When the best storytellers get together

I’ve started listening to Gary Vaynerchuk podcast lately through the word of mouth from Sereyboth. Seth Godin the magnificent marketer guru has long been one the best bloggers I’ve following for years.

I came to this YouTube video after listening to another video talk by Seth while I was gardening at my front yard.

This video title does really resonate with me in this 2017.

Gold Rush, dot-com bubble, blockchain big bang

Currently, I’m on a Telegram chatroom of nearly 40 Cambodian tech folks (less than 10 are active) discuss about the potential of blockchain, Bitcoin, and Ethereum, among their personal pursuit in mining the next the big thing.

This Sunday late afternoon, I came across this blog post (in my Gmail inbox sent from The Brain Food Newsletter) from my favorite blogger, Seth Godin. His latest catchy post is Money for nothing.

In his blog post there is also a link to another blog post, which mentioned this book, Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages.

Personally, I thought The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) and the dot-com bubble (1997 to 2001) are pretty the same thing as this blockchain big bang.

Updated: December 7, 2017
The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) has just warned the public about the risk of the Bitcoin and other cryptopcurrency. While the rejection has been widely publicized in the media, it’s not just warning but also a big publicity for this blockchain technology and cryptopcurrency.

Morning coffee with Coffeepreneurs

With coffeepreneurs Bunleang Chang and Sakada Sam

Left: Bunleang Chang of Brown Coffee, me (middle), and Sakada Sam of K.E Cafe.
A morning of talk about all things coffee and everything in between over coffee at Brown Coffee in BKK1.
Got to the cafe in the BKK1 district from Tuol Kork by bike for the early morning exercise and double espresso. Bunleang had coffee latte and Sakada had hot Americano.

One of the most important things from the more than one-hour long conversation was that before Brown Coffee became a well-established coffee chain brandname, the first for Cambodia, Bunlong the co-founder had to work long hours and stayed in the coffeeshop for a couple of years in the early days.

Best technology dictionary: Sideways

What’s the easiest to understand a technical jargon term? Google that term, you’ll get a lot definitions, including from some the big name dictionaries.
Here’s how Sideways Dictionary explains what’s an Internet Service Provider using simple analogy.

Internet Service Provider — It’s like a gym. You pay a monthly fee and some get more out of it than others. Hardcore users may sweat the broadband connection hard, uploading and downloading their bodyweight in files every month. Others may pop in now and again for some light social media action. You buy different packages depending on your lifestyle.


It’s like a water pipe that serves the shower, washing machine and dishwasher in your apartment. If you run all three at the same time, you’ll notice a drop in pressure and whoever’s in the shower will get annoyed.

Bandwidth gift

Dark Web

It’s like the dark side of the moon. The bright side (the internet) is visible to everyone – all you have to do is look up. To access the dark side, you need specialist software (a rocket).

Want some tough technical terms explained in an easy way to understand?
Check out Sideways Dictionary.

Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870)

How to “find your voice” on LinkedIn: Isabelle Roughol

A fantastic talk about how you can leverage Microsoft’s newly acquired LinkedIn, a growing social network site for professionals.

As International Managing Editor at LinkedIn, Isabelle is sharing and creating content daily. She has a deep understanding of LinkedIn as a publishing platform and works with top performing LinkedIn Influencers and members across the globe. Hear first hand what kind of content resonates and garners attention on LinkedIn. Through practical examples and top tips on how to curate content you’ll learn about the importance of having an opinion and choosing timely topics to perfect your writing style. You’ll come away knowing how to help drive greater engagement with your posts and ultimately how to “Find your voice” on LinkedIn.

Also good read: 4 Ways to Get More Out of LinkedIn (Even If You’re Not Job Hunting)
One of the 4 tips, which is my favorite:

Communicate. “LinkedIn is a social network, so be social,” Fogarty suggests. Comment on others’ posts, and keep up with connection requests and messages. “The key is to interact and be ‘seen,’” Fogarty notes. A word about sending connection requests: Along with the standard “I’d like to connect with you…” boilerplate, add a line or two about why. “Personalize it,” says Fogarty. “You would never walk into someone’s office without saying hello and then, if they don’t know you, explaining why you’re there. This is not much different.”

“Live each day as if you will live forever,” says Peter Thiel

“Live each day as if you will live forever. That means, first and foremost, that you should treat the people around you as if they too will be around for a very long time to come. The choices that you make today matter, because their consequences will grow greater and greater.

That is what Einstein was getting at when he supposedly said that compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe. This isn’t just about finance or money, but it’s about the idea that you’ll get the best returns in life from investing your time in building durable friendships and long-lasting relationships.

In one sense, all of you are here today because you were approved by the admissions office of Hamilton to pursue a course of study, which is now over. In another sense you are here because you found a group of friends to sustain you along the way, and those friendships will continue. If you take care of them, they will compound in the years ahead.”

Peter Thiel at the Hamilton College 2016 Commencement