Hitting Blockchain Nirvana

Jeremy Epstein Blockchain, Business, Technology

Was watching a fascinating panel from the Milken Institute this morning, where Brian Forde of the MIT Media Lab was one of the participants. He shared something that was strikingly familiar.  He called it the 4 stages of blockchain awareness (or something like that). Roughly paraphrased, it was something like this “What the heck is this bitcoin/blockchain thing? It’s kind of …

Envisioning Blockchain Opportunities and the Inevitable Future

Jeremy Epstein Blockchain, Marketing, Technology

One of the reasons I feel so strongly about blogging, especially raw, partially formed ideas is because it invites conversation, ideas, dialogue from the community of NSM members. Collectively, we know more than I do so I embrace when people write in with ideas, suggestions, and questions. This week, Roger, who works in the real estate industry, sent me the …

Tracking the Blockchain Hype

Jeremy Epstein Blockchain, Business, Technology

Now that I’ve been through the Internet wave and the social media wave, there’s some pattern recognition going on in terms of what is happening in the Blockchain/decentralized world. Gartner’s recent report suggested that the industry (after north of $1bn in VC investment last year) has hit the peak of inflated expectations. Honestly, I don’t know if that’s right or …

Blockchains and Philanthropy

Jeremy Epstein Blockchain, Technology

If you don’t give any money to charity, this post probably isn’t for you. But if philanthropy is something you care about, it might be. In the recent Forbes Unchained podcast, Blockchain 101 With Andreas Antonopoulos: How Bitcoin Makes Each Of Us As Powerful As A Bank hosted by Laura Shin with guest Andreas Antonopoulos, the conversation turned to blockchain-powered automated giving. He gave the example …

Cryptocurrencies and Alt-Portfolios

Jeremy Epstein Technology

Learned a new phrase today. “Alt-portfolio.” I was chatting with Neeraj and Jerry of the Coin Center and they introduced me to the CoinCap app (also accessible on your desktop through CoinCap.io) which tracks all of the cryptocurrencies out there. I made a remark that I have something like 10 different ones. And they said, “ah, you have an ‘alt-portfolio’.” …

Blockchains and the Packetification of Everything

Jeremy Epstein Blockchain, Technology

Was listening to a fascinating Unchained podcast from Forbes featuring Bill Tai, a longtime Silicon Valley insider. Bill was describing Blockchains as the 6th big Wave of technological revolution. Whether it’s the 1st, 10th, or 500th doesn’t matter, but at one point, he made a killer comment. “TCP/IP is to Telcos as Blockchain is to banks.” He went on to …