Andrew and Chance would like to dedicate this podcast to peace “I stand for life against death; I stand for peace against war.” Pablo Picasso
Picasso’s Dove became a symbol for the Peace movement after it was used to illustrate the poster of the World Peace Congress in Paris in April 1949, part of the series of conferences held at the end of the Second World War (also in Wroclaw, Sheffied and Rome). At the 1950 World Peace Congress in Sheffield, Picasso made a brief speech recounting how his father had taught him to paint doves, which he concluded with the quote above. Photo: Tate Gallery, London, 2004
Guest profile Chance Glenn is an innovator and entrepreneur who has been engaged in creative pursuits for the better part of his life. He holds a bachelor of science and a master of science degrees, and a PhD, all in electrical engineering, and has patents and publications in a host of focus areas.
He is the president and founder of Morningbird Media Corporation, where he and his colleagues have developed and prepared for launch the Electronic Alchemy eForge, a 3D printer capable of producing functional electronic devices. His team has utilized support from NASA to take this from product from concept to commercialization.
In addition to his technical pursuits, he is a tenured full professor, provost and vice-president of academic affairs at the University of Houston-Victoria (Texas), a practicing visual artist, and a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter.
“I got involved with bitcoin ... early. And I’m talking about when it was a couple of hundred dollars.”
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Worst investment ever Bitcoin foray holds investor’s attention on a daily basis Chance got involved with Bitcoin early, when it was valued at around US$100 a coin. It was one of his first investments when he bought his first batch of around five or six coins and he watched as they continued to grow. As he followed the progress of this new currency he felt he never knew where it was going to peak. He was too inexperienced to know how to tell when a downturn was about to hit, and he shared that if tracking something closely like this in the manner of a day trader, when it falls even a little, he felt panicky.
Slight downturn is spooks so Chance retreats So he pulled all his money out when Bitcoin was at about $900 per coin. He had made about 10x the money he had invested at that point. After that, he would watch it rise to $14,000 per coin in the next nearly four years and he notes that now it is hovering around the $10,000 mark. The next time however he looked again it was well over $3,000, so he felt he had missed the boat and he probably could have made 100,000 if he had cashed out at the right time.
Not so much a bad investment as a bad decision Aside from the loss, he pointed out that it was not the investment that was bad, but more like the decision was bad. The lesson he therefore takes away from the experience is to have the courage in future to sticking with something. Of course he raises the question of how long and how to you tell how long you must stick with something and then when do you jump out.
Something good usually comes from failure He said however, “Here’s the good news!” What he did make he actually took and used as a seed investment for what became his current project, Electronic Alchemy and its eForge 3D printing device. So this mistake truly led to what he is starting to build now with his company, which is creating something genuinely revolutionary. He was able to use that money and do some of the preliminary work. But, he again revisits