Freicoin and Square

A Match Made in... Austria? Freicoin is based on the concept of demurrage was first introduced by Silvio Gesell and implemented successfully in Wörgl, Austria. I think it could be used by Square to help drive urban development. First things first, WTF is Freicoin? Freicoin is a peer-to-peer (P2P) currency…

A Better Spring Game

Have you played college football? If not, let me tell you a little secret: football practice in the Spring is the worst. Seriously. Fall camp is really brutal, but there's an end goal. In Spring Ball your only goal is to be done with Spring Ball. I'm heading back to…

Innovative Sports Media Strategy

Yesterday I wrote about how football dying could kill college athletics. Today I'm going to share part of an email describing a media strategy I suggested to a D2 school. During my fairly unsuccessful job search in 2012, I decided to email an athletic director about starting a football program…

Dear Mark Cuban,

Football will die, you're right. For all the reasons you stated, probably more so from number 1 than you let on. I played the game for 15 years and love it, but it's not hard to see the writing on the wall. Unfortunately, football funds Division 1 college athletics. Sure…

My Friend Jenny

I recently moved to SF. It's been mostly great. The food and drink are diverse, the people are ever-interesting, and the weather is far better than the Wisconsin winters I'm used to. One thing that really gets me down is the state of homelessness in the city. A lot has…

Coinbase and E-Commerce

How Bitcoin Gains Mindshare I've had this blog sitting unfinished for quite some time. Today's annoucement that Balanced and Coinbase are partnering spurred me to wrap it up. Shtick to Serious Raise your hand if you're tired of seeing PR headlines reading "X is now accepting Bitcoin!". If you're not…

Cryptocurrency, Urban Development, and Square

Those three things seem really unrelated, but stick with me for a few minutes and maybe I can make some sense of them. There's definite holes in my ideas, but it's a start. Cryptocurrency... What? Think Bitcoin. If you haven't heard of Bitcoin by now I'm amazed. Regardless, it's actually…

How to Motivate College Athletes

I recently wrote On Coaching about why focusing on culture is more important than focusing on wins. I'll write a little bit about what the right culture in athletics looks like in my mind. It's a trick question. College athletes are naturally motivated. The question is more about amplification and…

I Used To Be Psychic

The other week I rented a car for the first time and it reminded me of my former 6th sense. You see, I used to be able to look into the future; I used to be psychic. My parents, bless their hearts, were very good about taking us on vacations…

On Coaching

It’s about the culture, not the wins One of my alma maters isn’t performing too well in football these days. It’s difficult to watch, to say the least. Numerous factors play into this of which I’m likely both ignorant of their existence and complexity so I…