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July 5, 2018
Money Doesnt Work Like You Think It Does

Money Doesn’t Work Like You Think It Does

Different ideas in economics are often similar to contradictory religious beliefs. People sink down the rabbit hole of a particular line of thinking and rarely stop to look around for scenarios in which they may be wrong.  And I’m not saying this from a place of zen-like perfection, I’ve been tempted by this too many times in my life, likely still am in some areas. Which is why it’s a […]
July 5, 2018
Treading Water

Treading Water

You know what makes me angry in the business world? Like, genuinely mad, fuming even? It doesn’t have anything to do with the sins I talked about in my book, this one is just plain frustrating and not instructive. I’m talking about treading water. When I’m chatting with an owner of some company that’s been doing the same darn thing for 5+ years and never got anywhere further than being a tiny […]
July 5, 2018
Alex Partin Digital Ownership

The Thing About Digital Ownership

I’m fascinated by big, abstract economic questions and their implications.  Tying current events to big picture stuff is always fun. So I was reading about monetary policies proposed by some countries this morning and something dawned on me. You know how many years ago folks owned physical coins/precious metals and used that for most of the trading? So back then when, say, gold was diluted in the coins, you felt […]
July 4, 2018
6 Assembly Line Ideas for Mass Producing Results

6 Assembly Line Ideas for Mass Producing Results

Never know where you’re gonna learn the next cool thing from. I heard this speech of one startup founder who set out to apply machine learning algorithms to web development, basically teaching the code to write more code according to existing patterns. I know this isn’t a new thing and there are multiple ventures currently competing in this niche, the article is not really about the software. The speaker, Matt, came […]
July 3, 2018
Note About Encryption

Note About Encryption

Someone mentioned today that a few of my e-mails went into her spam folder. That got me digging in my settings, and I quickly learned that I had not configured something called DKIM properly. Which, yes, sounds like some sci-fi acronym – but is really just a sort of verifying system for e-mail. Basically this is an encryption – two random strings of characters are generated, a private and a public key. The public key […]
July 2, 2018
Money Making Lessons of a roman pontifex

Money-Making Lessons of a Roman Pontifex

Been a while since I did one of them history business thingies. For those of new to the blog: once in a while I delve into ancient history, looking for wisdom and insights that can be applied to modern biz dev. Here goes one such story right now! Calendars are a weird, messy thing – doubly so in the ancient times. Romans were actually pretty smart about this stuff and […]
July 1, 2018
The Grand Platform Slam

The Grand Platform Slam

Let us chat about decentralized apps that are all the rage these days. A dApp is basically any application/platform that is built on the Blockchain, usually involving Smart Contracts. This, in theory means it is almost impossible to cheat or screw with. That would involve undermining the entire Blockchain – impossible with any processing power currently available. I happen to have stuff to say about dApps, as someone who is currently […]
June 30, 2018
Riding the Hype Curve

Riding the Hype Curve

So there’s this thing called the “Hype Cycle”. It’s a graphical representation used to explain adoption of technology coined by Gartner – one of the American IT giants. The Hype Cycle is, well, not really a cycle. More of a squiggly line that displays the path a given technology goes through before becoming widespread. You have your inflated expectations, disillusionment period and then new applications followed by a plateau. It’s […]
June 29, 2018
Blockchain Hallucinations

Blockchain Hallucinations

I was re-reading Gustave Le Bon’s “The Crowd” the other day. And in it there is an interesting story about an even that “occurred” in the Crusades.  During the Siege of Jerusalem, when all the warriors were gathered outside preparing for battle, St. George ostensibly appeared on the walls of the city and urged them to go forth and lay waste. Everyone saw that and it was just widely accepted […]
June 27, 2018
Stuff Outsourcers do That Makes No Sense

Stuff Outsourcers do That Makes No Sense

Sometimes I think IT companies make things byzantine on purpose, so they can justify having dedicated chatterboxes whose job is to upsell clients into bigger promises. Instead of ranting about this, I will try and put things into a comprehensive list for your reading (dis)pleasure. Here’s some stuff they do that makes the least sense to me: Focusing on hourly rates and being proud of how cheap their workforce is. […]