Block Chain 101 (a super-newbie guide)

My goal for this page is to provide block-chain newbies a resource where they can spend a couple hours getting introduced to this world without trying to navigate the endless sea of information on the web.

Where does one start on such a complex subject? Maybe ill start by saying that in no way am I an expert in the blockchain / cryptocurrency world but much like many of my previous subject-matter-addictions, I am well on my way to mastering the information. I have been obsessing over the subject for well over 6 months and can say that its highly likely that I will be spending most if not all of my future career in this space.

My current perspective is that the invention of this technology is undoubtedly the beginning of a fundamental paradigm shift in humanity. If the internet was the revolution of information, the blockchain is the revolution in trust and value exchange. The potential manifestations of this revolution are mind blowing and all encompassing. I have no doubt that the blockchain will make its ways to almost every form of human economic interaction. It even has the potential to reshape the nation state and the global capitalist economic structure as we know it.

This list is in no way fully comprehensive but should give you the basic framework with which to further research the subject. If you have suggestions for additions please do let me know. I of course will update this page every so often.

I suggest watching the videos below in the order in which they are presented.

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1) How the blockchain will radically transform the economy: This is one of the first talks that got me interested in the subject. Its gives a concise and high level explanation of what the block chain is and how it can transform much of how we think about value, trust, and intermediary services.


2) How the block chain is changing money and business: Don Tapscott is an early adopter and a published author on the subject. This lecture is a bit more detailed and delves into some more real world examples of potential disruptions that are coming with the block-chain tech. He too gives a good intro for non techies to the concepts and explains how they work.


3) Introduction to Bitcoin: Andreas Antonopoulos is one of the most well know speakers and experts on the subjects of bitcoin and blockchains. He is considered by many as THE expert and has taken it upon himself to teach (some would say preach) about Bitcoin and its underlying tech. This intro below blew my mind and is undoubtedly my favorite video to date about the subject. Although the video is about bitcoin not purely just the blockchain, the two are intertwined and he gives a very good overview of the innovation brought about by the blockchain. His you tube channel is filled with lots of relevant videos. This is definitely the best into out there.


4) Ever wonder how Bitcoin and other crypto currencies work / How bitcoin works under the hood: This is a good place for us non techies and techies who are newbies to blockchain to understand how the underlying technology works. Since this technology is so ground breaking and conceptually so unique I suggest that you watch this even if youre not that interested in the technology. It will allow you to further internalize the potential.


 

Please leave comments below with other suggestions if you feel I need to add something to this 101 intro. Thanks!

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The Great Transition: The Startup Revolution

In one of my recent posts (here) I discussed how we have passed a tipping point, which in retrospect, will be looked at as a pivotal time in the history of humanity that was driven by the pace of technological innovation.

Last week I came by a series of blog posts by Compass.io founders discussing this exact subject and I will dare say that the posts were the most thought-provoking reads I have had in many years. Here they are. Do yourself a favor and take the time to read them!

Part 1: The Great Transition: Industrial to Information Revolution.

The post describes the fact that we living through a rare transition period between the Industrial and the Information Eras of human history as well as the role of technology entrepreneurship in our global economy.

Part 2: The Decline of the Blue Chip

This post discusses why the “old wisdom” no longer seems to apply and blue chip companies are far from the reliable investments they used to be due to the rapid pace of change enabled by technology.

Part 3: The Rise of the Startup

This post discusses the Information Era businesses that are best adapted to this new Darwinian business environment: Startups.

The Effects of the Growing Pace of Technological Innovation

Over the past year or so, I have been spending time reading up about the effects of the growing pace of innovation on the global economy. It seems that we have passed a tipping point which in retrospect will be looked at as a pivotal time in the history of humanity (sounds big!).

The interconnectedness of everything is disrupting much of life (and business) as we know it. This disruption manifests itself in many forms including in the rise of cyber warfare, in the amazing growth and disruptions caused by the sharing economy (Think Uber, AirB&B, Kick-starter), the hyper-global communication enabled by tools like Whats app, the global democratization of content and services via smartphones, in the shear fact that no industry is unaffected by technological innovation, and in the flood of data pouring out of every human action and every business process on earth.

I have decided that I will start posting some of the content I find on the pace of global innovation and its effect on business, life, and the gaming industry. It’s a slight deviation from my core content about the gaming industry but its undoubtedly relevant for my gaming industry followers.

This is a great (short) eye-opener to some of the global disruptions taking place:

 

This ia a longer (1 hour) discussion with Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg about Google and what we can expect from the world, technology, and Google in the next 10 years.