Bye Middle Men đŸ‘« 🔎 👋 #66

Bye Middle Men đŸ‘« 🔎 👋 #66

Strengthening Human Qualities

“It’s not about female/male; it’s about feminine-masculine.”

Thanks Shelley Zalis & Forbes for this article on strengthening feminine leadership attributes (regardless of sex) and expanding leadership traits. From #metoo to every day actions I’m seeing women stand up as leaders more often as well as women no longer standing for disempowering environments, actions and behaviours.

The businessperson, problemsolver, engineer, auntie and female in me is cheering.

Here’s to being human.

What’s coming?

Keen to imagine the future? In this interview Joe Lubin discusses what life will be like owing to blockchain tech, what’s coming and… it’s in layman’s terms (well done!).

“Any sort of transaction involving identity or legally enforceable agreements or assets… move much more fluidly because we can build clearing and settlement into the instance of the transaction.”

Jump in at 36:38mins for the future view of Ethereum and blockchain tech. Enjoy.

How to never worry again.

Kinda important, hey?

What’s going on online?

Love this. Own what you do.
The Satoshi (the original Bitcoin) white paper on the walls of the Pantera Capital‘s HQ (blockchain investment firm):

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Sayonara middle men:

I’ve been in the land of rivers (north coast NSW, Australia), in awe of the quiet beaches, whales breaching out to sea, delicious food and amazed at the many, many campervans and travellers in this part of Australia.

May you be well and happy. Smile, learn, experience, be.

Sam

Bitcoin reading 🌞 đŸŒČ 🍎 #43

Bitcoin reading 🌞 đŸŒČ 🍎 #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’re 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:

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

Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies continue to awe and inspire me.

Looking to the future with large amounts of personal data going through our fridge and other devices, blockchain tech could provide the means to protect our individual privacy.

As the internet removes ‘middle men’, blockchain could revolutionise the financial industry and bring greater access to finances for the ‘unbanked’ people of the world.

And wouldn’t it be wonderful to do a Google search or check a social media site without advertising… or be paid to view ads that are tailored to you? 

What are Blockchain tech, cryptocurrencies, digital tokens, digital money, and digital assets?

Find a few hours to learn about what interests and is more relevant to you. Scroll to the heading below that interests you the most and click the links or skip to the YouTube playlist and listen or watch.

A great start is reading the first link under each heading.

Good luck and enjoy!

 

1. Blockchain technology – the introduction

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

  • MIT’s 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’ interviews – 30 mins well spent.
  • Satoshi’s original Bitcoin paper is definitely worth reading – 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: “The 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.”
  • 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

Learn more about cryptocurrencies using these links:

  • Introduction to Cryptocurrencies by the master, Nick Szabo [Tim Ferriss podcast, 2.5 hours] This is a great introduction. It’s co-presented with one of my favourite thinkers in the world – Naval Ravikant – 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’re also not a ‘golden chalice’. At 10:30 there’s 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’s 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’re thinking of investing in Ethereum and aren’t sure where to start, this could inform you. It could also be a bit too heavy on words such as “exchanges”. If so, read below this amazing view
”…the crypto sector is much more than Bitcoin, fintech, trading and crypto currencies — it’s about building a better, decentralized, (digital) world. By using the term “decentralization” 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 – especially good to read if you’re 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.“The blockchain is 
a platform for truth and it’s a platform for trust. The implications are staggering, not just for the financial-services industry but also right across virtually every aspect of society.”
  • “A tipping point could be reached where people will realize ‘that data belongs to me.’” SirTim Berners-Lee
  • Examples of Blockchain uses beyond money / currency.“What if you opened Spotify and paid the artist directly?”

    “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’s been created by us, and yet we don’t get to keep it. It’s owned by a tiny handful”

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 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.

It’s all so fascinating. I’ll be so interested to hear your point of view on it.

Sam

Global Countries 🌏 🚗 🔅#35

Global Countries 🌏 🚗 🔅#35

Welcome to the 35th edition of this email. Did you know you can read past editions right here?

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.

“‘Estonia has just 1.3 million residents, but what would happen if our country had 10 million digital residents too? …So then we wondered — why stop there? Our digital infrastructure can handle far more ‘users’ 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 — it’s about building a better, decentralized, (digital) world. By using the term “decentralization” 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

AI đŸ˜‡đŸ’„đŸ‘Œ#31

AI đŸ˜‡đŸ’„đŸ‘Œ#31

Welcome to the 31st edition of this email. Did you know you can read past editions right here?

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I’ve heard Japan is starting to swelter! On the weekend in Melbourne I started to see my misty breath in the air. The chill is starting to set in down here in the south.

Happily I’m at a snowy mountain right now…

Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies continue to awe and inspire me with ideas for the future. Join me in reading these fascinating insights over a coffee and a spectacular view:

“A tipping point could be reached where people will realize ‘that data belongs to me.'”

  • Examples of Blockchain uses beyond money / currency. Thx Lucy. (Claire S – there’s a good Tesla Powerwall example.) 
  • “What if you opened Spotify and paid the artist directly?”
  • “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’s been created by us, and yet we don’t get to keep it. It’s owned by a tiny handful” 
  • “The blockchain is …a platform for truth and it’s a platform for trust. The implications are staggering, not just for the financial-services industry but also right across virtually every aspect of society.” McKinsey & co.
  • How Blockchains will transform markets from master-tweeter Naval.
  • Keep up to date with cryptocurrencies – especially good to read if you’re investing in BTC, ETH etc.
  • Current prices of cryptocurrencies. Last week there were 863 currencies listed here and now…
  • If you’re thinking of investing in Ethereum and aren’t sure where to start, this could inform you. It could also be a bit too heavy on words such as “exchanges”. If so, read below this amazing view…

Book a 45 minute session with me to get a quick-start on learning about Blockchain tech and cryptocurrencies, setting up an online wallet, ask your current questions and receive tailored links.
Get involved fast.

Recent favourite reads & listens:

Great online presence:

Reply to let me know the favourite things you saw this week. I’d love that.

Have a fantastic week!

~ Sam

* Did you pickup my play on letters? bwahahah