Category Archives: Technology

Blockchain Defined – The Future Is Here

 

Blockchain :: how will this technology affect your business, your industry, and your life?

The last chapter of my book, WebForging, begins by saying, “The future is here.  The rest is coming fast.”   This TED Talk I viewed 10 minutes ago about Blockchain clearly illustrates my premise about the future.

The TED Description of this Talk says:

  What is the blockchain? If you don’t know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government and society.

Picture of Blockchain Presenter

Don Tapscott

The presenter, Don Tapscott, wrote a book called The Blockchain Revolution.  Learn more about him at http://www.ted.com/speakers/don_tapscott

A bit of his bio from TED:

A leading analyst of innovation and the impacts of technology, Don Tapscott has authored or co-authored 15 books about various aspects of the reshaping of our society and economy. His work Wikinomics counts among the most influential business books of the last decade.

The Future is Here – Blockchain

As I say in WebForging, the best book to ground you in an understanding of the differences in production and economics between the physical and the virtual world is Being Digital, by Nicholas Negroponte.   Start there or jump straight into Blockchain to learn how your future will be impacted by technology.

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That’s it for today.  Getting ready for the Milwaukee River Cruise Tomorrow!  More info on that at https://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/events/232089959/

 

Audible Books – Audible.com – Best of the Web

Audible Books – Audible.com – Best of the Web

I’ve recommended Audible Books forever.  I’ve been saying this for years:  Audible.com is one of the best sites on the web.  That was true even when the site was much slower and clunkier than other great e-commerce sites.

With Audible’s acquisition by Amazon, Audible.com has only gotten better.  I used to have to do a dual search on Audible and on Amazon.com because the reviews on Amazon were far greater, in quantity and quality.  Now Audible Books lists both sets of reviews right at Audible.com!
>>Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks   <<<

What am I getting?

  • Includes two free audiobooks with your free trial.
  • Choose from 180,000+ best sellers, new releases sci-fi, romances, mysteries, classics, and more.
  • After 30 days, get 1 book each month, $14.95/month
  • Cancel easily anytime. Your books are yours to keep, even if you cancel.

The great thing about Audible is that you can:
Stream the book and listen from your computer
and / or you can download and listen from your MP3 Player, iPod, smartphone, tablet, or computer
and / or you can burn to a disc and listen on your home or car stereo
and – when you’re all done, your audible book is still in your Audible.com library awaiting your next listen, in any format(s) you choose!

My reading goal for many years was 25 books per year.  When I discovered Audible Books at least twelve or  fifteen years ago, I was able to increase my annual reading goal to 50 books!  I’m able to “read” many more books by listening (while driving, showering, working, etc.) than ever before.   Moreover, I find myself listening actively two, three or more times to particularly interesting and salient information, often taking notes as I do so.  Great for business reading!

By the way, Audible Books are a great value!  I average about $10 per book by buying in bulk and by taking advantage of 3 books for 2 credits type deals.

Picture of Keith Klein hosting Wisconsin Business Owners Lunch & Learn, quoted as saying, " I recommend Audible Books"

Keith Klein hosting Wisconsin Business Owners Lunch & Learn – I recommend Audible Books

Regards,
Keith Klein
Owner, OnYourMark, LLC
Author, WebForging, A Practical Guide to the Art of Forging Your Web Presence

Note: the link gives me a nominal affiliate credit for your free try and/or purchase of Audible Books.  I would recommend them (I have recommended them for years) even without the free Audio Books link.

Best Media, Best of the Internet – TED.com

Best Media – TED.com

20 Most Popular TED Talks, Best Media, Best of the Internet - TED.com - Keith Klein

Best Media, Best of the Internet – TED.com – Keith Klein

I’m working on Labor Day weekend.  Enjoying it or I wouldn’t be working all three days of the long weekend.  Nevertheless, to break it up I decided to treat myself to some TED Talks while I work.

I learned about TED at least five or six years ago.  Maybe more.  The night I discovered TED, I was so consumed by the ideas and the speakers that I watched it all night long.  I had calls with prospects and clients scheduled the whole next day.  I thought about getting sleep.  The energy produced adrenalin that took me through the night.  That TED experience translated into four wonderful conversations with four great clients about four different topics experienced on TED the night before.  One of those was a prospect when we met that day. They’ve been a client ever since.  I’ve been a TED evangelist ever since.

I logged onto TED this morning and found The most popular talks of all time.

I’m watching more than I bargained for!

I’m a fan of several of the top 20 already.  One of them is my all-time favorite.  I shared it with more people than any other.  That is Jill BolteTaylor’s, My Stroke of Insight.  Please give that one a listen (below).   Combine that with Why we do what we do from Tony Robbins, and one or two of your choice from the top 20, and you may find yourself as big a TED junkie as me.

Why TED is the Best Media

Ideas worth spreading.  That’s the slogan.  More than a slogan, it is what they present!

Powerful presenters.  The top minds and talents in their fields, with practiced energy.

Focused Presentations.  90% or more of TED presentations are 18 minutes or less.  This is the reason we keep presentations at Wisconsin Business Owners to thirty minutes, including a dozen minutes of Q & A.  If you can’t get your point across in eighteen minutes, you’re not practiced enough.

Production Values.  Staging, lighting, camera work and sound are produced beautifully.

User Interface.  I like the search function, the groupings and the ease of sharing.

Emotion & Spirituality.  As  Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight illustrates most profoundly, and Tony Robbins’ Why we do what we do actually examines, the emotion and spirituality we bring to the table is what makes the difference in what we are, to ourselves, and to one-another.

 Best Media

In conclusion, the best minds give focused presentations on “ideas worth spreading” with great production values and awesome emotion and spirituality.  That’s why TED is the Best Media.

Afterword

Music, in this Ode to the Brain Remix by Symphony of Science, shows why Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED Talk is a personal favorite.

About half or more of the speakers in the remix are remixed from their TED talk.  Take advantage of the best media out there.  It costs $6,000 to attend a TED conference.  Yet the presentations are available to all of us here for free.