Topic of the week

Where protocols come from

Protocols play a vital role in computing, as well as a vast array of our online interactions. The device you’re reading on now has a USB connection; without it, your device couldn’t interoperate with other devices. You’ve probably sent an email to someone in the past hour; without the standard IMAP/SMTP protocol, you wouldn’t be able to send email to people who aren’t on Gmail.

While protocols make interoperability possible, and in fact many are governed by standards bodies, history shows that standards are often imposed by one dominant player. For example, Apple may have quietly invented the new standard for... ↓ expand

  • I wrote a public comment on the New York State proposed Bitlicense regulations

    #blockchain #bitcoin #policy #regulation
  • good long post on The Verge about YouNow

  • Every new business quickly realizes that revenue coming in every period, on a committed basis, is the Holy Grail to survival and growth. According to many experts, getting new customers is five to ten times harder than getting additional revenue from existing customers. Thus,... ↓ expand
    #business models #startups #subscription #billing subscription saas model
  • I was terribly depressed when I could not get a job in Iceland after the financial collapse not because I was not qualified but because I was not Icelandic. It is a hard pill to swallow. Iceland has a racial discrimination problem, there I have said it. Rather than running away,... ↓ expand
    #startup communities #entrepreneurship
  • nice piece in the NYT about Skillshare

    #education
  • Q. Why have hardware protocols been driven by dominant players but not software? A. This is a bit of tricky question, because even these hardware protocols have software inside of them, but that software is tightly coupled with a hardware function. So, it looks like hardware of... ↓ expand
    #where-protocols-come-from
  • Are we ready for fully automated transportation? How many more dramatic "accidents" caused by humans before we start to accept that people are the largest liability (and cause of death) when it comes to transportation? I'm of course thinking of the plane crash earlier this week... ↓ expand
  • We might be on the verge of true crowdfunding, i.e., backing a Kickstarter/crowdfuned project in exchange for equity

    #crowdfunding #equity crowdfunding
  • Mike Masnick's opening statement for the newly launched Copia Institute which will work towards developing policies that fit w the age of abundance

    #policy #abundance #copia institute
  • Building a support network is critical to your success as a founder. But its important to think about who you add as mentors, advisors and supporters.

  • Off-Chain transactions allow for the immediate transfer of Cryptocurrency between two parties, without delays or unavoidable transaction fees. Such capabilities are critical for mainstream Cryptocurrency adaption. They allow for the “Coffee-Coin Criteria”; under which a customer... ↓ expand
    #off-chain #blockchain #bitcoin #protocol #payments
  • some legal definition.

  • IBM, the company that sold the nazis tracking technology to enslave and rob the jews, in talks with central banks to build a blockchain for real world currencies

    #mark of the beast #ibm #blockchain #bitcoin
  • great post Brittany

  • Last year saw the birth of many new commercial endeavors aimed at taking advantage of the widespread commercialization of space to expand the number of low Earth orbit Earth observation satellite constellations. Satellogic (www.satellogic.com) recently announced plans for a... ↓ expand
    #open-source #satellite #satellogic #imaging
  • Engineers must try harder to explain what they are doing, because most end-users don’t like to try hard to understand something new

    #bitcoin #marketing #blockchain
  • This is as good as it gets for cutting through it all to understand marketing as part of a continuum from core belief to point of sale.

    This was shot a month or so after his return to Apple in 1977. Genius comes rarely. To me, he is the one that has guided my career.

  • some thoughts on the Clinton Email Affair

    #privacy-and-security
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margaris-advisory/don-draper-and-steve-jobs_b_5304091.html

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margaris-advisory/don-draper-and-steve-jobs_b_5304091.html

  • "But even if you lock down your own services tightly, you still have to be worried about what you put into email and other messaging apps because the person you send the messages to you may not be as secure as you are. That’s one of the many lessons from the Sony hack. A friend... ↓ expand
    #privacy-and-security
  • In addition to what's in the title, Kopelman delves into how some founders who had an easy time raising seed are surprised by the experience of trying to raise a Series A

    #fundraising #culture-and-psychology-in-fundraising
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margaris-advisory/don-draper-and-steve-jobs_b_5304091.html

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margaris-advisory/don-draper-and-steve-jobs_b_5304091.html