Degreed Continues the Evolution of Education

Degreed is another example of alternative education. In the past I have written about game-based learning, homeschooling and other models of education. All of these technologies increase the quality per dollar of education by leaps and strides over the status quo. Degreed operates by aggregating, validating and valuing all kinds of educational resources. Notably, Degreed supports … Read more Degreed Continues the Evolution of Education

Vandivier Organizational Axiom

“Larger organizations have simpler goals while smaller organizations have more diverse goals.” Or, more rigorously: “Ceteris paribus, an organization with one less goal will never have a lesser number of potential members, where a potential member is defined as someone who has an interest in common with the organization, unless the organization only has one … Read more Vandivier Organizational Axiom

Finding People – Political Marketing Research Techniques

1) Google the person. Include relevant state, if possible. White Pages is a great tool 2) Reverse phone number look up at 411.com 3) Candidate info can be found in FEC filings at fec.gov. Go to the “finance disclosure portal” then “candidate and committee viewer” then search. 4) Consultants and other actors often have personally … Read more Finding People – Political Marketing Research Techniques

Peace Talk Predictions and Conclusion

This article is the last in a series of 6 on an interview I conducted with Ted Shoebat on the Taliban peace talks. This link will take you to the Table of Contents and Condensed Interview. After having established Obama’s pro-Islam ideology and policy stance the interview with Ted took its final turn. “Just to conclude,” I started, … Read more Peace Talk Predictions and Conclusion

Methodology for Bitcoin Valuation as a Fiat Hedge

This article goes over my methodology for a bitcoin valuation which resulted in my guest article on the Mineforman website here. The spreadsheet I used, complete with all my little self-notes and summaries, is available in its original Gnumeric format here, and in the more common Excel format here. Simple Excel conversion resulted in some errors … Read more Methodology for Bitcoin Valuation as a Fiat Hedge

An Update on the Litecoin Explosion

First, go join http://www.reddit.com/r/cryptocurrency. The reddit /bitcoin community has long been my home, but since I’ve become convinced that LTC is a winner, I have realized that the bitcoin community is too narrow minded for a real crypto-currency discussion. I like /litecoin as well, but I am worried they will develope a similar closed-mindedness down … Read more An Update on the Litecoin Explosion

How Popular is Bitcoin? How Big is the Bitcoin Economy?

This post was inspired by and will include an excellent discussion on the Bitcoin channel for Reddit. This post will be an attempt to calculate how many people use Bitcoin, what percent of the world that is, and how that number compares to numbers of users of other currencies such as the Euro, dollar, yen, … Read more How Popular is Bitcoin? How Big is the Bitcoin Economy?

Social Capital and Current Scoring Methods

Social Capital is an integral part of economics, but is poorly understood. It holds that social relationships have productive and economic value – something we have all known since childhood when our parents fed, clothed and taught us. However, calculating that value is exceptionally difficult. I will outline some of the current scoring systems and … Read more Social Capital and Current Scoring Methods