WordProof is one of the 23 finalists selected out of the 178 applications received for the 5 x €1.000.000 EIC Horizon Prize on ‘Blockchains for Social Good’. Monday, February 10th, was Finalists’ Day. 23 initiatives gave a pitch and demo. Here’s the full transcript of WordProof’s pitch, presenting the impact of our solutions on social good aspects and the underlying economic model.Continue reading “3-minute WordProof Pitch at European Commission’s ‘Blockchains for Social Good’ 🇪🇺”
On January 31st, The Government Blockchain Association organized a summit called The Future of Money, Governance, and the Law. At this event, government leaders from around the world discussed their 2020 plans focusing on blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. Among Tim Draper and blockchain’s inventor Scott Stornetta, Dan Larimer was a keynote speaker. As always, his keynote was stuffed with insights, analogies, and examples.
Here’s a fully searchable transcript of his keynote and Q&A, enriched with a table of contents:
- Security is fundamentally broken
- Blockchain brings value, even if it’s completely private
- Analogy: The Hacked Exchange
- Authorizing Users and Their Actions
- Achieving Deterministic Results without Blockchain
- Blockchain is about Deterministic Code
- Prove to yourself that you’re doing it right
- Achieving Deterministic Code without a Blockchain
- If you’re dealing with passwords, you’re doing it wrong
- Move to a blockchain, you’ll be in trouble if you don’t
- Blockchain allows Businesses to Communicate more Effectively
Questions and Answers:
- Blockchain for Electronic Healthcare Records
- Blockchain at Universities
- Public Blockchains are Broadcasting like Radio Stations
- Second Layer Solutions and Enterprise Adoption
- Government’s Role in Blockchain Adoption
- Don’t Regulate Blockchain Technology
Right before my talk at WordCamp Europe 2019, I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Sunita Karmacharya from DevotePress. In this article, I share a transcript with a table of contents and some valuable links on the topics we’ve discussed.
- Mass Adoption of WordPress
- WordPress, Open-Source, and Blockchain
- Timestamping WordPress Content with Blockchain
- Trust in Content and Journalism
- Blockchain Timestamps and SEO
- Mindfulness in the WordPress Community
- Inclusive Funding of Open Source Software
- Learning Blockchain Development
- Running a Business versus Organizing a Wedding
On January 16th, 1 day after Drupal’s 19th birthday, the dutch Drupal community organized the 30th edition of Drupal Tech Talk. I had the pleasure to present a Pecha Kucha (20 slides x 20 minutes, what better way is there to start 2020?) on open-source, blockchain, and WordProof!
Firstly, here’s the video of the presentation, followed by every slide, the sentences I’ve used (in Pecha Kucha’s, I script every single line) and its source, where relevant. Enjoy!
Read further for a full transcript per slide of this Drupal Tech Talk on blockchain timestamps.Continue reading “Pecha Kucha at Drupal Tech Talks: Fixing the Web with Timestamps”
Firstly, I found this list of powerful eCommerce statistics to guide your strategy. Then I added stats on disputes in eCommerce, which I found through WordProof’s participation in Europe’s Blockchains for Social Good contest. Lastly, I enhanced the relevant stats with what impact blockchain will have on them.
After the stats, I dive deeper into how timestamping eCommerce content and orders can drastically reduce disputes between buyers and sellers. Accordingly, timestamps will improve eCommerce as a whole.
- 3 to 5% of the 38.5 billion e-commerce transactions per year, end in a dispute, roughly 155 million a year;
- It’s estimated that there will be 2.05 billion global digital buyers in 2020;
- The number one reason people shop online is that they’re able to shop at all hours of the day;
- 65 percent of shoppers look up price comparisons on their mobile device while in a physical store;
- 85 percent of consumers conduct online research before making a purchase online;
- 81 percent of consumers trust the advice of friends and family over businesses;
- 80 percent of people stop doing business with a company because of poor customer experience;
- Consumers are most likely to trust a business that makes it easy to contact people at the company;
- On average, only 2.86 percent of eCommerce website visits convert into a purchase;
- 69 percent of shopping carts are abandoned;
- Unexpected extra costs are the number one reason shoppers abandon carts;
- Abandoned cart follow-up emails have an average open rate of 45 percent;
- Nearly half (48 percent) of online shoppers simply head straight to a large e-commerce marketplace;
- Mobile e-commerce is expected to account for 67.2 percent of digital sales in 2019;
- Users who have a negative experience on a mobile website are 62 percent less likely to purchase from that business in the future;
- Longer mobile page load times drastically increase bounces.
Brendan Blumer of Block.one discusses the state of the blockchain ecosystem and its effect on government, regulation, and digital commerce at the Washington DC Blockchain Summit, hosted by The Chamber of Digital Commerce and Georgetown University’s Center for Financial Markets and Policy on March 6-7, 2019.
