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
My guest today is Spidymonkey, A master builder and realist. Incredibly technically talented Spidymonkey has constructed a number of tools, resources and even games for the nonfungible token space.
Our conversation took us all over but one thing we kept coming back to was how just how early we genuinely are. Being a perpetual optimist it was great to speak with someone who has a more realistic view on today's ecosystem, not guesstimating what the ecosystem will be like 5 years down the line.
Still, Spidmonkey is an NFT-die-hard and staunch supporter of the space, he challenges all of us to step up our game. And when someone as technically gifted as Spidymonkey says that, we should all listen.
Please enjoy my conversation, with Spidymonkey and follow him on his Twitter, NFTcrypto.
Also, check out his website nftcryptonews.com for awesome content and amazing tools.
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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.