60 items in BLOCKCHAIN
The Generative AI hype train has seemingly sidelined Web3, but there are some equally interesting innovations going on in the blockchain world, especially with new thinking on how to organise a system of labour. We know already about Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAO) but how about this twist - the Networked Autonomous Organisation
(NAO)? This may be semantics but it seems to me to be a better descriptor for a more likely type of organisation, one which has network - and therefore potentially emergent clustering - from a set of programmable rules.
Issue #329 published 29 Jan 2023
Interesting feature of H1B visa applications in the US is that salary data of offered jobs is publicly available (see for yourself here
), a roundabout way toward some idea national salary transparency, albeit only with data on immigrant workers. This post crunched the numbers in the crypto market
, with some interesting insights and recommendations for engineers and engineering managers, specifically that Coinbase are (were?) offering the best rates
Issue #321 published 4 Dec 2022
from the WEF on the major event in the crypto world last week - the close to flawless transition from ‘Proof of Work’ to ‘Proof of Stake’ on Ethereum. Might also be proof that for some forms of projects, new organisational structures might be more suitable than the ones we currently hold as sacrosanct. Nice way to learn about Blockchain in any case, and to speculate on the nature of effective human collaboration.
Issue #310 published 18 Sep 2022
Lex Fridman is an example of doing the irrational (ridiculously long multi-hour interviews) but doing it so well that it becomes a defensible moat that few can ever cross. His interview with Brian Armstrong is the CEO of Coinbase is an example of this genre - wide ranging, personal and covers a great deal of recruiting - fascinating to hear a CEO’s thought process on hiring, as the company scaled. Great listen folks
Issue #304 published 7 Aug 2022
It’s a good idea and surprising that it has been tried before, with greater success. Can human beings be publicly listed? Two brothers are giving this shot.
Some blockchain innovations are doing similar, for the next generation of workers. Check out Talent Protocol
if you want to see an example of the tokenised version of this.
Issue #304 published 7 Aug 2022
Beautifully rendered interactive website, explaining how royalties work for artists on streaming platforms. This is post is both fascinating and educational for a form of work most of us don’t know too much about. I’m labelling it ‘blockchain’ because music might be one of the most appropriate verticals where this current structure gets disrupted by it. Imagine if the artist collected royalties programmatically on every play? Every middle man is out of the loop. Great website, have a play
Issue #301 published 17 Jul 2022
Surprisingly accessible guide from WEF on the application of blockchain to organisation structure - the Decentralised Autonomous Organisation (DAO). Handy definition of terms, plus a taxonomy on the types of DAO there are. One for the future of work types
or dedicated acolytes to Satoshi Nakamoto
Issue #299 published 3 Jul 2022
Blockchain may no longer be cool with crashing of crypto currencies, but really there were always more exciting applications of the principle of decentralised, programmable and immutable way of organising work. This is a good example
Issue #298 published 26 Jun 2022
So this is a post
which could benefit from ‘just saying the thing’. It takes a little too long to get there, but the concept is exciting once it does - a VC built as DAO (decentralised autonomous organisation) as a structuralist remedy to a non-diversity.
Issue #292 published 15 May 2022
Excellent, accessible primer on the state of web3 or ‘the ownership economy’. Premise is this: web1 (read only) and web2 (social) both ended up aggregating control to an ever smaller group of companies (‘big tech bad’), which web3 (blockchain) will disrupt by fusing user action + ownership via tokenisation. It’s really quite simple
Issue #291 published 8 May 2022
Want an overview of Web3 and how it relates to work and organisation? Brainfooder Karl Osis
kicks off the content component of his career with this massive post on blockchain. Lots to get into here
, - should be a series really - but it is accessible and comprehensive.
Issue #284 published 20 Mar 2022
I should really rename this category ‘Web3’ but I will need to rejig the Brainfood Larder in order to do so, so for the moment, it will stay as ‘blockchain’. Cool pseudo history
on DAO - or distributed autonomous organisations - maybe a future of how we organise labour. Critically relevant because recruitment is fundamentally solving the problems of the pre-Web3 world.
Issue #282 published 6 Mar 2022
As crypto takes a nose dive this past week, it is worth taking a moment to think beyond the asset value of currencies like Bitcoin. The greater promise of blockchain is decentralisation of the organisation of human labor. Probably no greater convert to DAO’s than Andreesen Horowitz, which not only backs the likes of Coinbase and OpenSea, but also claims to have converted itself into a DAO. This is a good overview of their thesis
and a fair overview of the concept. H/T to brainfooder Pedro Oliveira
for the share.
