My guest today is Barthazian. A mechanical engineer by background with a deep interest in cognitive sciences - we get to some really intriguing concepts in this one.
We discussed things like:
How our brains are computers and how we will eventually be able to tokenizing memories with products like Neuralink
His framework for investing in the NFT sector - especially with his focus on esoteric factors like aesthetics, narrative and contract inspection.
How the global cost of living index will impact the NFT sector monetarily and creatively
And so more much
Barthazian is a very unique individual with extremely interesting perspectives and really happy he let me pick his brain
Please enjoy my conversation with Barthazian
My guest today is Leandro.
Leandro was first on the podcast with his cofounder Nahwel back in March of this year. Even though that is a short time ago, everyone knows how quickly our space moves so a lot has happened.
Leandro has moved full force on his company NFT Studios which not only builds awesome tools and in-house NFT projects but in addition has a white-glover service for those that want to create NFT projects themselves.
We also dove into one of his main projects and obsessions, CryptoMotors which is the first metaverse-native car company ever.
It is always a pleasure catching up with Leandro because he has such a can do attitude and builds at a furious pace.
Please enjoy my conversation with Leandro
My guest today is Bryce. Bryce is an incredible creator, gamer and community builder focused on the Axie Infinity ecosystem.
On this episode, Bryce take me on a deep dive into the Axie Infinity universe teaching me about battling, breeding, investing, scholarships and the power of Play To Earn
What I loved about our conversation was Bryce’s infectious positivity around the NFT ecosystem and Axie community. His story is not one of overnight success but one of a plain old hard work and iteration until advancing to the next level.
One saying Bryce has really stuck with me - “Become the impossible” I think we can all use that motto to help us as we venture into this exciting world of the metaverse.
Please enjoy my conversation with Bryce
My guest today is Charles Smith. Charles is the founder of Nifty Island a new blockchain-based virtual world platform that allows everyone to participate immediately by giving them an island to start creating on.
We go deep on this episode - discussing Charles background at the stablecoin protocol Reserve, how stories drive value, the concept of “Minting new NFT OGs” and how economic empowerment is the key to the metaverse.
We also dive into what it is like to be a founder in the most exciting industry in the world.
John just announced Nifty Island yesterday so be sure to follow their progress until launch
Please enjoy my conversation with Charles Smith
My guest today is John Egan. John is the CEO of the L'Atelier which is a foresight company focused on researching emergent technologies. I first had John on the podcast in June 2020 after L'Atelier released an incredible report on the virtual economy, which of course, heavily featured NFTs.
It is always a great time speaking with John because his knowledge on the metaverse is second to none and he thinks deeply about the societal and ethical ramifications of this new world.
During our conversation which hit upon the different NFT economic sectors, if you actually need blockchain for our future virtual lives and what even is the metaverse.
Another great one you do not want to miss
Please enjoy my conversation with John Egan.
My guest today is Gabby Dizon from Yield Guild Games commonly called YGG.
YGG is a platform that allows people from anywhere in the world to earn real value from gameplay, an amazing product that is only possible in crypto.
Gabby is a long-time game designer, developer and founder who was bitten by the crypto bug years back and dove in head first.
Gabby has this incredible ability to see far into the future and execute on his vision. We first spoke to each other sometime in 2019 and part of our discussion was around generating yield inside crypto games so YGG is something that he has been thinking about for a long time.
If you want to peer into the future and learn about an emerging billion dollar industry, you cant miss this episode
Please enjoy my conversation with Gabby
My guest today is Aftab, also known as, DC Investor. Aftab is an investor, advisor and professional Ethereum community member.
Not only does he invest in a whole host of defi and NFT projects on Ethereum but he is also helping with the monumental task of moving Ethereum to ETH2.0.
Aftab has incredible foresight into the future of the crypto economy, how NFTs will evolve and grow and of course how this is all merging into what we call the metaverse.
An incredible conversation with one of the most respected individuals in the ecosystem.
Please enjoy my conversation with Aftab
Twitter - https://twitter.com/iamDCinvestor
My guest today is Jess Sloss. Jess is the founder of Seed Club which is a social token incubator. Seed Club is on the bleeding edge of the social token revolution and after speaking with Jess I understand the massive potential of combining creators with social tokens.
Jess is an incredible founder that is focused on the long-term. He knows that social tokens will be a massive market and industry but is openly discovering what are the best methods for creators and fans alike to unlock the full power of social tokens.
If you want to learn more about the future of creators, this is one you cant miss.
Please enjoy my conversation
Twitter - https://twitter.com/thattallguy
Seed Club - https://twitter.com/seedclubhq
My guest today is Erick, also referred to as Snowfro.
Erick has been around since the very early days of the NFT ecosystem. Way before Cryptokitties, Erick was picking up CryptoPunks back when only a handful of people around the world knew about them.
Erick has turned his passion for NFTs into a full blown career as the founder of the generative art platform Artblocks
An amazing story teller, it was inspiring to hear all the details from the early days and incredible to see the evolution of the space from Ericks perspective. An awesome conversation you do not want to miss.
Please enjoy my conversation with Erick.
Twitter - https://twitter.com/ArtOnBlockchain
Artblocks - https://twitter.com/artblocks_io
My guest today is Ryan Gill.
Ryan is the co-founder of Crucible which is a protocol for self-sovereign identity. What that means is that Ryan is building a secure, portable digital identity that we will be using in the metaverse and broader internet.
During our conversation we touch upon his background, the trillion dollar avatar economy, DAOs and of course, the metaverse.
Ryan oozes authenticity in his mission for building Crucible, during our conversation you can tell that the open metaverse and self-sovereign identity is something he is very passionate about and it is something that will be a real game changer when it's launched.
