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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 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...

[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...

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...

[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...

Advice for Start-Ups

Random Observation/Comment #438: Follow your heart. Even if you give it your all and you fail, at least you’ve experienced something. It’s more valuable than 100 successes. I attend a lot of NYC start-up/entrepreneur events where panels speak about their experiences from working at a successful start-up. It gets a little repetitive because they’re probably reading from the same blogs,...

[Lessons Learned] Key Start-up Questions

Random Observation/Comment #428: One of the most important skills to learn in analysis and evaluation is to put yourself in the other person’s position. Once you see what others see, you’ll be in a better state to make the decision. I’ve been working with the start-up industry and playfully keeping updated with the latest technologies for the past 7 years....

Running Low on Hard Drive Space? Use WinDirStat

Running Low on Hard Drive Space? Use WinDirStat

Random Observation/Comment #420: I don’t know why I keep all the originals of the photos I took and don’t share in social media. It’s not like I’m going to look back at hundreds of thousands of photos that I didn’t deem important or good enough to post the first round through and relive every shot… My C:\ status bar was...

Android Photosphere: Beats my DSLR

Android Photosphere: Beats my DSLR

Random Observation/Comment #355: I still refer to my smartphone as a cellphone out of habit. I should just name it… JARVIS. Y’know that guy who holsters his DSLR to use his smartphone to take pictures? Well – that’s me. I’m the guy holding up the Galaxy Nexus panning around slowly with the photosphere. Why? It’s to stitch photos and easily...

The Essential toilet seat

The Essential toilet seat

Random Observation/Comment #350: Once your throne is heated and it cleans your butthole with a super-soaker, you will never be the same, and you can never go back. This is not an advertisement for the toilet seat I bought, but rather a personal story about warm butt cheeks and clean bowels. This is an analyst’s perspective of a luxury that...

Google glasses Ideas

Google glasses Ideas

Random Observation/Comment #343: If Google glass gets popular, will designers start to make Google glass frames?  Will the price of lasek decrease? Will Google glass come with a deal to get lasek? Sounds like some crazy synergy is possible there. I don’t know if you know this, but I’m a geek. I’m a big fan of tech in general and...

Using Smartphones to be Productive

Using Smartphones to be Productive

Random Observation/Comment #282: Ever since I finished Jason Womack’s book, I’ve readjusted my life to focus on working smarter and being more productive.  Unfortunately, this blog, although important, did not make it to the top of my Most Important Things (MIT) list.  The book I’m writing on the side, however, is almost done.  Also, the Stanley cup and Diablo 3...

What Tech Leaks Do to Consumers (like me)

What Tech Leaks Do to Consumers (like me)

Random Observation/Comment #256: Technology will always be my passion. Always. I want a tablet. I’ve wanted one for a very long time and I have kept very closely on techmeme, techcrunch, engadget, gizmodo, mashable, and androidandme to get that holy grail advice of when to buy something that won’t be obsolete in 2 months.  And that was actually the problem. ...

Android OS Next Names

Android OS Next Names

Random Observation/Comment #255: I am such a geek. Not a nerd or a dork… As I discussed in an earlier post, there are differences. Developers have an odd sense of humor. We add a little bit of personal color into our projects where we can. For example, I used to name my login machines after final fantasy 6 characters.  Those...