The Blockchain and Us: Conversations about the brave new world of blockchains, cryptoassets, and the

The Blockchain and Us: Conversations about the brave new world of blockchains, cryptoassets, and the

By Manuel Stagars
Conversations and stories about the brave new world of blockchain technology, cryptoassets, and the token economy. This podcast is the follow-up project of Manuel Stagars' documentary film The Blockchain and Us (2017). The podcast includes 62 interviews with pioneers in the blockchain space that took place between early 2018 and summer 2019.
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How Cosmos Enables the Internet of Blockchains - Brian Fabian Crain, Co-Founder & CEO Chorus One, Co-Host at Epicenter
Brian Fabian Crain speaks about building Chorus One and the podcast Epicenter, one of the first podcasts in the crypto and blockchain space, the hallmarks of a good podcast about technology, his beginnings in the blockchain space at Monax, Tendermint, and Cosmos, how Cosmos enables the Internet of blockchains, the key role of validators on Cosmos, the reality of governance, how blockchains enable new forms of collaboration on a global scale, and much more. Brian is a Berlin-based economist and entrepreneur, and he is the founder and co-host of the blockchain podcast Epicenter, and the co-founder and CEO of Chorus One, which is a leading validator on Cosmos and Loom. Brian has degrees in economics, philosophy and cognitive science from the University of Chicago, London School of Economics and University College London, and he has been involved in blockchain projects since 2013, including Monax, Tendermint, and Cosmos. Brian Fabian Crain: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bfcrain, https://twitter.com/crainbf Chorus One: https://www.chorus.one, https://twitter.com/ChorusOne Epicenter Blockchain Podcast: http://www.epicenter.tv, https://twitter.com/epicenterbtc Cosmos - The Internet of Blockchains: https://cosmos.network, https://twitter.com/cosmos Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! This episode has support from 8GR8 story-driven media. 8GR8 is a media production company with a focus on telling engaging stories about new technologies and the future with films, interviews, podcasts, and other media that make an impact. To contact 8GR8 and learn more about using story-driven media for your project, visit https://www.8gr8.com.    The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on https://www.theblockchainandus.com.
46:55
March 27, 2019
"Blockchain is Successful When People Don't Know They're Using It" - Johannes Schweifer, Co-Founder & CEO, CoreLedger
Johannes Schweifer speaks about his company CoreLedger, the mechanics of tokenizing physical assets and overcoming the gap between physical assets and the digital world, current use cases of tokenized assets, legal and regulatory aspects, why you can't compare the blockchain era to the Internet era, best jurisdictions for running blockchain projects, and much more. Johannes is the Co-Founder and CEO of CoreLedger, which is building blockchain-based enterprise solutions that allow existing and new businesses to run on blockchains. He is the Co-Founder of Bitcoin Suisse and a Bitcoin and blockchain pioneer with more than 15 years of experience as a project manager and software architect for enterprises in the IT and financial sector. Johannes holds a Master's in Chemistry and a PhD in Distributed Computing and Quantum Chemistry from the University of Vienna.  Johannes Schweifer: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johannes-schweifer-6b7b6812 CoreLedger: https://www.coreledger.com, https://twitter.com/CoreLedger Also mentioned in the episode: Ambitorio: https://www.ambitorio.com, https://twitter.com/ambitorio This is a sponsored interview brought to you by CoreLedger. Many thanks to our sponsor! CoreLedger is a blockchain-based peer-to-peer transaction infrastructure provider. It enables businesses to document, tokenize and trade any type of assets in a reliable and flexible environment. CoreLedger makes anything transactable, literally anything. To learn more about CoreLedger’s technology and how you can transform your business onto blockchain, visit http://www.coreledger.net. The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter at http://www.theblockchainandus.com.
