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Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 5:05pm
In 48 hours my wife and I are headed to the Bay Area for the winter. New York is just getting frigid in a way that makes your body clench up the minute you step outside, and everybody is walking around in a post New Years haze that will turn to hustle in a day […]
Friday, December 15, 2017 - 7:35am
Earlier today someone who I frequently invest alongside and think with in the blockchain world told me about a company he talked to that makes it easier for wall street to participate in the crypto markets. If you’ve been paying attention, “the herd is coming,” and there is no shortage of friction or nascent solutions […]
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 5:05pm
Somewhere over the last few months Telegram has become my most used App on my homescreen. A friend invited me to a “secret group” made up of blockchain fancy people, and I dropped into something I had been missing since Twitter changed their @replies and public discourse logic in 2008 or so. At it’s core, […]
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 7:35am
I distinctly remember the moment I became enamored with the application layer of mobile computing. The year was 2006…it was pre-iPhone, but I had just gotten a fancy job at General Catalyst Partners, and with it came my very own Blackberry. For the first time I could kind of access all of the internet from […]
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 7:35am
About a year ago, I sat down at my computer and drafted an offering memorandum for a venture capital firm that I was calling Manifest Capital. I wrote it by myself, in a vacuum, in what was objectively more of a down than an up in my life. I sent it to 3 people I’ve […]
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 5:10pm
This post is more for friends and family than anything else. I spend a lot of time sharing my interest in blockhain and cryptocoins with the people in my life. There’s a lot of explanation and q&a and I love this dialogue because it keeps me honest about what I truly understand and what I […]
Monday, October 2, 2017 - 11:35am
For the better part of the past year, i’ve been getting together with engineers, product managers, venture capitalists and wall st folks to explore new blockchain protocols. It used to be called the Crypto Investment Club, and it’s since shortened to just be Crypto Club. We experimented with the format initially, and then settled into […]
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 5:05pm
Hey, i did 15 minutes on the role of venture capital in a “post-blockchain” world. Also covered some previous capital markets wrinkles courtesy of Y-Combinator, Andreesen, Ron Conway, etc…and outline a bit of what the settled state early stage financing landscape looks like say 18 months from now. (P.S. i may have misused the word […]
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 5:10pm
Peer to peer transactions are not a new thing. In the offline world they have been around forever. I killed this chicken, I go to the market, I sell it to you for $10, and there is nobody between us ensuring that the $10 bill you give me is good, that the chicken I give […]
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 5:05pm
I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with communication channels and public access. Whether it’s writing this blog, or tweeting, or video blogging, or printing my email address on a hooded sweatshirt…i have always tried to be as open as possible to strangers and I love the feeling of making the world smaller by putting ideas out into […]
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 5:05pm

If you have been following the blockchain world over the past few years, you’ll notice that some of the best protocol designs to date have involved computational work. Whether the protocol defines the behavior of computers as it relates to file storage, processing power, or otherwise…these systems tend to outline economic incentives that govern how a network of computers (and their owners) will behave and work. Part of the reason why these early labor systems tend to center around the labor of computers and not people, is because machine work is easier to authenticate…and the authentication of work is important when distributing economics between labor and capital in a trustless system. I’ve invested in a number of projects with this shape, but my interest as it relates to the future of blockchain based systems is much much broader…I find myself gravitating toward systems that try to govern the behavior of human nodes as opposed to machine nodes…and when dealing in that realm…there are some promising solutions and mechanics to govern offline/human work that are starting to emerge.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:50pm
We learn early in life that money isn’t everything. My 4 year old niece, operating her first lemonade stand, gets schooled that kindness is more important than profit. At some point…when we grow up a little bit…we face the reality that money may not be everything…but it is obviously something…and it’s something that we tend […]
Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 6:39am
At the time of this post, Status.im’s crytpocoin is trading on public exchanges at a network value (network value is the cryptocoin equivalent of market cap for a public co) of $163M. It is basically a pre-launch messaging app. I don’t think there’s any debate that this asset is not priced correctly. If Status were […]
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 7:40am
I met my wife at a tech holiday party. I saw her from across the party and the rest of the people in the room disappeared…but this story doesn’t go the way you think. We didn’t get to talking, and laughing, and go for a drink after the event. We didn’t flirt. We talked product…and […]
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 11:40am
“Show me the newly enabled applications that provide unique user value, and that aren’t being sold on novelty of the blockchain.” – Sam Gertzenstang, ex-Andreesen Horowitz, Imgur, Lerer Ventures, Sidewalk labs) “It was a great way to make money, and that’s all. No startup was made. The world does not have a new wonderful thing […]
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 11:40am
Last month I organized a small and informal “crypto investment club” gathering in washington sq park. About 10 people showed up to talk about investing in the blockchain and cryptocoin space. My hope was that I could share some of my theses around coins like Bitcoin and Etherium as well as more emergent “altcoins” like […]
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 5:10pm

I sat around in a circle of 10 people, many of whom are pretty well credentialed by startup ecosystem standards and asked people to raise their hands if they owned any cryptocurrencies. Almost everyone raised their hands. I then asked if anyone in the circle could articulated their thesis or how they are trying to value their holdings. Nobody could. Literally, and quite candidly, the entire circle basically answered “Fear of Missing Out.” And that was a conscious and willing investment thesis to put tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars behind.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 6:30am
I had this idea a while ago for leveraging the blockchain in order to build, store, surface, and monetize the largest fully sequenced genomic data set in the world.  The premise was that the economics and incentives are not in place for each stakeholder that would need to participate to do so today, but that a […]
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:40am
Saturday around sunset I walked out to a pier on the Hudson river for a little peace and quiet. I was wearing baggy sweatpants and a hoodie, and had my phone in a loose pocket. The day had passed and I didn’t get to exercise so I decided I’d do a little self-guided yoga while […]
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 5:20pm
I spend a lot of time soul searching these days. Almost daily, I battle with feelings of not caring about what’s happening in my twitter feed. I don’t know if that’s because the technology world doesn’t feel as innovative and mind expanding as it did 10 years ago, or maybe my graph is just focussed […]
CEO at Wildcard, Partner at Lerer Ventures