In his book, Average is Over, economist Tyler Cowen argues that marketing, not STEM fields is the most important skill set for the future.

“It might appear that a masseuse is not much affected by computers, at least provided you are skeptical about these robots that now offer massages. Nonetheless, masseuses increasingly market themselves on Google and the internet. These masseuses fit the basic model that favors people who can blend computer expertise with an understanding of how to communicate with other people.”

No matter what your skill set is, you have to be able to effectively market it. Though…

In my post on the Getting Started With Cryptocurrency, I laid out what I would recommend as a 101 curriculum from understanding Bitcoin and cryptocurrency technology.

Consider this the 201 list. I’ll start with long-form articles and series, then more academic papers and finish with project-specific whitepapers.

Longform Articles

Fundamental Challenges With Public Blockchains
by Preethi Kasireddy

Excellent overview of the ways in which blockchain technology could fail.

“The reality is that it could be many years before trustless systems are ready for mainstream use at scale.”

Placeholder VC Thesis Summary
Joel Monegro & Chris Burniske

Ostensibly an investment thesis, Placeholder’s summary…

2018 was probably my best reading year ever (both in quantity and quality).

A big part of it was that I joined a few different book clubs . I found they were a great way to schedule semi-regular hangouts with friends I enjoyed spending time with and also helped me get through some books I might not have finished were I reading alone.

If you’re interested in starting one, having a theme seems to help for inviting people, so I would suggest picking some topic you are interested in. In 2018, mine were philosophy, finance, and blockchain.

Here were some…

Read parts one and two of this series.

Science Fiction author and futurist Arthur Clarke observed that there are two hazards of prophecy:

  1. failure of nerve
  2. failure of imagination

In 2012 I was working as a project manager at a boutique marketing agency in my hometown. I had a five year goal that I would be able start doing my job remotely or branch out and freelance so I could travel more. I was able to do that within 6 months.

Looking back on what’s happened in the intervening years, the possibilities and opportunities I’ve been exposed to were beyond…

In my last article, How To Get Focused for 2019, I covered three reasons that people fail to stay focused on goals they set for themselves:

  1. The first was not defining those goals with enough precision to let me execute on them.
  2. The second was being paralyzed between the need to implement fast, to launch my work, and to be strategic, to consider what work was worth launching and at what point. The result is often chasing shiny objects and not accomplishing anything meaningful.
  3. The final one was doing the work which was easiest and not the work which required the most courage, the emotionally challenging work that leads to real leaps forward.

In this article, I’m going to look at common problems with most planning…

Most people start their year imagining it will look like this:

You have the big thing which you are going to make a ton of progress on.

You are going to finish the book.
You are going to get the promotion.
You are going to launch the project.
You are going to 10x the business.

It’s exciting. There are big changes in store!

At the end of the year, most of those same people look back and the year looked more like this:

On a snowy day in late 1927, a young corporate executive looked down past his toes, past the trusses of the bridge he was standing atop, and stared into the choppy waters of Lake Michigan.

Earlier that year, his first daughter had died and he had lost his job as president of a building company.

For years, he had been plagued by a fear of failure and now it had all come true.

He had no job, no savings to fall back on, and his wife had just given birth to his second daughter. With no employment prospects and a…

Part One: What are Smart Contracts?

In 1994, Nick Szabo, a legal scholar and computer scientist, coined the term “smart contract” to describe the ability to embed contracts, a legal construct, into computer code.

With the emergence of a blockchain ecosystem, the excitement around smart contracts has picked up.

In this article, I’m going to explore what smart contracts are and why it’s valuable to combine them with blockchain technology to make “blockchain smart contracts.” In the next article in the series, we’ll dive into the core problems they solve at a high level and then look at some potential specific-use cases. We’ll finish up by…

There’s been a lot of talk about security tokens recently. But what is a security token in the first place? How do they work? And how might they impact your job or business? That is, why should you care about them?

Before diving into the rest of these questions, it makes sense to first start with: what is a security?

A security is a fungible (mutually interchangeable) financial instrument that hold some monetary value. Broadly, securities can be categorized as either equity or debt.

An equity security represents an ownership interest in a company (like a share of Apple stock)…

Co-authored by Gary Basin and Taylor Pearson

There’s a lot going on in the world of Bitcoin and it can be hard to keep track of it all. This report aims to offer market participants looking for a one stop shop regarding the current state of Bitcoin.

We cover valuation, technology, regulation/legal, and different ways of getting exposure. This is not meant to read cover-to-cover so if one section is of particular interest, please feel free to skim.

If you’d prefer to download a copy, click here to download a PDF version.

Key Takeaways


In general, it should be remembered that…

Taylor Pearson

Author and entrepreneur. Into history, complexity, productivity, and blockchains. Don’t have all the answers, but happy to share what I’ve learned

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