Please enjoy my conversation with Ryan Gill.
Twitter - https://twitter.com/RyanCrucible
Crucible Twitter - https://twitter.com/CrucibleNetwork
Website - https://crucible.network/
My guest today is Nate Alex. Nate is the definition of an NFT OG having been around since the early days of CryptoKitties. Today he is the co-founder of the NFT development studio NFT42 which is incredible because he started out in the space with a mere .1 ETH.
Not only a founder, Nate has always been a voracious tinkerer and builder, having created NFT projects like ChainFaces, Squigly WTF and more.
It is incredible to hear Nates story as it shows that hard work and dedication really pays off in our rapidly growing industry
Please enjoy my conversation with Nate Alex.
My guest today is Brendan Cooper. Brendan is the Director of blockchain and NFTs at Panini America. Panini is one of the oldest collectible companies in the world and considered one of the top companies in the space with licenses from the NBA, NFL, FIFA, and more than 300 others.
Our conversations not only covers how Panini is thinking about the NFT space but also what their plans are. It is also amazing to hear insights from Brendan about the collectibles industry because much of the learnings from Panini, a 60 year old company, can be applied to our fast growing ecosystem.
Please enjoy my conversation with Brendan
My guest today is Gmoney. Gmoney is an investor, trader and growing voice in the NFT ecosystem.
Coming from the world of traditional finance, Gmoney brings a wealth of market knowledge into the emergent asset class of NFTs. Everything from spotting trends early to market psychology has helped him navigate this space extremely effectively
We discuss everything markets like the NFT bubble, how big will the bubble get, why NFTs are going mainstream, what the next big wave is.
This is an episode you do not want to miss
Please enjoy my conversation with Gmoney.
My guest today is Bitcoin Benny. Benny is the founder of Red Fox Labs and Rfox Games.
Like many things in the metaverse, Benny is building a multifaceted ecosystem that builds, invests and incubates companies and projects that connect to the cryptosphere.
Benny is filled with information around building tech related products because he has been involved in the industry for a long time. This traditional tech experience combined with his crypto native expertise gives him phenomenal insights into building crypto products for the masses. Whether it be a virtual shopping mall with NFTs or a cryptonative live streaming platform Benny and his team is doing it all.
Please enjoy my conversation with Benny.
My guest today is Arif Khan.
Arif is the founder of Alethea AI which is a platform to create, share and monetize synthetic media. They are creating this synthetic media with the help of AI and GPT3 - What this means is that we are now able to create totally artificial characters and we can have regular conversation with these virtual beings.
This conversation was amazing because Arif is able to effectively explain how AI will impact the metaverse and our future. Also it opened up my eyes to the multidimensional nature of NFTs. I generally thought of NFTs as static images, GIFs or video but by adding upgradable intelligence we are creating an entirely new layer of the metaverse.
Please enjoy my conversation with Arif
My guest today is Nick Emmons. Nick is the founder of the question and answer protocol UpShot.
UpShot incentivizes people to answer subjective questions. The implications of a product like this are incredibly profound.
UpShot can be used to receive answers on NFT valuations, determine if a piece of news is fake and even help solve issues around decentralized governance. The applications for this type of protocol are literally endless.
It was incredible to speak with Nick because he is not only extremely intelligent but looks at solving problems in novel ways. This becomes very apparent throughout the episode as we discuss UpShot and the elegant architecture that he has created.
This was an exciting conversation that just scratches the surface of total design space for this type of protocol.
Please enjoy my conversation with Nick Emmons.
My guest today is Nadia from Snark dot art
Snark dot art is part technology studio and part art gallery. They work with artists of all types and act as the bridge into the digital realm. With an amazing team stacked with people from the art and tech world, snark dot art is positioned to be an important player.
Nadia has incredible perspective on the art world as she has been immersed in the industry throughout most of her career. We discussed everything from what is the purpose of art, what makes art valuable and even what is art.
If you love art and NFTs, then this is one you do not want to miss.
Please enjoy my conversation with Nadia.
My guests today are Leandro and Nahuel from the VoxelArchitects, CryptoMotors, Pixelchain and more. These guys are true builders having been creating different NFT projects and companies for the past few years.
Voxelarchitects are some of the best builders in the metaverse, Pixelchain is a series of incredible onchain collectible art and Cryptomotors are collectible, interopable vehicles for the metaverse. And this is only part of what they are doing!
It was really great to speak to Leandro and Nahuel who are so clearly passionate about the NFT ecosystem and putting their full time and effort into expanding it for all.
Please enjoy my conversation with Leandro and Nahuel.
My guest today is Ben Lakoff. Ben is one of the founders of Charged Particles which is a protocol for creating interest-generating NFTs. Ben and I had an awesome and wide ranging conversation - discussing everything from Ben's experience overseas, his own podcast and how configurable interest works within Charged Particles.
I can really tell that Ben is passionate about his work and Charged Particles seems to be a very innovative and exciting protocol.
Looking forward to a future where all NFTs can generate their owners income via defi protocols.
Please enjoy my conversation with Ben.
My guest today is Emma-Jane MacKinnon-Lee. Emma-jane is the founder of Digitalax, which is an NFT protocol focused on digital fashion. She is also the founder of Monaville which helps fashion designers create realistic looking digital clothing and materials. Combined she is creating the complete end-to-end infrastructure for the burgeoning digital fashion industry.
Emma-jane is extremely well versed in the technology stack that the digital fashion industry will encompass and also the macro picture on how large the digital fashion market will actually become (hint, it's going to be huge).
I really enjoyed our conversation because Emma-jane is a natural founder who loves the grind and is building towards our digital future. Keep on eye on Emma-jane as I know she is going to do big things.
