Favorite Reading List

My blog is more of a collection of favorite reads that contribute to my business model than rants and raves. But there may be a few 🙂

In general you can ignore the “Read More” link and simply click on the source link.


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International Travel During COVID-19’s Fourth Wave


This is a travel story, not travel advice. I purposely left out links because to put it simply; It’s complicated. It is unfortunate, but there is no such thing as a short stay at the time of this writing. It took ten days and an extra $300 CAD on top of food, hotel and transportation. In addition, you must have a smartphone, should have a laptop and should have access to a printer, at some point. Above all, you must be patient and courteous.

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Steve Blank Customer Discovery In the Time Of the Covid-19 Virus

Customer Discovery and Validation can be easily done via video teleconferencing Recognize that many potential interviewees are working from home Break your MVP demos into small pieces, leaving time for people to respond Adjust your questions to understand how customers’ situations have been changed by the pandemic Some Customer Discovery can’t be done now Source:…

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Johnnie Walker Blue Label Bottles to Use NFC Technology Giving a More Premium Experience |

The NFC-enabled “smart bottle” aims to enhance the consumer experience by using printed sensor tags featuring Thinfilm’s OpenSenseTM technology, which can detect both the sealed and opened state of each bottle. The tags and the sensor information they contain will allow Diageo to send personalized communications to consumers who read the tags with their smartphones,…

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This Cannabis Entrepreneur Says He’s First To Use NFC-Embedded Labels And That All Cannabis Companies Should Do The Same

NFC stands for “near-field communication” and describes technology which allows two devices, one usually a mobile phone, to communicate. It’s been used for “experiential shopping,” payment processing and airline boarding passes. But now a wide spectrum of companies are jumping into NFC technology – Johnnie Walker announced such a move just last week. Source: This Cannabis…

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2020 Vision: 7 Trends Bringing Blockchain Into Focus in the Year Ahead – CoinDesk

The $300 billion videogame industry and the $94 billion online gambling world (near-term projected growth) represent interesting application areas for blockchain. John D’Agostino, founder of Digital Assets Working Group, says, “Gaming and commodification of the gaming experience” is what’s in for 2020. He goes on to state that he sees opportunity in “combining the theoretical…

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Blockchain’s Real-Time Payments Use Case | PYMNTS.com

By Interac - Interac Brand Guidelines, Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59160557

For a three-month pilot that ended in May, he said, Interac worked with Alectra Utilities to offer real-time disbursements to consumers using Interac e-Transfer (Canada’s leading P2P and B2B digital money movement service). Roque said Alectra made the offers to several consumers and, by using blockchain, was able to “incentivize” consumers based on their “climate-friendly”…

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Blockchain is dead – Chris Skinner’s blog

In other words, she’s calling it as it is. If you need a blockchain, it is for a very specific need. That need is to share a database of records with people you do not trust. The records need access and updating by everyone, and yet you do not trust any of them and so…

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Token Bonding Curves in Practice – Token Economy

Exploring A Universal Distribution of IP via NFTs + Curation Markets Token Curated Intellectual Property. The goal of the proposed design mechanism is to distribute risk, reward and ownership of intellectual assets and enable market participants to make early research and development stages liquid and tradable. Source: Token Bonding Curves in Practice – Token Economy,…

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