After a few years immersed in the crypto world and a decade on the startup conference circuit, I’m taking a different approach to Blockchain Week in Istanbul. This time, I’m skipping the pinballing and back-to-back events. Instead, I’m dedicating this week to the art of connection — reuniting with old friends, making new ones, and truly experiencing the city’s culture.
Travel for me has too often meant a blur of conference centers, hotels, and bars, with the local culture a mere backdrop. But not this trip. I’m inviting anyone I know, and friends of friends, to join me in exploring this wonderful, historical melting pot.
On Sunday, Boyana and I will host a market exploration, complete with a side of ethnography training — a skillset I’ve found to be rare yet invaluable in the Web3 space. It’s an open invitation to learn, play, and see through a local lens with us.
The rest of the week promises a tapestry of markets, galleries, tea houses and flaneuring. I’ve always found joy in reaching out to local contacts to discover places pulsing with authentic life, the places they love. These are the experiences that show me something new about the world and myself. That’ll be my focus - though I’m happy to tag along to specific events if someone invites me. Just going with the flow.
So, if you’re in town for Blockchain Week and you know me or my work, let’s make plans. Let’s wander, talk about life, and remember why we travel — not just for business, but for the soul-enriching encounters that happen along the way.
I’m in a cozy place, preparing for parenthood, dabbling with some art projects, getting my hands dirty with ZK and ML. One of my more “product-y” projects is a communication tool for community groups and unconferences. It focuses on autonomising teams rather than “coordinating”. Another is a set of primitives for “hyperstructuring” Free Software to help contributors get paid fairly.
I’m also part of Discover Mode - where I’m a solver-for-hire helping a Web3 projects with product design and strategy.
In the past, I've designed peer-learning programs for Oxford, UCL, Techstars, Microsoft Ventures, The Royal Academy Of Engineering, and Kernel, careering from startups to humanitech and engineering. I also played a role in the Lean Startup methodology, and the European startup ecosystem. You can read about this here.
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