Please enjoy my conversation with Emma-jane
My guest today is Brian O’Hagan, who leads growth at the football (or soccer for us Americans) collectible game Sorare.
I had a blast learning all about Brians background and his entrance into the cryptosphere but what was really exciting was learning all about Sorare.
If you are in the NFT ecosystem you know Sorare, they have been dominating the top sales charts on OpenSea for many months now and show no signs of slowing down.
I admit that I know next to nothing about football so having Brian explain how Sorare works in great detail was perfect. After our conversation I became convinced that Sorare has changed the fantasy sports and collectibles arena for good and I know Sorare is going to be huge.
Please enjoy my conversation with Brian.
My guest today is Metakovan. Metakovan is the largest NFT collector in the world and recently spent $2.2m dollars on acquiring twenty 1/1 Beeple art pieces. All of his NFT-related endeavors are through an entity called Metapurse which is half NFT fund and half production company.
We hit it all in our conversation, his background, his thesis, his goals, we could have talked for hours and hours. I loved how Metakovan discusses his acquisition of the Beeple pieces and his future plans with something called B20 which is going to change the way people experience art.
One thing I want people to know is how down to earth Metakovan is. I had the pleasure of meeting Metakovan in person at NFT NYC and we bonded over our shared love of the metaverse and of course, late night Taco Bell. I can honestly say he is one of the kindest people I have ever met.
I am really looking forward to the future with Metakovan because he is working hard to inspire many and build incredible things for the entire metaverse.
Please enjoy my conversation with Metakovan.
Twitter - https://twitter.com/MetaKovan
Newsletter - https://metapurser.substack.com/
Metapurse - https://twitter.com/Metapurse
My guest today is Kayvon. Kayvon is the founder of the crypto creator platform Foundation.
Foundation is a platform for artists, animators, and creatives of all types to tokenize their work and a marketplace where collectors can see a curated selection of amazing NFTs.
It was a pleasure to have Kayvon come on the podcast because we have been friends for over half a year, which as you know in crypto terms is actually like 7 years or something. Our conversations are always inspiring and I always manage to feel like I have learned something after our chats.
Kayvon is building something really special with Foundation and truly believes we are in the midsts of a creative revolution.
Foundation has already been crushing it but they have a lot of exciting new stuff coming this year so I suggest everyone stay tuned.
Please enjoy my conversation with Kayvon.
Foundation - https://foundation.app/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/saturnial
My guest today is Alex Russman, the director of business development at Enjin.
Enjin is a multifaceted platform that essentially acts as a one-stop-shop for all things blockchain goods.
They not only provide the technology for traditional games, or NFT native games to utilize NFTs but they provide all sorts of other addons like marketplaces, wallets and more.
It was amazing to get to speak with Alex because I was able to learn all about the Enjin platform and its capabilities but also because of Alex's very clear passion for the industry. He is knowledgeable about everything from the metaverse, to business side of blockchain gaming and even digital fashion.
All in all, a great conversation with an extremely intelligent and thoughtful person helping us build out the metaverse.
Please enjoy my conversation with Alex
Website - https://enjin.io/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/alexrussman
My guest today is Yat Siu.
Yat is the founder of Animoca Brands which is a behemoth in the NFT industry. They are investors in Axie Infinity, owners of The Sandbox, F1 Delta Time and much more.
Yat is easily one of the smartest people i've ever had the chance to chat with. He has an incredible background from launching the first internet service provider in Hong Kong to creating games with millions of users.
One of the many things I loved about our conversation is how Yat fully understands the revolution NFTs represent and is doing his best to accelerate this movement.
We are all really fortunate to have someone as well-spoken and driven to help us bring the metaverse to life.
Please enjoy my conversation with Yat
Twitter - https://twitter.com/animocabrands
My guest today is Swiss Crypto Cat.
Swiss is the creator of La Citadel VR which is a community of crypto enthusiasts that meet in a virtual environment that Swiss designed.
Swiss first learned about NFTs in the very early days of their creation. Discovering Rare Pepes on the counterparty blockchain which were around all the way back in late 2016.
What I loved about our conversation is that Swiss built La Citadel VR from the ground up and is motivated to spread the good word about bitcoin.
His objective is to gather like minded people who can bond over their shared love of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Now that is a goal I can get behind.
Please enjoy my conversation with Swiss Crypto Cat
Twitter - https://twitter.com/swisscryptocat
La Citadel VR - https://twitter.com/CitadelleVr
My guest today is Miles from Decentral Games.
Miles is a boss, in a literal sense and figuratively as his metaverse name is “Baus”. If you haven't listened to our first episode go back and check it out.
We discussed how he was busy building the world's first Community-owned metaverse casino.
A few short months later. he has not only built working casinos inside the virtual world of Decentralized but is also launching a governance token in a true play to earn model.
Who would have thought that there would be a casino that pays you to play.
We dive into everything - The casinos, the social aspect of gameplay, token mechanics and even how it is raising money as a founder in the NFT ecosystem.
I love speaking with builders like Miles because they are the ones who can take an idea, and with a lot of action and hard work, can turn them into something real.
I really enjoyed this awesome conversation with Miles and I hope you do as well.
Website - https://decentral.games/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/decentralgames
Personal twitter - https://twitter.com/miles_anthony_
My guests today are Jesse and Dan. They are the founders of a new NFT project called Aavegtochi.
These things have it all.
To sum it up simply, Aavegotchi’s are: Defi-staked, on-chain, crypto-collectibles with wearables, dynamic rarity, kinship and even their own virtual world to inhabit and build on.
It's really refreshing to see an extremely high quality NFT project launch and by a team that has an incredible background.
