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Kim Parnell  CoFounder of Blank. We make software make itself @get.blank 💡Startups ⛏Crypto ⛓Blockchain 📖Stoicism 💪🏼Ninja-in-training 🇨🇦Living~often✈️

In honour of kicking off #TIFF2018 (Toronto International Film Festival) tonight as a panelist for the #TIFFDisruptorsLounge here’s a throwback to a fun short film I did during my acting days 😜🎭🎬. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Click link in bio☝🏼 for info & tickets for the #TIFF Disruptor’s Lounge - happening all weekend!

Spent some time in #Chicago last week for Chicago Blockchain Project’s #VoiceofBlockchain conference. Was great to see the midwest blockchain crew: Danny of @pinkcoin_, Marguerite of @neondistrictrpg, Tor Blair of #enigma, Marquis of @urbanarray along with some familiar faces from @consensysofficial and #Stellar. Finally got to talk to @justinarnold3 of @blocklightio IRL 😂 Also met awesome new people👉🏼 @dsguns1 @piamancini of @opencollectives @tonevays @gaines734 founder of @socialgaines @joel.birch of @bitcoinbravado Maggie Hsu of @airswap, Uri Karman of #Bloxroute, phenomenal artist and event organizer extraordinaire @josie.io (she designed the banner I’m standing in front of👌🏼) - just to name a few. Oh and @posh_in_the_city
on an...interesting (🤦🏻‍♀️😂) shared @Lyft ride. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Massive congratulations to @disruption_joe (you pulled it off 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼) and the entire @chicagohodl team for a successful inaugural edition of what will be a “must attend” #Blockchain event for years to come.

Excited to be speaking at the #TIFF Film Festival Disruptor’s Lounge with @micheleromanow @gritcapital @amandaalvaro and many more on Thursday, September 6th at the champagne-infused, invite-only panel discussion about disruption ranging from #cannabis to #blockchain to #smartcities to #veganism 🙌🏼. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You don’t want to miss the #TIFFDisruptorsLounge hosted by @cannabissoto @theblockchainsocietyto & @theentrepreneurshipsociety at Goldie Bar @goldie.ca downtown Toronto. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This event is almost sold out!! Ticket link in bio👆🏼

Ever notice how everywhere you look - on social media, your friends, the people you tend to get along with, the shows you watch and the influencers you follow - you see all the same views and opinions? That must mean that’s the popular vote, right? That most people think the way you do, right? Wrong. We are all more comfortable around people that think like we do, so we gravitate towards like-minded individuals. Social media has become the behemoth it is today precisely by serving you content you will enjoy, not by showing you things that may make you upset. While there is nothing wrong with surrounding yourself with what you like—first be sure it actually IS what you believe, and not what you assume is the “truth” because some algorithm stuck it in front of your face. There is an entire world of perspectives and information hiding in plain sight, right outside your bubble of familiar safety. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I can personally say that listening to people who initially made me cringe has dramatically changed my views on some pretty big topics. And where my views haven’t changed, I am more sure of my reasoning and have an understanding of why others feel differently. It may sound extreme to say vegans should watch a video on hunting culture, that the extreme feminists should attend a men’s issues lecture, or death penalty advocates should listen to an interview of an inmate on death row. But it is my belief that we don’t solve major issues by demonizing others. Understanding and empathy go much further than hatred and shame. You can’t ridicule someone over to your way of thinking. It’s fine to have strong opinions, just be sure you know why you hold them, and that they truly are your own. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📽Clip is from an interview with @the.entrepreneurs.journey #TheEntrepreneursJourney  More to come! You can watch the full interview on their Youtube channel (link on @the.entrepreneurs.journey profile). Thanks @danielbreez & @jmccrayfitnessofficial for making this happen!

