There isn’t a day that goes by that I am still frustrated by how hard and inaccessible finance is. While we’ve had modern digital banking and e-commerce for 20+ years, it is incredibly frustrating that there are still so many people around the world that can’t access a bank account or even buy online.

This is the promise of what Bitcoin created — permissionless open, global banking. That cryptocurrency could enable trustless, peer-to-peer payments. An extraordinary concept that could lift millions out of poverty, close wealth gaps, and increase the GDP of the world.

While transferring value peer-to-peer has been…

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Hint, it’s not whiteboard coding tests and random LinkedIn messages 😉

Hiring all stars for any role is generally pretty hard and requires a lot of work. The perfect fit for your growing company doesn’t just come along every day. This doesn’t just apply to software developer roles, but really every role in your company. Especially in the early days.

Just like when you are raising capital or getting your first customers, in order to hire the right people you need to put in the work and you need to find people that care about your vision, align with the culture you’re trying to build, and resonate with your story.


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An open letter to our Prime Minister and Canada’s Ministers responsible for our economic recovery

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and his Honourable Ministers,

First, I want to thank you and your team for working so tirelessly to ensure that Canadians are both safe and supported during this time of crisis. The country has called on you and your cabinet, and in a time of great need, you are answering. Thank you!

Your Honourable Ministers Bill Morneau, Navdeep Bains, Mary Ng, whom I had the pleasure of meeting in Davos this year, along with Mr. Stephen Poloz, and the rest of the team at the Bank of Canada, have already been doing a great job in…

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How COVID-19 pops the credit bubble

Disclaimer: The following is an opinion piece backed by factual, historical information, which can be found throughout the articles in this series. I am not anti-establishment, or anti-America. I am a proud Canadian and global citizen that values transparency, is pro humanity, and is hoping for the best.

This is not investment advice.

By now, if you’ve been reading along in the series, maybe you’ve seen the writing on the wall the same way I have. If you are joining us for the first time, I recommend that you go back and start from the beginning. …

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The invisible decline of the US economy

If you’re just tuning in, welcome! I advise that you go back to page one so that you have all the right context for this series.

Thus far I have:

Now we’re going to talk about the thing that no one wants to acknowledge — that the US economy is not looking quite as good as everyone thought it was.

Disclaimer: The…

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Peeking behind the curtain of the US financial system

If you’ve already read the first two articles in this series, welcome back! If you are a first time reader, you should go and read the first and second articles so that you have the right background information.

In the first piece, we set the stage as to how the new COVID-19 virus could impact the US economy and why the US Government needs to inject a lot of money into the financial system, to prevent a collapse.

In the second article, we properly defined what money is, and outlined the historical events that led to the monetary and financial…

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A brief history of money

If you missed the first article in this series, go back and check it out. It sets the stage for this one, and the other 3 articles that follow.

In this piece we’ll cover what money is and how we ended up with the US Dollar and the financial system we have today. Let’s dive in.

Disclaimer: The following is an opinion piece backed by factual, historical information, which can be found throughout the articles in this series. I am not anti-establishment, or anti-America. …

Stress testing the system: government bailouts and the Mnuchin money printer

Throughout history empires have risen and fallen. The Egyptians, the Roman Empire, Ghenghis Khan. As they say, “nothing good lasts forever”. The USA has had a good run. For the last 100 years it has been the world’s superpower. We may just be witnessing the fall of the United States of America and a changing of the guard.

This is Part 1 in a series of articles where I’m going to set the stage as to what might be to come, the events that lead up to where we are now, and how, from a series of cascading events, the…

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COVID-19 is real. Alberta is preparing well but you need to take this seriously.

As I went to the hospital to get tested for COVID-19, here in Calgary, Canada it seemed a little too normal. Like a lot of people still aren’t taking this seriously enough.

With one of the largest global spikes so far in both deaths and confirmed cases today, while people in some countries are still trying to figure out what the symptoms are, we are in full on global pandemic mode.

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From a traveled Canadian no longer in quarantine

The last 6 months I’ve been traveling a lot and dealing with people in every part of the world. As a result, over the last 2 months I’ve been paying close attention to the Coronavirus. It’s been both fascinating and alarming to see the varied responses among people and governments.

I have noticed a lot of misinformation out there around COVID-19. Seeing people ask the same questions on social media, incorrect information in some mainstream media, and even some incorrect information on government websites. 😱

Given how new this disease is, how fast it is moving, and the fact that…

Eric Kryski

Computer & data scientist, partner @bullishventures, creator of @feathersjs, co-founder of Passionate about data and transparency in finance.

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