Utopic Flywheel

Edison’s Lab, Disney’s Studio, and Warhol’s Factory are all proof it’s possible. Utopic is my contribution to this field. This whole Utopic flywheel will be working within five years. This idea is a work-in-progress. If you’d like to riff on it, hit me up @neilthanedar on Twitter.

Utopic Studio

Indie = 100% Ownership I’m prioritizing independence in this phase of my career. Individual startups in my portfolio can and will raise outside capital when they’re ready to be independent. But Utopic LLC, the original parent company, will always stay 100% mine. Startup = Anything I Want to Create Any funding: Bootstrapped → VC/PE AnyContinue reading “Utopic Studio”

2024 Presidential Power Rankings

This list has nothing to do with who I personally want to be President. 2024 Presidential Candidates: Ranking: Candidate: Base: Lane: 1. Donald Trump S S→N→W→C 2. Joe Biden B B→D→C→A 3. Kamala Harris B B→D→A→C? 4. Stacey Abrams D D→A→B→C? 5. Ron DeSantis S S→W→N→E? 6. Ted Cruz E W→E→S→N? 7. Pete Buttigieg BContinue reading “2024 Presidential Power Rankings”

Cryptocountries

This post builds on Balaji Srinivasan’s How to Start a New Country essay. Whether they’re called crypto cities, network states, or something else, these virtual nations will form and live natively online. Winning cryptocountries will incorporate the best aspects of physical countries, and many will form hybrids that include both physical and digital homelands. CryptocountriesContinue reading “Cryptocountries”

Thanedar’s Game

Think: Axelrod’s Tournament meets Model UN. Problem: Real-world political and economic experiments take decades to demonstrate their ultimate successes and failures and can lead to significant hardship and loss of life. Design and implement political and economic systems for your Cryptocountry to compete for Citizens and Wealth. Featuring Protocols and Gameplay that make it easyContinue reading “Thanedar’s Game”

The 2 Types of Independents

This is Part 4 of my Political Typology series. Part 1 is The 4 Types of Democrats. Part 2 is The 4 Types of Republicans. Part 3 is The 8 Lanes in US Politics. Moderate Independent: Unify the two moderate Democratic + two moderate Republican lanes. Populist Independent: Unify the two populist Democratic + two populist Republican lanes. (ThereContinue reading “The 2 Types of Independents”

Personal Capital

Personal Capital > Venture Capital Think: 360 Deals for Creators. Funding is attached to the person, not the project. Investors earn a percentage of future equity and/or revenue streams. I want to raise a fund to support creators directly and let them build whatever they want. See: Founder Accelerator Build your own portfolio of products,Continue reading “Personal Capital”

360 Deals for Creators

In the music industry, a 360 deal is where a record label provides an artist with financial, marketing, and distribution support in exchange for a percentage of future revenue streams. This solves the fundamental misalignment between founders and investors: Founders shouldn’t have to go all-in on each idea. Investors should back founders long-term, not just forContinue reading “360 Deals for Creators”

Utopic Ventures

Inspire and invest in the next generation of creators. My studio’s success will attract the best founders to my fund. Utopic Studio is my atelier where I develop my own startup ideas. Utopic Ventures will be my fund to invest in other founders’ studios. Types of Deals: Invest: Some founders just need money. Advise: SomeContinue reading “Utopic Ventures”