Image: Jason Henry, New York Times
The New York Times has a fascinating article about the new breed of SF tech millionaires, one of whom wears a lucky charm bracelet given to him as part of his Burning Man camp, and a magical necklace increased his wealth six times since somebody gifted it to him (on the Playa, perhaps?)
About eight people live in the Crypto Castle on any given night, and some of Mr. Gardner’s tenants brought out snacks (Cheez-Its and a jar of Nutella). One of the bedrooms has a stripper pole. Mr. Gardner leaned back into the sofa and rested his feet on the table. He recently did an I.C.O. for a start-up after-party. “You can I.C.O. anything,” he said. He runs Distributed, a 180-page magazine about cryptocurrency that comes out about once a year. He is now raising $75 million for his hedge fund, Ausum Ventures (pronounced “awesome”). He said his closest friends are moving to Puerto Rico to get around paying taxes.
“They’re going to build a modern-day Atlantis out there,” he said. “But for me, it’s too early in my career to check out.”
He wears a bracelet from his Burning Man camp (Mayan Warrior) and a necklace that is a key on a chain. “I was given this necklace and was told my net worth would go up, and it’s gone up six x since then,” he said.
He drew a chart to explain the crypto community: 20 percent for ideology, 60 percent for the tech and 100 percent for the money, he said, drawing a circle around it all.
A roommate on the sofa perked up and asked if he’d ever invest in his lucid dreams start-up (the idea is a headpiece that induces them). Mr. Gardner did not seem impressed: “Probably not,” he said. A reality show wants to follow him around, but he’s skeptical that it can add to his life.
“I literally have a date with Bella Hadid not having a reality show,” he said
[Source: New York Times]
It’s a brave new world, that’s for sure. Many Burners are embracing crypto – see our exclusive interview with Christian Weber from SHELTERCOIN who are getting support from many Burners already in their move to revolutionize the world of philanthropy with a cause-coin. Be inspired by their Fast Company story How A Burning Man Camp Project Became A Multi-Million Dollar Business to think about what blockchain might mean for you and your tribe and your impact on the world.
Burning Man is all about the freedom to be who you want and do who you want and meet who you want. These libertarian values are at the heart of the blockchain as well. It is not just about money, it is like the Internet – a new tool which is going to take humanity to the next level.
I was recently blown away by the Alpha version of GEMS, a decentralized version of Amazon’s “Mechnical Turk” business unit. There are still plenty of things that humans can do better than robots, and I believe this is a disruptive new economic model just like the Sharing Economy was. Check out my post about it on Steemit
If you’re not on Steemit yet, run don’t walk. Some people have made $15,000 in a few hours just from a post that people liked and shared. Someone made $100,000 without even realizing it.
A world of infinite love and abundance is the ultimate realization of the Gifting and Civic Responsibility principles, not to mention Radical Self Expression and Reliance…as I explored in my latest episode of CryptoBeast (please subscribe to my new channel).