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Dog Days of Summer

As the United States celebrated its Independence Day on July 4th, several jurisdictions around the world, including South Korea, Bermuda and Malta, …

Blockchain

Becoming Un-Tethered

I just wrapped up 2 days of speaking at MoneyConf in Dublin, an annual conference dedicated to all things fintech. In contrast to previous years, at …

Cryptocurrency

ICOs 2.0

Blockchain Week 2018 came in with a bang — 8500 attendees at the Consensus conference (vs 400 the last time I spoke there in 2015), thousands more at …

Cryptocurrency

The Calm Before Blockchain Week NYC

I am back in NYC after a trip around the world — with stops in London, Mumbai, Beijing, Korea, Los Angeles and Palo Alto along the way. I wrote about …

Blockchain

Built Environments and Blockchain Tech

After a few days in Mumbai meeting with large industrials and regulators (and FPV portfolio company Everledger which just opened a Mumbai office), I …

Blockchain

Campus Crypto Fever

This past Friday I spoke at Penn’s inaugural Blockchain Conference. It was a special speaking engagement for me, as I am a Penn grad and my interest …

Blockchain

The Big Chill

The first quarter was not a pretty one for cryptocurrency prices — from January 1-March 31, Bitcoin lost over 50% of its value, with a number of …

Cryptocurrency

Crypto Chess Continues

“Welcome to #Malta @binance,” Joseph Muscat, the country’s prime minister, tweeted on Friday. “We aim to be the global trailblazers in the regulation …

Cryptocurrency

Lightning Strikes the Sector

I took a hiatus from the newsletter last week, while meeting with entrepreneurs and speaking at SXSW in Austin. Similar to what I saw (at the very …

Blockchain

Securities Tokens

In the past week, more news started to emerge about the SEC subpoenas that I alluded to in last week’s newsletter. While it remains to be seen what …

Cryptocurrency

Personal Reflections on 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, I think of it as the year of validation and gratitude, personally and for so many people around the world who have been …

Blockchain

Bitcoin at $10K – The Beginning

The price of bitcoin reached $10K earlier today. Over the years I have seen a significant change in conversations around virtual currencies (“it’s …

Blockchains and Society

In July, I sat down The Falkes Group, organizers of the annual Women’s Private Equity Summit in Half Moon Bay, to talk about my fund, and how I got …

Token Thoughts on the Blockchain Boom

The past 10 days have been heady for anyone in the cryptocurrency space. The market cap of digital currencies increased to over $90 billion last week …

Token Launch

This is not the story of another cryptocurrency coin offering, but of a product that is using a tangible, age-old form factor to manage and secure …

An Uber Lesson for ICOs

I woke up this morning to the news that Uber’s board asked CEO Travis Kalanick to resign. After a year of allegations of sexual harassment, …

My Talk at MIT: Beyond Finance, Considering Business and Social Impact of Blockchains

A couple of weeks ago I spoke at a conference entitled “Business of Blockchains” that the MIT Technology Review and MIT Media Lab organized in …

The Humanity of Our AI Future

In 1991, as an undergrad, I wrote a paper on social cybernetics and its role in robotics. Out of curiosity, I just did a quick Google search on …

The LP Opportunity to Change Tech Culture

Over the past month, Silicon Valley has been at the forefront of many conversations outside of the technology world. Unfortunately not for …

Venture Capital

How The Blockchain Can Unshackle Us

Once every 20 years or so, new technology comes to market that has the potential to change how we communicate, how we do business, and pushes the …

9/11: Bravery, Luck, & Resilience

On this 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I am particularly aware of the march of time and how, as each year passes, those who study it or learn …

Hamilton & Democracy 2016

Back in January I bought tickets to go see Hamilton on Broadway, purposefully the Friday before the Presidential election. I hoped we would be on the …

Future\Perfect Ventures: A 2015 Recap

<b>“Be the change you want to see in the world”</b><b></b> This is one of my life’s mantras. Words are not enough – action is what matters.<b></b> As I reflected on FPV’s …

Leapfrogging into the Future

We live in strange times, and sometimes it seems that the world is spinning backwards. Donald Trump is a leading presidential contender and the North …

Market Truths

After a tumultuous week in global markets, today the US stock market ended higher on the session. On the heels of macroeconomic data that showed …