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

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Stalin in the Metaverse

New ecosystems cannot create old monsters. But they can create new ones. Here's what we can do about it.

Stalin in the Metaverse
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GitHub Shrugged

Open-Source developers provide free resources to giant corporations. Until they don't.

GitHub Shrugged
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Unpacking the Web3 Sausage

Crypto is interesting for the freedom it enables, not for the freedom users currently care about. (a response to Moxie)

Unpacking the Web3 Sausage
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Snow Day

No newsletter today. We got a lot of snow last night, and I am spending the day shoveling and completing other missions. Looking for something good to read or listen to in the meantime? Check out: Packy McCormick's The Laboratory of Complex Problems Walter Kirn's The Power and the SilenceThe

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Don't show Me the Money

The blockchain will disappear. But first, it will uncover a whole new world.

Don't show Me the Money
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The Unchained Web

In 2021, the internet figured out how to generate its own goods, enforce its own rules, and take what it needs from the outside world.

The Unchained Web
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In Praise of Ponzis

A new economic model is emerging. Here's why it makes sense.

In Praise of Ponzis
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Crossing the Bank

A single currency is a perfect solution for a low-information world. We no longer live in one.

Crossing the Bank
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Crypto Quentin and Non-Fungible Taylor

NFTs will not replace copyright law. They will make it redundant.

Crypto Quentin and Non-Fungible Taylor
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GitHub for X

The 2020s will do to knowledge work what the 2010s did to unskilled labor.

GitHub for X
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Crypto and the Conservation of Centralization

You can't decentralize the web. You can only kill old winners and pick new ones. Here's how.

Crypto and the Conservation of Centralization
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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