A Decentralized Alternative to the Order Book

In a crypto-economic trading platform: “The network becomes the exchange” Snapchat (ephemeral) bid-asks User-defined smart contracts Exchanges are regulated by the SEC and take years to gain approval.  Recently, the SEC has announced that all crypto exchanges are illegal unless they register with SEC. There are two key design principles informing a market design presented […]

MZ (Machine Zone) and Its Satori Platform

An Outline of an Decentralized Alternative to the Order Book   A Decentralized Alternative to the Order Book   Machine Zone (MZ): A $10 Billion Dollar Unicorn in the Making   Edge Computing Use Cases for MZ’s (Machine Zone) Platform Machine Zone and The Perversity of Unicorn Lists   Machine Zone (MZ): A $4 Billion […]

A Unicorn Startup’s Kiss of Death: Kabam Field

The year 2016 will be remembered as a year when titillating stories came out about Unicorn excesses — Dropbox’s Chrome Panda sculpture, Hampton Creek’s covert buy-backs of Just Mayo inventory, and Zenefits’ sex in the stairwell. This is a story about Kabam, another fallen Unicorn, and its excesses. More than just descriptive, we analyze its history to […]

Product Hunt Will Become The Launch Pad for Acquihires Under AngelList

If the tagline for AngelList has become “The LinkedIn for Startups”, will the tagline for Product Hunt become “The Launch Pad for AcquiHires”? To me, the acquisition of Product Hunt is another signal of the narrowing of business models for standalone apps. Product Hunt was never in the running to scale enough to attract advertisers. […]

Kabam: What Causes A Unicorn To Stop Skating To Where The Puck Is Going

The growth in the numbers of technology startups valued over $1 Billion, so-called unicorns, has abruptly stopped and even reversed. In the last several months, a number of unicorns have seen their valuations marked down by mutual funds. This has been accompanied by a number of titillating articles about frivolous spending — Dropbox’s Chrome Panda sculpture — and debauchery — Zenefits’ […]