Issue #276 published 23 Jan 2022
The discourse around Web3 seems to have tribalised early into cult-like evangelists who think it will change the world and die-hard naysayers who have seen it all before. This post is the antidote; comprehensive, accessible, balanced and thoughtful. If you read anything about Web3 or Blockchain, read this
Issue #270 published 12 Dec 2021
Justin Kan, founder of Twitch in conversation with Adam Jackson and Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski, founders of Braintrust. Good entry
into Web3 and why blockchain matters for HR. H/T to brainfooder Mark Chaffey
for the share,
Issue #269 published 5 Dec 2021
As cryptocurrencies ‘go on sale’ this week, it’s worthwhile having a think about other applications of blockchain which might have more direct relevance to our work. Here is a ‘big list
’ (I miss those days!) of Decentralised Autonomous Organisations or DAO’s - for those who want a deeper dive.
Issue #269 published 5 Dec 2021
This is the paper which launched the idea of blockchain into the public consciousness, and I’m sharing it here for two reasons - No1, we need to become Web3 literate and No2, this is an interesting way to communicating potentially dense textual information in a more accessible way. Pretty cool
Issue #268 published 28 Nov 2021
Blockchain is more than Bitcoin; it’s the technological underpinning for decentralising systems of distribution. And it’s attracting a lot of smart folks who are keen to help build it. Cool thread
by our buddies Talent Protocol
(more on them soon), how you too can join the movement.
Issue #262 published 17 Oct 2021
Axie Infinity - where the gaming mechanics of Pokemon Go meets the non-fungible token. Have a read
because we need to know what ‘work’ is going to look like in the next iteration of the Internet.
Issue #255 published 29 Aug 2021
of the blockchain labour market from our buddies at Indeed. Insights include a) greater correlation of remote with blockchain opportunities, and b) increasing percentage of non
-engineering roles in blockchain - a sign of business maturation.
Issue #252 published 8 Aug 2021
DAOs could out-compete by out-cooperating the modern firm.
Unapologetically long, this essay
on the rise of the DAO (Decentralised Autonomous Organisation) is a fascinating primer for a deeper dive into web3 and the future of co-operation. One for the anthropologists, crypto nerds, gaming enthusiasts and anyone interested in how technology shapes human organisations.
Issue #251 published 1 Aug 2021
In the week where Tim Berners-Lee sold the source code for the World Wide Web via a $5.4 million NFT
, it probably makes sense to review what the hell NFT’s are, and why they matter for the world of work. Accessible slide deck
taking from the basics of Blockchain all the way up the value chain to non-fungibility. H/T brainfooder Pedro Oliveira
for the share
Issue #247 published 4 Jul 2021
If you wonder why I share blockchain
articles in this newsletter it is not because I am secret bitcoin gazillionaire (I am not a secret bitcoin gazillionaire…), this would be the reason. The ‘human IPO’ has become a thing, and new methods of earning income, attracting investment and discovering collaborators is already here. If you care about the future of work, you have to take notice of this. Accessible brainfood - must read
Issue #236 published 18 Apr 2021
…and I’m prretty certain it is too, David Arnoux. Great to see this is demonstration
by Growth Tribe, as ever prepared to dive into the future and learn by swimming in it. More on NFT here
, and if you want to dig a little bit deeper on the opportunity that Blockchain represents to the world of work, check out this page
in the larder. H/T brainfooder Aurelian Arnoux
for the share
Issue #232 published 21 Mar 2021
Digital artist Beeple
sold an NFT for a massive $69 million dollars this week. Think about this for a moment - a piece of digital art - a jpg - which before NFT would be close to worthless, can now make artists into millionaires overnight. How? OP here
tells you how, why and what from the creator perspective. Accessible read.
Issue #231 published 15 Mar 2021
Non-fungible Tokens or NFT’s show us a future of work which might be truly revolutionary. Concepts like ownership, copyright, compensation and companies as the optimal way of co-ordinating labour are up in the air. Brainfooder Andy Spence
is one to follow here
, and his overview
is accessible and well referenced for those who want to dive deeper. You really should.
