A few weeks ago, inspiration struck. Those prone to the entrepreneurship bug know the feeling: a space in the market becomes apparent, you figure out how to fill it, and your mind starts running. Before long, you’re at your domain registrar of choice sniffing around for a domain (and brand-to-be) to match the idea.

During this particular session, I sought a domain for a site that will sell 4K webcams. Most built-in cameras, even on a higher-end device like a MacBook Pro, suck. And most webcams in this category fall around $200. Everyone’s video chatting and streaming. …

One of the lesser-told stories of the internet is the shift in content distribution and access brought to the mainstream by Facebook.

This isn’t a hot take — most would agree that’s what happened — but the shift is fundamental in a way most aren’t aware of.

Facebook spoon-feeding content to the masses has removed the need for the once-holy NYT.com homepage: more than two-thirds of traffic to major publishers heads directly to a content page, negating the work done by homepage editors around the world.

Facebook has greatly diminished institutions of journalism, given rise to questionable upstarts and in…

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, founders of the Gemini crypto exchange, aren’t concerned about the cryptocurrency slump: in a recent Bloomberg interview, Tyler Winklevoss claimed, “We’re totally at home in winter.”

It’s a good quote and signal for the Winklevii-owned exchange and its users, though it’s easy to ride out the storm when you’re as established as Gemini and have founders with deep pockets.

Others aren’t as lucky, especially those working on consumer-facing projects. According to State of the dApps, there are ~44,700 daily active users for ~1,260 live decentralized applications, or 35 daily users per live dApp despite billions funneled…

“Robots are coming for our jobs” has become a popular refrain, and with good reason: Fortune estimates robots may steal as many as 800 million jobs in the next 13 years.

But it’s not just robots — blockchain may be coming for our jobs, too. If you’re a middle-manager, that is.

Though each organization is different, the role of middle management is generally consistent: they’re the link between senior management and junior levels of the organization. These are often facilitators, or those who ensure organizational strategy is executed on the front-lines.

But here’s the thing: if that work is easily-quantifiable…

One sure-fire way to grab the attention of every tech entrepreneur: Start running headlines like Startup Raises $35 Million in 30 Seconds With Cryptocurrency Offering. And it wasn’t just clickbait. In 2016 and 2017, such headlines became hard to avoid.

The Initial Coin Offering craze was in full swing and startups were suddenly raising tens (or hundreds) of millions based on little more than a napkin stage idea. Opportunistic founders flocked. There were some great projects funded, some not great projects funded, and a lot of people looking at crypto for the first time.

And even faster than the ICO…

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Digitally decentralized labor, in simple terms, is when large tasks are broken into independent tasks — it’s the assembly line for the thought economy. With advances in smart contract technology, it may just be the future of work. Much like the far-reaching application of the assembly line in optimizing manufacturing processes, decentralized labor can be applied in a number of ways.

Google has relied on decentralized labor for more than a decade, and you’ve (probably, unwittingly) participated. When Google worked to digitize the archives of the New York Times and many books in the early-oughts, they ran into a major…

When the benjaCoin sale was announced, we spoke about the benefit of bringing our existing business and its partners to the ICO market. We talked about how this would offer a shorter path to a usable, stable, and meaningful token.

People nodded along but in the year since, something became clear: people didn’t really care.

Don’t get me wrong: existing businesses have run successful token sales. Kik and Telegram certainly did, raising more than (a combined) $1.8 billion. For the most part, though, it’s been business as usual. …

An introduction to non-fungible tokens

While cryptocurrencies and altcoins hold the attention of most in the blockchain space, there is a quiet (and enormous) opportunity building right in front of our eyes: non-fungible tokens that enable the tokenization of unique digital goods.

Sounds boring, right?

Tell that to owners of CryptoKitties, the collectible cat game where each cat is represented by a unique crypto-token. …

Whether running a website generating millions of unique hits each month or only a few dozen, everyone has the same question: how do I monetize my traffic?

The problem is online display advertising doesn’t do the trick. Consider:

  • Nearly one-third of all U.S. web browsers have an ad blocker activated, up from 14% four years ago.
  • Compensation is generally based on impressions, actions, or clicks. Good luck finding two trackers that agree on what happened on your website — these numbers are difficult to trust.
  • Affiliate programs are slow to pay and attribution is suspect.

Offer direct placement sponsorships.

Instead of dealing with all…

If you’ve been on the internet the last decade, you’ve been doing volunteer work for Google. You clock in every time you run into those magic words: “I’m not a robot.”

The widget often won’t take your word for it, of course — it presents an image grid and ask you to identify store fronts, cars, street signs, or dogs to prove you’re not a robot. You click submit and you’ve clocked out.

As hCaptcha founder Eli-Shaoul Khedouri explains: “Most people don’t realize that every time they ‘click on the car’ when logging onto a website, they are helping to…

Andrew J. Chapin

Former startup guy. Working on what’s next.

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