52:20
March 20, 2019
How a Blockchain Venture Studio Works - Mervyn G. Maistry, CEO & Founder, Konfidio and Kintaro Capital
Mervyn Maistry speaks about founding and running Konfidio, a venture studio in Berlin, blockchain uses cases that are ready today, why blockchain technology is a seminal technology, the meaning and merit of decentralization, misconceptions about blockchains, why big corporations can't run blockchain innovation hubs, gender and race bias in VC investing, the philosophy of the future, and much more. Mervyn is CEO and Founder of Konfidio, a blockchain venture studio in Berlin, and Chairman of Kintaro Capital. He graduated medical school and worked in paediatrics in South Africa, and he also held key positions at prestigious organizations, such as COO at Deutsche Bank, Global Managing Partner at Accenture, and Managing Partner Digital Strategy & Transformation Lead at EY. Mervyn also advises various projects in the blockchain and business world including Slock.it, D33p.org and Cyberian Mine. Mervyn Maistry: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-mervyn-g-maistry-65b435  Konfidio: https://www.konfidio.com  Kintaro Capital: https://kintarocapital.com  Also mentioned in this episode: Yuval Harari: https://www.ynharari.com  Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! CoreLedger is a blockchain-based peer-to-peer transaction infrastructure provider. It enables businesses to document, tokenize and trade any type of assets in a reliable and flexible environment. CoreLedger makes anything transactable, literally anything. To learn more about CoreLedger’s technology and how you can transform your business onto blockchain, visit https://www.coreledger.net. The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on https://www.theblockchainandus.com.
57:44
March 13, 2019
Why New Technologies Need Sharper Critical Thinking - Andrea Bauer, Founder & Senior Advisor, BEAM Innovation Studio
Andrea Bauer speaks about spotting waves of change as an innovation consultant, research through discussion, applying critical thinking to new technologies, how technologies introduce conflicts, possible side effects of blockchains, the evolution of trust and why "trustless" is BS, why we need a purpose-centered discussion, how reading philosophy helps develop critical thinking, and much more. Andrea is an innovation consultant, strategic advisor, krypto economist, and author on digital media management. She is the founder of BEAM Innovation Studio and DECRYPT in Berlin and the co-founder of D.DAY Network, a think thank and community of leading thinkers and creators, dedicated to establish a holistic understanding of the effects of our digital era. Andrea Bauer: https://www.andreabauer.org, https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreabauer, https://twitter.com/Andrea__B Andrea's book "The Krypto Economy": http://www.thekryptoeconomy.com BEAM Innovation Studio: http://www.beam-studio.com Decrypt: https://www.decrypt.world D.DAY: http://www.ddaynetwork.com Also mentioned in this episode: Friedrich Nietsche's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51893.Thus_Spoke_Zarathustra Yuval Harari: https://www.ynharari.com David Graeber: https://www.davidgraeber.industries, https://www.twitter.com/davidgraeber This episode was recorded at Rent24 in Berlin. https://www.rent24.com/en  Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! CoreLedger is a blockchain-based peer-to-peer transaction infrastructure provider. It enables businesses to document, tokenize and trade any type of assets in a reliable and flexible environment. CoreLedger makes anything transactable, literally anything. To learn more about CoreLedger’s technology and how you can transform your business onto blockchain, visit http://www.coreledger.net. The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter at http://www.theblockchainandus.com.
53:30
March 6, 2019
Why You Need Digital Identity Before Anything Else - Daniel Gasteiger, Founder & CEO, Procivis
Daniel Gasteiger speaks about his company Procivis, providing government services on blockchains, why it's too early to put personal information on blockchains, his blockchain co-working space Trust Square in the financial center in Zurich, his transition from working at Credit Suisse and UBS to being an entrepreneur in the blockchain space, his ICO with a new approach to full KYC and AML, what every blockchain startup could do to raise their game, and much more. Daniel the Founder & CEO of Procivis, which provides citizens government-trusted digital identity solutions built around the safeguarding and self-sovereignty of personal data. He is also the Co-Founder of Trust Square, and the Co-Founder of Verum Capital. Before turning blockchain entrepreneur, Daniel has worked in major Swiss banks for more than 20 years, starting as an FX trader at Credit Suisse, and in his last role at UBS, he served as the Managing Director to the office of the Chairman of the Board. Daniel Gasteiger: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gasteiger  Procivis: https://procivis.ch, https://twitter.com/ProcivisAG  Trust Square: https://www.trustsquare.ch, https://twitter.com/Trust_Square Vetri: https://vetri.global, https://twitter.com/vetri_global Verum Capital: https://verum.capital Also mentioned in the episode: Lucas Betschart @ Bitcoin Association Switzerland: https://www.bitcoinassociation.ch/board-1, https://twitter.com/lucas_lclc Kaspar Korjus: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kasparkorjus, https://twitter.com/kasparkorjus Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! 21 Lectures’ mission is to bring more developers to the Bitcoin ecosystem with in-person courses. Lectured by world-renowned Bitcoin and Lightning developers, courses teach participants the fundamentals to work with blockchain technologies. To learn more visit http://www.21lectures.com. CoreLedger is a blockchain-based peer-to-peer transaction infrastructure provider. It enables businesses to document, tokenize and trade any type of assets in a reliable and flexible environment. CoreLedger makes anything transactable, literally anything. To learn more about CoreLedger’s technology and how you can transform your business onto blockchain, visit http://www.coreledger.net. The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on https://www.theblockchainandus.com.
