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’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

  • 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

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

What if you lived to 120, Beyond Entitlement, & It’s a Vacation. 😳 😎 🌴 ~ Online Highfliers Issue 33

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Being 120 years old.

What if you live to 120? With replacement body parts and other heath-tech coming in your lifetime, how does that change the way you see your life now and what you’re choosing to do?

If you’re in your 40’s you’ve experienced a third of your life.

Feeling old? Compare your age to being 120.

Wondering if you’ll regret not doing something? Here’s a quick way to check.

Image credit (thanks Troy).

Fun-inducing concept from the name to the palm tree shirts: the new Melbourne coffee shop called “It’s a Vacation”.

I’ve a feeling Taylor and Tina would like this one. 

Leaving Entitlement Behind.

It’s easy to act entitled – from leaving a messy hotel room to getting a cut price service and not giving something in return (kindness, a smile, words of appreciation).

People have the potential to be more aware of their actions and their ripple effects.

As we go beyond the industrial model of work and with greater tech spotlighting poor use of data / bad behaviours, there will be more ‘human’ qualities appreciated – from people pulling for more fairness in their work to seeing the benefit of generally being a good person.

Here’s to the change that’s happening – we’re all leading it.

Favourite reads & listens

  • Control your news.“Regardless of the dramatic drop in crime over the last 30 years, more than half the population believes crime is worse than it was in years past.” 
  • Yes, watching Chasing Coral is worth your time.
  • For parents: Cyberhygiene. Don’t freak out. Take action.
  • How far are you from the ease of buying cashless?
  • Kevin Kelly’s helpful Blockchain definition:“For now, think of it as a way of transferring a digital message from one party to another, where both parties can count on the integrity of the message, even when they don’t trust, or even know, each other. Right now, these messages are mostly virtual cash. But they could be any kind of information.”
  • Dine in more and eat a different shaped banana after watching the “War on Waste” series.
  • Become more aware of the warming planet via this post.
  • Hear’s to the life of Gurrumul.

For your CEO and senior leaders

Great online presence

  • Ryan Holiday’s ask on LinkedIn.
  • The extended list is here and here.

We continue to have light blue, sunny, winter days here in urban Melbourne. May you and yours be having an easeful day,

~ Sam

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True Shared Economy, Voicetech & the Gig Economy 🙌 👄 👌 ~ Online Highfliers Issue 32

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True Shared Economy

WOW! Airbnb is about to turn 9. A great success and service.

They’ve still a way to go though to be a true “shared economy” example as their balance is still skewed towards the guest versus a balance with the property host.

As Airbnb drives for more hosts there’s greater supply of properties and the economies drive prices down. This leads hosts to compete on price and quite possibly opt-out of long term involvement.

The term ‘shared’ economy is about contribution from all players. After staying at a home, Airbnb’s questionnaire is just like a hotel’s. Airbnb has the opportunity to influence behaviour internationally with questions such as:

  • When leaving the host’s home did you leave something that’d delight the next guest?
  • What did you contribute to the home or host for the privilege of staying in their home?

If you’re designing new organisational systems, I imagine you’re putting in place a way to regularly seek and add shared value over time.

Here comes privacy.

As blockchains and other tech comes along to bring about greater individuals’ privacy, there’ll be more exposés on corporations selling data without customers’ full understanding. Quite possibly shared economy darlings such as Airbnb will be in the spotlight.

This gives more insight (watch the first 47 seconds).

#Voicetech

Future Employment

Are you looking unique online? Is your global proposition and bio clear on online sites?

These guys are showing their style via Medium and LinkedIn:

Be inspired to stand out online through this insight.

“think like a supermodel if you want to win from the gig economy”

 

Favourite reads & listens

  • True pop up houses. Endless possibilities…
    [innovation, construction, tech, minimalism]
  • Again Apple shows a humane approach at their new office.
    [Apple, Future of Work]

“…we have lost confidence in offices altogether as nomadic workers huddle in cafés and in their own bedrooms.”

  • It’s good to be laughed at.
    [leadership, VC, Fred Wilson]
  • Wonderful to see a successful Aussie (Qld) entrepreneur in the Blockchain space.
    [fast innovation, ledgers, luxury goods]
  • Engaging overview of business trends.
    [business strategy, future, tech]
  • Imagine computer to computer regulations.
    [Vinay Gupta, Internet of Agreements, future web]
  • Future of work“[your] GigBot will talk to your alarm clock; $10 or $10,000, just name the price that would tempt you from your lie-in.”
  • I’m really enjoying Spotify’s radios. Choose your favourite song and click radio – works well. (I’m not missing Rdio so much now!)

 

For your CEO and senior leaders

“We will definitely see a range of steady, incremental improvements in everyday AI. Online product recommendations will get better, your phone or car will understand your voice increasingly well and your vacuum cleaner robot won’t get stuck as often.” 

