Summary of “Brock Pierce: The Hippie King of Cryptocurrency – Rolling Stone”

Specifically, they are here to help Brock Pierce – a child actor turned video-game entrepreneur turned crypto titan – give away a billion dollars to charity.
Bruce Fenton, a crypto economic adviser and leading figure on the scene, describes Pierce as one of the community’s most unsung connectors: “In one way, Brock is this larger-than-life and extremely colorful character. In another way, he’s extremely quiet behind the scenes and doesn’t take a lot of credit for what he’s done. There’s hundreds of millions of revenue out there because Brock was the seed that brought people together. We’re talking about stacks and stacks of people.”
So here’s another way of thinking about what Pierce is doing: Since its inception, in 2009, when a person using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto created and mined the first Bitcoin, cryptocurrency has spawned a $350 billion market that’s attracted millions of investors, entrepreneurs, gamblers, hackers, activists and institutions.
Anything’s possible – and that’s why Brock Pierce matters.
Pierce claims, DEN’s executive team told him to persuade Collins-Rector to settle the suit and “Make it go away.” “I convinced Marc to do that,” Pierce says.
When asked how it was possible to spend so much time around Collins-Rector and not be aware of what so many others have alleged, Pierce responds, “No one saw anything or knew anything. It was not something out in the open. I also didn’t know he was doing this to other people. I only heard Turcotte’s version of events four years ago.” Asked why he remained with Collins-Rector despite the lawsuit, Pierce says, “I’m a pariah at this point – no one else would work with me. Of course I’m going to stay with my friend and partner.”
Will O’Brien, an adviser in Blockchain Capital, who has hired Pierce as a consultant, says, “I’ve seen many interactions when Brock makes a promise to an entrepreneur, and he’s followed through every time. That’s integrity.”
The plan is to create a charity cryptocurrency token, tentatively called One, of which Pierce will buy $1 billion worth and then inspire other individuals to do something similar.

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Summary of “A Way-Too-Early 2018 NBA Redraft”

Tjarks: In all seriousness, I wouldn’t let Smith’s struggles as a rookie affect my opinion of SGA. For one, I’m still really high on Smith, especially now that he’s playing with Doncic in Dallas.
There are a lot of big men at the next level who can be excellent roll men if they are playing in sufficient space.
He’s a decent shooter, but he doesn’t have much fluidity when it comes to putting the ball on the floor and making plays in space.
Robinson might fly across the court to block shots, but can he read pick-and-roll defense? Can he defend without carelessly fouling? Can he execute offensive sets? Williams was suspended in college for breaking team rules, was a low-effort player on the court, came into pre-draft workouts out of shape, missed his conference call with the media the morning after the draft, missed his flight to his first practice, and got red-flagged by multiple teams for his knee issue.
In 2015, would you not have drafted Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, or Kristaps Porzingis just because you could get Bobby Portis, Larry Nance Jr., or Chris McCullough in the late first round? Okafor might’ve been a mistake, but if that were the mind-set you might end up with a lesser player.
He’s an eyesore on defense, despite the fact he plays hard, because his reaction time is so poor.
He’s a well-rounded player who impacts the game in a lot of different ways.
The interesting thing is that his summer league team was a lot like his college team in that he dominated the ball and didn’t really have anyone else to play off.

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Summary of “7 customer service lessons from the best Uber driver ever”

A few months ago I hailed an Uber driven by a guy named Vishwas Aggrawal, who goes by Vish for short.
The five-minute drive home blossomed into an interview I did with Vish the following week for my podcast 3 Books with Neil Pasricha, where I discuss the three most formative books of inspiring people like Seth Godin, Judy Blume, and Gretchen Rubin.
Vish was officially the first Uber driver on the show, and he shared with me why he cares so deeply about his service quality-even though Uber has no leaderboard, ranking, or major incentives tied to it-and what he does in order to keep that service so high.1.
After Vish moves his seat up, he says, “It will take 11 minutes to get to your destination. Does this sound good to you?” The purpose of the question is to establish the service being offered and find out if the passenger is in a rush.
Despite the thousands of rides he’s given, Vish knows that “It’s always their first time with me.” He keeps wet wipes under his seat and cleans the floor mats between every ride.
As an Uber driver, Vish says, “I know I’m doing a service,” not just operating a vehicle.
After reading Schwartz’s book, Vish says, “I started working on my ‘yes man.’ That’s what I do at Uber as well.”
Vish says that Uber wants drivers to say “What is your name?” to customers before they get in the Uber.

