Random Observation/Comment #681: DeFi — so hot right now.

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Why this list?

Never a dull moment in the public mainnet and Enterprise Ethereum space. As broad stroke trends, I’ve noticed:

  • CBDC experimentation and Central Bank commitments for go-live (not to mention the Digital Yuan already being tested)
  • Stablecoins maintaining value for ecosystems to remove the need for fiat off-ramps
  • Payment companies looking at Blockchain technology to leverage their existing identity networks
  • Traditional Financial Digital Assets (e.g. private equity and bonds) experimentation on mainnet
  • DeFi growing to $11B with an incredible Q3 report

If I were an innovation lead in a bank’s IT team, I would consider looking at projects that provide institutional readiness and connectivity to these external market forces. At a high level, I think it’s important to…


Random Observation/Comment #674: The new normal doesn’t have to be lonely. We are physically distancing, not socially.

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Why this List?

Our new work from home world can be hard to navigate. Luckily, ConsenSys has been a remote-first company since the beginning. I’ve already created a set of self-organizing work posts from the pre-covid days:

In order to foster better community and culture within our global team, we’re looking at a program for rotating “team culture leads”. This person would voluntarily provide a 15–30 minute activity for their team pod in order to keep things playful. Here are some ideas:

  1. Webinar watch party — Group watch of an important webinar that may have been played outside of our timezone. Watch it with an open shared doc for live commenting and answering of questions. …

Random Observation/Comment #673: I’m okay with not flying for a while

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Why this List?

In order to move cross country, we decided to suffer 4-hours and take the airport risk rather than driving over 3 days and take the hotel risk. Here are some tips we used on prep and execution for this flight.

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Prep — Things to Buy

  1. We limit screen time, but having a tablet was critical. We bought an Amazon Fire7 tablet for $60. Comes with a nice kid proof case.
  2. These over ear headphones were in case the lift-off got too noisy for her.
  3. Sugar-free Gluten-free clean teeth flying lollipops -It was her first lollipop special for…

Random Observation/Comment #672: Be someone that makes the world greener, cleaner, and kinder.

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Why this List?

Our company recently did an identity workshop with The Collective. Underpinning the discussion was “What are 2–3 identity traits that you hold that strongly defines you?… And your mentors/mentees/connections?”

At first, I just wondered what labels I give myself and other labels that people give me. Thinking deeper, the group considered what identities we most want to relate to. Are we more trusting towards people that share these common traits?

I tend to adopt my identity to the specific situation. I’ve practiced this through traveling and creating my own work personality. More recently, I’ve been thinking about the type of family identity we represent while joining the new neighborhood. What stereotypes are wrapped with our identity and how am I bucketing people into these characteristics? …


Random Observation/Comment #670: The car buying process is broken and all dealership are finding ways to make profits. I’d personally use an “Amazon for buying cars” to reduce the stress of being upsold during the close.

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Why This List?

I have driven quite a bit as a city dweller with zipcars and rentals during travel, but now I’ve entered into a new phase of car ownership. After doing some youtube searching and studying, I’ve learned quite a lot about this broken market. I’ve written this list into the steps I’ve taken from research to car closing.

Note: July 2020 is a terrible time to a buy a new or used car. You might get some deals for the 2020 models before Sept 2021 comes out, but there is no new inventory at the dealerships. Not much wiggle room on negotiation. Also, contactless online payments have embedded fees (with additional platform convenience fees). …


Random Observation/Comment #669: New adventures are meant to be scary and exciting. We’ve got plenty of time to change.

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This isn’t my first time moving. I know this because I already have a full blogpost of lessons learned around packing. What’s new to me is a cross country move in the middle of a pandemic. There were a lot of parts to move and a lot of moving parts :).

Each of the topics covered will have their own lists of 30 tips/lessons learned associated to them, but here’s the end-to-end weighing our options for each major decision.

Deciding to Move

So things are a bit crazy, but there’s a significant opportunity to redefine how and where you want to live. We decided to move pre-covid when we were writing this post on 30 Requirements for a Home almost a year ago. We weighed the pros and cons of raising our daughter in the city and options for property in the tri-state area. Denver won out for a lot of reasons; blogpost about this to come. Perhaps one of the factors for not moving would be the complexities I’m about to list. …


Random Observation/Comment #667: I understand that I will never understand. I stand with you.

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Why this list?

ConsenSys has recommended all employees participate in a firm-wide holiday for Juneteenth to reflect, educate, and take action to combat racism and racial injustice. I’ve spent the day reading, listening, writing, and drawing.

I learned today that you can unknowingly support racist policies, but you must be knowingly and proactively anti-racist. I learned that it’s not enough to be “not racist” because doing nothing is being complaisant to the embedded systemic issues. When translated to where I work, I wonder:

  • What policies would I want to see in place? …

Random Observation/Comment #665: The work happens when topics aren’t trending.

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Why this List?

The systemic divide in racism and poverty has been surfaced more clearly through the lens of this pandemic. One’s preexisting economic condition has correlation to susceptibility of contracting and dying from COVID-19. Being poor is expensive. This movement does stand for so much more, but the problem is ingrained racism. If you’re wondering how you can do your part — be creative with the skills you have. “Be a lamp, a light bulb, or a ladder.”

  1. If you’re able to, Join the peaceful protests in a peaceful way. Remember to wear double masks since we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. …

Random Observation/Comment #664: I’ve found peace — one fold at a time.

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What did you Fold?

I started off following this curated list (see 30 Day Origami Challenge post), but then I found there was always one or two steps in the book diagrams that messed me up. I wound up looking up videos (most from Jo Nakashima’s channel) and they turned out much better. Yes, knowing how to do the steps kinda helps.

I avoided models that needed 50x50cm papers (or more than 30 minutes). I didn’t buy any new paper so I used the regular 15x15cm for all models (including 20x20cm ones).

I’ve curated a Youtube list for this challenge and beyond. …


Random Observation/Comment #663: It’s been long enough that “now” is the new normal and “then” was the “good ole days.”

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Why this List?

We’re trying not to just plop our 2-year-old in front of a TV (see 30 Non-TV Toddler Activities). We also tried to keep a manageable-size toy chest by leveraging everyday stuff as toys (see 30 Random Toys for Evie). We did buy some main baby gadget must-haves, but we’re tired. We totally caved into buying these so they’re good for a few hours/days of peace and quiet.

Note: I am not paid to sponsor any of these toys. …

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Clemens Wan

Solution Architect @consensys and "guy that likes to write lists of 30"

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