Blockchain

30 Crypto/Blockchain Criticisms

Random Observation/Comment #735: Every technology has its critics. It just so happens the crypto industry is disrupting traditional banking infrastructure and some powers that be would rather keep this a cartel. Why this List? Criticisms are always welcome as new products and features will be incremental in the crypto space. Many thanks to the ConsenSys marketing team (esp James B...

End-to-End POAP Guide for Enterprises

Random Observation/Comment #732: Collect those badges like you collect fake internet points! POAP for Enterprise Events Let’s say you’re working at a large enterprise innovation group and you want to sprinkle some fun blockchain exploration into your event. What can you do? With the latest NFT boom attracting consumers to think about creative artwork auctions and NFT patterns (see 30...

30 DAO Patterns and Projects

Random Observation/Comment #731: I can’t wait for the day I tell people I work for or manage a DAO. Imagine the eye roll. Why this list? Just as NFTs had its seasons (30 NFT patterns and projects), I figured I’d get ahead of the oldie, but goodie – DAOs. Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) from the OG slock.it DAO showing the...

30 Crypto FUD Narratives

Random Observation/Comment #715: If you’re trading the market on margin/leverage, then you’re straight up gambling. Have a longer time horizon. Be an investor. Why this List? “The sky is falling.” Is the “bottom in” or is this a “cycle top”? How do I diversify through a bear market? I personally don’t like spreading FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt), but it’s not...

30 Security Best Practices for Crypto Owners

Random Observation/Comment #712: Don’t get rekt! Secure your shitcoins! Why this list? The Internet was fairly low stakes when the worst case scenario of a social media account hack was a few chain letter DMs. With Crypto and DeFi exponentially growing, there could be substantial money on the line. Remember to protect yourself and make sure you follow these practices...

30 NFT Patterns and Projects

Random Observation/Comment #708: Capital Formation (DAO) + NFT Auction + NFT Fractionalization + Secondary Market Royalties + Cashflows from Physical/VR/AR viewing Social tokens for investing in the artist’s future artworks. The Future is now! Why this list? NFTs – so hot right now. I couldn’t of guessed it would be the thing that propels more creators into the space, but...

30 DeFi Buzzwords

Random Observation/Comment #700: If you want to feel like a part of the ecosystem, then you’ll need to learn the lingo. Why this List? I wrote 30 blockchain buzzwords used by enterprises back in 2016 (and also 30 Smart Cities buzzwords). Now that mainnet is the new buzz, here’s the buzzwords and their definitions of the 2021 trends. DeFi –...

30 Things to Do With Crypto

Random Observation/Comment #695: Composability and active personal digital asset management is under-valued within the cryptocurrency space. Why this list? Bitcoin is the pet rock blockchain. You can buy it, spend it, and save it, but that’s pretty much it. If you want to build applications and services on top of a network, I would recommend Ethereum. There’s so much more...

30 Ethereum Things to be Thankful for

Random Observation/Comment #684: “Let me just basically say how impressed I am by Ethereum, full stop, period.” ~Heath Tarbert, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Why this list? Experimentation with multiple blockchain/DLT platforms has led me to be very thankful for a lot of aspects unique to Ethereum. It withstands the test of time as a live bounty...

30 Blockchain Institutional Readiness Activities

Random Observation/Comment #681: DeFi – so hot right now. Why this list? Never a dull moment in the public mainnet and Enterprise Ethereum space. As broad stroke trends, I’ve noticed: CBDC experimentation and Central Bank commitments for go-live (not to mention the Digital Yuan already being tested) Stablecoins maintaining value for ecosystems to remove the need for fiat off-ramps Payment...

EUvsVirus Hackathon Lessons Learned

Random Observation/Comment #661: Remote friendly quarantine hackathons are so hot right now. Remote Pan-European Hackathon #EUvsVirus I didn’t think a remote hackathon would be as fun or nearly as productive, but it was actually pretty great. You miss some of the event in-person awkward friend-making moments and whiteboards, but you can make the most out of some productivity tools and...

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 Things SAs Do

Random Observation/Comment #643: I never thought I’d find my ideal role, but I’m clearly a Solutions Architect at heart. Why this list? Sometimes people ask me “what do you do?” and it’s not always that easy to pin point. As a Solutions Architect (SA), I do a blend of sales and solutions engineering. Sometimes I’m out selling and other times...

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 Ways to 1 Million Devs

Random Observation/Comment #635: Tis the season to be coding! Reaching 1 Million Devs Reaching 1 million developers for any platform requires two steps: (1) clear motivations and understanding of the new economics for virality and (2) low friction for getting started to gain platform stickiness. The first layer of growing attention may be pushed forward by incentive multipliers (e.g. recommendations)...

30 ConsenSys 1-Year Retro Items

Random Observation/Comment #628: Time flies when you’re having fun. Why this list? In Sept 2018, ConsenSys had a Solutions off-site in Dublin with 200+ professionals greeting each other with open ears, arms, and hearts. I wrote a 30 lessons learned for that offsite. One year later, I find it fitting to do retro of these ideas in practice. ConsenSys is...

How to be a Good Meshian

Random Observation/Comment #623: Do no harm. Do good. Be good. Seek excellence. I’m coming up on my one year anniversary at ConsenSys and I’ve certainly learned, changed, and grown quite a bit. Not only have I embraced the remote first lifestyle, but I’ve also become an advocate for self-organizing habitats driven by passion. They may not be the most profit-seeking strategies...

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 Lessons Learned from Solutions Offsite

Random Observation/Comment #606: Meshians are pretty damn cool. Why this list? Jam packed information workshops, 100 new faces-names-roles-locations mappings, and sleep deprivation leads to a rollercoaster week of immersion. When we have time to distill the overwhelming amount of collaboration and mesh love, maybe we’ll remember a great week and come to similar conclusions. Mesh culture’s DNA is based on...

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...