This is a panel I ran at Smart City Expo with some amazing folks. My favorite is the 16-year-old who is making smart car chargers.
Another talk about fintech in Poland.
Some startup zealots posted a quote a few months ago:
“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames”
This quote really bothered me. For some reason, in the doldrums of startup building, I saw it as a warning. Set your life on fire. That’s an insane proposition. And then you’ll know your enemies by how they fan your flames.
But then I realized something: this quote meant something entirely different. It meant that you had to find the right people to help you grow, to help you expand, to help you gain the most out of your adventure. They fan your flames. They help you burn brighter.
I gave a talk at Impact CEE about this quote and I’d like to share it with you. I’m not usually emotional on stage but this was one of the few times that I shared personal truths with a room full of people. Anyway, enjoy.
This was a wild trip. I flew into and out of Dubai in three days spending a total of 18 hours on the ground. It was fun, though, and Dubai is a crazy wonderland.
John Sundman is on parr with Bruce Sterling and William Gibson in future-telling and he sat down with me for a few minutes at Disrupt in Brooklyn to talk about the future of nanobots, CRISPR, and genetic engineering.
These are always fun. I got to talk to three of the smartest blockchain minds in the world about BTC vs. blockchain. I always learn more than I expected and come away humbled at these brainiacs.
It’s not every day that I get to sit down with the author of The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order as well as two cool VCs but I had a hoot with them all last night at an event held by Hedgeable in New York. It’s was a fascinating opportunity to talk about the future of bitcoin and where everything is headed.
You can read about it here and watch above.