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I’ve never enjoyed reality television. It’s vain, narcissistic, and shallow. Yet, always the optimist, I believed that I could create a new form of “unscripted television” : something thoughtful and educational, which provided unparalleled insight into the world of entrepreneurship, blockchain technology, and startup investing. If the Kardashians could harness reality TV to create a billion dollar empire and Trump could use it to secure the presidency… my goal felt achievable.

Shortly after releasing the trailer for the Crypto Castle Chronicles, I came to the realization that a show like this (which I only planned to give 5–10% of my time to) would require experienced collaborators for distribution and marketing. (This is why no further episodes have been released.) As a result, my co-creator, Adrian, and I brought on United Talent Agency (UTA), a top talent agency, and the creator of Ballers on HBO as an executive producer. …

It wasn’t long after the first few articles came out about the San Francisco home we had rented for my first startup, and I had jokingly dubbed the “Crypto Castle,” did reality television producers start knocking. …

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An image of the Hindu “Chakra” system, which is not entirely dissimilar from what I outline below.

Rarely a day goes by without someone asking me how I have so much energy. Between regularly flying around the world, building companies, logging hundred-hour work weeks, and a strong inclination towards partying, it’s not unreasonable to assume that I should be exhausted.

But I’m not. To a certain extent, I’ve learned to properly harness my hyperactive disposition. Yet, more importantly, I believe the heuristics I’ve developed for managing my energy are far more vital, and I believe they are replicable.

It’s necessary for me to note, that as an individual with a great respect for the sciences, I’ve been quite reticent about making this post, as there is no academic literature to substantiate what I am about to set forward. Nevertheless, I have found that using this perspective with regards to one’s energy has been helpful for myself and those I’ve shared it with.

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The reason for this is that there was no other way to properly manage the exchange of value.

Then the internet came along and provided a revolutionary tool for the frictionless uploading, exchange, and dissemination of information. This development has fundamentally changed humanity…however, when it comes to online transactions of value, whether that value is money, titles, real estate, etc., we still rely on the same centralized intermediaries, such as banks and governments, that we’ve relied on for decades or even centuries.

Attempts to decentralize content were some of the notable innovations of the early web due to the relative ease of uploading files. Nevertheless, peer-to-peer file sharing applications, such as Kazaa and BearShare, failed due to being too centralized or clunky (read my friend John Backus’ “Fat Protocols Aren’t New”) and more censorship-resistant platforms like BitTorrent never went mainstream due to a lack of proper incentives and Spotify and iTunes’ “better-than-free” models. …

A Brief Look at the Rising Cryptoeconomy

This piece will appear in the upcoming issue of Distributed magazine, a publication I started with BTC Media to serve as a primer on blockchain and distributed ledger technology.

Preface: I first wrote the “Intro to Cryptoassets” the night before the inaugural issue of Distributed went to press in late 2016. My tardiness was less the consequence of procrastination, rather than a sudden realization that we had a gaping hole in a text that was supposed to introduce newcomers to this quickly emerging innovation. The term “cryptoassets” had not yet been popularized, and texts such as Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar’s (who helped with this updated version) Cryptoassets hadn’t been published. Yet I sensed the tidal wave of new asset issuance that was coming. That wave came crashing down upon this nascent industry in 2017 with the onslaught of ICOs, and this year with the rise of tokenized securities and non-fungible tokens.

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Recently, I have discovered that the public persona I have created for myself comes with some downsides— foremost being my inability to fully control my image. With that lesson learned, my hope is that I can be inspired to write more and share the best version of myself.

Foremost, I will outline my life philosophies as much as possible over the coming months and years. Ray Dalio’s Principles, which I recently read, has been an incredible inspiration (and I encourage everyone to read it.)

The first principle I will lay out is the concept of failing efficiently.

Failure is a part of life. It is the antonym of success. …

I will match up to $100,000 in donations to BEN before January 1

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Blockchain technology, as an overarching industry, has developed leaps and bounds from its geeky, white, cypher-punk roots of yore. (“Yore” being 2015, as it was only a couple years ago that I was total outlier for simply being a moderate liberal.)

When I first entered this space, in earnest, at the end of 2013, I realized that the lack of diversity in “Bitcoin” (as this industry was referred) was entirely untenable if we wanted a true crypto-economy to emerge.

What good, I asked myself, is decentralized money, if only a handful of predominately young-to-middle aged male, Western libertarians used it? Maybe good for dark market e-commerce, but that was about it. At least, that was my thesis when I helped found the Blockchain Education Network, BEN, (then dubbed the “College Cryptocurrency Network” or CCN) at the start of 2014. …

By just about any definition of the word, I have been extraordinarily lucky.

My adolescence and early adulthood were riddled with adversity, misfortune, and poor decision-making. I was a bad student, and by most definitions, a juvenile delinquent. Even as I matured and began to excel academically in college, my past felt like an inescapable demon, coming to haunt me at the most inopportune moments.

But then, in late 2013, in the most serendipitous series of events (more suitable for a memoir), I tripped and fell deep down the Bitcoin rabbit hole. …

Note: This post originally was published as an op-ed in Bitcoin Magazine.

I was yanked down the rabbit hole hard and fast when I first caught the Bitcoin Bug in late 2013. Before I even knew what a “blockchain” was I had founded what is now known as the Blockchain Education Network (then called the College Cryptocurrency Network), and was voraciously trading “altcoins.”

Back then, the term “altcoin,” which was used to describe any cryptocurrency besides Bitcoin, felt quite suitable. Most of those altcoins, including the most popular still in existence today, such as Litecoin and Dogecoin, were forks of Bitcoin’s code and were merely alternative “coins” with different rules or hashing algorithms. Watching these strange new financial vehicles violently fluctuate in value was both addictive and impossible to resist trading into. While I was slow to inoculate myself against that masochistic urge, I was quick to realize that few of these protocol tokens (that is, crypto-assets that incentivize validators, such as miners or stakers, to secure a blockchain) provided much value beyond Bitcoin’s own use case. …

The summer after my freshman year of college, I worked a terrible digital marketing internship at Simon & Schuster in New York City. …


Jeremy Gardner

Occasional founder (@AusumVentures, @AugurProject, @BlockchainEDU, @UnsungOrg, SAAVHA, @AusumVentures), perpetual strategist, blockchainer.

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