MT: Tell us about your software company, WhenHub. How did you come to be the co-founder and financier?
SA: I’m really bad at managing my calendar and I had kids in school, who had all kinds of events and activities after school and I thought, wouldn’t it be better if the coach could directly put these things on my calendar? So, we developed a calendar tree which allows a coach or any organizer to put things on your calendar if you accept it. So, it was really about solving my own problem with my partner, who saw the same opportunity to devise a solution. We have since evolved to where WhenHub is now more about visualizing time and events, both on your calendar and off.
MT: What will WhenHub’s primary application be?
SA: We built a platform such that its API will support a whole variety, hundreds if not thousands, of different applications. We have built a few applications to illustrate what it can do, and then who knows where it’s going to go from there.
But the one that we’re using as a subject of this recently launched token sale, is a way for domain and subject experts to simply go online anytime they want, to publish their availability for consulting, and to be able to do micro transactions that could be as short as 15 minutes, where the expert just says, “Hey, I can fix your iPhone problem or answer your cryptocurrency question.”
It would allow people to very quickly and easily connect with experts and consultants and then execute the billing and invoicing seamlessly. So in other words, all we will do is detect that the expert and the person who wanted to connect actually have a conversation, and then execute the billing and invoice. I call it the “long tail problem with consulting.” If your job is consulting, you usually have to go out and find a client and you do some contracts and you have got a purchase order. You need to do a long-term contract to make all the effort worthwhile, because there is a lot of administrative setup for any kind of a new client. What we do is take all of that away. We say, if you’re sitting there and there’s nothing on television, you can just say, I got an hour, I think I’ll make $100.
MT: So is this platform up and running right now?
SA: The Simple Agreement for Future Tokens sale is our mechanism for funding this new application.
We’re doing the token sale as part of what we do to build that app. It is addressed in the White Paper on the WhenHub site. It’s not an investment in the company in any way that the word investment works in a legal sense, but the tokens can increase in value if the product is successful. So you get potentially to share on the upside but not within the architecture of an investment.
MT: You have earned some forecasting cred because of your prediction of the President’s win and the evolution of his story arc. Forecast the president’s forward approval ratings?
SA: With this president there’s going to be a separation between his approval ratings and how people think he’s doing on the job, because when people say they approve or don’t approve, they’re often thinking of his personal style. They’re thinking of something he said that offended people and they don’t approve. But if they were to look at just the things that are getting done, the Republicans will be pretty happy.
MT: Who are the most likely Democratic candidates for 2020?
SA: I was just looking at an interview with George Clooney who was noting that there are no charismatic up-and-comers on the Democratic side. Mark Cuban has talked about running, which I don’t think is going to happen. So there’s literally nobody on the democratic side who has charisma, and if the president runs again running against somebody with no charisma, it is going to be a lay-up. Democrats have a big problem. They need to produce a charismatic leader and I don’t see any on the horizon.
MT: Are there other politicians or prospective presidential candidates that have the persuasive instincts and skills of the President?
SA: Black Lives Matter leader (NY chapter) Hawk Newsome is the one to watch. No one else comes close. Mark Cuban is a learning machine and could surprise if he runs as a Democrat. George Clooney has an impressive stack of persuasion skills but the Hollywood stain puts a cap on him.
MT: What about political pundits and commentators? Who do you find to be the most effective persuaders?
SA: I am most impressed by Van Jones on the left. He has a strong combination of empathy, charisma, and brains. Alan Dershowitz is the best persuader who embraces positions on both sides. Greg Gutfeld is the best persuader on the right, but I’ll bet most viewers don’t realize it because he uses humor as a cloaking device.