43:26
February 27, 2019
Why the Blockchain Space Needs Better Access - Alexis Gauba, she(256), Mechanism Labs
Alexis Gauba speaks about co-founding she(256), mentoring and teaching blockchain literacy, starting points for people with an interest in blockchain technology, how students can make the best of the available programs in blockchain education, teaching coding to underrepresented minorities, her current research questions at Mechanism Labs, the importance of usability in blockchains, how to design interdisciplinary research projects, and much more. Alexis is a Co-Founder of she256, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity and breaking down barriers to entry in the blockchain space. She is studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley and has been actively involved in the blockchain space as Co-Founder of Mechanism Labs, conducting research on distributed consensus and usability. Alexis Gauba: http://www.alexisgauba.com, https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexisgauba, https://github.com/alexisgauba, https://medium.com/@AlexisGauba, https://www.twitter.com/AlexisGauba she(256): http://www.she256.io, https://www.twitter.com/SHE_256 Mechanism Labs: https://www.mechanismlabs.io, https://www.github.com/Mechanism-Labs, https://www.medium.com/mechanism-labs, https://www.twitter.com/mechanism_labs Blockchain at Berkeley: https://www.blockchain.berkeley.edu, https://www.twitter.com/CalBlockchain Blockchain at Berkeley YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5sgoRfoSp3jeX4DEqKLwKg/videos Also mentioned in the episode: Preethi Kasireddy: https://www.theblockchainandus.com/preethi-kasireddy, https://www.medium.com/@preethikasireddy Aparna Krishnan: https://www.theblockchainandus.com/aparna-krishnan Blockchain Fundamentals Berkeley EdX course: https://www.edx.org/professional-certificate/uc-berkeleyx-blockchain-fundamentals Zubin Koticha's Medium channel: https://medium.com/@zubinkoticha Princeton Textbook "Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies": http://www.bitcoinbook.cs.princeton.edu Andreas Antonopoulos’ book “Mastering Bitcoin”: www.goodreads.com/book/show/21820378-mastering-bitcoin Andreas Antonopoulos’ and Gavin Wood’s book “Mastering Ethereum”: www.goodreads.com/book/show/33584554-mastering-ethereum MIT Bitcoin Expo: https://www.mitbitcoinexpo.org  Crypto Economics Security Conference: https://www.cesc.io Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! 21 Lectures' mission is to bring more developers to the Bitcoin ecosystem with in-person courses. Lectured by world-renowned Bitcoin and Lightning developers, courses teach participants the fundamentals to work with blockchain technologies. To learn more visit www.21lectures.com. CoreLedger is a blockchain-based peer-to-peer transaction infrastructure provider. It enables businesses to document, tokenize and trade any type of assets in a reliable and flexible environment. CoreLedger makes anything transactable, literally anything. To learn more about CoreLedger’s technology and how you can transform your business onto blockchain, visit www.coreledger.net. The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter at www.theblockchainandus.com.
