BlackBird's Bullets #16: Chapter 3, Bitcoin crime stories, and some humbling.

BBB newsletter Feb 24, 2021

Title photo: Bratislava castle hill, Bratislava, Slovakia 🇸🇰. I used to live in Bratislava, and it's one of those towns where I always feel comfortable like a local.

And this week's five bullet points:

  • 🖊 More badly written drafts: Chapter 3. Sometimes I don't feel like writing exactly the next topic in my outline, and I write something else. There are plenty of post (and potential book chapter) drafts from last week. I'll publish some of those soon.
Chapter 3: Quick Wins
  • 🎙 Listen to Katie Haun on Tim Ferriss's podcast. Dark web, gangs, Bitcoin, and more. Katie is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz and used to be a federal prosecutor. She's got stories to tell!
‎The Tim Ferriss Show: #499: Katie Haun on the Dark Web, Gangs, Investigating Bitcoin, and The New Magic of “Nifties” (NFTs) on Apple Podcasts
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  • 👮‍♀️ Somewhere around the 55th minute of the above-mentioned podcast, Katie mentions Bitstamp. That's a global crypto-exchange started by two Slovenians, and the CEO shared with me this wonderful Hollywood-worthy story, including dirty cops stealing bitcoins. Imagine that the US Federal prosecutor once almost invited a young Slovenian startup team to meet them on a DEA-seized yacht in the international waters just off Croatia.
Stealing bitcoins with badges: How Silk Road’s dirty cops got caught
Ross Ulbricht’s screwup led to DEA agent’s arrest, who revealed another rogue agent.
  • 🎙 John Chambers served as Cisco's CEO for more than 20 years, and within his tenure, the company went from $70 million to $40 billion in annual revenue. John has some great old-school sales wisdom to share.
‎The Learning Leader Show With Ryan Hawk: 406: John Chambers - How To Lead Through Stress, Create Massive Growth, & Build Relationships on Apple Podcasts
Text LEARNERS to 44222 for more... Full show notes at Twitter/IG: @RyanHawk12 John Chambers served as Cisco’s CEO from 1995-2015 and Executive Chairman from 2015-2017. Cisco went from $70 million to $40 billion in annual revenue during his time. Notes: When John was six…

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