Samson Williams

Anthropologist to Humans and Executives

Axes and Eggs

Anthropologist and Human wrangler in the Blockchain space

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Samson Williams, Partner

Axes and Eggs - Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Think Tank  

Washington, DC, USA

Instagram | Twitter: @HustleFundBaby


Samson is a classically trained anthropologist, entrepreneur and finance expert who is happy to share the business and startup lessons he’s paid the iron price for. Specialties include: fintech, digital transformation, crowdfunding, blockchain use cases, cryptocurrency regulations, initial coin offerings and explaining all the above, in plain English, to investors, government officials, small children and c-suite executives.

Highlights of Samson’s career:

  • Appointed as the Chair for the United Nations, Blockchain Commission, Blockchain for Impact’s, Global Health & Emergency Response Subcommittee
  • Keynote at Deutsche Bank’s first ever TechDay, April 19 2018 in New York City, “After the Bubble - the future of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and humans in a decentralized world”
  • Selected as the 2017 Irish Ambassador for Crowdfunding to the EU’s Crowd Dialog, representing Ireland as one of the 28-member countries at the European Union’s annual crowdfunding conference in Athens, Greece
  • Created and teach the first certified blockchain courses taught in Dubai, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, through the London School of Business and Finance
  • Keynote speaker on blockchain, cryptocurrencies and alternative investments throughout MENA (Middle East North Africa), the EU, the USA and Cambodia
  • Samson spent 2008 – 2016 at Fannie Mae as Emergency Manager, managing an REO portfolio of $20B in distressed assets; then as Deputy Chief of Staff Operations & Technology Executive Office; blocking, tackling, putting out fires and babysitting c-suite executives
  • Buying and mining bitcoin in 2015, as Fannie Mae’s CISO, Anthony Johnson, advised him to
  • Fluent in Irish, Legalese, Corporate Speak and discerning the slow “no” between the BS
    3x Marine Corps Marathon finisher and running enthusiast, who prefers to spend his weekends fishing, playing chess and reading about the latest in IoT and Biotech

Samson graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Cultural Anthropology and holds a Masters in Emergency & Disaster Management from American Military University.  Samson’s most valuable educational asset is his common sense and experience, which he employees regularly to overcome humanity’s biggest challenge to technology adoption and organizational change – humans. For more information on Samson or to connect with him please visit his LinkedIn page:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/samson-williams-a7bb8513

Education

Florida State University

Bachelor's Degree

Anthropology 

American Military University

Master's Degree

Masters in Emergency Mgmt

7/8/2018 9:53:17 PM,
Samson Williams replied:

In theory, yes. In practicallity, no. 

Token (is suppose) to work like a token from Chuck E Cheese, the laundry mat or a video aracde. But since there are no "arcades" built where people can presently use these so called tokens, tokens are functionally securities. Why? Cause you're giving someone money for the purpose of building their "arcade". There is a scheme under Rewards/Donation based RegCF that this can be done. Alas, no one wants to follow those guidelines. It'd make too much sense and your customers/investors would have recourse should you not deliver the good/product/service. Which is why ~98% of ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) / ITOs (Initial Token Offerings) will fail. Lotta fraud, combined with the general challenges of creating viable solutions using a novel technology, aka #blockchain. 

Coins - See above. 

Cryptocurrencies - in theory suppose to be used as a currency. In my opinion Litecoin comes closet to this. We can debate that til the cows come home. But in general the question is, do we need 3k different currencies? Already for fiat currencies we have roughly 180 and most are garbage. Feel free to pay me in Kuwaitee or Bahrainee dinar anytime. 

But in general, there is a lot of education that still needs to be done. For the moment, as folks talk about cryptos/coins/tokens just roll with it. The only time you really need to call them out is when they confuse cryptocurrencies with #digitalcurrencies. They're completely two different things. 

How do I know whats a cryptocurrency v a digital currency?

Simple: 

Does your "currency" have an administrator/central issuing body? Then its a digital currency. If it doesn't have an adminstrator/central issuing body its a cryptocurrency, a la #bitcoin. 

Questions? 

6/23/2018 9:47:13 AM,
Samson Williams replied:

Cryptocurrencies are a customer serivce battle between the government and the banks. So ultimately, the cryptocurrencies that will be sustainable will focus and execute on two things: 

1 Easy end user experience. From aquisition to wallet safety

2 Community engagement. This means multiple things but primarily, a) where can people actually use the currency b) What inspires people to switch from fiat to cryptos from a practical purpose.

In 2018, most people in the crypto space are speculators. They don't care about practical uses for cryptos. They care abot ROI. Until you get past those people, into legit problem solving / pain points, cryptocurrencies are just a mechanism for semi/legal gambling. 

This is not to say that cryptos aren't important. Last year there were about 1600 of them. As of June 2018 there are roughly 4000 ICOs/cryptos being planned. Do we need that many currencies? No. But cryptocurrencies are a blockchain awareness, education and adoption campaign. And that is worthy of a tip of the hat. Because the tech, blockchain, is where the future is at. Most likely a tokenized furutre. So its not that cryptos aren't important but most will be non-exchange traded tokens in the future. 

In summary, we'll have less than a dozen cryptocurrencies in a decade. While nearly every business will have a token. Led first by Bank of America (as they already have a non-crypto-coin), Amazon and then the other banks masquerading as fintech companies: Alibaba, Apple, Uber, etc... The future will be tokenized, as a reward for customer loyalty. Imagine being able to share airline points and exchange flight tickets, as easily as sending a text message. Thats tokenization at work. And thats the future. 

6/21/2018 11:01:15 AM,
Samson Williams replied:

As ICOs themselves are unregulated crowdfunding the question is a faint. Unregulated token sales had their moment in the sun 2017. There are a variety of reasons that the token sales were or will be deemed "unregulated securities". The biggest reason is that there was or is no place to actually use the token. The "tokens" where sold for the purpose of raising funds, for the future use of something. Had these token sales (aka ICOs) followed Reward Based crowdfunding regs, they probably would not have the issues they do today. However, as the ICOs (aka token sales) were for the purpose of raising capital and for the future delivery of a good or service, they clearly come under the rules of securities. 

So "How do I think token sales based on blockchain will be impacted by continued SEC enforcement". There will always be an unregulated market for fly-by-night business ideas. Humans love deals to-good-to-be-true and preying upon the greed of each other. I think the real question you should be asking is, 

"How will the end of net neutrality impact crowdfunding, as the cost of online marketing is expected to skyrocket?