Book in Brief: 'Digital Gold'

I just finished Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money by Nathaniel Popper. I've been fascinated with Bitcoin since I first heard about it during a discussion group at a conference in 2010.  Only recently have I begun digging deeper into…


Games Worth Playing

Everything is a series of overlapping games.  Most emerged long ago and continue to evolve organically.  Some were invented by one or more persons.  Others are self-created and only experienced by you. Most games are not worth playing.  Most are not worth rebelling against either.  Most games are…


How to Prepare for Nothing?

Almost every career and education question on Quora is something like this: "Should I do X?" Where X is get a mentor, or study business, or go to grad school, or raise money, or research this industry, etc. Rarely is there a specific goal.  The questions are asked as if someone can tell you whether…


Individuals are Better than Movements

I used to like movements.  I don't anymore.  Self-interested individuals creating and doing and thinking and talking about what they value are more effective at altering the course of the world than an organized movement of them.  Plus, you don't need to fight to maintain anything.  You don't need…


When Not Caring is Caring

Kids, customers, allies, associates.  Sometimes the best way to be helpful is to not care. If you let yourself care too much about the success of others, you might devolve into a condescending altruist perpetually frustrated that the objects of your assistance never just go along with your…


When to Bring Your 'A' Game

You can't always bring your best game to every task.  In fact, if you tried it'd be wasteful.  Not all tasks are of equal value. So when to bring your 'A' game?  Here's a rule of thumb that's been useful for me: When you expect others to bring their best self, bring yours. If you're interviewing…


Sunday Morning NFL Haiku

Wish football was on What? Jags and Ravens are on? Wish football was on


Why The Degree is Dying (and being replaced by something better)

I don’t mean that college degrees are less pervasive, but that the usefulness of the degree is dying, and in many cases, it’s entirely dead.  Most people just don’t realize it yet. What is a degree?  It purports to be a bundle of goods - knowledge, network, social experience, and a permission slip…


The Tighter the (self-imposed) Constraint, the More Freeing

We ran a workshop for Praxis participants and alumni last night on how to write fast.  I had a hunch that one of the reasons many of them had struggled to get blog posts out (participants all take on a daily blogging challenge in the bootcamp) quickly was because of option overload. You stare at…


"I Dropped Out, Now What?"

I see a lot of questions like this on Quora.  It always strikes me as odd to be asking "What should I do" only in light of being a dropout.  As if sitting on the ed conveyor belt doesn't require you to ask this same question.  What you should do as a dropout is the same thing you should do as a…