Tidbits #48 – A New Thing Called Fiat, Netflix Becoming the Metaverse, Softbank’s Comeback + More

Hello, hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Welcome back to another edition of Tidbits covering all the recent things worth talking about in business, media, and technology. ๐Ÿค‘ Economics + Markets #1 Ethereum Co-Founder Says Safety Concern Has Him Quitting Crypto โ€œItโ€™s got a risk profile that I am not too enthused about,โ€ said Di Iorio, who declined to … Continue reading Tidbits #48 – A New Thing Called Fiat, Netflix Becoming the Metaverse, Softbank’s Comeback + More

Tidbits #47 – Didi Gets Pulled Over, Tech vs Govts, But All We Want to Do is…Shop!

Hello, hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Welcome back to another edition of Tidbits covering all the recent things worth talking about in business, media, and technology. This is a double issue due to the July 4th holiday last weekend. ๐Ÿ—บ Geopolitics #1 130 countries sign on to global minimum tax plan, creating momentum for Biden push The Biden … Continue reading Tidbits #47 – Didi Gets Pulled Over, Tech vs Govts, But All We Want to Do is…Shop!

Tidbits #46 – Laws in a Digital World, Sneaky Fronts, Digital Reality + More

Hello, hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Summer is officially upon us. And we’re almost halfway through the year. Moving fast! As always, thanks for reading. Hopefully this doesn’t take too much time away from the summer festivities. ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿน๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ˜Ž Laws in a Digital World Before diving into our usual fare, let’s talk about Law. One of the most under-discussed … Continue reading Tidbits #46 – Laws in a Digital World, Sneaky Fronts, Digital Reality + More

Tidbits #45 – Proxies, Titans, Games Games Everywhere + More

Hello, hello! Have some stuff going on around the house today. Will keep it short and just dive right in. ๐Ÿ—บ Geopolitics #1 Hackers Thrive in Putinโ€™s Russia as U.S. Seeks New Strategy Early in his rise to the pinnacle of Russian cybercrime, Maksim Yakubets, leader of one of the most successful hacking syndicates in … Continue reading Tidbits #45 – Proxies, Titans, Games Games Everywhere + More

Tidbits #44 – The Empire Strikes Back + Metaverse, Mobility, and More

Hello, hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Yikes, this one is long…And this is after I cut out a bunch of other clippings I saved already! In any case, hope it is enjoyable, and thanks for reading. The Empire Strikes Back Before jumping into our regular programming, one thing I think worth diving deeper into is what happens when … Continue reading Tidbits #44 – The Empire Strikes Back + Metaverse, Mobility, and More

Proof of Workโ€ฆProof of Stakeโ€ฆProof of Spaceโ€ฆIs Crypto Reinventing the Wheel?

I have a fascination with everything new. And soโ€ฆI have had an ongoing fascination with crypto! For years, it always seemed to be just more of an interesting little corner of the digital world, but increasingly it is touching more and more of the mainstream world and sometimes transforming it in the process. For example, … Continue reading Proof of Workโ€ฆProof of Stakeโ€ฆProof of Spaceโ€ฆIs Crypto Reinventing the Wheel?

Tidbits #43 – Not “Arming the Rebels”, But “Spawning the Rebels”? + Capital Politics, Gucci Gardens, Doge and More

Hello, hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Hope everyone had an enjoyable Memorial Weekend last week. Three day weekends are magical. We need more of them. In our modern, hyper-speed society, it’s very hard for me to keep up. Three day weekends always seem like those much-needed moments where I get to come up for air after holding my … Continue reading Tidbits #43 – Not “Arming the Rebels”, But “Spawning the Rebels”? + Capital Politics, Gucci Gardens, Doge and More

Tidbits #41 – “Everything is Everything” + More

Hello friends! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Hope everyone is doing well. Markets are volatile, but hopefully your personal life is starting to return to some semblance of normal. I’m pretty excited about this edition of Tidbits and to discuss how “everything is becoming everything”. I’ve written a lot over the last few years about mostly convergence in almost … Continue reading Tidbits #41 – “Everything is Everything” + More

Tidbits #40 – China’s Third Large Ecosystem + More

Hello, hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป I’ve been thinking about how to evolve this format to make it even better. The first few issues of Tidbits were all organized around themes (e.g. E-commerce, retail, etc). In a way, Tidbits began as a low hurdle way of grouping together a bunch of ideas around a common theme when I … Continue reading Tidbits #40 – China’s Third Large Ecosystem + More

Tidbits #39

Hello, hello! Here’s what I found interesting recently. Thanks for reading. ๐Ÿ—บ Geopolitics #1 Peter Thiel- “I do wonder whether at this point Bitcoin should also be thought in part of as a Chinese financial weapon against the U.S.” Peter Thiel: Well, you know, I think thereโ€™s sort of a lot of different things that … Continue reading Tidbits #39

NFTs, Art, and Tech

So…a piece of digital art was just successfully auctioned by the venerable auction house, Christie’s, for $69 million. You may have heard! Christie’s (and Sotheby’s) are serious places. Only serious art – art that has been carefully vetted in terms of provenance and authenticity – gets through those doors. So, that certainly imparts some credibility … Continue reading NFTs, Art, and Tech

Tidbits #34

Hi, friends. ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป What a week! Not only were markets extremely volatile, many companies and industries continue to undergo fascinating change. Major change is coming in the media space if Snap, Twitter, and Spotify’s recent investor / product presentations were any indication. And beyond that…the boom in NFTs (non-fungible [crypto]tokens) is wild in its own … Continue reading Tidbits #34

Tidbits #32 – The World Continues to Spin

Hi, friends. ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Hope you’re all enjoying the long weekend. If you have a significant other, hopefully you were able to do / enjoy something nice together for Valentine’s Day. For all my Asian readers, happy lunar new year! And for all my American readers, happy President’s Day! As always, thanks for sharing a little … Continue reading Tidbits #32 – The World Continues to Spin

Tidbits #31

๐ŸŽญ Society In light of the impact that tech is having on society, this article seems like a good place to start the discussion. What’s amazing is that these concerns have been going on for a very long time, and yet we are no closer to knowing the answer on whether our lives are better … Continue reading Tidbits #31

Tidbits #30

Hello, hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Thanks for reading. A little longer than usual, but I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it. If you can’t get through all of it, please at least check out #20! It’s awesome. I guarantee it. ๐Ÿ—บ Geopolitics #1 Twitter Locks Out Chinese Embassy in … Continue reading Tidbits #30

Tidbits #28 – “Did not expect that” Dรฉjร  vu

I bylined Tidbits #26 with “Did not expect that” in reference to the year 2020. Well, the start of 2021 is certainly no less surprising. Did not expect that… We are in a weird cauldron of convergence across everything – geopolitics, politics, tech, media…the old way of doing things is out the door. The physical, … Continue reading Tidbits #28 – “Did not expect that” Dรฉjร  vu

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies – The Mother of All Bubbles

Two months ago I wrote The Bitcoin “Penny Stock”, detailing what I believed were the conditions that created Bitcoin’s incredible run through September. Although the piece sounded cautious given Bitcoin’s 30-40x 1 year return up until that point, I noted that the prevailing conditions allowed far more than that, perhaps another 50-100x. I highly recommend … Continue reading Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies – The Mother of All Bubbles