Issue #230 published 7 Mar 2021
…the key to which, is actually to get rid of the company as the unit of organising labour. We’re getting close to being able to say this secular heresy, as brainfooder Andrew Spence
outlines 4 ways in which blockchain might align with our moral imperative for good work.
Issue #71 published 23 Apr 2020
The creation of a new asset class is perhaps an unexpected outcome of the mainstreaming of blockchain. ICO’s though, make more sense than stock options though, as Nick Neuman
explains in this excellent overview of the tokenized economy.
Issue #66 published 23 Apr 2020
Great post from our buddies at ZINC
, who make the point that if decentralisation is core to your product, it also has to be core to working culture. Will Blockchain tech companies default to distributed? Looks like they will - have a read here
Issue #112 published 23 Apr 2020
Perhaps the most comprehensive yet accessible essay yet on Blockchain. Thought provoking stuff and highly relevant to our world of HR and recruitment. After all what are companies if not ‘closed systems’?
Issue #54 published 23 Apr 2020
Don’t be fooled by the KANBAN boards on this demo - underneath the Trello like experience is an idea that might just end the very idea of the company.
Issue #48 published 23 Apr 2020
comparing inflation, reward and behaviours in the experiment economies based on Blockchains: Steem, EOS, Everipedia, and Karma. If you’ve been hating on the inequities of modern society of late, and want to have a glimpse of the real potential of blockchain, then this is a post for you.
Issue #124 published 23 Apr 2020
Good summary post
from Gartner which does a nice job of describing a) the essential characteristics of blockchain, b) emerging technologies built on blockchain and c) uses cases for HR. Readable and useful - if you want to get a grip on blockchain
Issue #156 published 23 Apr 2020
We’re starting to get it with blockchain. dock.io is a decentralized data exchange protocol on blockchain. Imagine if ‘reputation’ and 'experience’ were the same thing and you might see why some feel that this is the game changer to the $200 billion people industry. You can also download the white paper here
Issue #73 published 23 Apr 2020
These days, it’s hardly surprising to hear that a hot new startup has received gobs of money from eager investors. But a new company called the DAO (short for “decentralized autonomous organization”) is not your average startup. You got to read this.
Issue #11 published 23 Apr 2020
Excellent overview of the history and potential future of Blockchain, in particular how it might change the way we organise human labour.
Issue #52 published 23 Apr 2020
The crash of cryptocurrency is running in parallel with the more interesting applications of blockchain. This decentralised hiring network from rblock (and brainfooder Luke Shipley
) looks promising. Check out their whitepaper here
, and get involved in the crowdsale, which is now on, here
Issue #69 published 23 Apr 2020
Smorgasbord of a post on the potential impact of Blockchain, going from the trivial (CV verification) to the revolutionary (end of the company). One to bookmark if you’re interested in Blockchain in HR - it’s well linked to other relevant posts. H/T OH subscriber @Anna Ott
for the share.
Issue #42 published 23 Apr 2020
Gems look like the first serious attempt at doing Blockchain where it’s really going to matter - gig working. They’ve just raised $60 million to build a decentralized Mechanical Turk
on the Blockchain. The ambition is huge, and the end game, maybe the end of the recruiting itself - even more so.
Issue #72 published 23 Apr 2020
The potential of blockchain to dis-intermediate the company is the real reason why I get excited about the tech. This essay does as good a job as any to describe the theory.
Issue #63 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s fair to say I’ve been the pre-eminent ‘blockchain bore’ on recruiting, nothing to do with my massive hoard of bitcoins, and all to do with me buying the hypr that it’s going to change the world of work. I didn’t think Goldman Sachs would produce the most accessible demo of it though. Check it out, be bedazzled.
Issue #63 published 23 Apr 2020
For once, the content justifies the clickbait - this is a fantastically well researched post on the technology underlying Bitcoin. It’s accurate, comprehensive and accessible. Bookmark if you want to understand the hype.
Issue #63 published 23 Apr 2020
Hard to write about blockchain and make it both accessible and comprehensive. David Kelnar manages it here
- about as good a summary post as you’re going to find on the topic. Not recruitment specific, but relevant to many aspects of the work we do. This is a great post for the blockchain-curious. Have a read
Issue #165 published 23 Apr 2020
Amazing defence of Bitcoin’s energy consumption by Dan Held
. Technical but accessible essay on the relationship between work and energy, and why Bitcoin’s Proof of Work is efficient. Read here
Issue #102 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s a horrible portmanteau. But it is an early application of the Blockchain into the world of work - a blockchain powered job board. Thanks to OH subscriber Iker Jusué
for the share.
