasio of Hipcamp on¬†how technology is changing how we relate to nature.
  • Fascinating topics in the new¬†“Type Human” email.
  • Designing the¬†future suburb¬†for drones, autonomous vehicles and the changing environment.
  • For years I’ve been a fan of libraries offering great services and here they go again! Seeing this in Kevin Kelly’s email prompted me to check out Lynda.com at Melbourne City Library and it worked well. Perhaps you can access Lynda courses via your library?”Lynda.com has an excellent collection of training videos for learning programming, design, bitcoin fundamentals, bookkeeping, and much more. Lynda charges a monthly fee, but if you have a library card, the chances are you can become a Lynda member for free.”
  • Rebranding dyslexia. Nice one Steve.
  • Enjoy the great acting in Bladerunner 2049. Spot the zen reminders and beauty in dystopia.”It is less a movie and more of an experience. It feels like an immersion into virtual reality without 3D. The unmusical sound track, slow-pace editing (it runs almost 3 hours!), breathtaking visual details, all deliver a stunning alternative world, with even more persuasion than its famous prequel.” Kevin Kelly

For your CEO and senior leaders

  • Meet the world‚Äôs first¬†Tech Ambassador¬†& Embassy.”The new job will have four key roles: building partnerships; shaping tech companies‚Äô opinions; spotting new trends; and overhauling the Foreign Ministry itself.”
  • If your leaders haven’t yet gotten Augmented Reality,¬†this¬†may help to see how 3D spaces are being used¬†to get things done via ARKit.

You may be able to guess this photo is me looking across to and imagining myself skiing¬†my favourite Mt Hotham lines. Now that the snow season has ended,¬†I’m transitioning to the surfboard, enjoying the blossoms, being under blue skies, getting caught in the rain, and seeing the kids return to school for Term 4.

May it be a great time for you.

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

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Tips.

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Introduction to Blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies – including Bitcoin, Ethers and more

Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies continue to awe and inspire me with ideas for the future. Below are introductory links to quickly pick up key aspects of¬†Blockchain tech &¬†cryptocurrencies. Scroll down to the YouTube playlist if that’s your preferred learning style. All in all, enjoy. This is fascinating.

It’s worth putting aside a few hours to enjoy spotting opportunities relevant to you.

I’ll be so interested to hear your point of view on it.

Blockchain technology – the introduction

I imagine it’d be useful¬†for you to¬†know¬†about Blockchain tech, smart contracts, and how it helps individuals own their own data. Do a couple of hours of research, clicking on the links below that inspire you.¬†These links may inspire you to research more about the underlying¬†ledger tech and supply chain innovations.

If you asked me where to start to learn about this topic, I’d send you these links:

  • MIT‚Äôs¬†2 min Blockchain explainer.
  • 4 hour read or listen to learn the main aspects¬†~
    “After watching and reading loads of bitcoin, blockchain, cryptocurrency, ethereum talks and posts, I’ve found “The Internet of Money” book written by Andreas M. Antonopoulos the quickest, most engaging listen. It’ll take you from not understanding to really clever, easy-to-comprehend ideas.”
  • Quick read (listen) to get up to speed (4 hours goes quickly when you listen in between other activities) by master Andreas Antonopoulos.
  • What’s in store for 2018.
  • This¬†Blockchain documentary¬†with world leaders‚Äô interviews ‚Äď 30 mins well spent.
  • Satoshi‚Äôs original Bitcoin paper¬†is definitely worth reading ‚Äď even the Introduction on the first page¬†as it explains the role of blockchain / cryptocurrency and going beyond third party trusted sources. Especially important to read if you are a consultant advising clients.
  • What is Blockchain.
  • How to explain blockchains and cryptocurrencies¬†to your friends and family.
  • Why Bitcoin matters (NYTimes).
  • This Forbes podcast: ‚ÄúThe blockchain is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and fintech will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.‚ÄĚ
  • Andreas on the future of Bitcoin
    “Bitcoin will be attacked through its mining, the network, legally, and every other possible way. If you don’t think Bitcoin is going to be attacked, you’ve misunderstood what this is about. You don’t go and poke a $20 trillion industry and go, “Hey, we’re going to disrupt you!” You can’t just wait for it to roll over.”
  • Early, simple and clear to understand videos from top investors, leaders and venture capitalists (all who explain the tech and the macro view simply):¬†Introduction to blockchain technology¬†by Mike Hearn in 2012,¬†¬†Chamath Palihapitiya in 2014 and Marc Andreessen and Balaji Srinivasan in 2014.

