Bitcoin Millionaire Reaches for the Stars

Out of This World

Bitcoin millionaire Erik Finman is taking the term “worldwide” to a whole new level. The eighteen-year-old is working with NASA to send a mini-satellite into space with music recordings of well-known artists. Finman wants to use the launch  to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his personal hero Carl Sagan and the Golden Records that were sent aboard the Voyager in 1977. “Since almost everyone has a camera and an internet connection, we can now represent the world in a whole new way and showcase how the United States has changed since 40 years ago,” Finman said. Taylor Swift’s 1989 will head up to the stars once NASA sets a launch date; other suggestions can be submitted on Finman’s website. (Source: TechCrunch)


Silicon Valley is the Real MVP

The first ever Players Technology Summit, organized by Golden State Warriors superstars Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala, was held this week in San Francisco. Its mission: to empower athletes to think of their off-the-court futures. “We’re trying to create a nice opportunity and environment where we can bridge the gap between sports and tech, and [utilize] all the resources we have playing right in Silicon Valley’s backyard,” Curry said. Curry is the co-founder of Slyce, a social media startup, and Iguodala has already invested in fitness startup Chorus and sleep-tracking company Hello. Talk about a stacked team! (Source: Bloomberg Tech)


The Sun’s Day Off

This Monday marks the first total solar eclipse to hit North America since 1918. In anticipation for one of the biggest astronomical incidents of the decade, Twitter has partnered with The Weather Channel to livestream the event starting at 12 p.m. ET. After Amazon’s solar eclipse glasses refund debacle, this could be a great and simple alternative to travelling to a point along the path of totality. The stream will feature “high-resolution and aerial drone footage” and is hosted by meteorologist Ari Sarsalari and Domenica Davis. How do you organize an eclipse party? You planet. (Source: The Verge)

About the Author: Erik Qualman

Often called a Digital Dale Carnegie and The Tony Robbins of Tech, Erik Qualman is a #1 Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote Speaker that has spoken in 49 countries.

His Socialnomics work has been featured on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National Guard to NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling. Qualman is a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT's edX labs.

His latest book What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube is a Pulitzer Prize nominated work.
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