Why I Dove Headfirst Down the Cryptography Rabbit Hole
Sometimes you get what you put out into the universe. I first heard of blockchain technology and this new digital currency, Bitcoin in 2009 or 2010. I was working on my very first startup in Denver, the economy was tanking, and I was in a shared office space. There happened to be a brilliant MIT grad there with whom I became friends. He told me about this new currency and how impactful it will be on the world. At first I thought he was slightly crazy and it just sounded like rewards points on a very local level to me. As the months went on, he dove in deeper and deeper. Finally, I dove down the rabbit hole as well.
Over the last 10 years, my obsession with wisdom became a mirror everywhere. During this time, I also had the opportunity to advise (a fancy term “Thought Leader” was gifted to my CV) Carnegie Mellon and UMPC’s joint Quality fo Life Technology Center. It was during a dinner with the director that I was bouncing this idea of the value of wisdom and discovered the most important use case for blockchain technology and a new type of digital currency I could think of: preserving and sharing the value of wisdom.
I spent much of my freetime experimenting with this concept, getting qualitative feedback from millennials and Gen Zs and gaining hands-on experience with a few key technologies: machine learning (AI), VOIP (Alexa), virtual reality filmmaking, 2D filmmaking and blockchain.
I’ll keep it simple and signoff with this realization that haunts me: the power of cryptography to prevent the rewriting of history is profound.