37:08
February 20, 2019
Why Good Content is King in Blockchain PR - David Wachsman, Founder and CEO, Wachsman
David Wachsman speaks about founding and running Wachsman, the role of public relations and the media in the blockchain space, misconceptions clients have about PR and communications, ways to tell stories about blockchain projects to get attention, the power of good content, why it's so important to hire the right people when growing a company, intersections of blockchains with other disruptive technologies, security tokens, and much more. David is the founder and CEO of Wachsman, a leading global professional services firm for the blockchain industry. He and his team have represented and acted as strategic consultants to more than 120 organizations in the blockchain space including Dash, Indiegogo, Crypto Valley Association, Bitcoin Suisse, CoinDesk, IOHK, Lisk, Rootstock, Steemit, and many more. Before founding his own company, David held roles in public relations, advertising, political affairs, and biotechnology. And now, to the conversation with David Wachsman. David Wachsman: https://www.wachsman.com, https://twitter.com/Wachsman_  Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! 21 Lectures' mission is to bring more developers to the Bitcoin ecosystem with in-person courses. Lectured by world-renowned Bitcoin and Lightning developers, courses teach participants the fundamentals to work with blockchain technologies. To learn more visit https://www.21lectures.com. CoreLedger is a blockchain-based peer-to-peer transaction infrastructure provider. It enables businesses to document, tokenize and trade any type of assets in a reliable and flexible environment. CoreLedger makes anything transactable, literally anything. To learn more about CoreLedger’s technology and how you can transform your business onto blockchain, visit www.coreledger.net. The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on https://www.theblockchainandus.com.
39:51
February 13, 2019
How Skin in the Game Leads to Truth - Preethi Kasireddy, TruStory
Preethi Kasireddy speaks about the information problem on the Internet and how her company TruStory combats it, how messed up incentives lead to false information that hijacks our minds, why active participation in the information we consume leads to better thinking in life, why changing one's mind is good, the most important skills for entrepreneurs, and much more. Preethi is the Founder and CEO of TruStory, a platform for users to discover and validate claims that people make online, whether in a blog post, whitepaper, website, or social media post. Before founding TruStory, Preethi was a Software Engineer at Coinbase, Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs. Preethi is a self-taught software engineer who loves educating the world about blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Preethi Kasireddy: www.linkedin.com/in/preethi-kasireddy-41383528, www.medium.com/@preethikasireddy, www.twitter.com/iam_preethi, www.github.com/iam-peekay TruStory: www.trustory.io, www.twitter.com/isTruStory Also mentioned in the episode: How the Web Works: www.medium.freecodecamp.org/how-the-web-works-a-primer-for-newcomers-to-web-development-or-anyone-really-b4584e63585c Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! 21 Lectures' mission is to bring more developers to the Bitcoin ecosystem with in-person courses. Lectured by world-renowned Bitcoin and Lightning developers, courses teach participants the fundamentals to work with blockchain technologies. To learn more visit www.21lectures.com. The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on www.theblockchainandus.com.
28:59
February 6, 2019
"Crypto Means Cryptography" - Jan Camenisch, Head of Research at Dfinity
Jan Camenisch speaks about being the Head of Research at Dfinity, how industrial research at a blockchain company differs from academic research, what it takes to build Dfinity into "The Internet Computer", important research questions in the blockchain space, the most important skills for success in research, and much more. Jan is Head of Research at Dfinity and Director of the Dfinity Zurich Research Lab, and he also serves on Sovrin's Technical Governance Board. Before joining Dfinity, Jan was a Principal Research Staff Member at IBM Research Zurich, where he lead the Privacy & Cryptography research team and was a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Jan is a leading scientist in the area of privacy and cryptography, he has published over 120 widely cited papers, was granted about 140 patents worldwide, and has received a number of awards for his work. Jan Camenisch: https://jan.camenisch.org, https://twitter.com/JanCamenisch, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jan_Camenisch Dfinity: https://dfinity.org, https://twitter.com/dfinity Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! 21 Lectures' mission is to bring more developers to the Bitcoin ecosystem with in-person courses. Lectured by world-renowned Bitcoin and Lightning developers, courses teach participants the fundamentals to work with blockchain technologies. To learn more visit http://www.21lectures.com. The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on http://www.theblockchainandus.com.