Long story short, some Americans guys moved to china, worked different jobs, one of them became famous and they even started a band. What brought them together throughout all of their adventures was their love of crypto and NFTs.
I am really happy to have the opportunity to speak with Jesse and Dan about this awesome project and I hope you enjoy the conversation.
Website - https://aavegotchi.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/aavegotchi
Discord - https://twitter.com/aavegotchi
My guest today is Eric Elliot.
Eric is an internet OG who has been coding since he was a child and is an extremely deep thinker on all things metaverse.
We discuss a lot, from his views on crypto, why the metaverse is inevitable and even how AI will eventually be one of the most common lifeforms within the metaverse.
It was awesome getting to chat with Eric because he is not only extremely intelligent, but also, because he has clearly been thinking very deeply about what a digital future will mean for us as people. Its not just goint to transform our jobs and day to day life, but will have a radical impact on our society.
Please enjoy my conversation with Eric.
Twitter - https://twitter.com/_ericelliott
My guest today is WhaleShark.
This is my second episode with WhaleShark, the first being a Hotseat episode which was where I grilled him with questions about his project.
He passed that episode with flying colors but we never had the chance to sit down and have a regular conversation.
This is that episode. We get to learn about WhaleSharks background, his business interests, thoughts and theses surrounding the NFT ecosystem and of course his social token $WHALE.
What I loved about our conversation is that WhaleShark speaks very directly and honestly about what he did to get to where he is today. He discusses the details, strategies and basically entire playbook on how to go from idea to successful project.
To sum it up, it's a lot of blood, sweat and tears but WhaleShark proves that anyone can make it if they put in work.
Please enjoy my conversation with WhaleShark
Twitter - https://twitter.com/WhaleShark_Pro
Discord - discord.gg/whale
My guest today is Colborn Bell.
Colborn is a cofounder of the Museum of crypto art, commonly called the MoCA. Colborn runs the MoCA with his business partner and friend Pablo. Together they have amassed an incredible collection of crypto art and show no signs of slowing down.
Speaking with Colborn really makes me understand the potential and power of blockchain for creators of all types. They are now able to control their own destiny and create with total freedom which is leading to a creators resonance.
As well as their investments in the crypto art scene, MoCA is also heavily involved with the virtual world of Somnium Space. Colborns passion for Somnium is contagious and he dives deep into what makes it such an incredible and immersive experience.
The MoCA has built an incredible galleries in-world, where people can see amazing pieces of crypto art in full virtual reality. I can't wait to see what creative experiences Colborn and the MoCA team comes up with next.
Please enjoy my conversation with Colborn
My guest today is Carlos Gomes.
Carlos is a man of many talents. He works as a software developer at the crypto exchange Huobi, is the founder of social of the token website ForeFront and even launched his own social token called $SWAGG.
His background and story is extremely interesting and took him from the Cape Verde islands all the way to China and Silicon Valley.
Our conversation focuses on social tokens as Carlos has built an incredible website called forefront which acts as the the one stop shop for all things social tokens. Part coinmarketcap, part news platform and there is even a resource section to learn everything there is about social tokens.
We discuss what social tokens are, how they enable creators and communities, and dive deep into his own social token called $SWAGG.
It was really great to learn all about this fast growing ecosystem from Carlos because he is not only building in it but also putting his money where his mouth is by launching his own token. Carlos is making big moves and definitely someone that everyone needs to follow.
Please enjoy my conversation with Carlos.
My guest today Piers Kicks.
Piers is a partner at the legendary Delphi Digital, which is part crypto research firm, part consulting firm and to top it all off they recently launched their venture capital arm.
If that is not impressive enough Piers also has his own incredible podcast focused solely on the metaverse called Metaverse Musings.
Piers and I hit it all in our conversation. His long history of gaming, thoughts on the crypto asset class, and what impacts the metaverse will have on our society.
What I loved about our conversation is Piers deep insight and knowledge and all things metaverse. He has been studying this idea for years and it truly shows as we go from speaking about NFTs to the societal ramifications of our digital future.
Please enjoy my conversation with Piers Kicks.
My guest today is Matty, also known as DCL Blogger.
Matty is one of the most successful NFT traders and earliest NFT content creators in the ecosystem. Our conversation touches upon all of Matty’s best techniques for NFT trading and we also discuss his process for creating NFT content.
Matty oozes experience and knows the space like the back of his hand. He knows who is who, what is trading where and the best method to get it. Even though his focus is virtual land, he is knowledgeable about pretty much every type of NFT
What I loved about our conversation is how Matty tells it like it is, no sugarcoating and just spitting straight truth. Many people, myself included, tend to hold back in certain instances. Not Matty, he's out here dropping knowledge. That's why he has connected so well with everyone in our community and why he will continue on his path as one of the most successful NFT traders and content creators in our space.
Please enjoy my conversation with Matty
Twitter - https://twitter.com/DCLBlogger
Website - https://dclblogger.com/
Discord - http://discord.gg/jKByKGR
My guest today is Fanny Lakoubay
She is the COO of CADAF - Contemporary & Digital Art Fair, and a curator at the MoCDA: Museum of Contemporary Digital Art. She has involvement with Radical Exchange and ETHlocal.
Before going full crypto she worked at the intersection of art and tech for 10 years and also at the legendary art auction house Christies. Luckily for us, she caught the bug and has been in crypto ever since.
Fanny has the unique experience and perspective to realize that we are at an incredible moment in art history and throughout our conversation we hit upon all topics related to art, both crypto and traditional. We also discuss Fanny’s involvement with RadicalxChange which is an organization that aims to tackle hard problems that our politician system ignores.
