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What is blockchain gaming?

As a “next generation computing platform”, blockchain enables entirely new functionalities in the gaming world: first, the ability to trade digital assets between games, and, secondly, the ability to trade digital assets between gamers directly. These two new functionalities offer entirely new open marketplaces and ecosystems, allowing gamers and game developers to usher in a new era of inter-connected games. Since gaming, first and foremost, is about fun experiences and addictive gameplay, the blockchain games that will succeed will be the ones that successfully balance compelling gameplays with the new economics embedded via blockchain. …

Richard Stallman

The trouble with Software Innovation: from past to present

Once upon a time, a bottleneck on software development innovation was access to computers.

Over time, as access to computing became prevalent and software industry became a big part of the economy, the bottleneck on software development innovation switched from access to compute (since computers became ubiquitous) to the new type of development: in pursuit of profits, corporations started to restrict open access to software.

To counteract this new development, a very important movement was started, led by people like Richard Stallman.

For those who need a refresher: Richard Stallman leads…

If you are an entrepreneur in web3 space, consider joining our accelerator with mentors from tier1 companies and investment firms in the space: http://openwebcollective.com/. We help with all the aspects of building the business, including identifying the market, BD, marketing and fundraising.

What is Programmable Money?

Our current system of monetary exchange has evolved over time to accommodate new marketplace demands and technological advancements, giving financial inclusion to even the most remote villages on earth. Predating the era of tangible fiat currencies, the idea of an ecosystem reliant upon bartering was most commonly used to facilitate trade between two or…

What will blockchain enable in the long term?

From my subjective point of view, blockchain has the potential to re-imagine many industries in the same way that the Internet has been reshaping almost every industry for the past 25 years. Today, we are on day #1 of the blockchain paradigm shift. Adoption is almost non-existent.

In my view, it’s likely that we are living through the same tech adoption phase as Internet adoption circa the early 1990s. Future mainstream use cases are hard to predict, just as nobody in the early 1990s assumed that broadband would become cheap enough to…

We are starting a new blog series that shows use cases that will be enabled via scalable decentralized blockchain very soon. In the first blog in these series, the team at Nuclo provides the overview of their new platform as well as sheds light on one of the first use cases that involve Chilean Government and entirely new approach to the supply chain for biomass purchasing. The initial deployment will have to support 10,000 active daily users, which requires a scalable, decentralized protocol underlying the Nuclo platform.

Intro to what Nuclo offers

The Nuclo platform (https://nuclo.io) is the first AMS…

Summary: Programmable Money is a multi-trillion dollar opportunity for blockchain enabled businesses. The first original use case of programmable money was the creation of ICOs, that led to a frenzy of 2017. This post will cover three additional use cases that will be also re-imagined by blockchain and smart contracts:

  1. Derivative Trading: ~$13 trillion markets today, which is dominated by largely centralized exchanges. This market will transform in a two-step process: a) market will move into centralized derivative exchanges that trade baskets of crypto, futures contracts and options b) decentralized derivatives exchanges will take the place of a fraction of…


If you are an entrepreneur in web3 space, consider joining our accelerator with mentors from tier1 companies and investment firms in the space: http://openwebcollective.com/. We help with all the aspects of building the business, including identifying the market, BD, marketing and fundraising.

At the time of this writing, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Netflix are worth $696 billion on average. That’s higher than the GDP of large countries like Argentina or Switzerland. How did the world converge to such a hegemony of just several organizations?

Additionally, I noticed that I now have a dedicated app folders for Google and Amazon…

“A person who doesn’t know what the universe is, doesn’t know where they are. A person who doesn’t know their purpose in life doesn’t know who they are or what the universe is. A person who doesn’t know any of these things doesn’t know why they are here. So what to make of people who seek or avoid the praise of those who have no knowledge or where or who they are?”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Haku after recovering his real identity

Who am I? What do I know about myself? How do I apply this knowledge to then guide me as I move through life down…

Stop putting out fires

2016 started on an interesting note. My friend Nick and I reflected recently on the meaning of coming of age and he suggested that now is the time for us to begin this chapter in our respective books of life. We came up with a list of to do items for life going forward and planned to check-in to ensure that we continue on this path. The key to this new approach is realizing the importance of time and being strategic about the way one allocates time every day. We are lucky to have incredible privilege (food on a table…

Hiro Protagonist Takes on Metaverse

I haven’t written publicly for more than a year, but I been doing a lot of reflecting recently and wanted to share some of the things I’ve been thinking about. In an insightful interview, Phil Libin underlines the importance of a cohesive life philosophy in guiding individual decision making. This resonated deeply with me and I’d like to take a stab at explaining how I’m thinking about life choices circa 2015. In the last year, I’ve been focused on a few themes: trusting yourself as the key to living fully, the importance of delayed gratification, and finding internal sources of…

Aliaksandr Hudzilin

Relentlessly Resourceful at NEAR Protocol. Formerly sales MemSQL & MuleSoft, Founder Nibbol, Investment Banker Qatalyst. Cal Grad.

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