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30 Marketing Activities

Random Observation/Comment #657: Sometimes marketing is as important as the software. Why this List? I’ve been studying product marketing recently to better understand the lingo from my colleagues. There’s a different set of measurable outcomes from a marketing, sales, consultancy/advisory, and software view of a client journey. It’s always nice when you have a full team and huge budget that...

30 Blockchain Platform Technical Factors

Random Observation/Comment #650: Looking to raise more money by “sprinkling some blockchain on it” is so 2017. Why this List? If the blockchain platform choice has less to do with the business factors (see 30 Blockchain Platform Business Factors), then you’re perhaps looking at some of the technical aspects for your use case. This list of 30 was pretty easy...

30 Blockchain Platform Business Factors

Random Observation/Comment #648: Pick a solution to solve your problem. When you treat blockchain like a hammer, then everything looks like a nail (because everything involves data storage, consensus, and retrieval). Why this List? When picking a blockchain platform that’s “ledger-appropriate” to your business use case, you likely want to do some due diligence and create a rubric that justifies...

30 Ways to Get Cryptocurrency Exposure

Random Observation/Comment #646: Fake internet money is pretty amazing. Much wow. Such awesomeness. Why this List? Whether it’s “number go up” or because you’re scared that the coronavirus outbreak will lead to a series of delayed supply chain impacts on global trade and consumption, you probably want to diversify your portfolio to include some type of cryptocurrency (shameless plug for...

30 Enterprise Blockchain Barriers

Random Observation/Comment #642: Going to production in enterprise environments is not easy. Why this list? I’m a huge blockchain proponent and love the technology mixed with economics. I love it so much I wrote a list of 30 Blockchain buzzwords back in 2016 and it’s still surprisingly relevant. There are benefits and new business models opened by connecting multiple traditionally...

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...