This week, we witnessed one of the greatest Internet rabbit holes since the 28.8k modem came to the scene in the early 90s.
For a few bucks, you could buy a slice of the US constitution.
Yup, we the people could be owned by the people.
It was a remarkable feat watching a collective of Internet strangers come together to pool $40 million worth of actual greenbacks into an LLC and show up at the doorsteps of the storied Sotheby’s auction house.
And while their plans were usurped by a hedge fund billionaire, the frenzy took place in Discord servers, tweetstorms, blog posts, mainstream media and in the daily gyrations of all the coins.
As I started to put the wheels in motion to try to buy $20 worth of the constitution, I ran it through one of my trusted algorithms to facilitate the decision-making process:
The algo made it easy. It said: “Pass.”
My hot take on Web 3
I’m sorry to disappoint, but I don’t have one.
From my limited research (basically, I read this one deep-dive from @vgr), it seems like a really neat idea. I love the concept of an Internet that’s not beholden to tech giants monetizing our attention.
Plus, having had a front row on the opportunities and pitfalls of the shadow banking system in my prior life on Wall Street, I find the concept of DeFi pretty intriguing. (I’m going to take my friend Nat Eliason’s DeFi orientation over the holidays – not an affiliate link.)
And finally, I think DAOs could create a very powerful and incentive-based structure to align RadReads with our 1,000 True Fans.
But here’s the truth about all this Web3 stuff.
I don’t have the time for another rabbit hole.
The RadReads business is teetering on the edges of finding product-market-fit.
I’m currently expanding RadReads with two full-time hires.
I’m committed to spending 2-3 hours a day with my wife and kiddos.
My daily surfing (90 mins), meditation (60 mins), and sleep (8 hours) are firm non-negotiables and anchor much of the joy in my life.
Why it’s so hard to say no to crypto
For me, crypto presents a dangerous rabbit hole that siphons me away from what matters most in my life. (And please, there is zero judgement towards your life.) This digital gold has a few persnickety attributes that I know can put me in a bad headspace:
- A 24/7 firehose of information: There is always something to be checking. At least the stock market gave you a break from 4pm to 9am each night.
- FOMO: It’s hard to go a day without hearing a (true) tale of a layperson who created multi-generational wealth in crypto. All while bypassing fancy colleges, entrepreneurship and grinding on the corporate treadmill. I’ll admit it, this can give me FOMO, so I’d rather opt-out of the conversation in general.
- Status games: Related, there’s a lot of flexing out there. (I do it too, with my early BTC purchases.) 24/7 info plus FOMO makes for a fertile flexing ground. Again, a conscious decision to opt-out.
- What’s in it for me: What’s the end game? Learning? Extreme wealth? Innovation? Until I can answer these $10K questions, dabbling (outside of dollar cost averaging) doesn’t make sense.
Ironically, none of these are actually based on an investment thesis. Which makes sense, because I already admitted to you that I don’t have one.
The difficulty of staying away from the Constitution, is that all of the above produces incessant and ongoing dopamine. Watching the Constitution DAO bid tick up was like a Tamogatchi on steroids. There is excitement. There is energy. There’s a ton of activity.
And when you look at my $10K (i.e. highest leverage), man there’s none of those attributes.
Take finalize our culture guide. There’s no dopamine. It’s time-consuming. The outcome of that activity can’t be measured. The time frame is long.
Of course it would be way more exciting to try to buy $20 worth of the constitution.
But if we nail these 7 tasks – we’ve stacked the deck in our favor to make 2022 a banger of year for RadReads, the company.
So I guess I won’t be owning a piece of the constitution any time soon.
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