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
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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.

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Watch something fascinating (YouTube playlists are great).

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

At the moment when you do a Google search, your search is effectively paid for by Google’s advertising, or when you look at Facebook or Instagram, your use of the service is paid for by advertisements. Possibly the next internet will include tokens or digital money to power the activities of the internet. This is one of many reasons to get up to speed.

Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies continue to awe and inspire me with future potential. Below are introductory links to quickly pick up key aspects of Blockchain tech & cryptocurrencies / digital tokens / money / assets.

Scroll down to the YouTube playlist if you prefer to listen / watch.

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

All in all, enjoy. Have faith in yourself when you come across new terminologies – you’ll get it.

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

1. Blockchain technology – the introduction

Do a couple of hours of research, clicking on the links below that inspire you.

Learn about Blockchain tech, smart contracts and how individuals can own their data.

These links may inspire you to research more about the underlying ‘distributed ledger’ tech (DLT) 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 get up to speed on the main aspects (4 hours goes quickly when you listen in between other activities) by master Andreas Antonopoulos~
    “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.”
  • 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.

2. Cryptocurrencies

  • Introduction to Cryptocurrencies by the master, Nick Szabo [Tim Ferriss podcast, 2.5 hours] 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.
  • Cryptoassets¬†– [11 hours listen] easy to follow calculations on working out the potential Bitcoin price (and other assets’ price) and great blockchain & new digital assets insights by Chris Burniske & Jack Tatar. Clearly explains uses and provides useful distinctions between currencies, tokens and assets.
  • 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).

3. 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).

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

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

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Welcome to the 36th edition of this email. Did you know you can read past editions right here?

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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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Hoping this reaches you well and happy.

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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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Humanity, The End Of Typing & Having Impact ūüėć ‚Źę ūüôĆ ~ Online Highfliers Issue 34

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Welcome to the 34th edition of this email. Did you know you can read past editions right here?

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Humanity.

The¬†overview effect¬†teaches that astronauts leave as scientists and return to earth philosophers. Having seen the blue planet in space I wonder if you and I would have the same realisation that we’re one race ‘aboard’ this rotating Earth.

As Blockchain technology takes off (and Bitcoin soars over A$5,000), there is great potential for the human race.

And from a currency point of view, we’re beyond the need to carry physical currency. Why wouldn’t money be digital and evolve to different, useful forms?

A Lovely Funeral.

On the weekend I attended a close friend’s Dad’s funeral in Sydney. It was lovely and uplifting for all – not the usual description!

He was a wonderful listener, conversationalist, and contributor to those around him. Everyone left the service having learnt something new about him, amazed at all he’d done in life and how many people he’d touched.

We each have an impact on our family, friends and those around us. Hear’s to you.

The End of Typing.

Loved the caption of this image:

“Ilphaz Khan, 24, communicates via voice text
with a family member on WhatsApp
at a New Delhi railway station.”

“The internet‚Äôs global expansion is entering a new phase,
and it looks decidedly unlike the last one.” ~WSJ

Global Income Support.

Having imagined how a Universal Basic Income could come to be, I’ve seen government support as the easiest way though wondered if cryptocurrencies could provide an answer. Someone¬†thinks so¬†(final 4 minutes).

Favourite reads & listens

Last week I chased into the storm to Mount Hotham and improved my skiing. Catch up with the story I added to Instagram.

Waving from the harbour city,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

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