Intrepid market remote companies

How will remote-first companies, entrepreneurs, or impacted companies forced to go remote: connect, find and manage remote workforces, and grow their business in a transforming world?

A growing number of people, especially Americans, are choosing startups, self-employment, and small business ownership — over traditional full-time jobs.

They are shunning the traditional conveniences of a steady income, health benefits, and retirement plans.

This trend has been mostly accelerated by COVID, but for those whose primary unit of economic benefit is their time, knowledge, and expertise; think software developers, designers, and digital marketers- this trend has made it even easier to venture…

Blockchain ABC and 123

A simple and easy explanation

Update: April 27, 2018:

If you really want to get into the blockchain and cryptocurrency world, I would highly recommend that you start your journey by reading these two white papers:

Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System


Ethereum: A Next-Generation Smart Contract and Decentralized Application Platform

and then read them again….and again…

If you’re like many people asking questions like: “I have an idea and I want to know if my project is suitable for a blockchain”. — read these two papers, plus this one -

How to hire a blockchain developer.


“I’m looking for investments and I…

A simple introduction to remote companies and working from anywhere.

The COVID19 pandemic has accelerated remote work and has caused many companies to become remote-friendly, or go fully remote.

But what do these terms actually mean, and what challenges and benefits will these emerging work models have on how we communicate, connect and create?

In this article we’re going to cover the basics on what you need to know to start and manage a remote company with a distributed team.

  1. Why your company should go remote-first.
  2. Remote-first vs. remote friendly.
  3. Remote-first benefits.

Going remote-first

A Remote-first company is an emerging trend in organisational design and management. …

How to Choose the Best country for an Initial Coin Offering or Blockchain/Cryptocurrency Startup

With the advent of Initial Coin Offerings, or Token sales, there has been a noticeable interest in companies from all sectors that would like to understand the process of raising funds for their projects. Unfortunately many have a lack of understanding about the comparative regulation, laws, and the trends that are shaping corporate formation, tax, accounting, and governance in choosing the proper jurisdiction for these needs.

As stated in my earlier post: How to do an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) Disclaimer: My opinion is not legal advice. I am not a lawyer. This in no way should be considered legal…

SEC ICO and cryptocurrency

How to know if your Token is a Security

Disclaimer: My opinion is not legal advice. I am not a lawyer. This in no way should be considered legal advice, and my views do not represent the views of my employer, investors, or partners. Moreover, nothing written here should be construed as investment advice either — please consult a professional, many of them are pretty cool…

**Update: August 1, 2017. Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Clarifies regulatory position on the offer of digital tokens in Singapore(you will find that this post is consistent with the new guidance in Singapore)
end of update**

An Initial Coin Offering or “ICO” is…

A basic introduction for startup founders

Disclaimer: My opinion is not legal advice. I am not a lawyer. This in no way should be considered legal advice, and my views do not represent the views of my employer, investors, or partners. Moreover, nothing written here should be construed as investment advice either, and with that out of the way…

Over the course of the last two weeks I have had over 10 companies directly contact me to help them launch an Initial Coin Offering “ICO”. Typically I ask: when do you want to launch? The most ridiculous answer I’ve received was: “next week”. I’m a pretty…

Stating the Case for Blockchain Use in Enterprise Level Applications.

Blockchain Security

The Blockchain is the underlying technology supporting digital currencies like Bitcoin; it’s a decentralized platform that securely processes transactions through encryption[1].

Since this technology cannot be owned by any one person, company, or entity, and each user has the ability to view or access the state of Blockchain at any given time, the Blockchain has become increasingly lauded as a new underlying protocol and infrastructure to do completely new and revolutionary functions that have a great impact on business, industry, government, and potentially society.

As a notable basis to the protocol, the security and verifiability of data and its transfer…

What is consensus and why does it matter?

The world of Bitcoin and underlying technologies of distributed ledger, and the blockchain are experiencing rapid change and growth.

As low-trust digital-based systems gain adherents and differing use cases, developers are creating new variant blockchains to deal with the inevitable fragmentation between public, consortium and private blockchain technologies.

First, let’s note the differences between public, consortium and private blockchains.

Public — Fully decentralized and uncontrolled networks with no access permission required — anyone can participate in the consensus process to determine which transaction blocks are added. There is usually little or no pre-existing trust between participants in a Public blockchain.

Consortium — The consensus process for new transaction blocks is controlled…

Private Blockchain or Database

How to Determine the Difference

Updated: July 25, 2017

Introduction to a Private Blockchain

A private blockchain is a blockchain that has an access control layer built into the protocol [1]. This means the network participants have control over who can join the network, and who can participate in the consensus process of the blockchain.

This is in contrast to a public blockchain, which is open for all to participate in — as a user, as an entity that determines the validity of transactions, and the consensus process. Private blockchains, therefore have a very different level of security than public blockchains like Bitcoin [2].

Private blockchains are a class of…


And The Future Protocol Innovations that will Impact both Technologies

What’s the difference between Bitcoin and the Blockchain?

What is this Bitcoin?


I know the blockchain is important.

I know it’s affecting my company/industry, but what exactly is it and how does it work?

What can you do with it, and how will I be impacted?

This could possibly be a line you’ve either come across or has crossed your mind at one time or another. If this isn’t the case, then this is probably your first foray into the wonderful world of blockchain technology.

Nevertheless, you can’t afford to be ignorant about Bitcoin, as it’s the most popularized…

Collin Thompson

Writing about Product Management, Community, and fintech for creators.

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