#54 Can Crypto Change How We Run Organizations? - Luis Cuende (Aragon)
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With the rise of decentralized companies and organizations, the need for tools to manage people around the world also emerges.  Aragon co-founder Luis Cuende and I continue our exploration of crypto governance this week. We discuss:

  • Why do we need decentralized tools for management?
  • Who is Aragon targeting?
  • Why Aragon is interested in Polkadot

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Disclaimer: Jason Choi is an investor at Spartan Capital, the hedge fund arm of The Spartan Group. All opinions expressed by Jason and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of The Spartan Group and any of its subsidiaries and personnel. This podcast is for information purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions. The Spartan Group and its clients may hold positions in assets described in the episode. Detailed disclaimers available at jasonchoi.me and spartangroup.io/disclaimer

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