I learned so much during our conversation and I am already looking forward to the next one.
Please enjoy my conversation with Fanny.
Twitter - https://twitter.com/flakoubay
Website - https://www.fannylakoubay.com/
CADAF - https://twitter.com/art_cadaf
MoCDA - https://twitter.com/MOCDA_
RadicalxChange - https://twitter.com/radxchange
My guest today is Chris Chapman.
Chris is an advisor to Blockade Games and deeply involved in the crypto gaming ecosystem. He has an incredible background that starts in the early days of the web before the internet was the internet.
We discussed his journey through the pre.com era of the web, building platforms for virtual worlds, the blockchain game movement and the metaverse.
What I loved about our conversation was hearing about Chris’s amazing experience with internet native technologies and how he has deeply thought about the ramifications of our digital future.
Please enjoy my conversation with Chris.
Twitter - https://twitter.com/m3mnoch
Website - https://m3mnoch.com/about
My guests today are Stephen and Mads.
Stephen is the founder of the newly launched NFT loan platform, NFTfi. Mads is the founder of a tech startup called Bibblio but his nights and weekends are spent in the NFT ecosystem. He is an advisor to NFTfi and has been involved since its inception.
We discuss it all, from their backgrounds, to cyber physical systems, token engineering, and bringing DeFi into the NFT space. I loved our conversation because of the diverse topics we touched upon and also because of Stephen and Mads differing skill sets. Stephen has the magical combination of technical and creative while Mads has deep expertise with operating startups and marketing.
What I find really exciting is their ultimate objective which is “to bring more liquidity to the NFT markets” NFTfi is starting with loans but I could see it becoming something much bigger.
Please enjoy my conversion with Stephen and Mads.
Website - https://nftfi.com/
Discord - http://discord.gg/mnYDevm
Twitter - https://twitter.com/nftfi
My guest today is Aleks Larsen, a senior associate at the $300m dollar venture fund, Blockchain Capital. Blockchain Capital is one of the oldest, most reputable and largest venture funds in the crypto space.
It was a blast getting to speak with Aleks, thoughtful, eloquent and insatiably curious, Aleks and I touched upon all parts of the NFT ecosystem. I peppered him with questions ranging from his thoughts on the metaverse, the ethos of crypto, and what advice he would give a team pitching Blockchain Capital. Anyone who is looking to form a startup and raise venture capital, I highly suggest you listen to this insightful conversation.
Please enjoy my conversation with Aleks.
My guests today are Nate and Carolin. They are the founders of the NFT minting platform, Mintbase.
Mintbase allows anyone to set up a shop and start minting all types of NFTs, from tickets, to art, game items and now, even music!
We discuss everything. Nate's tech background, Carolin’s experience working in the German parliament and of course we dive really deep into Mintbase.
What I really loved about our conversion was Nate and Carolin’s sincerity. Just straight facts and without all the hype.
Nate and Carolin are really building something special with a core focus on the users. Constant communication and user feedback acts as their north star and guides them on what gets built. They say the single goal of your startup should be to build a product users love and it looks like Mintbase is doing exactly that.
Please enjoy my conversation with Nate and Carolin.
My guest today is John Egan. John is the CEO of the foresight company L’atelier. L’atelier, meaning “workshop” in French, is a subsidiary of the French banking giant, BNP Paribas. L’atelier’s job is to identify future market opportunities and conduct deep analysis of these emergent opportunities. And oh boy, do they deliver.
The market opportunity that they have identified and decided to dive deepest on, is the virtual economy. They recently produced an incredible research report, which I am not afraid to say is some of the best in the world on this topic.
John’s depth of knowledge is staggering. During our conversation, we touched upon almost everything metaverse. Virtual worlds, economics, artificial intelligence, bioaugmentation, and the pros and cons of our inevitable digital reality.
Our conversation could have lasted days but alas we had to get back to the metaverse. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
John Twitter - https://twitter.com/iamjohnegan
L’atelier - https://atelier.net/
Virtual Economy Report - https://atelier.net/virtual-economy/
My guest today is Jason Bailey. Jason is the founder of Artnome which started out as a database that tracks extremely high-value artworks but has since expanded into a multifaceted business, ranging from art curation, art consultation and even a thriving blog focused on the intersection of art and technology.
Jason’s background is perfectly suited for our conversation which is centered around the convergence of art and tech that we are all currently experiencing. He went from a successful machine learning startup to launching Artnome and is now widely known within the traditional art world for his technological expertise.
During our conversation, we discuss everything art and tech. Generative art, ai art, crypto art, how to value art, and much more. Jason has an incredible ability to explain difficult concepts even to art newbie like myself.
I am so fortunate to be able to speak with Jason. Having someone of his caliber interested in the crypto art space is a signal to us all, that we are onto something big.
Please enjoy my conversation with Jason.
Jason Twitter - https://twitter.com/artnome
Artnome - https://www.artnome.com/
My guest today is Edward Thomson. Edward has an incredibly interesting background that ranges from traditional finance, to crypto, to even being a Persian rug salesman.
This diverse background helped him build multiple skill sets which come in handy for his current job, which is Grants Manager for the Web3 Foundation.
The Web3 Foundation is best known for being the group behind the newly launched, Polkadot blockchain.
Edwards's interests don't stop there, he has dived deep into decentralized gaming, going so far as to suggest different architectures that could facilitate fully on-chain games today.
Falling further down the metaverse rabbit hole we look at esports DAOs and how they will eventually evolve into fully-fledged companies and how the line between what is reality and what is a game will soon become blurred.
All in all, an awesome and wide-ranging conversation that I hope you will enjoy as much as I did.
