Top 8 Blockchain Trends Enabling Technology, Energy, and Finance Disruption

The business world is still trying to figure out the best uses of blockchain. Despite relative popularity in the press, the examples of potential cases for blockchain integration are limited at best currently.

06/17/2017

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Miguel A. Gamiño Jr.
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RT @jeffweiner: Never imagined revisiting U.S. History and Constitution classes from school so many years later and with such fierce sense…

March’s Civic Tech Events

Happy Women’s History Month! The civic highlight of the month is the NYC School of Data, kicking off March 4 and continuing for a week (Sold Out). Join for a week of celebrations of the 5-year anniversary of the NYC Open Data Law.

03/03/2017 - 17:10

Gender Diversity

Today is International Women’s Day and I thought I would recognize it by writing about gender diversity, a challenging topic for many in the startup/tech sector. I believe that diversity of all kinds results in better companies, better performance, better culture and better workplaces.

03/08/2017 - 17:10

Three Bad and Two Good Reasons to Start a Startup

I’ve started five companies, four of which failed miserably, one which did fairly well. I was also one of the first five employees of a startup which did quite well.

I learned a few things from the failures, some from the successes:

03/17/2017 - 12:14

Brain Computer Interface

The WSJ reported yesterday that Elon Musk is developing yet another company, this one based on neural lace technology, to create a brain computer interface.

03/28/2017 - 07:30

Polychain

We invested in a hedge fund that only invests in cryptotokens recently called Polychain. I wrote about that when we did it. Here’s a conversation between Olaf Carlson-Wee, the founder of Polychain, and Chris Dixon where they talked all about tokens, protocols, and Polychain.

04/05/2017 - 07:30

Is there a right time of year to raise a seed round?

It's hard to answer that question, because even if you look at fundraising data, you don't always know a) when the round was actually closed vs. just announced or filed and b) you don't know when fundraising actually started.  Maybe it was wrapped up in a week or maybe it took six months.

04/10/2017 - 17:10

IBM and Microsoft

As I was watching all of those Watson ads on TV this weekend during the Masters golf tournament, I thought to myself “well look at that, IBM has built the first big AI brand.” And that is coming from a true dinosaur of the tech business.

04/12/2017 - 07:30

When will retailers wake up and smell the CLV?

For 30 plus years now, I've been spreading the "customer centricity" gospel to anyone who will listen. While most companies mistake the concept for a friendly philosophy about the importance of being "nice" to every customer, it's quite the contrary.

04/12/2017 - 12:19

Why Designers Must Be Problem Spotters

Last week I was in Florida and my flight back was on a horrible travel day. Storms had closed Atlanta airport for a long time. This meant that my flight was overbooked and so the boarding process was quite competitive as everyone tried to get overhead bin space before it all filled up.

04/18/2017 - 17:10

May’s Civic Tech Events

We’re almost halfway through with 2017 — let’s celebrate May with a jam-packed schedule of events: Every Thursday in May How to document apartment repair issues using justfix.nyc. JustFix.nyc is a free website you can use to document the repair issues in your apartment.

05/09/2017 - 17:10

I’d Rather Not Merge With Robots, Thank You

Israeli historian Yuval Harari is getting a lot of attention with a dramatic vision of the future, in which humans merge with technology to evolve beyond themselves and ultimately colonize outer space -- potentially making our generation one of the 

05/12/2017 - 16:36

What I Look for in Cryptocoins

I sat around in a circle of 10 people, many of whom are pretty well credentialed by startup ecosystem standards and asked people to raise their hands if they owned any cryptocurrencies. Almost everyone raised their hands.

05/23/2017 - 17:10

What If Robots Did the Hiring at Fox News?

What if Fox News decided to address its gender and racial discrimination issues by entrusting personnel decisions to an algorithm? It’s a fascinating thought experiment -- and one that helps illustrate the dangers of putting too much trust in big data.

05/25/2017 - 11:40

Inexpensive (But Not Cheap) Ways Startups Can Protect Their IP

By Edward J. Russavage and A.J. Tibbetts

06/02/2017 - 06:22

The Unhelpful Myth of Genius

I’ve got a new Bloomberg View column out: A Mathematician’s Secret: We’re Not All Geniuses   See all my Bloomberg View columns here.

06/07/2017 - 07:42

Top 8 Blockchain Trends Enabling Technology, Energy, and Finance Disruption

The business world is still trying to figure out the best uses of blockchain. Despite relative popularity in the press, the examples of potential cases for blockchain integration are limited at best currently.

06/17/2017 - 09:44

Some Rules for Fundraising

Fundraising sucks. 

No one likes it.  Founders don't start companies so they can spend half their time asking people for money and VCs don't love the dance either.  

07/27/2017 - 11:30

Venture Investments Are Not Bets

Countless times over the last decade, I’ve heard other venture investors refer to their investments as “bets.” Earlier in my venture career, I was absolutely guilty of this because I wasn’t being mindful and probably lacked some necessary empathy.

08/04/2017 - 07:35

Big Data Is Coming to Take Your Health Insurance

For all its absurdity, the debate over Obamacare has accomplished something positive: It has educated people that insurance is really about risk pooling -- as in you need both healthy and sick people to participate if it’s going to be affordable for the sick.

08/04/2017 - 11:35

Trump and Statistics Don’t Mix

The Trump administration has taken on three ambitious statistical projects: tracking down cases of voter registration fraud, identifying racism in college admissions and developing an 

08/10/2017 - 11:30