As it’s full of valuable quotes (like many of his talks), I wrote this searchable transcript, including a table of content:
- What is blockchain, and why is it important today?
- What’s the difference between Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies?
- Blockchain for Government
- The Effect of Blockchain on National Security and Military
- Blockchain Mass adoption
- Example: An Insurance Company on the Blockchain
- Retail Banking and Blockchain
- Influencer Marketing and Blockchain
- Can Bitcoin fix Hyperinflation?
- The Role of Blockchain in Cybersecurity
- What’s Beyond Blockchain?
- Performance in Distributed Systems
- Governance in Inter-blockchain Communication
It’s estimated that by 2025, there will be 100 Billion global IoT devices, sending data and transferring value in the new Machine-to-Machine reality. As everything becomes a “smart device” in the coming Economy of Things, what will be the underlying protocol that makes this all work?
I found this presentation by Terry Shane at the end of 2018. Although I’m not actively following the IOTA project, I really like the automotive future and use-cases he explained in this presentation on the Internet of Things and Distributed Ledger Technology.
Here’s a table of content of the presentation, I especially loved the data-part and the automotive example:
- Predicting the Future
- The Next Generation Distributed Ledger beyond Blockchain
- By 2025, IoT will exceed 100 Billion Connected Devices
- Data is the New Oil
- The Blockchain Bottleneck
- The Tangle was developed for the Internet of Things
- Overcoming the limitations of Blockchain
- Use-case: Autonomous Economic Agents (automotive example)
- IOTA as the Settlement Network for Transportation
- Radical Business Model Innovation
- The bIOTAspere Co-Creation Lab
At WordCamp Europe 2017, Matt Mullenweg was interviewed by Om Malik, followed by a Q&A with the WordCamp visitors. They extensively discussed the open web, the WordPress editor ‘Gutenberg’ and WordPress’s future as an operating system for the independent web, among other gems like Matt’s take on ethics in acquisitions in the world of open-source.
In this fully searchable transcript, I highlighted my favorite insights and quotes, and I added a table of contents to improve your user experience. Here you go:
- Introducing the WordPress Editor Gutenberg
- Why a new editor? Why Gutenberg?
- WordPress as an Operating System for Social Media
- The Open Web in Five to Ten Years
- The Open Web in a world with Touch, Gestures, and Voice Control
- WordPress as a Decentralized Search Engine
- Ethics of Open-Source Acquisitions
- Google AMP and the Open Web
- Gutenberg as a Competitive Advantage
- Will WordPress adopt Web Mention among other Web Standards?
- Improving WordPress’s Security and Code Standards
In 1997, at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC 1997), Steve Jobs did a legendary Q&A. It gives valuable insights into both Apple, as in the art of marketing and development as a whole. I improved and fine-tuned this transcript and added a table of content to make the many valuable quotes searchable and easy to navigate through. Enjoy!
Table of content for Steve Jobs’ WWDC 1997 Q&A:
- Focusing is About Saying NO
- The Press and the Stock Price will Take Care of Themselves
- Proprietary Software versus Adopting Open Standards
- Being Better is More Important than Being Different
- From Local Storage to Cloud Storage
- Gigabit Ethernet Enables Cloud Storage
- Implement A Vision Faster Through End-to-End Product Design
- Opportunities for the Software Developer Ecosystem
- Software Development and App Marketing
- How to Compete with Industry Leaders: Build What You and your Friends Want
- Apple Competing Microsoft
- Pricing and Licensing Apple’s Operating System Rhapsody
- Empowering Developers to Serve the Market
- Programmer Productivity
- Controlling Hardware
- Marketing Apple with Television, PR, and Newspapers
- Start with the customer experience, work backward to the technology
- How to Convince Corporates to Stay with Experimental Software
- Focussing on Connectivity, instead of Individual Computers
- Reorganizing and Managing Apple
Block.One is a leader in the blockchain industry. Brendan Blumer is its CEO, and Dan Larimer its CTO. On June 1st, 2019, they announced Voice.com, the blockchain-based social media platform they’re building. As Brendan stated: Social media has not been a good friend to us. It was designed to use its users.
They also revealed the first Voice.com marketing message:
- Unfriend bots;
- Unlike shady algorithms;
- Unfollow being followed;
Like many of their presentations, this keynote was packed with wonderful insights and quotes. Their thinking truly helps the general blockchain industry forward, that’s why I invest time in properly transcribing them, to make their thoughts searchable and quotable!Continue reading “Transcript: Brendan Blumer & Dan Larimer on Voice.com, “Social media has not been a good friend to us””