Edward Twitter - https://twitter.com/EAThomson
Web3 Foundation - https://web3.foundation/
Edward Personal Website - https://edthomson.com/
My guest today is Brett Shear, or for those in the NFT community, BlockchainBrett. Brett is a co-founder and COO of Fleek, which is a platform for building websites and applications on IPFS.
Our conversations starts with his introduction to crypto, which involves a random encounter with some classmates, his time at Ethereum incubator Consensys, the startup he was a part of while there and of course, Fleek.
Along with building crypto products, Brett has an intense passion for the arts, specifically crypto kind of art. Although a huge fan of the artist Coldie, he collects all types of work and NFTs.
I love Brett's views on the crypto and NFT ecosystem and I also love that he is not just an enthusiast admiring from the sidelines but he is heads down, busy building a product to further the goals of decentralization.
Please enjoy my conversation with Brett.
Fleek - https://fleek.co/
Brett Twitter - https://twitter.com/web3brett
Fleek Twitter - https://twitter.com/fleekhq
My guest today is Anorak. Anorak is an investor, user, and all-round believer in the metaverse. Although Anorak's passion is mainly focused on the Decentraland Metaverse he supports the entire NFT ecosystem and is an especially big fan of the game Axie Infinity.
We discuss everything from virtual casinos and museums to even token economics and the sociable nature of NFTs.
What I loved about our conversation is that Anorak is a true NFT and metaverse die hard, this is not simply a hobby for him but a passion that he looks forward to every day.
Be sure to keep watch on Anorak because he is making moves and will continue to be a force for good in the metaverse.
Please enjoy my conversation with Anorak.
Twitter - https://twitter.com/DCLanorak
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdF_33xiYgZidnvZdwpphBg/featured
My guest today is Max. Max is the founder of Cent which is an Ethereum-powered social network that enables users to earn income from their creativity. Talk about shattering the status quo.
Max has that rare trait of philosophical vision mixed with technical expertise. He is able to think about what is wrong with the world and then go out and build a solution to fix it.
We go deep on this one, discussing the banality of the modern job and the restructuring of society to allow people to do what they do best: create.
I also really loved Max’s way of thinking, from taking me through the amazing amount of detail that goes into a seemingly simple design decision, to his idea that you really are not saying anything if nobody disagrees with you.
Overall an amazing conversation that I hope will inspire listeners to take action and go out and build.
Please enjoy my conversation with Max
My guest today is Chris Bell. A real estate investor and virtual reality devotee who has dived deep into the NFT space.
Chris and I discuss everything from physical and virtual real estate, to how to build wealth and even how virtual worlds are naturally evolving into social networks.
Chris has a clear passion for the blockchain-based virtual world Somnium Space and I have to say it's quite infectious. His intense excitement for the metaverse is logical considering the incredible capabilities of these platforms today.
If we are already on a level where you can easily socialize, trade with them and even do things like watch a virtual sunrise, well then I can't wait for the future potential of these platforms.
Please enjoy my conversation with Chris.
Chris Bell Twitter - https://twitter.com/chrisbelltoken
My guest today is Jake. Jake is a man of many talents, from art to tech he seems to be exercising both the creative and analytical sides of his brain with regularity.
Jake is probably most well known for being the founder and managing partner of CoinFund, an investment firm focused on the blockchain sector.
Having been involved with crypto since the early days Jake is exceptionally well versed in all things traditional crypto and he is extremely knowledgeable about the niche of non-fungible tokens. This expertise allows our conversation to dive deep into mainstream crypto-specific subjects and then into the more esoteric NFTs topics.
We also talk about Jake’s keen interest in crypto art and how it's democratizing access to both artists and collectors. And of course we chat about the metaverse and how blockchain provides the value, identity, and data layer for the future virtual worlds we will inhabit.
It was really great speaking with Jake and I can't wait to see his continued involvement within the NFT space.
Please enjoy my conversation with Jake.
Today I have a very special episode with the legend himself, Whaleshark. This episode is structured differently than most because instead of asking big picture questions about the metaverse or NFTs, I focus solely on asking hard questions about his specific project, the $whale social token.
I am calling this the “Hotseat series.” and I am super thankful Whaleshark was willing to let me interrogate him. I hope to turn these types of “hotseat” episodes into an entire series where I can ask founders the tough questions.
Again, big thanks to Whaleshark for being such a great sport.
Now, please enjoy The Hotseat with Whaleshark.
$WHALE whitepaper - https://beta.cent.co/+of09ab
$WHALE website - https://whale.me/
$WHALE Discord - https://discord.gg/whale
WhaleShark Twitter - https://twitter.com/WhaleShark_Pro
My guest today is Brian Flynn. Formerly at Dapper Labs Brian is now focusing his attention on building his own product for the crypto ecosystem.
Brian has an interesting background that involves professional Esports, a startup that incentives real-world activity with reward points, and a newsletter, called NFTY News.
We hit a ton of topics during our conversation, like Brian's journey through crypto and how he got his job at Dapper Labs, the issues with the NFT ecosystem, using crypto to evolve the concept of the marketplace and, of course, we dove deep into how we will achieve a true metaverse.
I loved Brian’s point of view because he has such a diverse set of experiences that involve theory through his writings and actual boots on the ground experience building at Dapper Labs. This skillset makes Brian’s opinion very valuable for our ecosystem and I can't wait to see what he builds next.
Please enjoy my conversation with Brian.
Brian Twitter - https://twitter.com/Flynnjamm
Brian Newsletter - https://flynnjamm.substack.com/
My guest today is Avaer.
Avaer is working on bleeding edge technology called the Webaverse. The Webaverse is essentially infrastructure that enables the metaverse to be experienced everywhere online and using any technology. Think of it like - how you can access websites from your desktop or phone and still have a similar experience.
