Vladimir Oane




Life-long learner. Passionate about leadership, entrepreneurship, philosophy, Buddhism & SF. Founder @deepstash.





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From Bitcoin to Smart Contracts

Bitcoin created a decentralized monetary system which can transfer money from one person to another. That only allowed for monetary transactions, there was no way to add conditions to those transactions: 

Alice can send Bob 5 BTC, but she couldn’t tell Bob that he will get the money only if he performed certain tasks.

These conditions are a smart contract: self-executing with specific instructions written in its code which get executed when certain conditions are made.

Say Alice wants to buy a house. The seller will receive the funds only if property rights are cleared and after the rights have been transferred over.




The Buffet Indicator

The Buffett Indicator is the ratio of total the United States stock market valuation to GDP. It is said to be the best predictor of market corrections or crashes. 

As of May 6, 2021:

  • Aggregate US Market Value: $51.8T
  • Current Quarter Annualized GDP: $22.6T
  • Buffett Indicator: $51.8T ÷ $22.6T = 229%

Historically, when the stock market went above GDP by 50-100% it crashed, going below GDP. 2021 is the year in the last 100 years when the ratio was over 2x the largest stock market in history.

Goldilocks Zone

In science, the term “Goldilocks Zone” describes the distance a planet needs to be from the star at the center of its solar system in order to potentially support life with water. Too close, and water will evaporate from the heat. Too far, and it will freeze from the cold.

Earth inhabits a Goldilocks Zone. It’s just right — for us. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s skewed towards an extreme. The vast majority of planets are either far too hot or too cold for liquid water.

Steem Blockchain

Steem is a blockchain that supports community building and social interaction with cryptocurrency rewards. The concept of Steemit is like a decentralized version of reddit.com.

Steem aims to support social media and online communities by returning much of its value to the people who provide valuable contributions by rewarding them with cryptocurrency, and through this process create a currency that is able to reach a broad market, including people who have yet to participate in any cryptocurrency economy.

Basic Attention Token (BAT)

It is a token for the decentralized ad exchange. BAT connects advertisers, publishers, and users, creating a new, efficient marketplace. 

The token is based on Ethereum technology, an open-source, blockchain-based distributed computing platform with smart contracts. The token is derived from – or denominated by – user attention. User attention is anonymously monitored in the Brave browser and publishers are rewarded accordingly with BATs. Users also get a share of BATs for participating.

Ethereum promise

Ethereum's initial success can be attributed to a few elements. Ethereum is programable, meaning apps can run on the Ethereum blockchain. This is what let to Ethereum being used in:

  • Decentralised Finance, or DeFi, meaning that apps like investments, insurance etc can be run without a central authority.
  • NFTs, tokens to prove the authenticity and ownership of an object (digital or physical)
  • The consensus in the network through proof of stake. New coins are created by putting guaranteeing your existing money. This incentives people to be good actors and decreases the money supply, increasing its price.
ETFs vs Index & Mutual Funds

They are all basket of assets you are trading in bulk:

  • Mutual funds are actively managed, meaning their fees are rather high.
  • Index Funds are just tracking a segment of the market. Low fees but are only priced once a day. It's the preferred passive investment strategy. 
  • ETF are like a combination of the two. They are more versatile & usually track industries, commodities etc. ETFs are more akin to equities than to mutual funds. They can be bought like individual stocks. 

Investing is not magic. Remember that ...

  • most people don't invest at all
  • 75% of new traders quit within the first 3 months. 
  • 90% of new traders quit within the first 6 months. 

If you can stick around long enough and keep learning, you will be successful at this game. Learn the basics and practice. 

PPP weekly reporting

The most widely used status reporting framework is PPP which stands for Plans, Progress, and Problems. The compiled weekly report is then shared with leaders, team managers and co-workers. It’s used by companies like Skype, eBay and Facebook.

PPP template has 3 categories:

  1. Progress. Employee’s accomplishments, finished items and closed tasks for the period ending.
  2. Plans. Goals and objectives for the next reporting period. These should become Progress next week.
  3. Problems. Challenges. Items that are stuck and can’t be finished. Problems often need help from someone else, not just the employee.

The most important rule of product organizational structures is that they should closely mirror the partner functions. So engineering, product management, and design should tend to have structures that match each other whenever possible.

Product teams tend to work best when aligned with how engineering, design, and other partner functions are structured, so there are 1:1 relationships between leadership roles in those functions.


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