40:07
January 30, 2019
"This Is What the Blockchain Is and How It Can Change Your Life" - Niloo Ravaei, Blockgeeks
Niloo Ravaei speaks about learning and teaching skills of developing blockchain applications, stories that draw people into the blockchain space, why blockchain technology empowers people, examples where token economics creates incentives, combating technostrategic discourse, who should take blockchain programming classes, living in a blockchain bubble, how to advocate and think critically at the same time, parallels between the Internet age and the blockchain age, skills for the future, having a growth mindset, and much more. Niloo is the Head of Education at Blockgeeks with the mission to share and grow the knowledge around blockchain technology. She is a filmmaker turned coder who screened her short film at the Cannes Film Festival and has helped FinTech startups in Toronto and San Francisco scale into some of the biggest players in the space. Niloo is heavily involved in the global blockchain community, working with emerging platforms and enterprises that want to leverage blockchain technology, and she also works with various causes to design and implement socially impactful blockchain solutions. Niloo Ravaei: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/niloo-ravaei-3b888723, https://twitter.com/nravaei, https://medium.com/@nilooravaei Blockgeeks: https://www.blockgeeks.com, https://twitter.com/Blockgks Also mentioned in the episode: Andreas Antonopoulos' book "Mastering Bitcoin": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21820378-mastering-bitcoin Andreas Antonopoulos' and Gavin Wood's book "Mastering Ethereum": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33584554-mastering-ethereum Edmond Lau's book "The Effective Engineer": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25238425-the-effective-engineer Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! This episode has support from 8GR8 story-driven media. 8GR8 is a media production company with a focus on telling engaging stories about new technologies and the future with films, interviews, podcasts, and other media that make an impact. To contact 8GR8 and learn more about using story-driven media for your project, visit https://www.8gr8.com. The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter at http://www.theblockchainandus.com.
57:58
January 23, 2019
How to Build on Bitcoin - Lucas Betschart, 21 Lectures, Bitcoin Association Switzerland
Lucas Betschart speaks about bringing more developers into the Bitcoin ecosystem, being the president of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland, the anatomy of Bitcoin open source projects, managing the tension between ideology and commercial software development, why too many things in the crypto and blockchain space make no sense, why it is hard to build a business model around Bitcoin, why he doesn't like Ethereum and other blockchains, how market downturns affect the development of Bitcoin and the ecosystem, brain drain in Switzerland, and much more. Lucas is president of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland, the world's 4th largest Bitcoin community. He is involved in Bitcoin since early 2013, he is the Head of Technology Crypto Assets at inacta, he is the founder of 21 Lectures, which has the mission to bring more developers to the Bitcoin ecosystem. Lucas Betschart: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/lucasbetschart, https://twitter.com/lucas_lclc  Bitcoin Association Switzerland: https://www.bitcoinassociation.ch  21 Lectures: https://www.21lectures.com  Also mentioned in the episode: Christian Decker: http://www.theblockchainandus.com/christian-decker  Jonas Schnelli: http://www.theblockchainandus.com/jonas-schnelli  Bitcoin core: https://bitcoin.org/en/bitcoin-core/  Lightning Network: https://lightning.network/  Liquid: https://blockstream.com/liquid  Nakamoto Institute: https://nakamotoinstitute.org/  Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! This episode has support from 8GR8 story-driven media. 8GR8 is a media production company with a focus on telling engaging stories about new technologies and the future with films, interviews, podcasts, and other media that make an impact. To contact 8GR8 and learn more about using story-driven media for your project, visit https://www.8gr8.com.    The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter at http://www.theblockchainandus.com.
