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30 Car Buying Lessons

Random Observation/Comment #670: The car buying process is broken and all dealership are finding ways to make profits. I’d personally use an “Amazon for buying cars” to reduce the stress of being upsold during the close. Why This List? I have driven quite a bit as a city dweller with zipcars and rentals during travel, but now I’ve entered into...

Cross Country Move Guide

Random Observation/Comment #669: New adventures are meant to be scary and exciting. We’ve got plenty of time to change. This isn’t my first time moving. I know this because I already have a full blogpost of lessons learned around packing. What’s new to me is a cross country move in the middle of a pandemic. There were a lot of...

30 Diversity and Inclusion Company Actions

Random Observation/Comment #667: I understand that I will never understand. I stand with you. Why this list? ConsenSys has recommended all employees participate in a firm-wide holiday for Juneteenth to reflect, educate, and take action to combat racism and racial injustice. I’ve spent the day reading, listening, writing, and drawing. I learned today that you can unknowingly support racist policies,...

Quarantine Birthday Video

Random Observation/Comment #666: Just because we’re physically distancing, doesn’t mean we have to socially distance. Just because you’re quarantined, doesn’t mean you can’t have a really fun birthday. I’d write a list of 30, but I don’t have that many ideas. Feel free to follow this guide. How did you Celebrate? 1. Took care of Evie for the morning to...

30 Ways to Support Black Lives Matter

Random Observation/Comment #665: The work happens when topics aren’t trending. Why this List? The systemic divide in racism and poverty has been surfaced more clearly through the lens of this pandemic. One’s preexisting economic condition has correlation to susceptibility of contracting and dying from COVID-19. Being poor is expensive. This movement does stand for so much more, but the problem...

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 Names for this Era

Random Observation/Comment #660: We’re fighting a war in sweatpants. Why this List? We’re living through some crazy times. What are we going to call this era in the history books? Is this a war? Era? Period? Reign? Age? Revolution? There will be different references for each country, socio, political, tech, crisis, and other time periods. Some of these names might...

30 Non-TV Toddler Activities

Random Observation/Comment #658: I grew up watching TV to distract me while my parents had better things to do. Look at me; I turned out just fine. Why this List? We’re blessed that the major role we play in this pandemic is to (1) not get sick and (2) not spread sickness. At home, we’re mainly just parenting and trying...

30 Coronavirus Priorities

Random Observation/Comment #656: Homeschooling must be exhausting. Why this List? Unprecedented times. We hope everyone is safe and healthy. Personally, we’ve been reshuffling our priorities and activities because the world is now a little different now. Hunkering down. Trying to stay positive. Global Health Stay at home. Practice social distancing. Don’t spread/support misinformation or mass panic – see 30 Ways...

30 Day Coronavirus Cooking Challenge

Random Observation/Comment #654: Cooking is my stress relief. Probably gaining some weight in quarantine. Why this Challenge? If you’re stuck in quarantine, why not cook your food and freeze it? I had experience with this when my wife was nearing her delivery date and we wanted to reduce the amount of cooking during the first month with a newborn. If...

30 Post Coronavirus Questions

Random Observation/Comment #653: At least there’s a good reason to drink “the good stuff.” Why this list? I started worrying about coronavirus in the last week of Feb 2020 (see Coronavirus Precautions and Impacts). The paranoia has paid off and the family is safe slightly farther away from NYC. We have the essentials and we’re actively social distancing. I’ve gone...

30 Joint WFH Tips

Random Observation/Comment #652: There’s no place like working from home. Why this list? I already wrote a set of 30 Remote Working Tips, which I thought were pretty comprehensive, but I forgot to take into account one major Coronavirus impact – my wife is also working from home. We’re in a NYC apartment. Normal routines disrupted. Tight space. Productivity decline....

30 Coronavirus Precautions

Random Observation/Comment #651: Welp. Gg. Why This List? It’s hard not to think about the Coronavirus impacts from a financial and economics standpoint when you manage your family’s portfolio and like to study emerging patterns. (Plus, it’s everywhere in the media and probably a topic that has come up in conversation.) My conclusion: It’s definitely a pandemic and we’re likely...

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 Coronavirus Impacts

Random Observation/Comment #649: Time to accelerate my learning of 30 Survival Skills… Why this List? The impact of any wide-spreading disease like the coronavirus often takes a few months to settle. Different factors recently contributed from either media sensationalism or fake news has led to a fairly major panic within the global economy and stock market. We were all expecting...

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 Evaluate News

Random Observation/Comment #647: I wish there was a news service that just highlighted good news. I want more wholesome representations of random acts of kindness. Why this list? I often read the news to extrapolate the facts and take the rest of opinion with as a skeptic. Maybe that’s why I’m always on snopes. I want to make sure that...

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 Recurring Bills

Random Observation/Comment #638: It was so much easier when all I spent money on was Friday pizza slices for high school lunch. Why this List? I go through my finances every quarter and try to figure out what I’m spending money on that seems to be consistently recurring. Every outstanding subscription adds up and sometimes it’s good to consolidate them...

Reflecting on 2019

Random Observation/Comment #636: Be present. There’s no time like now to listen and enjoy the little things. In 2019, I fell in love with the monotony of living a simple life. Traveled to: Philly, Utah, San Francisco, Toronto, Twice to Colorado, Minnesota, London for SIBOs, Virginia, London for Cordacon, Boston, Rhode Island Triumphantly: Finished a 30 day challenge drawing Evie,...

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...

30 Ways to Disconnect

Random Observation/Comment #626: Digital retreats are so hot right now. Airbnb with no wifi is a feature. Why this List? You know you’re addicted. It’s made to be addictive and easily accessible. You love being connected. You need to share. You seek validation. You yearn to be admired from afar. Dependency. All you do is share. All you want is...