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January 24th, 2022

We are working incredibly hard to bring you a wonderful Ethereum wallet for iPhone. Personally, I have been deeply involved in the Apple Developer Community for around 10 years and the Ethereum Community for 5 years. I really care about the overlap between the Apple and Ethereum ecosystem. There is a magical product lurking in the future:

iOS (iPhone Operating System) : EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine)

Swift programming language : Solidity programming language

Apple cares about privacy : Ethereum cares about access

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December 22nd, 2021

Computing comes in waves. Each new technological breakthrough is a combination of the personal, electrical, mechanical, physical & material. Human neurons fire so that silicon circuits can twitch to life. Our biological brains create technological tools. We augment ourselves with our devices.

Imagine what he imagined
Imagine what he imagined

The impact of these tools keeps expanding. These technological tools have always had political power:

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December 21st, 2021

When someone issues instructions without an explanation, my mind goes ablaze.

Where I go to say no (Pride Day, 2014)
Where I go to say no (Pride Day, 2014)

Here are some examples:

“Design this ad for me” vs. ”Could we work on this together?”

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December 20th, 2021

I have started to notice something about people: when they describe themselves to you they are usually the opposite of what they say.

”I am relaxed” > Angry
”I am a hustler” > Lazy
”I am straight” > Curious
”I am a fighter” > Failure
”I am a feminist” > Abuser
”I am empathetic” > Pathetic
”I am there for people” > Ghost
”I am an entrepreneur“ > Bankrupt
”I am a pillar of the community” > Crumbling

These are terms that other people should use to describe you. You should not use them to describe yourself. If someone else says:

”She is an absolute savage who has incredible empathy”

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December 17th, 2021

Since leaving my parents’ home 15 years ago, I have been compensated in countries’, companies’, startups’ & protocols’ currencies. Here is what they typically look like:

  • Fiat - Countries - $, €, £
  • Stock - Companies - $GOOG, $FB, $SNAP
  • Options - Startups - Stripe, SpaceX, Notion

We like the tokens

In 2014 I was promised an unspecified amount of Ether by the collective of people that would form the Ethereum Foundation. In 2016 someone from the community contacted me and sent me the $ETH. It was my first experience with token compensation.

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December 16th, 2021

I have been asking myself a simple question since 2014: What is Ethereum for?

After a few years of turning this question over in my mind, I have found a few answers that make sense to me. The revolve around a few esoteric acronyms:

  • ENS - Ethereum Name Service > Social 🫂
  • DAO - Distributed Autonomous Organisation > Political 🗳
  • ERC-721 - Non-Fungible Tokens > Cultural 🖼
  • ERC-20 - Fungible Tokens > Financial 🏦

In each case, Ethereum has bent humanity to its will. Ethereum’s standards are becoming humanity’s standards. Code that runs above the political system is more powerful than the countries beneath it.

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December 15th, 2021

The news of Quill’s acquisition is bittersweet for me. On the one hand, I am over the moon for my friend, Ludwig Pettersson. On the other hand, I am sad to lose a tool that I love.

Quill was the most thoughtful approach to online communication I have ever seen. It built on the innovations of Slack, Skype, Discord & Zoom in a wonderful way. It moved us forward.

The community I work with is—quite frankly—devastated at its loss. Here’s why:

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December 12th, 2021

I love Star Wars & Ethereum.

The stories of the Star Wars universe made me want to lead an interesting life. Ethereum has made the last few years the most energising and challenging of my existence.

I see huge parallels between the Mandalorian Way and Etherean Culture:

Mandalore : Ethereum
Credits : Ether
Grogu : Vitalik

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December 8th, 2021

If you want to use the most interesting parts of Ethereum today, you need a desktop computer. Dapps are crafted to work on large screens, they are tailored to browsers that are fast on fast computers, and they almost all have blocks on certain screen sizes.

This has to change.

Mirror does not work on iPad
Mirror does not work on iPad

Dapps are bound to the desktop and most of the world does not own a desktop computer. Their primary personal computer is their phone.

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December 4th, 2021

I have spent many years of my life trying to move to America so that I could benefit from the opportunities out here. It is incredibly complicated and fraught with obstacles. I can safely say that to do so on your own steam is financially excruciating and, at times, soul crushingly complicated.

However, it is nowhere near as challenging as it used to be. After all, people used to sail in boats and sleep in sodden tents to make it over here. The people who came to America for a better life would often lose it in the process. By comparison, a few dozens pages of visa administration seems relatively painless.

However, I have to acknowledge that the American Dream is not easily accessible to the vast majority of the world. As a single man with no children, I could focus on moving over here. The time I had to throw at the problem was an asset that not many are blessed with.

The American Dream is this fascinating pinnacle ideal of what capitalism could do for society: if you are willing to work hard, you should be able to have your dream life.

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December 3rd, 2021

My name is Richard Burton, and I am an algoholic.

When I first admitted this to my partner, I laughed at the term but felt a sharp sadness. Algoholism is a combination of the words algorithm and alcoholism.

  • Algorithms are a set of rules to be followed.
  • Alcoholism is an addiction to alcohol that negatively affects a person’s mental and physical health.
  • Algoholism is an addiction to algorithms that negatively affects a person’s mental and physical health.

I have been living in the metaverse for most of my life. When I was not in the sea, I was on a computer of some kind. Facebook’s feed algorithm gripped my mind at 17. Instagram wrapped its coils around me at 21. YouTube infiltrated my mind at 25. Twitter got its clutches into me at 29. When I have mastered the algorithms, they have given me enormous benefits. I built my first business on Facebook adverts and used Twitter to discover incredible investments.

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October 25th, 2021

My first stab at an Ethereum wallet was in 2014. I collaborated with Gavin Wood and Alex Van Der Sande to imagine what a dapp browser, dapp store, network monitor, and wallet might look like.

https://dribbble.com/shots/2175361-Ethereum-App-Store
https://dribbble.com/shots/2175361-Ethereum-App-Store

In 2017 I pivoted my little company, Balance, from fintech back to Ethereum when I watched $ETH increased 1000x in value. We focused on the wallet problem again and made huge progress.

Balance pushed out beautiful web interfaces, the WalletConnect standard, a proof-of-concept mobile app, and lots of new design patterns to the Ethereum community.