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I write a weekly email about the future of work, cities, and finance. As seen in The New York Times, WSJ, NBC, etc.

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Friday!

🐣 We have a new baby boy, so no newsletter this week. 🔐 The first cohort of Hype-Free Crypto is sold out. To get on the list for January, reply to this email or drop your email here.   🚀 The 10th cohort of Future-Proof Real Estate kicks off next week. There's never been

Friday!
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Invisible Hierarchies

In the War for Talent, crypto is an unconventional weapon. We need to spend more time thinking about collateral damage.

Invisible Hierarchies
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Money and Beauty.

2008 turned "wealth" into a bad word, and undermined trust in financial and political institutions. The 2020s are offering an alternative approach.

Money and Beauty.
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Crypto Rorschach Test

Technology is nothing but an opportunity to change. The final outcome is (still) up to us.

Crypto Rorschach Test
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Clones and Colonizers

The most precious resources of the 21st Century are human creativity and attention. The colonizers are coming to get yours. Here's how to save your soul.

Clones and Colonizers
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Andreessen Pulls a Bezos

Cheap money and power-law profits are killing venture funds and birthing venture firms.

Andreessen Pulls a Bezos
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Leaving Yourself at Home

As work becomes more personal and creative, demand for alternative personalities will increase.

Leaving Yourself at Home
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The Winners of Remote Work

Ultimately, remote work ushers some freelancers and employees into a global arena that seems to promise a higher ceiling, but a lower floor as well.

The Winners of Remote Work
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Selling Your Soul to Yourself

Technology enables us to make a living by being ourselves. But it also incentivizes us to become whatever the market needs us to be.

Selling Your Soul to Yourself
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Naked Capitalism

New ownership technologies can also help spread the risk of making bold bets.

Naked Capitalism
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Remote and Indispensable

The footsoldiers in the war for talent are about to take a pay cut.

Remote and Indispensable
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The Office Leak Hypothesis

The real variants are the people we've become while working remotely.

The Office Leak Hypothesis
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Remote Losers

A bigger talent pool favors the lucky over the skilled.

Remote Losers
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Listed.

Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts about last week’s piece about religion and distributed work. I am still working on a not-much-longer but a much-better-thought-out piece about the broader consequences of remote work. In the meantime, I wanted to share with you some personal bits. It’s

Listed.
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Remote Worship

A distributed culture can survive and thrive — even without Zoom.

Remote Worship
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The Talent Portfolio

Individual people are the next big asset class.

The Talent Portfolio
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Betting the Firm

The company of the future will look like a venture fund, and talent will become a truly investable asset.

Betting the Firm
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Invisible Talent Leaks and Outlier Employees

The cost of “office maximalism” is high. It’s also invisible.

Invisible Talent Leaks and Outlier Employees
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Let's get physical

The built world holds the key to humanity’s biggest problems, especially when people can live and work anywhere.

Let's get physical
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The Crypto Future of Work

Things are done differently in the world of blockchains and decentralized finance. And they offer a vision of what all careers and corporations could look like one day.

The Crypto Future of Work