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30 Ideas that Defined Sibos 2019

Random Observation/Comment #629: There are times I miss wearing suits and ties. By day 4 of sibos, it’s so much easier to fall into the crypto t-shirt and jeans with AllBirds. Why this list? Sibos is always impressive and insightful. If you didn’t pay the expensive ticket price, you can watch most of the main sessions and panels on the Sibos YouTube channel....

30 Blockchain Questions with Libra Answers

Random Observation/Comment #622: Approach any investment or new technology with skepticism. Also, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Why this List? After the announcement of Facebook’s Libra project, I did a lot of reading and digging to see what this was all about. I didn’t realize that in the back of my head, I was checking off this list...

30 Smart Cities Buzzwords

Random Observation/Comment #619: Every industry has its business buzzwords. Speak the language of your peers. Why this list? The past 3 days, I attended the Smart Cities New York conference, and quietly listened and took notes throughout fascinating panels and talks. Much like coming up with my list of 30 blockchain buzzwords, it didn’t take long to hear some common...

30 Signs of Self Organizing Culture

Random Observation/Comment #605: A lot of unlearning from the “traditional” hierarchy culture is necessary to fully grasp the self-organizing/decentralized company operational efficiency. Why this list? My unofficial introduction to ConsenSys was through a “self-organizing” workshop between thought leaders and peers. We discussed less about a self management philosophy and more about good practices to share in the community. Coming from...

30 Work Culture Activities

Random Observation/Comment #599: Don’t just do what you love – work with cool people to do what you love. Why this list? What does it mean to love where you work? Is it just the people? The attitude? The free coffee? The bonding? I’ve been on an incredible journey of joining r3 when it was a 20-person start up with...

30 r3 corda wordplay

Random Observation/Comment #591: Sometimes you need a break to get unstuck. Why this List? I personally love our logo designs. Kudos to Vault49 and their attention to detail. For those who haven’t seen it:         I know, so great. The best part is the cr3ativity we can have with c()mbining our logos with words: bar3 (we actually...

Slack Police

Random Observation/Comment #571: Take time to learn your tools. A few shortcuts and quicker defaults can save a lot of time in the long run. Like any other employee moving from an enterprise Microsoft-based infrastructure into the “start up tools”, I immediately fell in love with Slack. It just feels like a series of organic conversations that can replace the...

Personal Cybersecurity

Random Observation/Comment #570: Protect your digital identity. Seriously. People’s stupidity will always be the weakest link of any security policy, so make sure you’re careful with your passwords, apps you download, browsing, and general information you share. Yes, I’m slightly more paranoid and careful with digital security than the average person, but it’s for good reason. Stories like this one from wordfence: https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2017/01/gmail-phishing-data-uri/...

Expected Pokemon Go articles

Random Observation/Comment #556: “Anyone with a phone out while walking is probably playing Pokemon Go.” -Everyone playing Pokemon Go Pokémon Go has capture my heart and inner child. I remember playing my Gameboy Color with the red cartridge from 12 years ago where I literally caught all 151 (mostly without the down+a+b cheat). Since then, I had not followed the...

30 Blockchain Buzzwords

Random Observation/Comment #546: “That’s an easy solution. Just put it on the blockchain.” ~All the hype Why This List? 2 years of looking at blockchain technologies with financial institutions and VCs has led me to a lot of reading and a lot of meetings where buzzwords are thrown around by savvy strategists and media hype. Most of these are clever ways to...

30 Amazon Echo Easter Eggs

Random Observation/Comment #534: The future just sneaks up on you. One day you’re turning on lights with your hand, then clapping, and now you’re saying ‘Amazon, turn on the Lights’ I’ve had the Amazon Echo for about 6 months and I think I’ve started using it so much that I take it for granted. Among many other things, I use Amazon...

Blockchain Benefits and Limitations

Random Observation/Comment #534: If I had a nickel for every time I heard “we’re not interested in bitcoin, but the underlying technology of blockchain will change the world” I might have a bitcoin. Blockchain has been on everyone’s mind and I’ve been looking at it for about a year now. I created my own clemcoin, wrote smart contracts, and explored...

