The Big Guy Vs. The Little Guy

Unchained is a podcast about big ideas from the worlds of blockchain and cryptocurrency. Laura Shin recently was in an episode of the amazing Bad Crypto Podcast where I learned about her Unchained Podcast.

I first listened to her episode with Shapeshift’s Erik Voorhees on How Crypto Will Separate Money and State and then went on to get my mind blown by the episode with Vitalik Buterin, creator Of Ethereum, On The Big Guy Vs. The Little Guy.

This podcast is indeed  providing premium content about blockchain technology. Vitalik certainly is one of the most if not the most important figure in the blockchain space. But is he really the benevolent dictator of Ethereum like Matt Mullenweg is for WordPress?

I really like his broad, but very practical vision and perspective. Not often can someone with a very deep technical understanding of the underlying technology articulate himself so elaborately and concisely at the same time. And last but not least, I also really like his humor.

In the podcast he speaks about how Ethereum as an ecosystem is becoming more and more decentralized – just as the technology itself, so even if some part becomes „evil“, there’s still a fair chance that the ecosystem as a whole will be able to steer ahead.

About Unchained

Crypto assets and blockchain technology are about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity to the Internet of Things. In this podcast, host Laura Shin, an independent journalist covering all things crypto, talks with industry pioneers about how crypto assets and blockchains will change the way we earn, spend and invest our money. Tune in to find out how Web 3.0, the decentralized web, will revolutionize our world.

About Laura Shin

Laura Shin is a Forbes senior editor managing their crypto and blockchain technology coverage (Bitcoin, Ethereum, ICOs, token sales, etc.), co-lead reporter of the Forbes Fintech 50 list, and host of the podcast Unchained: Big Ideas From The Worlds Of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from Stanford University and has a master of arts from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Fast Company, The Week, ZDNet and others. Follow her on Twitter at @laurashin.

(Picture of Vitalik Buterin courtesy of TechCrunch/Flickr)

The Bad Crypto Podcast

Travis Wrights und Joel Comms Mütter behaupten entgegen des Titels Bad Crypto Podcast, dass wir es hier mit dem weltbesten Kryptowährungs-Podcast zu tun haben. Nachdem ich einige Episoden gehört habe, muss ich zugeben, dass diese Mischung aus fundiertem Krypto-Wissen, gutem amerikanischem Humor, musikalischen Einlagen und professionelle Produktion vermutlich ihres Gleichen sucht.

In nur 6 Monaten wurden stolze 77 Episoden veröffentlicht, die weit über einer Million mal runtergeladen wurden. Die letzte Episode wurde live am CryptoHQ in Davos aufgenommen, welches zeitgleich mit dem World Economic Forum statt fand.

Falls du andere gute Kryptopodcasts auf Deutsch oder Englisch kennst, gerne als Kommentar unten teilen.

Smarter Faster Better

Freakonomics Radio is one of my favorite podcasts. It explores the hidden side of everything and in an episode from 2016 it explored how to be more productive. As with many things, productivity means different things in different situations.

For his book Smarter Faster Better Charles Duhigg talked to more than 400 people about the secrets of being productive in life and business. Not that this is my main goal in life, but it’s still very useful to know about  the most important productivity tools and skills.

Charles had this basic rule for his book, which was that when someone told him something that they felt made them more productive, that he wouldn’t include it in the book unless it seemed to be universal. And so if he talked to over 400 people, he probably heard 300 different ideas about how to increase productivity.

But what he would find is that one set of ideas would work for a group and then another group would say exactly the opposite. So a good example of this is, like, the fanatical devotion on one goal at all costs. When he talked to people in Silicon Valley, they would say

Here’s the most important thing on being productive, is that you choose, like, one outcome and you just remain persistent.

And then he would talk to people in big companies and they’d say

Here’s the thing about being productive. You have to be flexible. You can’t commit yourself to one goal.

And this happened again and again and again, except that he did notice that there was this small handful of consistent ideas that kept on coming up. As he boiled through all of these stories and all of these papers that he was reading and all of these experts, there were really only eight things that came up again and again and again.

The 8 Ultimate Productivity Tools or Skills

  1. Motivation
    We trigger self-motivation by making choices that make us feel in control. The act of asserting ourselves and taking control helps trigger the parts of our neurology where self-motivation resides.
  2. Focus
    We train ourselves how to pay attention to the right things and ignore distractions by building mental models, which means that we essentially narrate to ourselves what’s going on as it goes on around us.
  3. Goal-setting
    Everyone actually needs two different kinds of goals. You need a stretch goal, which is like this big ambition, but then you have to pair that with a specific plan on how to get started tomorrow morning.
  4. Decision making
    People who make the best decisions tend to think probabilistically. They envision multiple, often contradictory, futures and then try and figure out which one is more likely to occur.
  5. Innovation
    The most creative environments are ones that allow people to take clichés and mix them together in new ways. And the people who are best at this are known as innovation brokers. They’re people who have their feet in many different worlds and, as a result, they know which ideas can click together in a novel combination.
  6. Absorbing data
    Sometimes the best way to learn is to make information harder to absorb. This is known in psychology as “disfluency.” The harder we have to work to understand an idea or to process a piece of data, the stickier it becomes in our brain.
  7. Managing others
    The best managers put responsibility for solving a problem with the person who’s closest to that problem, because that’s how you tap into everyone’s unique expertise.
  8. Teams
    Who is on a team matters much, much less than how a team interacts.