EV 100x sales – why not?

The company logo for Snowflake Inc. is displayed on a banner to celebrate the company’s IPO at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

 

Snowflakes in the sky

Snowflakes in the public eye

Valuations of the roof

Warren Buffet entering in the tech loop

Interesting stories of people becoming billionaires

Snowflake and their impressive IPO!

 

chained

In the last few years, multiple transformations in the service and product industries linked to information technologies have taken place – all at a frantic pace as the web 3.0 evolved, matured, and found its place in the market. However, when considering the one that has the potential to be the most disruptive, blockchain is definitely in the spotlight. Nevertheless, since its announcement, there’s been ups and downs and it hasn’t exactly lived up to the hype.

Many factors make the world question if blockchain will effectively be part of our daily lives. Yet, at the same time, there’s already enough proof that the technology is more than Bitcoin and it can actually have a positive impact across different sectors. But don’t let us preach to you about it, let us show you what’s coming next.


Way beyond Bitcoin…

The popularization of blockchain happened mainly due to the use case of digital assets, commonly known as cryptocurrencies. In the aftermath of the 2008 crisis, Bitcoin was created in a totally decentralized approach without requiring governance from any formal entity. In an almost utopian yet controversial way, it poses as a mechanism for transferring and saving “value” in a fully digital and distributed format. Nonetheless, there’s a myriad of other applications aiming at changing the world:

  • Insurtech has stepped up the game and is using blockchain to reduce fraudulent claims and ease a process that typically takes up a lot of time and energy (checking evidence and making reinsurance more efficient). Lemonade is the reference startup (which has become the best IPO in 2020), but several other startups are disrupting the space with P2P Insurance (such as Teambrella or, once again, Lemonade) and Claim Management & Risk Assessment (Tierion is improving claims processes while Cropt is supporting insurers with satellite data to confirm the actual damage presented by farmers, and machine learning algorithms to predict the yield of crops and the risk associated).
  • Supply chains have been drawing a lot of attention with blockchain solutions being deployed to keep track of the goods’ route and also optimize logistics. We don’t have to go far for this one. Both Auchan and Lidl Portugal announced they’ll be tracing the origins of all food with blockchain as a quality control measure to meet the growing demands of today’s consumers. As for some of the hottest startups, it’s worth highlighting:Everledger, Provenance and  TE-Food.
  • In the civic domain, a lot is going on. Startups like WalliD, which is turning to blockchain to privately store users’ ID documents in a digital wallet and design a global protocol for digital ID transactions, and Civic, which has the same principles but applies them to the management of digital currencies, are exclusively focused on identity. Plus, if we take a collective standpoint, there are many other compelling initiatives such as Follow My Vote, which is fighting to bring more transparency to polls and put an end to election fraud, or, speaking of transparent voting, TAIKAI, born in our MVP program as a blockchain-based platform for hackathons, which is fostering open innovation by connecting tech enthusiasts to companies that have challenges and are desperate to solve them.
  • Regarding security, decentralized storage platforms are picking up steam. Nowadays, data is seen by many as more valuable than money, so hackers are sort of modern pirates. To avoid being looted, or in other words, to prevent breaches and better safeguard data, decentralized storage platforms such as the ones that are being built by SIA, Storj or FileCoin (based on IPFS) look like a good option because, instead of having all files stored at the same place, they’re broken apart and scattered across multiple nodes on a network, making it impossible to read the entire content from one fraction.

Blockchain can be set up to operate for a variety of purposes, and its community is committed to expanding the technology’s level of influence. Judging by its success and increased use, I would say it seems that blockchain is poised to rule the digital world soon.

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learn how to sleep

Sleep is the most powerful learning tool!

Sleeping 7-8 hours per night has an enormous impact on your ability to learn. Cutting sleep, even for as little as one night, can have irreversible impacts on what you learn both before and after, in your fatigued state.

Pulling all-nighters should be banned from your life as a valid tool to cram information. The costs are simply too high.

Even if you’re not staying up for days on end trying to learn, few of us get the sleep we need to learn at our best.

What You’re Doing When Sleeping

Sleep is not a passive activity. Although it seems like you’re doing nothing but resting, the mind is highly active during your moments of slumber.

Sleep is broken into different discrete phases, mostly falling into two catagories of REM (rapid eye-movement, aka dreaming) and NREM (non-REM, which includes deep sleep).

While your head is on the pillow, your brain is engaging in very important work. This includes:

One of the first studies to demonstrate the importance of sleep to memory was the 1924 study by John Jenkins and Karl Dallenbach. In it, they compared rates of forgetting over the same time period when subjects were awake and asleep. The results are quite dramatic:

NREM sleep plays a particularly important role, with sleep researcher Matthew Walker explains:

“Indeed, if you were a participant in such a study [on sleep and memory], and the only information I had was the amount of deep NREM sleep you had obtained that night, I could predict with high accuracy how much you would remember in the upcoming memory test upon awakening, even before you took it.”

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Rejoice

Lia reaching her sweet thirteen !
listen and Rejoice

It’s tight
The more convict
The crime
Tears are not needed
Did you have your lot today?
Of guilt and sorrow
Secrets have taught you
Live life with joy
Go on and just do it
Why won’t you come and take it?
Go on and just do it
Why won’t you come and take it?
Slave to the darkest hour
We’re longing for the light
Rejoice from this very day
Rejoice every situation
Rejoice from this very day
Rejoice, don’t let life pass you by
Rejoice from this very day
Rejoice every situation
Rejoice from this very day
Rejoice, don’t let life pass you by
You crave focus with no meaning
You pray again to the heroine
You keep on looking for
Something to get on over
But the journey meaning and rule your life
Go on and just do it
Why won’t you come and take it?
Go on and just do it
Why won’t you come and take it?
Slave to the darkest hour
We’re longing for the light
Rejoice from this very day
Rejoice every situation
Rejoice from this very day
Rejoice, don’t let life pass you by
Rejoice from this very day
Rejoice every situation
Rejoice from this very day
Rejoice, don’t let life pass you by
Go on and just do it
Ooooh go on
Go on and just do it
Come and take it
Take it
Take it
Take it
Take it
Take it
Take it
Take it
Come and take it

Stand tall

listen to reason from the old Neil Young with Stand Tall

Stand tall for earth
Long may our planet live
Together we can win
As long as you and I
Stand tall
Stand tall

Some say it’s the era of sedition
Our way of life turning upside down
Old ideas put out on exhibition
Like criminals paraded through the town
You can turn with me
We can face this foe
Wherever you go
Whatever you do
We win when you and I
Stand tall
Stand tall

Stand tall for earth
Long may our planet live
Together we can win
As long as you and I
Stand tall
Stand tall
For a woman’s right to be equal
Doing all that she was born to do
Let earth become a rainbow of people
Blending all the colors as they choose
It’s the dawn of our day
The light of our way
Wherever you go
Whatever you do
We win when you and I
Stand tall
Stand tall
Stand tall
Stand tall

The boy king don’t believe in science
It goes against the big money truth
His playpen is full of deniers
They’ll flush our future down the tubes
Don’t you get me wrong
‘Cause we got to be strong
Wherever we go
Whatever we do
We win when you and I
Stand tall
Stand tall
Stand tall
Stand tall