“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” — Buckminster Fuller

On May 3rd, BigToken, on behalf of its fellow co-founders, was proud to announce the launch of the Data Privacy Protocol Alliance (DPPA), a collective of tech companies, brands, ad agencies, privacy rights advocates, and concerned individuals, with the mission:

To build a community that develops and governs a decentralized data ecosystem for the world’s data to be stored, shared, and exchanged for value in an efficient, transparent and ethical way.

Each of our 25…

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..” ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

We live in a time of incredible technical innovation. But it’s a double edge sword. As the world has become increasingly digital, data has emerged as the new oil. And like oil, raw data isn’t valuable in and of itself. The real value is created when it’s connected to other relevant data. In other words, data is a scale business, and no one has more data/scale than FAMGA (Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google & Amazon).

I published “The Profound Implications of…

On April 15th, we had an insightful webinar with several Bitcoin experts including Mike McGlone, Senior Commodity Specialist for Bloomberg Intelligence and Cory Klippsten, Founder and CEO of Swan Bitcoin, co-hosted by technology investor and Clubhouse impresario, Jay Gould. We covered multiple topics over the course of the hour from price predictions of bitcoin, to the risks of governments banning bitcoin, and bitcoin education. You can view a replay of the webinar below:

Or you can read our seven highlights below (co-written by K. Alex Brown).

1. The Digitization of Money Is As Revolutionary & Impactful As When Paper Money Was First Introduced as a Currency

Bloomberg’s Mike McGlone described digital currencies like bitcoin as having the critical properties…

On January 24th, I wrote a post titled “The 5 Reasons I’m Joining BIGtoken As CEO” after a 15 year hiatus from operating companies. Now, after three months on the job, I took a step back to reflect on lessons learned to date.

1 . Working Remotely Works

Taking the reins of a company with 50+ employees is always a challenge, and doing so while everyone is working remotely presented additional challenges. But working remotely is working for BIGtoken, as well as many other companies:

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With the price of bitcoin more then doubling year-to-date, are we closer to the beginning or the end of this cycle? What’s driving the surge in price? How high can bitcoin go? What are the risks to the bitcoin thesis? As bitcoin matures, will it continue to have the dramatic price swings that have kept many investors at bay? Will bitcoin emerge as a means of payment? Is it a positive or negative sign that bitcoin’s dominance, at just 54.5% …

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On April 8th, we had an insightful webinar with privacy experts Enoch Liang (CEO of Andrew Yang’s Data Dividend Project) and Avishai Ostrin (a Senior Privacy Consultant at PrivacyTeam, a global privacy consulting firm), co-hosted by privacy technologist Gilbert Hill (Head of Strategy at Tapmydata). The hour was spent delving in to how consumers can take control of their data, and how blockchain and related crypto technologies can provide new tools for data transparency, data ownership, and data monetization. You can view a replay of the webinar below:

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According to a 2019 Pew Research Center study, more than 80% of Americans feel they have very little to no control over the data that is collected on them. This isn’t exactly a new finding. Every day, more people are discovering how much of their day-to-day lives is shared with external parties without their consent. And consumers are taking not and responding. When WhatsApp users started freaking out about Facebook’s new privacy policies, it resulted in millions switching to Telegram and Signal — a huge loss for the Facebook conglomerate.

That’s just…

On March 17, 2021, Morgan Stanley published a research report on cryptocurrency written by Lisa Shalett, chief investment officer for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and executive director Denny Galindo. The note started with a brief introduction that concluded with:

We suggest investors begin to get educated on this new arrival to the investing landscape.

It was a pretty benign statement, if not a massive understatement. The report was all of nine pages, and packed with caveats:

As with any asset class still in its speculative phase, there are a multitude of risks — some predictable, some identified and some yet…

I saw the crypto light on June 29, 2017. I became of the belief that crypto was going to be the biggest thing to happen in the history of humanity.

Since then, I’ve written over 225 crypto posts , as I don’t know what I think of anything, until I read what I have written about it. And trying to understand crypto is a rabbit hole like no other.

I’m approaching my four-year crypto anniversary. I’ve been through an entire cycle. …

We had a fantastic webinar with privacy experts Jodee Rich and Brittany Kaiser, co-hosted with Gilbert Hill, about the increasing power of technology companies over news stories, data privacy and data monetization, among other topics. You can view a replay of the webinar below:

Or you can read our 7 highlights below, co-written by Alexandra Brown

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What Happened

In recently enacted legislation, Australia required tech platforms like Facebook to compensate traditional news organizations for access to their journalism. As a result, Facebook blocked all news on its platform. …

Lou Kerner

Believe Crypto is the biggest thing to happen in the history of mankind. Focused on stablecoins (founded JustStable.com) & communities (founded. CryptoMondays)

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