#Repost @theblockchainsocietyto ・・・
Join us for the August Edition of The Blockchain Society's Monthly Blockchain Updates at Blakes (199 Bay St).
While our discussions will be grounded in the capabilities of blockchain technology, our focus is on practical applications rather than technical details. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Agenda
6-6:30 p.m. - Registration & Networking 
6:30 - 8pm - Speaker Sessions (7 minutes each, 3 minutes Q&A)
8 - 9:00 p.m. - Networking
9:00pm - Event ends.
☝🏼Ticket link and promo offer in my story!☝🏼

Was a pleasure being part of @abcbusinessacademy “Meet The Experts” event this past Friday in partnership with @leagueofinnovators. I sat on a panel with my good friend @mchampagne of @kyoapp, @socks_and_ink and Fahad of BrandX Holdings in front of the organization’s students hailing from all over the world. We answered questions about #entrepreneurship #morningroutines #health #mindset #networking #socialmediamarketing #personalbranding #businessbooks #innercircle and more, told some personal stories and had a few laughs. Can’t wait to see what else this team of #Hustlers bring to Toronto! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
P.S. This was one of the best moderated panel’s I’ve been on, so shoutout @khalifestyle for making us look good 😜👍🏼

Last December I spoke at an event called “FuckUp Nights”. A global speaker series brought to #Toronto by @marshadruker where stories of failed businesses and projects are told, questioned and celebrated. Recently #FuckupNights was featured by CBC and the talks were shared across various media platforms. Congrats Marsha on this awesome event and for getting a Canadian News corp to let you swear on National tv 😂 (I’ll put the link to the full talk in my stories for anyone that wants to watch)

“Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.” ~ Michael Josephson

#WhatchaReadingWednesday A few titles I picked up on one of my recent trips to my local second hand bookstore. I definitely take in more e-books / audiobooks these days, but a physical book still holds a special place in my heart❤️📚 Of these, I’ve only read Bridge to Terabithia (picked it up because I like to collect my childhood favourites to have for for my kids one day 😊) and part of Slaughterhouse Five. Who’s read any of these? Which should I start with?

Watched a broadcast of #thesocialctv with @ms.wilkinz (Birthday Girl🎉) and @lele403 last week. We’re not really the “daytime tv” kind of crew (more the daytime hustle kind of crew👊🏼) but it was a fun thing to do while @lele403 was in town. Brought me back to my film and tv days (I was watching the crew more than the show I think 😂). Live tv is a helluva job so I give these ladies a ton of credit for pulling it off each day!

There are millions of apps. How many is too many? It may seem like creating an app is a hopeless pursuit, and it may be depending on your reason for doing so, but I believe the real issue is how we currently think about apps. If you’re looking to create an app just to get rich - good luck. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But remember apps are just software. Sometimes software drives revenue, sometimes it’s a value add, sometimes it’s a loss leader, and a whole host of use cases in-between. Do we have too many software choices? Maybe. But at Blank we believe the core issue isn’t quantity, but the lack of software interoperability. This creates silos and insurmountable barriers to entry that drive companies further and further into technical stagnation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We live in an instant gratification world, and that instant gratification is often delivered to us by software. Isn’t it kind of ironic that making the thing that delivers the instant gratification (aka the software/app) is anything BUT instant? 🤔 It’s time to change that. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Clip from #CryptoBlockCon Los Angeles @_cryptoblockcon Shoutout 👉🏼 @djkinkle

Clip from past week’s panel. The audio kind of sucks, so I’ll recap here. The question (shout out @drmauricetaylor) was “Will there be a ‘killer app’ that introduces blockchain and/or crypto to the mainstream consumer?” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My answer (with @musiconomi_co_founder) is that blockchain/crypto will be “mainstream” when the integration is seamless. Disparity between #blockchains, scaling issues, clunky user interfaces and technical knowledge requirements are still standing in the way of mainstream adoption. When both the front end UI and the back end systems are mature enough that the entire concept of #blockchain disappears behind the scenes, that’s when it can be easily adopted. As Brian mentions, virtually no one thinks about how SMTP works (ok among my followers that number is waaaaay higher than average lol) but everyone is perfectly happy using email. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To be honest it’s a little odd to me that we discuss “blockchain” in this way. Yes it provides a much better way to do a lot of things, and creates a few new opportunities, but it’s still infrastructure. We need a plethora of 2nd, 3rd and higher layer systems/software on top of blockchain to really take advantage. And when that happens, discussing the use and benefits of blockchain on this granular level will be about as popular in everyday conversations as debating relational vs. graph databases (note to my #programmer followers - this is NOT considered a “normal” conversation topic lol). Basically the only people that will care about the minutiae will be those in the weeds with that tech. Everyone else will be building on top of it.

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