Maslow’s Hierarchy is one of the most recognizable and influential paradigms for human wellness and growth. Under this theory, each level of the hierarchy requires understanding and mastery of previous levels in order to continually satisfy people’s needs. You will never be free of lower levels, but reaching a new level of needs necessitates consistently satisfying lower levels of needs.

As a thought experiment, I’ve enjoyed trying to explain why the hierarchy is like this and not upside down, missing steps, or branching off into other layers. I’ve found that thinking of each level a meta-layer of the previous layer…


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You are here — — — — — — → +

You want to be there — — — → x

You know you want to be there and want other people to get interested as well. Being able to articulate what there means and why it’s much better than being here is called Vision. This is the critical foundation to get people interested and motivated to move to there.

But vision without resources is just a dream. Getting to there requires not just interest, but participation and organization. Without this organization, you have no way of being able to…


Today is a gloomy day in the cryptocurrency space. After January this year, when it wasn’t uncommon to see millionaire’s gloating about their new fortune and catch phrases like “Cryptocurrency is the Bubble That Never Pops”, things started to slow down and, eventually, tumble downhill fast.

Today the news is quite bleak. Just googling ‘Reddit Cryptocurrency’ (because I prefer to use google to search Reddit like an 80 year old), these were the top news results.


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First off, you have to start with the right assumptions and the right understanding of the risks. To make a 50X return on your investment, you have to take some really big risks, even by cryptocurrency standards. This also means accepting that, likely, this won’t happen. But if you have to get 50X, here’s how I would think about the problem…

Investing in Ethereum, Bitcoin or any other top 10 cryptocurrency is likely not going to cut it


Cryptocurrency founders have taken on a very strong presence since the growth of cryptocurrency in 2016 and 2017. Whether it’s Vitalik Buterin doing an interview for INC, Charlie Lee tweeting about his position on the cryptocurrency industry, or Brad Garlinghouse on CNBC, these founders have a big impact on price and sentiment.

But that wasn’t always supposed to be the case, at least not based on the way Satoshi Nakamoto acted. In 2008, back when Bitcoin was just an idea, Satoshi released a white paper to a group of hackers online. It was a technical document describing a new, decentralized…


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At it’s core, I think that cryptocurrency asks some very important questions about who has power and who gets control… questions whose answers will impact the financial industry greatly.

One of the most remarkable things about Bitcoin that we still don’t fully appreciate is how BTC is controlled at the individual level. You don’t need a big organization tracking how BTC is shared among the population, it’s all held in the public ledger. …


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I don’t think there’s a way to know if an ICO is truly ‘good’.

I gave an answer on what I think makes a good ICO investment some time ago, but that article would be better titled “How I Avoid Bad ICO’s”.

It’s much easier to spot bad ICO’s that don’t have a chance than the opposite. Some negative traits for me include:

  • Teams raising funds that have yet to put significant work into their platforms
  • Tokens that…


We live in a very weird time in the cryptocurrency era. Much like the internet revolution in the early 90’s, blockchain technology has shown amazing potential, but is still immature. But unlike the internet, cryptocurrency was able to find a liquidity model from very early on in the form of Token Distributions like ICOs. This rapidly expanded the pool of investors in the industry and has given rise to irrational exuberance. Speculators have overwhelmed the market with speculations, creating wild movements in price that are almost completely driven by sentiment.

This has given the impression that cryptocurrency prices are not…


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The opportunities are numerous. No matter how long I spend writing a list on this, there’s going to be more opportunities, many that will eclipse the potential earnings of what I will discuss. But these can be used as a starting point to get you thinking about your own adventures in this space.

Here’s a few examples of entrepreneurial endeavors I’ve seen people execute with a lot of success:

  • Create a project on top of the blockchain to…


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It’s a very young project that was started by the co-founder of Ethereum, Charles Hoskinson. The biggest benefit the project has is a healthy dose of hindsight: Ethereum was launched back in 2015, which means that Charles and his team had two years of ‘real world’ data to create their new project. They were able to architect something that, in theory, could solve many of the issues Ethereum is dealing with today (primarily around scaling).

In addition, Ethereum…

Brian Schuster

Writer, Developer, Data Solution Architect. Blockchain Industry Early Adopter.

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