49:40
January 16, 2019
How Blockchain Technology Could Keep Humanity Human - Anne Connelly, Singularity University
Anne Connelly speaks about using blockchain technology to make a social impact and why very few projects actually use the technology in practice, teaching blockchain technology to executives at Singularity University, stories and tools to convince people of the merits of blockchains, how she advises companies, bro culture in tech and why diversity and respect are important in the blockchain space, hopes and fears of the future of blockchain technology, why coding should be an essential skill, why empathy and human interaction are at the core of infrastructure technology that keeps humanity human and keeps people connected, and much more. Anne is passionate about harnessing blockchain technology to transform the lives of people in developing countries, and she is Faculty at Singularity University at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley & SingularityU Canada, where she teaches global leaders how exponential technologies can solve problems that impact over a billion people. She has been an active part of the global blockchain community since 2012, working with and advising notable companies including Jaxx, Ledger Labs, and Bunz, and she is currently the Vice Chair of the board of Blockchain Canada. She previously worked with Doctors Without Borders Canada in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and currently serves on their board of directors. Anne has a Bachelor of Life Sciences from Queen’s University, an MBA from McMaster University, and a Fintech Certificate from MIT. She was honoured as one of CBC’s 12 Young Leaders Changing Canada and one of the Fifty Most Inspirational Women in Technology in Canada. Anne Connelly: https://www.anneconnelly.ca, https://twitter.com/Anne_Connelly, https://medium.com/@anneconnelly, https://ca.linkedin.com/in/anneconnelly Anne at Singularity University: https://su.org/about/faculty/anne-connelly  Also mentioned in the episode: Article by Laurie Penny "Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto’s Nouveau Riche": https://breakermag.com/trapped-at-sea-with-cryptos-nouveau-riche Cryptochicks: https://www.cryptochicks.ca Blockgeeks: https://www.blockgeeks.com  Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! This episode has support from 8GR8 story-driven media. 8GR8 is a media production company with a focus on telling engaging stories about new technologies and the future with films, interviews, podcasts, and other media that make an impact. To contact 8GR8 and learn more about using story-driven media for your project, visit https://www.8gr8.com.    The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on https://www.theblockchainandus.com.
53:19
January 9, 2019
Just Keep Your Head Down and Build - Jason Goldberg, Open Simple Token (OST)
Jason Goldberg speaks about building OST, how apps with millions of users can tokenize, how market conditions affect blockchain adoption, unrealistic assumptions and anti-narratives in the crypto space, advantages for software companies to build token models into their products, why the hotmail moment for blockchain technology might happen in 2019/20, why some tech firms fail to see the threat of blockchain technology, keeping a balance between technology and real life, the importance to just keeping your head down and building, and much more. Jason is the founder and CEO of Open Simple Token (OST) and a veteran Internet entrepreneur with a long history of scaling products to millions of users. He started his career in technology at AOL in 2001 and has launched and sold several tech companies. Since 2016, Jason’s passion has been to drive mainstream consumer adoption of blockchain technologies. Jason Goldberg: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Goldberg_(entrepreneur), https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonsethgoldberg, https://twitter.com/betashop, https://medium.com/@betashop OST: https://ost.com , https://t.me/ostdotcom, https://twitter.com/OSTdotcom  Also mentioned in the episode: Unsplash Stock Photos: https://unsplash.com  Hornet LGBT Social Network: https://hornet.com  The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on https://www.theblockchainandus.com.
44:03
January 2, 2019
How Blockchains Could Create Community Consciousness - Toni Lane Casserly, Cultu.re
Toni Lane Casserly speaks about her project Cultu.re and her goal to create a new notion of community, how identity could be the foundation for a new form of governance, the role of the media and why much of crypto and blockchain coverage is advertising in disguise, the concept of holocracy and universal basic education, political liberation through cryptography, why she doesn't read the news, anarchy vs. voluntaryism, self-mastery, and much more. Toni Lane is a core founder at several impactful ventures in the digital currency and blockchain industry, including CoinTelegraph and she is the founder of Cultu.re, a platform and protocol built to create global citizenship through cooperation, and evolve the future of government into communities beyond borders. Toni Lane Casserly: https://www.tonilane.com, http://www.twitter.com/tonilanec Cultu.re: https://www.cultu.re, https://www.twitter.com/cultureisfuture, https://discord.gg/7HTQmVz, https://t.me/cultureisfuture  Also mentioned in the episode: IBM Food Trust: https://www.ibm.com/blockchain/solutions/food-trust Neal Stephenson's book "Snow Crash" (2003): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40651883-snow-crash Edward Bernays "Propaganda" (1929): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/493212.Propaganda  The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on http://www.theblockchainandus.com.
