I know I'm on a Laura Shin/Forbes Unchained podcast kick, but what can I say? There's a lot of value in there.
The most recent one that inspired this post (and a few more to come) is Blockchain 101 With Andreas Antonopoulos: How Bitcoin Makes Each Of Us As Powerful As A Bank.
Andreas is a well respected entrepreneur and bitcoin expert and in this interview he makes a key point that I think should be in everyone's frame of reference.
Roughly paraphrasing, he said "the big disruption isn't Bitcoin or even Blockchains, it's the move to de-centralization."
He's right and he foreshadows a key problem for the industry as it matures.
How to tell the story of a decentralized existence.
Think about it...for centuries, human societies have been organized in a hierarchical, centralized fashion. Tribal chieftains, nobility, kings.
Heck, "all roads led to Rome" for a reason...it's where power was concentrated.
In the past century, large organizations were built in a centralized "command and control" fashion.
Satellite offices were like the distant provinces of the empire...irrelevant and basically ignored.
Now, every satellite office or remote outpost plays a critical role in the infrastructure and integrity of the entire system.
It's not about the center.
It's about the periphery...and everywhere in between. It's the nodes.
But getting people to think like that isn't going to be easy.
It's like someone walking into a car dealership and saying "I really need 4 wheel drive."
"No, you don't," says the salesperson. "Our cars hover."
"Right, but the winters here are tough. I've always needed 4 wheel drive."
"Yes, winters are rough here, for sure. But now that cars hover and don't touch the ground, you don't need wheels."
"Great. So how much are the best tires?"
The paradigm shift is tremendous. People like Laura and Andreas are paving the way to help others understand it.
Not going to be easy, but will be interesting.