Michael's Newsletter - September 2017

Hello friends!Just got back from vacationing in Peru. We spent some time in Lima, Sacred Valley, and
Michael's Newsletter - September 2017
By Michael Karnjanaprakorn • Issue #41
Hello friends!
Just got back from vacationing in Peru. We spent some time in Lima, Sacred Valley, and the Amazon Rainforest. Between the different climates, good food, and culture, I would highly recommend Peru!
This month, I published two new pieces of content. One is an article on evaluating tokens and the other is a Skillshare class on productivity and planning your ideal work week. Check out both when you get a chance.
- Michael

My Latest
ICOs, we’re all aware of them at this point. An initial coin offering (ICO) is a “fundraising mechanism in which new projects sell their underlying crypto tokens.”
I share my rules for maximizing productivity, crafting an ideal work week, and building short-term systems for long-term success.
Startups
The four essential behaviors that help them win the top job and thrive once they get it.
I re-read this article every few weeks and always find a gem that I can apply immediately.
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As teachers launch personal brands and cast themselves as influencers, start-ups and tech giants alike are racing to cultivate them to spread their wares.
Productivity
Over the past few months I’ve been trying an experiment with my calendar. It’s working and a friend encouraged me to share it. Visuals help so I pulled screen shots of my calendar for the up coming…
Your phone would be a lot more useful if it did less. You’d get more done. You’d have more focus. You’d have more time. 
Create clarity (and build on) wherever there is ‘about 90% agreement’ first— then come back around and address the disagreements after.
One of the best articles I read in the month. I’m sure we’ve all been there around disagreeing in the 10% and how quickly meetings can go sideways but it’s always better to focus on the 90% agreement first.
Life
We took a hacker to a café and, in 20 minutes, he knew where everyone else was born, what schools they attended, and the last five things they googled.
This is a good reminder to never use public WiFi..
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Like juicing—another Kale Age method of expedient renewal—ayahuasca is appreciated for its efficiency. Enthusiasts often say that each trip is like ten years of therapy or meditation. The change in the brain is similar to the one that results from years of meditation.
I ended a previous article with Reinhold Niebuhr’s famous serenity prayer. The first facet of that noble triptych is “grant me the serenity to accept that which I cannot change.” Done properly, this…
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Crypto
The internet of the future is still unwritten. There are warning signs it’s driving towards further centralization, and flickers of hope that a new wave of decentralization is about to take hold…
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As the cryptoasset markets develop we’ll see many booms and busts as enthusiasm waxes and wanes. Waxing and waning is all part of riding a rocket to the moon. Bitcoin has been through a few boom-bust…
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Note: you don’t need to read the whitepapers, but you need to understand them. But it turns out that reading them is the fastest way to understand them. 😉 I recommend reading the entirety of this…
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Book Recommendations
Here are some books I read while on vacation that I enjoyed.
Internationally bestselling author Don Winslow’s The Cartel is the searing, unfiltered epic of the drug war in the twenty-first century.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The story of the billionaire trader Steven A. Cohen, the rise and fall of his hedge fund, SAC Capital, and the largest insider trading investigation in history—for readers of The Big Short, Den of Thieves, and Dark Money and fans of Showtime’s Billions.
What do Google, Snapchat, Tinder, Amazon, and Uber have in common, besides soaring market share? They’re platforms - a new business model that has quietly become the only game in town, creating vast fortunes for its founders while dominating everyone’s daily life. A platform, by definition, creates value by facilitating an exchange between two or more interdependent groups. So, rather that making things, they simply connect people.
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