Blockchain For Tickets – A Good Idea?

A while ago, I wrote a blog post called “3 Questions for Blockchain BS Detection,” in which I threw some cold water on Blockchain hype and advised people to ask: "where’s the chain?" "where’s the distrust?" and "is there a cryptocurrency I need to trust?" Those questions have helped me determine that a number touted … Continue reading Blockchain For Tickets – A Good Idea?

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Three Questions for BlockChain BS Detection

Originally posted on the Trov "the cache" blog I’ve read that Blockchain is "the new database” that will “shape the future” and “transform society.” You name it and someone is talking about how it ought to be implemented on a blockchain. Unfortunately, there are a lot of pitches that are misaligned with the motivations and … Continue reading Three Questions for BlockChain BS Detection

The Wisdom of Jim Gray: “It Doesn’t Exist Unless it is Written Down” (part 2)

My old boss, Jim Gray, drilled into me the rule that “it doesn’t exist unless it is written down.” As I described in part one of this post, I eventually came to internalize this value and apply it to our distributed team at Trōv. Distributed teams have a special need for writing things down. During … Continue reading The Wisdom of Jim Gray: “It Doesn’t Exist Unless it is Written Down” (part 2)

The Wisdom of Jim Gray: “It Doesn’t Exist Unless it is Written Down” (part 1)

In 1995, I was one of Jim Gray‘s first hires for his new research lab in San Francisco. Jim didn’t enjoy managing, so he never let the lab grow beyond about a dozen lab members. Consequently, I spent the following ten years enjoying regular small-group interaction with a “database legend” (as he was called on … Continue reading The Wisdom of Jim Gray: “It Doesn’t Exist Unless it is Written Down” (part 1)