Blockchain technology – going a bit further

  • How blockchains could change the world by¬†McKinsey & co.‚ÄúThe blockchain is ‚Ķa platform for truth and it‚Äôs a platform for trust. The implications are staggering, not just for the financial-services industry but also right across virtually every aspect of society.‚ÄĚ
  • ‚ÄúA tipping point could be reached where people will realize ‚Äėthat data belongs to me.’‚Ä̬†SirTim Berners-Lee
  • Examples of Blockchain uses¬†beyond money / currency.‚ÄúWhat if you opened Spotify and paid the artist directly?‚Ä̬†

    “Lots of great things have happened, but overall the benefits of the digital age have been asymmetrical. For example, we have this great asset of data that‚Äôs been created by us, and yet we don‚Äôt get to keep it. It‚Äôs owned by a tiny handful‚ÄĚ

     

  • How¬†Blockchains will transform markets¬†from master-tweeter Naval.
  • “Nick Szabo has compiled a list of links to guide an introductory study of the computer science behind Bitcoin”

  • “bringing the internet closer to the benefits we experience in everyday life”¬†(“building out the next version of the internet”)
  • Open networks, privacy and data: As blockchains and other tech comes along to bring about greater individuals‚Äô privacy, there‚Äôll be more expos√©s on corporations selling data without customers‚Äô full understanding. Quite possibly shared economy darlings such as Airbnb will be in the spotlight.¬†This gives more¬†insight¬†(watch the first 47 seconds).

Cryptocurrencies

  • Introduction to Cryptocurrencies by the master, Nick Szabo [Tim Ferriss podcast This is a great introduction. It‚Äôs co-presented with one of my favourite thinkers in the world ‚Äď Naval Ravikant ‚Äď who kindly¬†simplifies¬†complex topics as they arise.
  • Want to understand¬†Bitcoin, Ethereum and other coins?¬†This YouTube channel¬†has fast and clear introductory videos.
  • Why crypto tokens matter” on the A16z podcast.
  • The role of cryptocurrencies¬†presented at Ethereal Summit 2017. I highly recommend watching this full video. The first 4 minutes highlight where banking is headed, how online currencies could become the backbone to improve many systems in the world, and how they‚Äôre also not a ‚Äėgolden chalice‚Äô. At 10:30 there‚Äôs mention of how through the blockchain you can pay for your coffee at a cafe and also directly tip the coffee farmer a very small amount without fees on either side. There are incredible supply chain opportunities as the supporting tech comes to be and great opportunities in developing countries too.
  • A beginner‚Äôs guide to Ethereum.
  • Ethereum is the Forefront of Digital Currency.
  • Current prices¬†of cryptocurrencies¬†and upcoming ICO’s / new tokens are listed¬†here¬†and here.
  • If you‚Äôre thinking of investing in Ethereum and aren‚Äôt sure where to start,¬†this could inform you. It could also be a bit too heavy on words such as ‚Äúexchanges‚ÄĚ. If so, read below this amazing view‚Ķ”…the crypto sector is much more than Bitcoin, fintech, trading and crypto currencies ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôs about building a better, decentralized, (digital) world. By using the term ‚Äúdecentralization‚ÄĚ I refer to a process of redistributing functions, people, powers or things away from a central authority. The problem with centralized systems is that they lack transparency, allow for single points of failure, censorship, abuse of power and inefficiencies.” Enjoy the¬†map.
  • Keep¬†up to date with cryptocurrencies¬†‚Äď especially good to read if you‚Äôre investing¬†in BTC, ETH¬†etc.
  • A more advanced watch or listen on the¬†wider context on the future of cryptocurrencies and finance is¬†Brian Armstrong at Token Summit.
  • How to Get a Job in Crypto (by AngelList).

Easy Watching.

Here’s a YouTube playlist to make things even easier. It includes links above and a few more. I plan to keep adding top videos to it.

Great Newsletters

Great podcasts

12+ best podcast episodes on the cryptocurrency / blockchain / token / ICO / bitcoin economy (many of these are also listed above).

Example startups

More blockchain reading is here.

~ Sam

Apple Watch 3, EDU Disruption & Information Density ~ Online Highfliers Issue 37

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Saving Time.

I originally bought an Apple watch to open myself to possibilities I couldn’t predict. Sometimes it’s best to say “yes” and explore rather than wonder.

