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The Constitution Works

Federal judge Robert Pitman blocked a Texas state law that bans "censorship" on social media platforms, ruling that the law violates the social networks' First Amendment right to moderate user-submitted content. Continue Reading →

Refunding ETH is a Gas!

ConstitutionDAO (a decentralized autonomous organization created to purchase a rare copy of the U.S. Constitution) raised $49.8 million in ETH. Its auction bid was not successful, so it began refunding the unused ETH to members of the DAO. Continue Reading →

Web 3 and the Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot
At the annual Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K run, a family-friendly “Turkey Trot” event that brings the community together to get their “tailfeathers moving,” there were a bunch of retail booths selling food, local produce, homemade goods, and arts & crafts. This year, each local artisan had an easy way for you to purchase with a credit card as well as an easily accessible eCommerce site. Three years ago, this was an all-cash shopping zone. This year (if you knew where to look), customer experience, customer service, customer relationship management (CRM), and relatively sophisticated data-gathering were on full display. Which made me wonder about the impact Web 3 and decentralized finance might have on future Gobble Wobblers. Continue Reading →

Programmable Money

I love the characterization of cryptocurrency as "programmable money." While it is technically incorrect, it communicates the entirety of the idea behind decentralized finance (DeFi) in a really nice way. Continue Reading →
Crypto developer Matthew Jensen was forced to close his JRR Token business as part of a settlement with the estate of "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkein. The estate’s lawyer, Steve Maier, described the case as a “particularly flagrant case of infringement,” adding that the estate is “pleased that it has been concluded on satisfactory terms.” Continue Reading →

The Employee Crisis

stepping stones
There is a significant shortage of employees in the United States. One popular explanation suggests that the pandemic caused a massive realignment of personal values. Some are calling it the "great resignation." Another popular explanation suggests that average Americans are disincentivized to return to work due to overzealous government benefits. Which is correct? There probably isn't a single satisfying sound bite explanation, but this past week, I got schooled by my clients and my students and it made me think deeply about how we will adapt to the new normal. Continue Reading →

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