“Instead of replacing jobs, our overall quality of life will go up. For example, right now few people can afford a personal assistant, or a full-time life coach. In the near future, we’ll all have (a virtual) one!

“It’s likely that a significant fraction of jobs will be under threat over the coming decade. It’s important to note that this won’t necessarily be divided by blue-collar versus white-collar, but rather by which occupations are easily automatable.”

Great online presence

  • Innocent again come up with a cracker of a headline.
  • The extended list is here and here.

Writing these emails continues to delight me. I’m adding this email and those sent in the past to LinkedIn as articles and possibly on Medium so people checking me out virtually ‘get’ what I’m fascinated by and my approach.

 

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

Have a fantastic week!

~ Sam

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Bustin’ out my favourite moves: Blockchain technologies, Ethereum, and AI. 😇💥👌 ~ Online Highfliers Issue 31

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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

RunwayDigital.com

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Innovation, Thin Skin & Customer Experience ~ Online Highfliers Issue 30

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Innovation, ‘Thin Skin’ and Customer Experience.

Ughh. Having ‘thin skin’. It’s not something that’s usually welcome. The thing is, these days the awareness meter is becoming an attractive tool that creates the impressive wisdom required to connect with customers, colleagues and partners for quicker and greater innovation, conflict resolution, learning and longer-term progress. Being able to sense what’s needed, what’s possible, imagining, being open to what’s there… it’s important. If you’re someone with thin skin, tips on how to be emotionally strong include ~ * Choose who to listen to. Feedback is a reflection of the person giving it – you can choose whether to listen to it. * Develop listening to yourself and what’s important. Having thin skin balanced with an openness to relevant feedback is an advantage. It gets you closer to beauty for you and others.

FOR WHEN YOU CAN’T ROADTRIP.

Wander. Roadtrips are great for the feeling of endless time; subjects flow amongst quiet moments. Stops at interesting places. A wander with a friend through your local villages can be similar. I enjoyed one recently, walking though Melbourne’s CBD via a great conversation at the fromagerie at the Spring St Grocer, an affogato at their Gelati Store, seeing wild sights at the Exhibition Gardens, cobblestone streets of Fitzroy, a canoe on Brunswick St, Snow White apples from the organic store, happy people at The Rose sitting outside in winter, seeing the Crumpler staff hurriedly pack up, seeing Spacecraft and a parfumerie’s beauty on Gertrude St. Walking towards town the idea of a movie popped up and off we went to the Kino and afterwards a feed at Yamato. A wander and a wide ranging conversation. Wonderful! Who are you wandering with next?

Let My People Go Surfing ~ Yvon Chouinard

Great inspiration via “Let My People Go Surfing” by Yvon Chouinard… from doing business with future generations in mind, to being more aware of the wider environment, tips on building great cultures and doing what’s there to be done. Wonderful business philosophy for Patagonia employees and perhaps your’s too. Highly recommended. I’ve many favourite comments, here’s a couple:

Yvon was the “outside person” at Patagonia, “responsible for bringing back news ideas. A company needs someone to go out and get the temperature of the world”. “Trash our stuff, trash our planet”

If you don’t get to the book, enjoy these insightful quotes.

Free Thrills.

It’s been a while now that I’ve worn un-matching socks. Until recently, nobody commented (or noticed). Then I started karate and one of the classes is with under 10 kids who’ve started commenting, with confusion, that I wear un-matching socks. Good fun. Smile!

Favourite reads & listens:

  • Blockchain introduction:1. 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. 2. 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.”More blockchain reading is here.
  • Fascinating: 48 hours in VR.
  • Alexa buys Wholefoods
  • Heads up Facebook [thx rosshill]“Treat Facebook as the private walled garden that it is. If you want something to be publicly accessible, post it to a real blog on any platform that embraces the real web, the open one.”
  • Help kids thrive.
  • Delighted to see the tiny homes trend take off. Check out the beauties: here and here.
  • Another inspiring image of future transport. We’ll start to realise how restricted we’ve been with a steering wheel and seats facing forward. Thanks Elon and the Boring Company.

Great online presence:

  • ABC Australia r+d’s entrancing website and their megatrends report which clearly articulates the trends ABC is aware of through their work of engaging with and providing interesting watching for their customers for decades to come.“if you’re aware there’s a computer there, we’ve failed.” Bill Buxton on Invisible design
  • This may have you dream up your next project.

The Surfcoast conditions continue to be wonderful, Nic’s just done her first 4 days of yoga teacher training, a few of us are celebrating the passing of a big-hearted friend, others, a family member. Nick’s home at the end of the world (!), Ross and Anne are NYC’ing, SJ’s in AUS, Wends is dealing with a (happy) unwell child, a few friends are sick (maybe from the change in the seasons), two friends are preparing for interstate relocations at the end of the month… much happens as the globe turns. Wishing you and yours well and happy,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com P.S. Interesting natural phone amplifier (from Russell in reply to the last newsletter).

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