SOME SAY WRITING A BOOK is a labor of love, and they are right. For me, it felt like assembling a puzzle on a canvas, then framing it.
Book writing is like an act of gift exchanging. The author spends an enormous amount of time to organize and concentrate their thoughts in writing. In return, readers donate their valuable time. Sometimes, a relationship develops between the author and readers. In my case, I welcome any reader who wishes to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The moment I became involved in the blockchain industry, several people contributed to the shaping of my thinking and insights, but no single person had more influence on my education than Vitalik Buterin, creator and Chief Scientist at Ethereum. I am forever indebted to his time and knowledge, which he shared generously.
To all the creators, innovators, pioneers, leaders, entrepreneurs, startups, enterprise executives and practitioners who are living at the leading edges of this technological revolution, thank you for helping me connect the dots. You are the ones shining the lights ahead, despite some early pockets of darkness. My interactions with you have been invaluable. Thank you for allowing me a front seat, or backstage access to your wonderful acts.
At the risk of leaving some unnamed individuals in my professional circles, I would like to extend a very special gratitude to Muneeb Ali, Ian Allison,* Juan Benet, Pascal Bouvier,* Chris Allen, Jerry Brito, Anthony Di lorio, Leda Glyptis, ...