Writing tips, tunnels create new living above, & peaceful words ūüėć ūüėģ ‚ú® #55

The Value of Culling

Years ago I picked up the nickname “the reverser” because people sent me words and presentations to cull / review / enhance / ‘make snazzy’ for the monied decision-makers and 80+% I’d find the most important messages in the last few sentences or last page and move them to the start.

I’m all for¬†writing¬†that quickly grabs the reader and is succinct, valuable, engaging, direct, useful and more.

What’s the learning for you?

  1. Write things out.
  2. Then check: Are the most important sentences at the end? Could they be the first soundbites, the first impression, for others?
  3. These quotes help me ~
“Keep taking words out”¬†~ maybe Ogilvy.
Often we say much with few words.
“Make the complex simple and the simple compelling.”¬†~ unknown

Less is more: especially with online medias that encourage shorter-attentions.

Thanks Lis & Ryan :)

What has enthralled you online recently?

Enjoy these gems ~

Here’s a great explanation of tokens using the example of allowing your neighbour to charge their electric car at yours. Click through to start @¬†17:55 mins. This may inspire you to learn about blockchain tech.

Claire – you may want to share this ūüôā¬†

Peace and grace flows from¬†AndŇć.¬†Soak in this refreshing,¬†written¬†river ~
[thanks Ross]

#BrainExpanding: Great to hear the new opportunities from roads moving to tunnels.

I really enjoyed¬†this¬†“The Midas Touch and Mind-Bending Futures” podcast on what’s coming in life and business from Steve Jurvetson and Tim Ferriss – especially the start.
[thanks#2 Ross]

This bright main image from¬†Abbotsford Convent‘s Facebook page attracts ~

Sweets from Tove Jansson, author of the acclaimed Moomins childrens books ~

Who enjoys billiards?

Thanks to Sarah for sharing her morning walk today around the farm ~

How good is that!

*High fives!*
Sam

SamanthaBell.com.au
RunwayDigital.com

Happy close of 2017, Bitcoin reading tips & Tilda Swinton! ūüĆě ūüĆ≤ ūüćé #43

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.

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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

Apple Watch 3, EDU Disruption & Information Density ‚ĆöÔłŹūüďöūüďä #37

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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