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Stable Coins, Oracles, Trust, and Identity

By Sam Lessin · 4 comments

One of the biggest structural challenges for digital platforms, ranging from blockchains to social ...


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Open vs. Closed in National Tech Strategies: the U.S. and China

By Sam Lessin · 11 comments

In the last several months, the Chinese government has moved swiftly to manage and shape self-driving ...


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The Future of Hybrid Centralized-Decentralized Apps

By Sam Lessin · 11 comments

Early last week, it was reported that the messaging app Telegram is working on raising capital for an ...


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Blockchains and the Right to Be Forgotten

By Sam Lessin · 6 comments

In the internet of 2017, when something goes terribly wrong, the service provider hosting the content or ...


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14 Ways the Cryptocurrency Market Will Change in 2018

By Sam Lessin · 5 comments

The energy around cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology stands out as a rare positive growth story ...



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The Future of Work

By Sam Lessin · 12 comments

We are entering a period where machine learning is going to dramatically change the nature of work across ...


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The Future of Free Speech

By Sam Lessin · 1 comment

In the past several years technology has made speech dramatically more powerful and free than was ...


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The Future of Truth

By Sam Lessin · 10 comments

For the last century we have had the luxury of being able to rely on photos, video and audio for a ...


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Seven Key Questions in the Cryptocurrency World

By Sam Lessin · 18 comments

If you look at the list of the 10 largest online crowdfunding campaigns in history, eight of them raised ...


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A Game Plan for VR and AR in 2017

By Sam Lessin · 14 comments

The VR and AR push of the last several years is at a crossroads. The PR wave that had helped create ...


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Time to Pay Attention to Cryptocurrencies

By Sam Lessin · 11 comments

In the last few weeks there have been massive runups in several cryptocurrencies. The market ...


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The Wrinkle In Forecasting Autonomous Cars

By Sam Lessin · 12 comments

Onstage at TED last week, Elon Musk made the very bold proclamation that in about two years, Tesla owners ...


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The Bay Area Should Levy a 5% Equity Tax on Startups

By Sam Lessin · 27 comments

There are a lot of new tax ideas circulating in conversations. With aging infrastructure, growing ...


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