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👨‍💼 Michael Scott; humanistic globalization; nation-states & crypto; boundaries & squad wealth; product development as a series of bets

Hey friends! 🖖
Here are my picks from last week.
🐸 I’m a big fan of “eating the frog”, so I’ll lead with something that made me feel both indicted and amused at the same time: The Michael Scott Theory of Social Class by Alex Danco. Put on a helmet and dive in.
⚖️ Our legacy institutions, from large corporations to the nation-state, are failing because they are unable to scale to the enormous complexity of an interconnected world. What will fill the gap—Andreas Antonopoulos suggests—is a new governance model based on the idea of humanistic globalization.
Unprecedented: Rules without Rulers [a new governance model humanistic globalization]
Unprecedented: Rules without Rulers [a new governance model humanistic globalization]
👐 To understand how nation-statescould embrace the crypto movement, it’s worthwhile to turn eyes on Asia. China is the first major economy to create its digital currency, and India could be well-positioned to follow suit. According to Balaji Srinivasan, IndiaStack — India’s national set of APIs for payments, identity, KYC, e-signature, and document verification — could provide a solid platform for crypto.
🧩 The future of the social fabric will be a mosaic of autonomous squads, tribes, communities, teams, and groups with diverse subcultures, cooperating via a rich tech stack of tools, platforms, and APIs. This reshaping of society has two fronts: offline-native organizations are slowly coalescing into smaller teams, while online-native squads are becoming more economically and socially resilient. To successfully shape this new dynamic, understanding system boundaries and squad wealth becomes necessary.
🎲 Finally: I’m currently working on my own set of principles to follow when developing social tech products. This insightful thread argues that product development is closer to stock trading & epidemiology than manufacturing or traditional pure software development.
A simple explanation for why “estimations” and timeline-based “roadmaps” don’t work, is that product development isn’t a scheduling problem but an explore/exploit problem.

Time isn’t the constraint, but knowledge.

Knowledge that isn’t currently “priced in” to the market.
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