Decentralized Marketing Organizations: Gamified Swarm Intelligence

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One of the topics that intrigues me is what the marketing organization of the future looks like. The only thing I know for sure is that it is not going to look anything at all like the centralized, command-and-control system that we have today. Sitting on top of a decentralized governance system of its own, call it a Marketing DAO, …

5 Reasons I am Bullish on Zcash

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TL:DR— there are plenty of reasons why I think Zcash will be around for the long-haul.  Full disclosure: I am an advisor to Zcash (ZEC) and hold some coins. Readers of this blog will often ping me asking for advice on ICOs, tokens, Ethereum, and Bitcoin. Obviously (or maybe not obviously), I can’t give investment advice. As you know, the …

One Way to Invest Against the Decentralization Wave

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“It’s a race between innovators trying to get scale and incumbents trying to get innovation.” Someone said this to me the other day and I am embarrassed to say that I can’t remember who it was. Sorry. However, his statement was spot on. (I do remember it was a man). If you believe that decentralization represents a business model innovation …

How Blockchains Will Disintermediate Morningstar and their Mutual Fund Ratings

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The Wall St. Journal recently did an expose on the firm, Morningstar, that rates mutual funds. What they discovered is that, like the ratings agencies that violated our trust during the Big Short era, that the firm didn’t really add much value in terms of its ability to predict which funds would perform well over the long term and which …

How Tokens and Open Source Protocols Speed Up Innovation Cycles

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One of the things that has most astounded people immersed in the blockchain space for the past year is the incredible pace of innovation. A year ago, Ethereum was under $10 and Bitcoin was under $650. The total number of Initial Coin Offerings was probably less than 10. If someone had told you that AIG had conducted a multi-country smart …

How to Value Crypto Assets

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One of the most exciting and intimidating parts of the new world of decentralization and tokens is trying to figure out what something is really worth. The models for the “traditional” world are fairly well established, ranging from P/E ratios to multiples on revenue, etc. In crypto, however, it’s not clear. You know my contention that the world fundamentally changed on …

When Apps Will Pay You

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Every time one of your Internet-of-Things/connected devices sends data back to the manufacturer or service provider, you have created something of value. Think about it. When you tell Waze how much traffic there is on the highway because you have slowed down…. let Swarm know you are at a pizza shop search Google for gluten-free candy bars allow Fitbit to …

How Blockchains Could Do to China What Tiananmen Couldn’t

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The crypto world had a major seizure last Monday when the news got out that the Chinese regulators were banning its citizens from running ICOs. Some labeled it as “Crypto Carnage.” Speculation ran rampant that this was the end of the ICO boom. And just this week, there were reports (still unconfirmed) that China is banning Bitcoin exchanges. Though it …