TEDx Speaker Curation

Random Observation/Comment #533:  Behind a well-organized event is a whole team volunteering hours of hard work and attention to detail. Kudos. The backbone of “ideas worth sharing” is finding the right speakers and topics that share your organizations theme and audience interest for the year. The first thing to do is determine a theme.  If you’re looking for ideas, I’ve written a...

[List of 30] TEDx Blogpost ideas

Random Observation/Comment #525: #collaborativecreation is how we get things done. TEDxBushwick 2016 is in full steam and we’re always brainstorming new ideas to get more people involved. Blogging in any of the social media platforms is an easy way to reach out to more people and get more conversations started. For those TEDx organizers looking for different blog post ideas, here’s what...

[List of 30] Amazon Echo Commands

Random Observation/Comment #517: It’s always listening for its name. Why can’t I call it Jarvis? ‘Alexa’ makes the wifey upset. I bought the Amazon Echo a week ago and I’ve been playing around with all its functions. Yes, Siri is basically the same thing and probably does a better job with normal searches/questions, but I still have to hand it to...

[List of 30] TEDx Themes

Random Observation/Comment #511: I have TEDactive withdrawal. I need more extroverted introverts that love organizing events in my life. A theme brings it all together. It guides the talks and inspires the audience to think abstractly about the bigger cause. There’s no right answer for the theme – it’s just an abstract idea that can be interpreted in any number of...

My TEDActive FAQ

Random Observation/Comment #506 : My life needs a meditation room and smilebooth. I’m a big fan of summarizing into lists and preparing my day for common questions. Here are answers to the main ones I suspect Monday morning: Q: How was the conference? A1 (in general): It was the best week of my life, but not something I can do...

Post-TEDActive To Do List

Random Observation/Comment #505: I don’t think I’ve ever met a group of smarter, driven, and inspired people in my life. TEDsters are truly humble representatives of their communities, countries, universities, and corporations. My brain is basically mush after this full week of watching 90+ TED talks and 20+ hours of inspirational beauty jam packed into 5 days. It was a...

Organizing Your Digital Life (Part 2)

Random Observation/Comment #499: Personalization is a cornerstone of great design. I love the flexibility to make everything my own toolbox. Part 1 of Organizing Your Digital Life gave a brief overview of my key content absorption and creation tips to keep things less cluttered. This 2nd part will look at my specific setups and my key toolbox I use to make...

Organizing Your Digital Life (Part 1)

Random Observation/Comment #498: We have a lot of digital clutter in our lives. Streamline it to let technology work for you. In order to be productive, you need a system of tools that help you get through your daily tasks without distracting you too much.  Here’s what I use and how I organize my digital world: Email Available Purposes: All things...

[List of 30] 0 Degree Camping Tips

Random Observation/Comment #495: Overnight 0 degree camping in the Catskills will grow hair on your chest. Ladies, you have been warned. I’ve gone camping before, but I’ve never done it in freezing conditions. I’ve also never gone with such an awesomely prepared group like DBA (Destination Backcountry Adventures run and led by Dave DiCerbo). As a spontaneous and over-trusting type,...

[List of 30] Holiday Gifts

Random Observation/Comment #488: Sometimes I have a funny bone in my body. It hurts when I bump it. First and foremost, forget what you know about your significant other, family member, or friend and just generically bucket them into two or three of these types of people. Pick the 2nd one that represents them best (because the first means they...

[30 Day Challenge] 30 Favorite Start-up Ideas

Random Observation/Comment #280: Every few months, I see a start-up company release an idea that I immediately say “I thought of that 2 years ago!”  I wish they’d give me money for that. Why This List? Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur and start a company. It’d be awesome – we’d be our own bosses and work on a product...

[Lessons Learned] Organizing a Corporate TEDx

Random Observation/Comment #449: Find activities that encompass multiple hobbies and aim towards a true mission… like TEDx. Organize a TEDx or more events appreciated by your community if you want to be happy. TEDx licenses are granted to those who demonstrate a well-rounded theme that can provide multidisciplinary speeches, demonstrations, and general talks. It’s not meant to be a marketing ploy for...

Off The Grid

Random Observation/Comment #445: Sometimes you must disrupt flow to restore order. Have you ever felt controlled by your technology? Music becomes a crutch to memorized lyrics and familiar tempos while you’re pushed and pulled to all this made-up work.  By made-up, I mean things will still be if I don’t check someone’s updated status or life will still go on,...