It was a cloudy afternoon in the late spring of 2013. I was working at an insurance company in Grand Rapids at the time, and I get a call from my buddy Ben at about 2 pm, and he asks me if I can cut out of work a little early so that we can go to a Tigers game that night. I had some leeway with my manager, so at 4, I was picked up, and we drove the 2.5 hours from Grand Rapids to Comerica Park to see the Tigers play. Parking was a little messy, but we got there in time to see Miguel Cabrera step up to the plate for his first at-bat. We were in a suite on the third-base side; I could see the 24 beautiful and bright on the back of his jersey as he dug his cleats into the batter’s box. The pitch came in, and Miggy took a calm swing, didn’t seem forced, just effortless, and I could hear the crack of the bat, and that ball just flew off his bat. I tracked it with my eyes and saw it soar, like a ball off the tee in golf. Rising higher and seeming to gain speed. It was the first home run I had ever seen in person from Miggy, and I remember it to this day. …


And that’s okay.

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Facebook released the white paper for their long-awaited cryptocurrency project. The stablecoin, Libra, will operate on a new blockchain (The Libra Blockchain), be backed by a reserve of assets (both bank deposits and short-term government securities) and will be governed by the newly-formed not-for-profit, Switzerland-based consortium called the Libra Association.

This association’s founding members include Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Uber, Coinbase, eBay, and even Anderseen Horowitz. …


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When I say Google, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

If you are like most people, you probably think of this:

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Well, the tech giant that powers the largest video site on the planet (YouTube) and the largest email provider (Gmail) has been quietly working on a project called BigQuery which is aiming to do the same thing to blockchains as it did to the internet: organize and make it easier to navigate.

In a recent article in Forbes, Allen Day, Google’s senior developer advocate for Google Cloud, discussed the project. By searching millions of transactions and wallets from the bitcoin, XRP, and ethereum blockchains he and his team can get a better look at how funds are moving and what the valid use cases for the technology may be. …


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Something pretty significant happened in CryptoTwitter this week, but before we dive in, I need to give a little backstory.

On January 19th, a social experiment called the “lightning torch” began on Twitter. The purpose is meant to show the value of bitcoin’s lightning network, the new tech that makes significant enhancements over today’s most widely used payment systems by enabling users to transfer money around the world quickly without a third party.

People are using the social network to “pass the torch” from one user to another while adding 10,000 satoshis (about $0.34) every time they pass it to the next user. Essentially, users are creating a satoshi snowball with more and more being added. …


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When you enter our headquarters in downtown Seattle, you will see a phrase on a poster next to the door. These three words carry a world of importance and are the driving factor behind everything we have done and will continue to do as a company.

Three simple words. Not only do they hang on the walls of our office but for myself and our entire staff that is working hard every day, these words also hang on the walls of our hearts. …


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One of our favorite podcasts in the office is , a podcast hosted by Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano. I was listening back to an episode this weekend about a wide range of topics, but the key takeaway for me was this quotation from Meltem Demirors:

“This is a battle for hearts and minds. If we look at big innovations or shifts, it’s always about a battle for hearts and minds. …


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The mood in Oakland is a lot better today than it was 12 days ago.

12 days ago the Warriors were getting back from a 24 point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. They were looking in the face of elimination and a summer worth of “73–9 doesn’t matter without a championship.” They were needing three consecutive victories in a playoff series, something they had not done since the 2015 Finals vs the Cavs.

This team was better than the 2015 Cavs, they have Durant and Westbook. They have a Kiwi named Steven Adams. They had momentum. The Warriors were the underdogs now. Trying to do something that had only been done 9 times in the last 232 attempts. Mount the 3–1 comeback. …


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It was a cloudy afternoon in the late spring of 2013. I was working at an insurance company in Grand Rapids at the time and I get a call from my buddy Ben at about 2pm and he asks me if i can cut out of work a little early so that we can go to a Tigers game that night. I had some leeway with my manager so at 4 I was picked up and we drove the 2.5 hours from Grand Rapids to Comerica Park to see the Tigers play. Parking was a little messy but we got there in time to see Miguel Cabrera step up to the plate for his first at bat. We were in a suite on the third base side, I could see the 24 nice and clear on the back of his jersey as he dug his cleats into the batters box. The pitch came in and Miggy took a calm swing, didn’t seem forced, just effortless and I could hear the crack of the bat and that ball just flew off his bat. I tracked it with my eyes and saw it soar, like a ball off the tee in golf. Rising higher and seeming to gain speed. It was the first home run I had ever seen in person from Miggy and I remember it to this day. …


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I love baseball. Now I can’t sit down here and tell you that I have been a fan of baseball for my entire life. I liked baseball growing up. I played when I was a kid. I went to a Detroit Tigers game or two when I was younger back at old Tiger Stadium (Rest in peace) but I was not fanatical. I was mostly just a fan of sport. That love for sports didn’t really change, but I know the exact year that my love for baseball bloomed. It was the summer of 2008. …


Life is cyclical, lets start there.

I know that feeling this way right now is something I have felt before and will in all honesty most likely feel again. That being said I know I need to get this out in the open right now because it is important for ALL of us to realize. I might not be this passionate about this in 3 months, but I will have this here to remind me.

This term floating. It is “Social Selling”. It is something I see multiple times on a daily basis. It is something that many people are making a good deal of money on. Doing it and teach others how to. …

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