Our conversation is heavily focused on the metaverse but we also discuss different funding methods, from DAOs to venture capital, launching a metaverse technology while literally in the metaverse, and how through collaboration when can expedite the emergence of this technology.
Speaking with Avaer, you quickly understand that he is driven by his mission - to aid in the construction of an open and inclusive metaverse. He is always thinking and acting in a collaborative fashion to reach this goal. I know if we can get behind Avaer’s vision then we will be fully immersed in the virtual in no time.
Please enjoy my conversation with Avaer.
My guest today is Donnie, a co-founder of Bitski. Bitski is creating a developer-focused wallet that does all the heavy lifting. It allows devs to focus on building and not have to worry about any of the “crypto” stuff.
I, admittedly, often overlook the infrastructure that powers the NFT ecosystem and really enables all of this to happen but after speaking with Donnie I quickly understood the power and potential of Bitski. In order to get the next million users we not only need better user experiences but the developers need better tools, and that's exactly what Donnie is building.
We didn't just talk wallets the whole time but also discussed how gaming is evolving towards open-ended structures, why now is the time to build and how we will be able to earn money from the games we play and the assets that we hold.
All in all, I loved our conversation and if you are building a game or Dapp that utilizes crypto then Donnie is the guy to talk to.
Please enjoy my conversation with Donnie
My guest today is ToxSam, the founder of Polygonal Mind. Polygonal Mind is a creative development studio that focuses on designing structures in virtual worlds. Although his firm has made creations for all types of games from mobile to VR, his passion lies in the metaverse. He is a fierce proponent of the metaverse and his team takes every opportunity they can to build in virtual worlds like Decentraland.
We discussed NFTs, design, and creativity. We also dived into how a chance meeting led him down the rabbit hole of non-fungible tokens and how he immediately understood their implications for the broader metaverse ecosystem. I am really looking forward to Polygonal Mind’s continued progress in architecting the virtual worlds that we will soon inhabit.
Please enjoy my conversation with ToxSam.
Polygonal Mind Website
Polygonal Mind Discord
My guests today are brothers, Duncan and Griffin, the co-founders of Nifty Gateway. Nifty Gateway is the world's first centralized NFT exchange that allows people to buy nifties using fiat currency.
Started in 2018 and acquired by the Winklevoss twins crypto exchange, Gemini, it's safe to say that Duncan and Griffin are onto something big. They are trying to reduce the barriers to entry so the next million and, eventually billion, people can get onboarded into the nifty ecosystem.
It was great speaking with Duncan and Griffin and getting to know everything from their unique go-to-market approach to how they pitch nifties to non-crypto natives. Also, we dive deep into how narrative and proof-of-work impacts the art world. Keep on an eye on these two because they are making big moves and pushing our space forward.
Please enjoy my conversation with Duncan and Griffin
Nifty Gateway - https://niftygateway.com/home
Duncan Twitter - https://twitter.com/DCCockFoster
Griffin Twitter - https://twitter.com/gcockfoster
My guest today is n0shot, co-founder of Async Art.
n0shot and his other co-founders are transforming the art world by enabling artists to create programmable artwork. The artwork launched on their platform can change in real-time and actually react to outside events. Talk about the next evolution of the art game.
Speaking with n0shot I got the sense that he is the perfect person to help lead this endeavor. Programmable art requires both analytical and creative skills working in unison and he seems to have them both locked down.
Our conversation does not only touch upon the traditional art world but also how digitization is unlocking the boundless creativity of artists to create more immersive experiences.
Please enjoy my conversation with n0shot.
Async Art - https://async.art/
Async Twitter - https://twitter.com/AsyncArt
n0shot Twitter - https://twitter.com/n0shot1
My guest today is Joel, co-founder of Metalith and NIFTEX. Joel is building products that are expanding the economic capabilities of NFTs.
By focusing on foundational financial infrastructure, Joel intends to set up the NFT market to be larger than the traditional crypto market.
Speaking with Joel reminds me a lot of reading Fred Ehrsam’s early blogs. For those who don't know, Fred is the former co-founder of Coinbase. Fred’s blogs from 2016 and 2017 were so far ahead of their time, reading them will make you feel like he had access to a time machine. Joel seems to have that same foresight when it comes to NFTs.
Per usual, what I admire most about Joel is that he is a builder, not just thinking of the future and how it will play out but actively shaping it.
Please enjoy my conversation with Joel.
My guests today are Sebastien and Nathan. They are building the blockchain-based metaverse called The Sandbox.
The approach that they are taking towards constructing a fun and fair metaverse is exceptionally well thought out. They are not only focused on today but thinking years down the line, everything from how the users will move around the world to creating free design software for easy content creation. Each step meant to create the best experience for a well-functioning metaverse.
With Sebastien’s vast knowledge of the traditional gaming industry and Nathan's crypto-specific expertise, they make a formidable portion of the 30 plus team at The Sandbox. They deeply understand how blockchain changes the dynamic between users and game developers. When users have real skin in the game they become true citizens of the metaverse. With both of them at the helm of The Sandbox, their corner of the metaverse is in good hands.
Please enjoy my conversation with Sebastien and Nathan.
The Sandbox Website
My guest today is Trilist.
Trilist is so deeply involved with the NFT space I don't think a one-line description does him justice.
Trislit is like a dictionary on all things non-fungible token. Not only is he one of the kindest and wholesome characters in our ecosystem, he seemingly knows everyone and everything happening within our ever-evolving space. Which as you know, is no easy task.
Besides having immense knowledge of the NFTs he is also filled to the absolute gills with different ideas on gameplay, lore, design, community and essentially all aspects on what makes a great game.
