We’ve had an incredible list of guests on Humans of Bitcoin over the past year who have provided both invaluable insight and advice for our listeners.
So this week, Matt went back and chose five of his favorites episodes that he thought would resonate most with everyone.
The people that Matt chose are well accomplished, and can serve as inspiration for anyone striving for personal excellence and looking to make an impact on the world.
Here are the guests that he focused on:
**Stephen Pair - **
Stephen Pair is the CEO of BitPay. Despite the recent bear market, BitPay processed over $1B in transactions in 2018. Stephen is an incredible technologist who lived through the tech bubble and thinks cryptocurrencies will inevitably be an integral piece of the future.
The main takeaway from this episode is to invest for the long term. Regardless of what you’re looking to accomplish, anything worth building is going to be multi-year process.
It’s tempting to go for jobs or projects that offer a shot at quick riches, but you’re better off asking where you want to be in 10 years and constantly making sure that what you’re doing in the present is putting you the right track.
**Rob Viglione - **
Rob is both a polymath and an entrepreneur. He is currently the CEO of Horizen, a privacy focused cryptocurrency, but before that he was doing things like teaching economics to students in Afghanistan and helping the local people disarm IED’s.
He takes full ownership of anything he gets involved in. And it’s important to note that if you want to succeed, you can’t be apprehensive or timid.
Even if you’re inexperienced there is always a way to make an impact. Have the courage to make a name for yourself.
Whether you’re starting your own company or looking to advance your career, the easiest way to accelerate your growth is to take extreme ownership and make everything your own.
**XDite - **
XDite is a renaissance woman. Her hacking skills are world class, and she compliments that with experience in finance and management. Not only is she a serial entrepreneur, but she even ran for mayor in Taipei! She is never afraid to enter a new field.
The biggest lesson from her is that If you want to be an anomaly, act like one. The way you think and the work that you put in needs to be different than 99% of others.
We dream of being at the top of our fields, but it takes a tireless work ethic, and our actions aren’t always aligned with our goals.
The success that most of us strive for entails a lot of missed parties and late nights alone in front of a computer screen. If you want to reach the top, you need to understand the type of sacrifices that it really takes.
**Paul Puey - **
Paul is the founder of the Edge Wallet. Although he’s currently a tech entrepreneur, he’s done everything from managing a bar to working at a rock climbing gym.
His multitude of experiences has given him the advantage of understanding the nuts and bolts of consumer facing businesses.
He shows us that you need to get exposure to real businesses with actual customers. Working behind the scenes is great, but in order to design products that people love, you need to see things from your customer’s perspective. Especially in the nascent blockchain industry.
**Erik Voorhees - **
Erik is the CEO of Shapeshift, which is an exchange that allows you to quickly swap between assets in a safe and secure environment.
The company has a difficult past few months, enduring both layoffs and a hit piece that was published by the WSJ.
Erik shows us how important it is to be resilient. He has been in the game a long time, and has gone through several years of highs and lows.
If you speak out against injustices, realize that you have to be prepared to fight for what you believe in. Erik has stood up to powerful people, and has always been willing to pay the price for sticking to his values.
Building mental toughness like his will give you a major advantage regardless of the endeavour that you decide to pursue.
This episode was a little different. We’d love to hear your thoughts and see if you’d like to hear more of the same in the future. Let us know who your favorite guest was and feel free to reach out with any questions.
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On this week’s episode, Matt and Blake run through highlights of past episodes that mainly focused on the different industries that are going to be affected by cryptocurrencies.
Bear markets are the best time to educate yourself on the latest trends and projects in the space. Things move fast and you want to be well prepared for when the market turns back around. This episode provides a great overview on the status of some of the best projects of 2018.
Listen to the episode here: https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e705-S2-Industry-Revisit-Wine-Crowdfunding-Black-Markets-and-more
Let’s dive into the episodes that were covered:
Future of Blockchain
Jared Tate of DigiByte is one of the foremost experts in the blockchain space. He understands the technology on a deep level, and when governments want to know about blockchain, this is the guy they call.
Despite his bullishness, he only sees a few use cases for blockchain, mainly related to security, identity, and supply chain logistics. He thinks projects like “One Belt One Road” are important to watch because they could unleash the power of blockchain on a global scale.
The ICO boom and bust stunted the growth of this revolutionary form of fundraising. As regulators stepped in, innovation has slowed down and led to feelings of trepidation amongst both entrepreneurs and investors.
While it’s still the Wild Wild West, keep in mind that this is the first time that the fundraising process has been democratized. Giving the average person the opportunity to invest in the next Facebook or Uber.
** **Taking down the incumbents in an industry like healthcare is going to be a challenge. These companies are deep pocketed, bureaucratic, and built on complex systems that have been around for decades. Ideas like peer-to-peer healthcare are interesting, but still very far away from being practical.
To disrupt this space, one would need to completely rebuild the industry from the ground up, as opposed to simply making a few minor tweaks and adjustments. It raises the question, does this really need a blockchain?
Vinsent is a project that allows consumers to pay vineyard directly for a case of wine that will be delivered to their door once it has been properly aged and bottled.
They recently received an investment from [Overstock.com
](http://Overstock.com) CEO Patrick Byrne, who is scheduled to appear on the show in the coming weeks.
Tokenizing wine will create a market for fine wines, allowing wine connoisseurs to buy and sell tokens of their favorite vineyards and blends.
70% of all commerce in the world runs through the black market. While most think the black market is made up of things like fire arms and bootleg DVDs, it’s easy to forget that any business that doesn't pay taxes technically falls into this underground “shadow economy”.
These companies are heavily reliant on cash, and they could really anonymous cryptocurrencies like Monero or Z-Cash to begin making more secure transactions both online and in-person.
This space is even more intriguing given the fact that countries like Russia and Iran have been removed from the international banking system, and may need to turn to cryptocurrencies to maneuver around regulations.
Prediction markets are decentralized betting networks where anyone can create a market for a future event that they’re interested in wagering on.
You can create markets for basic things such as “Will the Yankees win the World Series?”, to the more outlandish ones like “Will Donald Trump be bald next year?”.
Anything goes, and they have even proven to be better than meteorologists in predicting things like orange grove output in Florida. “The Wisdom of the Crowds” theory may be right after all.
This is definitely one of the more futuristic and exciting innovations in the cryptocurrency realm, and we look forward to speaking with Veil to hear about their project in a few weeks.
If there’s a topic that sticks out, we encourage you to do some research and see where it leads you. Start with a simple Google search on any of the topics mentioned, and go from there. This is the best way to educate yourself on how the future might play out.
We’ll be back in a few weeks with the second half of Season 2 industries. If you have any questions about the content feel free to reach out and we’d be happy to help.
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