Issue #51 published 23 Apr 2020
I get it - Blockchain has lost its cool, as blockchain investors have lost their money. But that doesn’t mean it’s application to the world of work is any less relevant. This overview of the potential of blockchain to organise the next generation
of business is somewhat technical but accessible enough for us casuals.
Issue #122 published 23 Apr 2020
is becoming the pre-eminent voice working in the Blockchain + HR space. This is part 2 of a running series of blog posts which keep us up-to-date on the progress of blockchain in business. It’s a fantastic overview of a sometimes challenging topic - have a read here
Issue #141 published 23 Apr 2020
Well articulated vision on how blockchain can change the world of work. Written by Gitcoin
founder, Kevin Owocki
, it’s a bit technical but accessible for most. Must read if you still think ‘blockchain CV’s’ is the end game. H/T brainfooder Chris Bourke
for the share.
Issue #82 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Agile’ might actually return to its original meaning in an organisation built on Blockchain. If you’re new to idea, this interview transcription with Gerrit Smits introduces no less than half a dozen mind blowing ideas. H/T OH subscriber Kayleigh Smart
for the share
Issue #47 published 23 Apr 2020
The excitement behind Blockchain isn’t the crypto currencies, but on the potential of programmable smart contracts that sit on the blockchain. This explainer by Gjermund Bjaanes
is inevitably technical but accessible enough for the non-expert. Well worth a read for anyone interested in going beyond ‘blockchain CV’s’
Issue #67 published 23 Apr 2020
This is a stunning visual guide from Reuters on what blockchain is and how it works. The potential lies in the inherent immutability of the blocks-in-the-chain. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better presentation on a sometimes difficult technology to grasp, so take a look and have a play here
Issue #88 published 23 Apr 2020
’ might become the canonical example of Blockchain applied to the world of work. Forget boring crap like using it to ‘verify CV’s’. This is where the real potential of Blockchain to HR is - connecting work to reward without the intermediary of a company.
Issue #55 published 23 Apr 2020
If you care about the future of work, you should probably know Ronald Coase
and his theory of the firm. He gets quoted here, in Taylor Pearson’s amazing essay
on the relationship between work, organisations, markets and yes, blockchain. It’s long, dense, not-at-all easy read. But if you want brainfood, here it is.
Issue #126 published 23 Apr 2020
This is the real disruption that comes from Blockchain - eroding the need for a company to be the central mode of organising labour. Forget Blockchain startups who are ‘verifying CV’s’ real disruptors will remove the need to 'recruit’ because there won’t be 'companies’ to recruit for.
Must read essay by Nick Tomaino
Issue #57 published 23 Apr 2020
Excellent overview of a sometimes challenging topic from brainfooder Andrew Spence
, who is fast becoming UK’s most well informed commentator on it. Great to see our buddies at Zinc
get a mention. Read the full post here
Issue #103 published 23 Apr 2020
Blockchain development is now the hottest skill in the freelance job market, growing more than 6,000% in the last 12 months. Overview of the market from ComputerWorld, including a decent summary
of what blockchain actually is about 2/3 of the way down.
Issue #85 published 23 Apr 2020
Those of you who follow this newsletter will know I’m a believer in Blockchain. It’s got the potential to change how we organise human work. This impressive immersive infographic from Goldman Sachs is a great way to learn more about it.
Issue #53 published 23 Apr 2020
I see this post
as a sign of the maturation of the conversation around blockchain. We’re now discussing what industries have most obvious use case for it. This is a strong overview by Anuj Varma
, accessible and well argued.
Issue #149 published 23 Apr 2020
For those wondering why I get excited by blockchain tech applied to the world of work, here is the reason why. It promises a fundamental transformation of our relationship with labour, value, organisation and production. This whitepaper by Chronobank is quite technical, so you may also wish to check out their more accessible website
for a quicker snack.
Issue #35 published 23 Apr 2020
Most of you know that I am a proponent of the theory that Blockchain will have huge impact on the future of human labour. Here’s a great cartoon that explains why I think this. With santa and unicorns, as a bonus.
Issue #14 published 23 Apr 2020