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July 26, 2018
Alex Partin - the dimmer switch

The Dimmer Switch

Hype again, eh? After talking about hype-building recently, I got some pretty solid questions about how to handle project development without creating huge expectations around the thing. I received a good comment about this, actually: “I’m curious do you feel that a project should use hype as a momentum boost for its initial release or remain relatively underground until its foundation is solidly built? I’m always conflicted on what marketing approach is […]
July 25, 2018
Hype

Hype is Overrated

So lets talk about something most storytellers and marketing experts are trying to build: HYPE! … I have an odd relationship with it. My career only really started to kick off when my negotiations became less of a neurotic mess. Yes, writing is also a negotiation. I clearly remember getting overly excited, having huge expectations for particular projects. In hindsight, they were all disasters and the emotions never lasted. All these deals had one […]
July 23, 2018
If Socrates Was Pitching Your It Products Alex Partin

If Socrates Was Pitching Your IT Products To Prospects…

Enter Socrates. Does this fella even need an introduction? Dude was a badass, never personally recorded a single word yet we keep talking about him to this day. I don’t think there is another person in history who ever affected public discourse and thinking more than he did. Anyway, I’m not here for fanboying about ancient history, go read up on this if need be. Socrates had a particular method of communicating […]
July 22, 2018
How I almost lost my hearing Alex Partin

How I Almost Lost My Hearing

Story time: When I was 11, I had a large moth fly right inside my left ear – it then got stuck deep inside, unable to fly out. In fact, it got so deep that there was no way I could reach there either. I tried jumping on one leg, getting it out with my fingers, pouring water into my ear. Nothing helped – waterboarding the poor thing actually made it […]
July 21, 2018
My Opinion Of Blockchain Evangelism Alex Partin

My Uncensored Opinion Of Blockchain Evangelism

This is another one of those that may ruffle a few feathers. I recently decided to ask my Linkedin connections (around 5 thousand) what people who call themselves “Blockchain Evangelists” and “Blockchain Enthusiasts” in their job description and taglines actually do. I think my favorite response was the following:  “The question appears to indicate that some people have self confidence issues and afew followers with same issue. This platform is […]
July 20, 2018
Alex Partin - Blinded Crypto Investors

Blinded Crypto-Investors

Let’s go back to ancient history and touch on a meatier subject today, shall we? And I mean that literally. Going back almost exactly one thousand years from this day, there was this dude Basil II who was in charge of the Byzantine Empire at the time. The guy has a lengthy Wikipedia page for a reason, he did a ton of crap over his lifetime. Including a lot of warfare. While he was […]
July 19, 2018
Alex Partin AI is not hot

AI Is Not As Hot As We’d Like To Think

This one might piss off a few alarmists in the audience. We like to think of AI as this cool self-learning technology that’ll eventually match and even surpass human beings in most if not all things. We’ve all seen these smart AIs composing music and doing doing other “creative” problem solving. Just like we all heard the horror stories about the misanthropic computer that learns to spew hatred or whatever. I mean, Sophia got her citizenship […]
July 18, 2018
Cybercriminal 6 Ways To Get Scammed With Cryptocurrencies

6 Ways to Get Scammed with Cryptocurrencies

Did you know that people lost over $532 million in cryptocurrency-related scams over only the first few months of 2018? Now you do! [source] There are countless ways to lose money in this industry, from bad investment strategies to getting bamboozled by financial predators. I’ve had the opportunity to interact with dozens of people in Blockchain and Crypto, both legitimate businessfolk as well as the baloney peddlers, outright scammers, and even […]
July 11, 2018
Alex Partin Mistakes Even Good Projects Make While Looking For Crypto Investors

10 crypto-investor turnoffs even good projects commit in their campaigns

Here is a straight to the point kind of post. Some of these I never talked about before, some I will elaborate on in the future. Some may come as a surprise and some are straight forward. Each one of those could make a separate lesson in and off itself, and we will no doubt tackle the most prominent problems going forward. Repetition in these things are a good thing, […]
July 9, 2018
Explain Blockchain To Your Grandma

Explain Blockchain To Your Grandma

There was this short video that made rounds on Linkedin the other day. The interviewer was asking folks at a conference “How would you explain Blockchain to your grandma?” and had some fun with their answers, most people struggling, some jokes, etc. I think it’s a cool question to ambush people with. It also perfectly fits my series about translating technobabble to human language. So I should go ahead and latch onto this, creating an awesome explanation. […]