The AI Is You
Venkat Rao’s essay on AI chatbots and personhood provides everything you need to know about the nature of humanity.
Can crypto solve the $4 trillion SME financing gap?
The big question that I’ve been pondering of late is whether crypto can be a better technology for capital formation than existing options (e.g., banks, capital markets, non-bank financial intermediaries). Matt Sweet invited me to riff on this topic as part of the Yak Collective’s annual get-together. I’ve spent most of my adult life working…
Favorite Books of 2022
My five favorite books that I read in 2022.
On Music NFTs
Thoughts on why music NFTs are the epicenter of crypto-enabled business model innovation.
Thinking on a tokenized investment vehicle
Thoughts on a blockchain-based pooled investment vehicle that could provide capital for financially excluded businesses in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Is the Dollar Standard Ending?
Prophesies decrying the eschaton of the dollar have proven rash and delusional. Is this time different?
Favorite Books of 2021
The best books I read in 2021.
The DAO of (Risk) Capital
Thousands of strangers recently came together to bid on an original copy of the U.S. Constitution at Sotheby’s. I was one of them.
NFTs and the future of African startup funding
Are NFTs the wedge that will unlock and accelerate capital flows to African startups at scale?
End the Value-Extraction Economy
Last spring, an editor at one of the big newspapers asked me to send in an opinion piece if an idea hit me.