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Summary of “How Steve Albini Became a Poker Champion”

The stereotypical trappings of poker have never appealed to Steve Albini.
As the three-day event reached its climax, Albini said he was “Over the moon.” His friend Eric Rodawig, who won a WSOP bracelet in 2011, said he heard that “Steve was walking around the Rio like he found out that Santa Claus was real.” Matthew Ashton, a buddy with more than $2.6 million in WSOP winnings, was part of a small contingent in a mostly empty room that watched Albini take down the tourney.
“I think because she wanted to play poker and there was no one to play with,” Albini said.
As a student at Northwestern University in the early 1980s, Albini played in a semiregular poker game.
“When my band is on tour and I find myself with nothing to do after a show in a strange town, I can Google the words ‘poker’ and ‘casino’ and find out if there’s a poker game nearby,” Albini said.
After he opened his Chicago studio in 1997, Albini began playing in a weekly poker game at Russ Arbuthnot’s apartment.
“When I’ve played poker with Steve he’s a lot quieter and more purposeful at the table than away from it,” Ashton said of Albini, who wears ear plugs while playing.
For years, Albini has posted about strategy on the Two Plus Two Poker Forum.

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Summary of “Major League Baseball’s aging cycle”

As a rookie, he has hit a ball 513 feet in batting practice, thrown a pitch 102.5 mph from the mound and reached a top sprint speed – nearly 30 feet per second – faster than three-quarters of his peers can touch.
He’s having, by most measures, the best season of his career, and he’s the easy front-runner for American League MVP. It’s an odd quirk of aging patterns that ability declines before performance does: Exit velocity declines years before home runs do; speed declines years before stolen bases do.
The 26-year-old runner is a few steps off third base as the pitch is delivered, and the batter pops it 230 feet to right field – too shallow, it seems, to get him home.
A year ago, he was considered, more or less unanimously, the best starting pitcher in the world, with a stretch of more than 1,300 innings – the equivalent of six full seasons! – with an ERA below 2.00.
If that’s what we wanted to see, we’d let the pitcher get a running start, we’d let the hitters use aluminum bats, we’d let them all drink Deca-Durabolin and we’d only make them play one game a week.
He’s still very good, but baseball has become, for this pitcher, hard.
Not long ago, Verlander had gone years without throwing a pitch so hard.
Batters swing at the fewest pitches out of the zone in their early 30s. Batters draw the most walks in their late 20s, and pitchers issue the fewest walks at about 26.

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Summary of “The Seven Most Interesting Restricted Free Agents of the NBA Offseason”

Some of the most high-profile players from the 2014 draft class are entering restricted free agency this summer, and the NBA still doesn’t know what to make of them.
Either the team gives up on a young talent right as he is entering his prime, or it creates a liability by locking into a long-term deal with a player who can’t live up to that contract.
Since teams can match any contract offer their players receive, offer sheets extended by opposing teams are usually above market value.
Marcus Smart, Celtics Smart is one of the only players in Boston remaining from the team that played in the 2017 Eastern Conference finals, and he was one of the keys to the Celtics’ unlikely playoff run in 2018.
Much like Capela, he’s at the mercy of what the top players on the market decide unless he can convince another team to sign him to an offer sheet.
They’re one of the few teams who are willing and can afford to let young players walk for the chance to sign a star, banking on their reputation as a desirable place to play.
His ability to put the ball on the floor, make plays on the move, switch screens, and defend players at all five positions would make him a fascinating fit as a small-ball 5 on a good team.
After trading for LaVine and Kris Dunn, and drafting Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., and Chandler Hutchison, Chicago now has an interesting young player at all five positions.

