Romain Aubert - #4 - President Macron, People & Nations, Crypto

Hello LinkedIn connections, friends & people, welcome to #4 -- long due. Below is a quick update
Romain Aubert - #4 - President Macron, People & Nations, Crypto
By Romain Aubert • Issue #4 • View online
Hello LinkedIn connections, friends & people, welcome to #4 – long due.
Below is a quick update on community, crypto profiling, President Macron’s announcement on (Kat, Clémence, Sara and I) stuff and people living “beyond nations.”
Have a good read/skim thru.

Searches for the term “community manager”  has grown fourfold over the last 15 years, Google Trends tool shows.
LinkedIn query search for “community managers” turns 250,000 results.
I bet there was not that many of them a few years ago. Seth Godin defines communities as the most valuable asset an organisation can own.
Yet, how many organisations have a strategy to build their community? What is a community for? And most importantly — how can organisations position themselves in an economy where communities, or network of people, are the most valuable asset?
The answer is: by becoming Organisers, not Leaders.
The ethos of communities & organisers is captured by Saul Alinsky in his book "Rules for Radicals” where Leaders are Organisers.
He defines the position of such as:
“the leader goes on to build power to fulfill his desires, to hold and wield the power for purposes both social and personal. He wants power himself. The organizer finds his goal in creation of power for others to use.”
Organisations that will position themselves as organisers will become leaders of tomorrow’s economy
A couple of example of community-driven VCs
First example:
A community of founders: Hardware Club.
Hardware Club first raised cash to build a community of hardware founders in 2014. 2 years later they raised a funds of USD 30 million on the back of their community (400 hardware startups). Their community is their asset. If you are a hardware founder you HAVE to get into Hardware Club, that’s where the best hardware founders are. Hardware Club invests in 5% of the startups of their community, and as their GP told me Hardware Club became the eyes and ears of the hardware market. Other hardware VCs call them to do their due diligence.
Second example:
A community of experts: Daphni.
The firm curates a community of 300 experts. This community is their asset. Thru this community their provide support for their portfolio company, co invest, source deal flow, hire talents (for their portfolio company). The community is an extension of their team— from 10 to 300 with any additional charge. Hats off to Aurélie Van Peteghem for organising the community.
Some reading on communities
Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky who has a shaped my ethos of what a community organiser should be – see quote above
Startup Communities by Brad Feld, who is put in word the essence of community building
Tribes by Seth Godin, who has defined why communities are the most valuable asset in the connection economy.
The Power of Communities in Marketing by a former VP at Harley-Davidson Motor Co., one of the strongest offline community where fans get logos tattooed 😳
What’s a Community For? by me (draft) because people undervalue the power of communities
And last bit about community by Naval, founder of Angel List:
The top two skillsets for blockchain entrepreneurs, in order:

Technology development. Community development.

That’s it.
3:02 AM - 2 Feb 2018
Macron Announced Startup Community Project
Celebrations last month when President Macron announced French Tech Community, a project I’ve been working on for the last few months.
President Macron and my boss, Kat Borlongan, at Station F, Paris, Oct. 9th, 2018
President Macron and my boss, Kat Borlongan, at Station F, Paris, Oct. 9th, 2018
Crypto People Profiling
It is a bear market! The trough is weeding off speculators, yeah. When I meet crypto people I think of 4 profiles:
Technology aficionados: people who are in it for blockchain technology. They keep explaining to you how the blockchain works and why it is so wonderful, and will revolutionized the world, blah, blah, blah. :)
Early adopters: people who are in it because they want to escape the centralised apps, and surveillance (i.e. Google Drive -> Blockstack.) You don’t know who they are. There are certainly in Berlin and don’t use a phone.
Speculators: people who are in it for the to-the-moon effect 💰. Those are the people who were talking about how much money they made earlier this year. Now they don’t talk anymore -> 📉.
Ideologists: people who are in it for the decentralisation movement (fighting centralized institutions, data ownership and privacy.) They write blog posts and talk. 🤓
Below is some newsletters I read to follow the movement:
Token Economy
👇❤ my fav ❤️👇
“Crypto is the only industry where there are more newsletters than users”–someone 😂
People living beyond nations
I’ve been helping my friend bitcoin developer and nomad to build a community of people living “beyond nations.” It started because things (i.e. health insurance, banking, residency, etc) all become very complicated once you are a nomad.
Nomads fit nowhere.
There could be 1 billion nomads in 2035 according to Peter L. (lol.)
Let me know if you would like to join.
The Internet of Money II by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Beyond the speculation craze, Antonopoulos explains how cryptocurrencies could reshape the way we think about transferring monetary value.
On how to ditch all the self development Bull Sh*t and live you life as you are. The book goes to length. I think you would get a good enough grasp of it just reading the blog.
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Many years after I watched the video that has taught me how to articulate visions, and draft value propositions, I finally read the book. Watch the video if you don’t know what this is about.
1Q84 (book 1) by Haruki Murakami
Second book I read written by Haruki Murakami. I have never been to Japan. I love the way I feel I am embedded in his stories, in such a remote culture and environment. Still, so close.
8 Tips to Moderate Great Discussions and to Survive Bad Moderation by Benjamin Joffe, because we’ve all seen/been on terrible panels.
By Julia Evan @b0rk
By Julia Evan @b0rk
How to Ask Good Questions by Julia Evan, because it is (not) that simple.
Startups are Not About Technology by Nicolas Colin, because too many people still say “tech startup(s).” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Cream Soda - Volga (Official Video) - YouTube
Cream Soda - Volga (Official Video) - YouTube
Mohna - To Do (Lorin Sylvester Strohm Remix) - YouTube
Mohna - To Do (Lorin Sylvester Strohm Remix) - YouTube
PONGO - Kuzola - YouTube
PONGO - Kuzola - YouTube
If you hit reply, I’ll hit reply. Let’s chat.
Your friend,
Ps I’ll be Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok and Singapore over the next few weeks. Ping me if we cross path.
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