Gert-Jan van der Wel

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Hey! My name is Gert-Jan van der Wel. I'm 41 years old, Dutch, married and have three little kids. I co-founded Floorplanner and I'm currently transitioning from running the technology dept to the sales dept. In between family and work, I like to ride my road bike whenever I can.

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Two podcast episodes

other - 11 Jan 2020

Here are two podcast episodes that I listened to this week and enjoyed a lot.

The first one is an interview with rapper Andre 3000 of Outlast fame. I listened to OutKast a lot back in the days and loved their fresh beats, unique flow and the universe they’d created. It struck me that an artist like Andre 3000 is still struggling, maybe even more, after all his major successes.

Andre 3000 opens up to Rick Rubin in one of his most candid interviews ever. He talks about the early days of OutKast, how he first found his voice, how his mental health diagnosis has been both a blessing a curse, why it’s so hard for him to write new material, and why he would rather perform at flea markets these days than sold-out arenas.

The other one is something completely different. It’s an overview of what happened last year in the crypto space by Laura Shin. I’m not involved with crypto/blockchain much anymore, but I like to keep an eye on it (for when we should start putting our Floorplanner credits on a blockchain).

In this Best of 2019 episode, I selected the clips that seemed most representative of what crypto was about this year, which I call, The Year Things Got Geopolitical. My only regret is that none of the clips about DAOs lent themselves well to this episode. However, years from now, after we’ve got global stablecoins pinging around the world at a high transactions-per-second rate, the crypto community has made peace with U.S. regulators, and more of our lives seems to take place in the borderless digital world, perhaps we’ll find it ironic that DAOs were burbling up right around the same time.