Regularly I use the watch to quickly view messages and respond (often with a thumbs up or other emoticon), receive a phone call while I’m on the move / doing chores and it’s great to ask Siri to set timers for cooking (5 minutes works well for soft-boiled eggs).

I’m now happily wearing my new series 3 Apple watch and am impressed with the long battery life, being able to call people without the phone around and the faster speed. Well done Apple!

I’m looking forward to more accurate exercise (read: skiing) data and more time savings via Siri and the clever tech incorporated. I’ve found Siri improves the more I use/speak to her and¬†the¬†recent Apple event¬†inspired me to explore more of the new functionality that’s increasingly like having an assistant… on your wrist!

I like these quotes from a couple of Apple watch reviews:

…more¬†here.

read on.

Roadtrip Meetings.

If autonomous cars change the interior layout of cars and you can eat, sleep, work, watch a movie, have a meeting… will you go on roadtrips with your colleagues? will the workforce be more ‘on the move’? Will people travel more? go to and stay in more remote places?

Happy travels…

A Quick Tip on Financial Diversification.

“I like a mix of cash (t-bills, money market funds, etc), blue chips stocks (Amazon, Google, etc), real estate (income producing with little to no leverage), and a risk bucket (venture capital, crypto, etc). I think 25% in each would be a good mix.” thanks¬†Fred.

Overdue EDU disruption.

keep reading.

Favourite reads & listens

  • Sharing the most expensive things. Wonderful!
  • Prior to her wedding this week, Maggie Doyne put out a¬†call for advice.
  • Business is¬†getting¬†real.
  • Another¬†wonderful introduction to Blockchain¬†technology. This¬†one¬†is good too.
  • Fred Wilson’s¬†tips¬†on providing hope to others:“Of course, how you worry is critical. You can‚Äôt weigh down the leadership teams with your worries. You can‚Äôt fill up the board meetings with angst.You have to be supportive, optimistic, encouraging, and positive in your interactions with founder/leaders and their teams. But you must also flag areas where there could be trouble. Getting that balance right has been a work in progress for me for my entire career.

    So being a worrier is an important characteristic in an investor. But you have to mostly keep those worries to yourself and your partners/team (this is a place where partners are invaluable). And you have to decide when a worry is significant enough to share it with your portfolio companies and then you need to find the right moment and narrative to communicate it. When you do it right, the teams appreciate it immensely.”

  • Will¬†Amazon offer Bitcoin payments!?

Where is Your Attention?

It’s Springtime here in Australia… so say the two¬†out-of-hibernation echidnas we spotted last week. What a treat to see them!

Smile ūüôā

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

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Winning Newsletters, Inspiring People, and Clever Tech ~ Online Highfliers Issue 36

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Winning Newsletters

While enjoying the Wilsons’ newsletters (Fred¬†and¬†Joanne), I’ve ‘gotten’ a bit more of why they’ve written regularly for so long.

The thing is, you can start a newsletter for business development, marketing, self expression and other reasons and my recent experience is there’s more to this regular activity.

Here’s an update on what I’ve noticed:

  • Each fortnight I’ve the opportunity to get onto ‘paper’ what’s currently on my mind that’d be useful to others.
  • As more peers, colleagues, people in my network, friends and family show interest¬†in new business and life opportunities (such as blockchain tech and cryptocurrencies), I can easily¬†forward previous emails knowing they include¬†easy to pick up¬†introductory links after I’ve distilled much reading.
  • I’ve a timeline of my interests since I started writing. I like this.
  • It’s fun to engage. People send fascinating and lovely replies.
  • My writing and choice of subjects has (naturally) refined as have my systems (for example, collating links throughout the fortnight in one place)¬†and use of¬†tech such as Mailchimp’s new editing feature on their smartphone app.
  • Having written each fortnight for a year and a half, I’ve a fun sense of achievement and I’m a bit in awe!
  • I’ve published previous emails on LinkedIn and gain comments there. My Linked profile (online resume / CV) shows more of my expertise, interests and¬†style. Opportunities have come from this and possibly I appear in more (relevant) LinkedIn searches.

It’s a great use of time. Maybe you will¬†try it?

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Marketing via cryptocurrencies.

“Burger King launched its own cryptocurrency known as ‚Äď what else? ‚ÄstWhopperCoin. The new currency was launched as part of a rewards program for the company‚Äôs customers in Russia. With each purchase of a Whopper customers will receive a WhopperCoin token in a digital wallet. …WhopperCoin owners can either use them to purchase products at Burger King or trade or sell them to other interested parties.”