Speaking with Trilist made me appreciate the detail and nuisance of gaming. He made me realize that having a game or metaverse with the core basics figured out is not enough, to truly have engrossing virtual experiences we need to dive deep on the narrative. For its always the story that really brings experiences to life.
Please enjoy my conversation with Trislit.
My guest today is James, a multi-district leader in Decentraland.
James is intensely focused on bringing the metaverse to life by leading the festival, university and vegas districts in the virtual world of Decentraland. We dive into different metaverse-native business models and why blockchain-based virtual worlds are more akin to platforms than games. James is filled with different ideas on how to accelerate the emergence of the metaverse and he has the technical chops to back it up. We even discuss the future of the ecosystem and what the Google of NFTs would look like.
Please enjoy my conversation with James.
Vegas City Twitter
Vegas City Discord
My guest today is Baus, the founder of Decentral Games.
Baus is building The Flamingos, a casino in the virtual world of Decentraland, but if you think that is cool, it gets better.
Not only is he creating a revenue-generating business within the Decentraland metaverse, but while on his mission to create the best user experience for those in his casino, he is actually streamlining interactions with the blockchain so they become almost effortless.
The technologies and techniques that he is developing can radically simplify blockchain applications for the wider world. And that can't come soon enough.
Please enjoy my conversation with Baus.
Decentral Games Website
Decentral Games Twitter
Decentral Games Discord
My guest today is Artur, the founder of Somnium Space.
Artur is building a virtual reality enabled metaverse with Ethereum-based asset ownership. I loved our conversation because Instead of NFTs, we mainly focused on what our virtual future will look like.
Artur is a metaverse maximalist that believes that our society and the entire world will be radically transformed by virtual reality and its associated environments. And that is why he is so focused on building Somnium Space. Like most guests we have on the podcast, Artur is a doer and willing the metaverse into life with his team. I am so fortunate that I am in the right place at the right time, to be able to watch the metaverse form before my eyes.
Please enjoy my conversation with Artur.
Somnium Space website
Somnium Space Twitter
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My guest today is Dan, a co-founder of Nonfungible.com. Dan is building a platform that focuses on the data surrounding the NFT ecosystem but has plans to turn it into much much more.
What I loved about our conversation was Dan's focus on the core fundamental values of the crypto ecosystem: Transparency, security, and self-sovereignty.
For Dan, this is not just another industry he wants to be apart of because of its massive growth potential, this is not even an industry at all for him. This is a movement, this is a revolution to create a more transparent and freer society.
Now that is something I want to be apart of.
Please enjoy my conversation with Dan.
Nonfungible.com - https://nonfungible.com/
Nonfungible Discord - https://discordapp.com/invite/Guj4wAB
Nonfungbile Twitter - https://twitter.com/nonfungibles
Dan Twitter - https://twitter.com/dafky2000
My guest today is Devil. An Artist, creative and community builder., A leading authority on all things NFT, Devil is a jack of all trades. If you need an incredible structure built in the metaverse, a beautiful piece of voxel art or someone to shepherd your growing NFT community, Devil is your guy.
What I loved about our conversation was the focus on how the NFT space fosters an amazing community of creatives. It seems everywhere we look, new experiments are happening with passionate people who are ushering in the digital renaissance.
Please enjoy my conversation with Devil.
Devil's Metaverse Building Website - Evilvoxels.com
My guest today is Jiho. The co-founder and head of growth at Axie Infinity. Not one to follow the well-trodden path, Jiho blazes his own trail.
Whether he's creating a successful NFT project or integrating DeFi into gameplay mechanics, Jiho sets a furious pace of constant innovation.
We covered a multitude of topics during our conversation but the recurring theme was to focus on the fundamentals: Listen to the community, always innovate and create a great experience for the users.
Please enjoy my conversation with Jiho.
Axie Infinity Website
Axie Infinity Starter Guide
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My guest today is Conlan. Conlan is a man of action. Whether he is building tools for the non-fungible token ecosystem or entire neighborhoods in the metaverse, Conlan doesn't dream of the future, he builds it. Our conversation covered a multitude of NFT-related topics but we kept coming back to the Metaverse. His thoughts surrounding its emergence are extremely interesting and inspiring. After speaking with him I know we are on the right track and realize that the Metaverse is arriving much sooner than we expect. Please enjoy my conversation with Conlan.
Conlan Twitter - https://twitter.com/conlan
Scribe - https://github.com/conlan/nft-scribe
Cent Walkthrough - https://beta.cent.co/+qwwluv
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My guest today is GoWest. A crypto OG, NFT connoisseur and founder of the newsletter NFTY report.
GoWest has been involved with crypto since the very, very early days and was one of the first people to get involved with CryptoKitties.
He brings a value investor mindset to the world of nonfungibles and explains how he looks for assets with true longevity.
It was an honor speaking with GoWest and he gave me great perspective on our ecosystem. When your boots are on the ground, day-to-day, it's hard to see the bigger picture but GoWest does an exceptional job making me zoom out and realize that we are on the frontlines of a massive paradigm shift.
Please enjoy and make sure to follow GoWest on his Twitter, Nifty Report.
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My guest today is Jim, you might know him from the CryptoKitties, Cheeze Wizards or a whole host of other NFT discords. Jim takes us through his distinguished professional career and tells us about his journey to crypto and then to the NFT space. We get deep into conversation on all things NFTs but we keep coming back to what makes the core essence of on-fungible tokens, particularly the art and metadata. What I love about this conversation is that Jim is an NFT user turned founder. It gives him unique insight and a user-centric approach to building the best NFT.
Keep up to date with Jim via his personal Twitter or AvaStars Twitter.