#9 / On The Token Society, Going Pro as a Creator, Network Matrix, and More

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Dror Poleg

The Token Society

"Web3 promises to simplify this process and make it easier for more people to trust each other and transact directly for increasingly smaller transactions. As a result, many more gestures, favors, and utterances will be governed by market mechanisms. Some will be paid for on-demand. Others will be bundled together and automated in new ways." Read more


How to Go Pro as a Creator

John Gannon from Going VC shares how he made $1mm in revenue as a creator.

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Lawrence Yeo

Make Classics, Not Content

”art and content are not synonymous. The purpose of art is to express oneself deeply, while the purpose of content is to garner attention quickly. Art follows a pace that is set internally, while content adheres to expectations that are set externally.” Read more

Sameer Singh

The Network Matrix: Bridges & Identity

”Why network bridges and unique user identity are critical to building successful network-based startups” Read more

Morgan Housel

Best Story Wins

The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie brings a whole set of unique experiences. But through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time.” Read more

Things I Learned this Week

Self-interest can lead people to believe and justify nearly anything.

Think about businesses trying to survive competition being run by people trying to prove their career worth, and the incentive to run with the option that provides the cleanest path to the next win is huge, even when that option is something you wouldn’t accept in less-stressful circumstances. I have seen investors justify strategies and sales techniques they fiercely argued against at previous employers, coming around the moment their career depended on it. These are good, honest people. But self-interest is a freight train of persuasion. When you accept how powerful it is you become more skeptical of promotion, and more empathetic to those doing the promoting.

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