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Summary of “The 2018 NBA First-Round Draft Grades”

The Michigan State sophomore is an elite athlete with a sweet 3-point stroke who will fit next to almost any player the Hornets draft over the next few years.
It’s not clear exactly how Smith fits next to Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, but he’s a smart player who may already be the best athlete in the NBA. His defensive ability will get him playing time right away on a contender, and he has more offensive upside than people realize.
The only reason Okogie won’t be playing 25-plus minutes a night next season will be that Thibs has decided to bury yet another young player behind more familiar veterans.
The draft models don’t like Hutchison because he’s a late bloomer in a mid-major conference, but he has the tools to be an impact player at the wing positions.
The younger brother of two NBA players, Aaron is a well-rounded upperclassman who carried UCLA to the NCAA tournament following the departures of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and T.J. Leaf.
Players with his skill set would have been available deep into the second round.
Boston Celtics: Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M It will be interesting to see whether off-court or medical concerns contributed to Williams’s slide, because there’s no reason for a player this talented to be available near the end of the first round.
Atlanta Hawks: Omari Spellman, PF, Villanova Spellman is yet another product of the player development machine that Jay Wright has built at Villanova; there were four Wildcats drafted in the first 33 picks of this year’s draft.

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Summary of “Nate Robinson Battles Inner Demons in Quest for NBA Return”

“I’m sorry, I’m playing WOUNDED!” Robinson exclaims, referring to Paul not playing.
Rivers isn’t ruling out the possibility either, if Robinson can accept whatever role he’s given.
The first time Robinson touched an NBA basketball, in his debut against the Celtics in 2005, was on a quick steal.
Robinson fantasized about retiring in Chicago, but he says tensions with coach Tom Thibodeau escalated privately, as Robinson’s focus and maturity were once again issues.
“The NBA gave me my depression,” Robinson says.
“In therapy, Nate was trying to figure out what he was doing wrong.”I was trying to change,” Robinson says.
Robinson says current NBA players are held to different standards.
Once, on an open fast break with no defenders in sight, Robinson was surprised when a player on the opposing team rose from the bench and ran onto the hardwood to stop the break.

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Summary of “MMQB: Andrew Luck throwing, Mike McCarthy’s minicamp tradition”

“You gotta define the statement-‘limited time with players,'” McCarthy told me just before his last practice of the spring.
“From my viewpoint, the defining thing is it’s limited time with younger players. I’m of the opinion-and it started in 2016, and in a different form and fashion it started before that-that you get to a point in the offseason program where you’re trying to create more opportunities for your young players.”
The league in general has gotten younger, thanks in part to the reworked rookie salary scale, which means players have to be ready to play faster than ever, despite having less time to work than ever.
McCarthy says he’s seen the difference in his young quarterbacks and corners and pass-rushers, and with younger defensive players’ readiness to step into a signal-caller role.
“If you watch at the beginning of the season, games one through four, one through five, you look at the quality of play, it’s different from before. This is my opinion-it really is noticeable once you have injuries. And unfortunately, we’ve had injuries. When you start battling the injury component, and every team goes through it, now you’re playing younger players a little earlier than you’d like to.”
The result the coaches have seen is a locked-in starter who’s learning the ins and outs of every play call, rather than just going out and playing.
There is something of a domino effect at play here-if one player holds out then another will feel more comfortable following suit.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio has tracked these arrests over the years, and he published some eye-opening numbers in 2016: There were just nine player arrests over the first half of that year, down from 13 in the first half of ’15, 21 over the first half of ’14, and 29 over the first half of ’13.

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Summary of “Meet Erik Finman, the teenage bitcoin millionaire”

Erik Finman is one of the world’s youngest bitcoin millionaires – an achievement he’s not shy about flaunting.
Finman first heard about bitcoin when his older brother took him to an Occupy Wall Street protest.
An early adopter, Finman bought his first bitcoin when it only cost around $10. Just a few years later, it hit around $1,100.
Finman sold $100,000 worth of bitcoin when the currency was on the up and, at age 15, used the money to start an online educational business called Botangle, which matched students with tutors via video chat.
One teacher told him to drop out and work at McDonalds while another held an “Erik Finman roast session” where students were encouraged to make fun of him.
In 2015, Finman made his best business move: he sold Botangle’s technology.
Finman has 401 bitcoin as well as various other cryptocurrencies and continues to bet on its future.
The capsule will contain popular music and videos as well as other representative sounds of life on earth, and a Taylor Swift CD. Why Taylor Swift? “We just reached out to her out of the blue, and she was into it,” Finman shrugs.

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