Is Web3 Bullsh*t?

News flash: The crypto and blockchain crowd have rebranded to web3. They probably thought it sounded better and didn’t want all the baggage that hundreds of scam ICOs, STOs and skirted securities laws brought with the term blockchain.  In a way, it was a bit like Facebook changing its name to Meta. Crypto’s biggest players...

The Good Future: People, Planet, Purpose, and Prosperity

Written by Matt Ward and Gerd Leonhard Adam Smith, with his landmark book The Wealth of Nations, published in 1776, is recognized by most as the father of capitalism. In 1970, Milton Friedman built upon Smith’s legacy with the Friedman doctrine, outlining the basics of what we recognize today as shareholder capitalism — which argues that a...

How to Futureproof Your Corporation from Innovative Startups

“The battle between every startup and incumbent comes down to whether the startup gets distribution before the incumbent gets innovation.” — Alex Rampell, a16z The only question, will you win that race? And for Fortune 500 companies with everything on the line, that’s a costly question indeed. Yet so often, incumbents fail to innovate and fall hard. Worse...

Why the WeWork Debacle was Good for Venture Capital

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s how the old mantra goes. And when it comes to human nature, that’s exactly how we work. We avoid change and go with the flow. If it hasn’t killed us yet (from an evolutionary sense), we’re probably on the right path. And that’s why the WeWork saga...

Growth Hacking in Big Tech’s New Red and Blue Oceans

Facebook, Linkedin, Zynga… they all had it easy. They all grew on the backs of existing services, spamming users with mass invites and notifications until a loyal following was suckered into using the product. And thanks to the inherent network effects, for every new user, the product was incrementally better for you as well… and...

The 2nd Platform Wars: China’s Plan to Kill Android and Own Mobile

This started as a thought experiment, a devil’s advocate to the question: Is mobile a done deal, or is there more to the story? We’ve had Google vs. Apple. Are we in for another heavyweight slugfest? I think so… Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know tensions are at an all-time high between...