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Favourite reads & listens

  • So clever! (thanks Ross)
  • Just in case you haven’t yet watched¬†this.¬†#privilege #equality #pursuePurpose #BigVisions #JustTry
  • Because¬†markets¬†are inspiring.
  • The¬†scale¬†of Internet of Things (IoT) and some of the many players.
  • This wonderful Tiny House ~

Great online presence

  • Experience design¬†a la LJ Darveau.
  • Share YOU.‚ÄúThe boys. No exaggeration to say these two fine gentlemen ‚ÄĒ @enriqueallen and @henretig ‚ÄĒ changed my life, made me a much better human. We‚Ķ‚ÄĚ
  • The extended list is¬†here¬†and¬†here.

We’ve had incredible¬†snowstormshere in Victoria. Huge snowflakes have amazed me on the chairlift and have filled in my tracks so that each new run is a fresh adventure.

Warmer Spring days are coming soon. What’s happening there?

Hoping you’re enjoying today,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

 

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Global Countries, clever Teslas, and Blockchain tech ūüĆŹ ūüöó ūüĒÖ ~ Online High Fliers Issue 35

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My Last Two Weeks 

= Whales, Sydney Harbour, snow, friends, family and fascinating research into blockchain tech and the future.

One of the things I adored about¬†Sydney was long, early morning Harbour walks with a close friend and finishing with a coffee at local cafes in Balmain village. Dogs, kids, professionals interact and stand around waiting for coffee, some look at their phones, most start a conversation. Many have been doing this routine for many, many years. Morning coffees are a great, easy way to get to be part of a local community.¬†Maybe I’ll start going to Market Lane in Melbourne as it seems similar.¬†

My skiing mojo is ON and I’ve had a couple of weekdays skiing with two (retiree) friends who are (as¬†Mark Shayler¬†might say) “banging” skiers which heightens the challenge, the learning and of course there’s the usual fun conversations on chairlifts. My skiing ease and skill is improving quickly and there was 175cm’s of snow across a fortnight a week ago so Mt Hotham looks superb. This year I’ve seen so many large snowflakes drifting down which is always charming and entrancing.

Surfing hasn’t happened for a fortnight and I’m missing it though¬†next week it’ll be ON!

What are you enjoying?

Global countries.

“‚ÄėEstonia has just 1.3 million residents, but what would happen if our country had 10 million digital residents too? …So then we wondered ‚ÄĒ why stop there? Our digital infrastructure can handle far more ‚Äėusers‚Äô than the current population.”

Fascinating.

Interested in business?

I’m looking forward to reading these ~

“For almost four years, from Jan 2010 to late 2013, I would write a column every Monday called MBA Mondays where I tried to cover the basics of a business education…

There are roughly 200 posts in total that I wrote during the time this weekly series was active. You can see the entire MBA Mondays archive¬†here.¬†There is a lot of good stuff in there.” ~¬†Fred Wilson

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Blockchain tech

If you asked me where to start to learn about this topic, I’d send you these links:

  • Background reading on Blockchain – click¬†this link¬†+ search for “Blockchain” and/or “Bitcoin”. It’s worth putting aside a few hours to enjoy spotting opportunities relevant to you.
  • Want to understand¬†Bitcoin, Ethereum and other coins?¬†This YouTube channel¬†has fast and clear introductory videos.
  • coinmarketcap.com¬†has the market cap and prices of all coins and upcoming ICO’s / new tokens are listed¬†here.
  • “bringing the internet closer to the benefits we experience in everyday life”¬†(“building out the next version of the internet”)
  • “…the crypto sector is much more than Bitcoin, fintech, trading and crypto currencies ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôs about building a better, decentralized, (digital) world. By using the term ‚Äúdecentralization‚ÄĚ I refer to a process of redistributing functions, people, powers or things away from a central authority. The problem with centralized systems is that they lack transparency, allow for single points of failure, censorship, abuse of power and inefficiencies.” Enjoy the¬†map.

 

Favourite reads & listens

For your CEO and senior leaders

  • “The most promising use cases [of blockchain technology] to date are: store of value, payments, crowdfunding, file storage, identity management and authentication, prediction markets, escrow, title chains, notary chains, provenance, and supply chains.”¬†David Sacks

Great online presence

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Thanks for your insights, questions, comments and thanks via replies and tweets. Much appreciated. Hey Ali x

Have a fantastic week!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

 

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