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 …

If you are a believer in Crypto….

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please consider signing up to support CryptoIsCurrency Day on September 29th. It’s an effort led by OpenBazaar that has the support of some heavyweights in the crypto-industry including Shapeshift, BitMaker, Zcash, Dash, Xapo, and Airbitz. Why Is This Necessary? After a few months of challenges with the Bitcoin Cash/Bitcoin fork and the almost daily volatility, this is an effort for …

5 Lessons from a Trip to Crypto Valley and the Future of Decentralization

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Back in June, I shared how I was going to go to Zug, Switzerland (aka “Crypto Valley”) to explore the future of decentralization. Well, the trip kind of took on a life of its own, getting picked up by Fred Wilson, and leading to an incredible experience with 35 people from 15 countries. We had over 15 meetings with investors, entrepreneurs, …

How Blockchains Organize and Incentivize Swarm Intelligence

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The first phase of blockchain adoption will be how existing processes are optimized. That’s the straightforward part and is already happening. The crazy (for me) exciting part is the 2nd phase where we will see entirely new models emerge. I don’t want to say “business models” because I am not sure that many of them will be businesses in the …

When Organizations Don’t Have Bosses…

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In all of the hype around Bitcoin, blockchain, and crypto-tokens from a short-term investment perspective, it’s understandable that we might lose sight of the real impact of the larger trend and its implications. One of the biggest ones is the organization of companies and, arguably, society itself. I recently read a mind-blowing (for me, at least) article called “Let’s get …

Bancor: How to Turn Your PR Disaster Into A Marketing Opportunity

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I’ve struggled with Bancor. On the one hand, I really admire their vision of empowering crypto-tokens down to the micro-level.  I think it could be a powerful way to unleash innovation. As I wrote before, I also like the fact that they are trying to create liquidity and stability. That’s sorely needed in this space. On the other hand, I …

1 Easy Hack to Accelerate Your Blockchain Understanding

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The crypto economy requires a fundamental rewiring of our brains. As a student of history, I often tell people that history is great because it’s the cheapest way to learn from the mistakes of others. When it comes to the global regulation market, we all have a chance to watch and learn in real-time how different organizations, cultures, and countries …

Don’t Try To Understand Blockchains Without Getting Decentralization First

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In 2 years (or less), we won’t be talking about blockchains anymore.  Saying that I focus on the intersection of “blockchain” and “marketing” will be obsolete. Saying that I focus on the intersection of “blockchain” and “marketing” will just sound silly. It’s like saying “Internet marketing” today. It’s not that blockchains will go away. They will just fade away into …

Announcing: A Visit to Crypto Valley

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If you want to go deep and explore the future of Decentralization, the best place in the world to look is Zug, Switzerland. Known as “Crypto Valley,” Zug has: committed to becoming the most friendly environment for startups, with clear governmental support become the preferred location for crypto/decentralized-startups to establish their base including Ethereum, ShapeShift, Xapo, and Monetas made it …