56:23
December 26, 2018
Why Some Blockchain Ideas Can't Wait - Aparna Krishnan, Mechanism Labs
Aparna Krishnan talks about her research company Mechanism Labs, mentoring women in blockchain at She(256), dealing with the bro culture in the blockchain space, her experience growing up under Internet censorship and how it shaped her interest in cryptography, building up the education department at Blockchain at Berkeley, what she observed teaching introductions to the technology, takeaways from her Thiel Fellowship, and much more. Aparna is a Thiel Fellow and the co-founder of Mechanism Labs, an open source blockchain research lab. She studied computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, works on cryptography research and was the Head of Education and Executive VP at Blockchain at Berkeley where she founded the Education Department. She has taught the world's largest university accredited blockchain course, and she is a mentor at She(256), a movement to increase diversity and break down barriers to entry in the blockchain space. Aparna Krishnan: https://github.com/aparnakr, https://twitter.com/aparnalocked, https://medium.com/@aparnalocked, https://www.linkedin.com/in/aparna-krishnan Mechanism Labs: https://mechanismlabs.io, https://github.com/Mechanism-Labs, https://medium.com/mechanism-labs  She(256):https://www.she256.io, https://twitter.com/SHE_256  Thiel Fellowship: https://thielfellowship.org  Blockchain at Berkeley: https://blockchain.berkeley.edu, https://twitter.com/CalBlockchain Blockchain at Berkeley YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5sgoRfoSp3jeX4DEqKLwKg/videos  Also mentioned in the episode: Manush Movahedi: www.cs.yale.edu/homes/movahedi, https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=3iOahLIAAAAJ&hl=en  Elaine Shi: http://elaineshi.com, https://twitter.com/ElaineRShi  The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on http://www.theblockchainandus.com.
43:19
December 19, 2018
Why Blockchains Empower a New Social Contract for the Digital Age - Don Tapscott, Blockchain Research Institute
Don Tapscott speaks about his vision of a new social contract for the digital age, the coming transformation of physical assets into digital, why leaders of old paradigms are cynical about change, why privacy is not dead but the most important foundation of freedom, portable forms of digital identity, downsides of the digital age, universal basic income, why there's nothing wrong with government but with bureaucracy, the crisis of democracy, education and media literacy, why the tech industry is a tough place for women, why blockchain technology will be here to stay for a while, and much more. Don is one of the leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. He is the author if sixteen books, including "Blockchain Revolution", which he wrote together with his son Alex Tapscott. In 2017, Don and Alex co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute, where they have been working on over seventy projects to date that investigate blockchain strategy, use cases, implementation challenges and organizational transformations. Don is a member of the Order of Canada and is ranked the second most influential management thinker in the world by Thinkers50. He is an Adjunct Professor at INSEAD and Chancellor of Trent University in Ontario.  Don Tapscott: http://dontapscott.com, https://www.linkedin.com/in/dontapscott, https://twitter.com/dtapscott  Don and Alex Tapscott's book "Blockchain Revolution": http://blockchain-revolution.com Blockchain Research Institute: https://www.blockchainresearchinstitute.org The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter at https://www.theblockchainandus.com.
35:37
December 12, 2018
Blockchain Identity and the Importance of Ethics - Monique Morrow, The Humanized Internet
Monique Morrow speaks about The Humanized Internet, self-sovereign electronic identity and credentials on the blockchain, her plans for a personal digital lockbox, ethics in technology, how she avoided the innovator's dilemma as Services CTO of Cisco, why decentralization and trustless consensus might be a myth, where blockchain technology fits in with other deep tech, how small countries like Switzerland can keep up with the global tech arms race, China's plans to become the AI leader in the world, dangers of technology for humanity, why learning about history is important, and much more. Monique is the President and Co-Founder of The Humanized Internet, a non-profit organization providing digital identity through blockchain technology. She is the former Services CTO of Cisco, where she helped transition the company from hardware to software, and among many other things, she is an Associated Researcher at the Humboldt University's Institute of Internet and Society, the co-chair of the IEEE Ethics in AI and Autonomous Systems Mixed Reality Committee, an Advisor to the Cybersecurity Sparklabs, and to VETRI, a blockchain-enabled personal data management platform. Monique Morrow: https://www.moniquemorrow.com, https://twitter.com/moniquejmorrow The Humanized Internet: https://www.thehumanizedinternet.org IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems: https://standards.ieee.org/industry-connections/ec/autonomous-systems.html, https://twitter.com/ieeesa Cybersecurity Sparklabs: http://www.sparklabscyber.com, https://twitter.com/SparkLabsCyber VETRI: https://vetri.global, https://twitter.com/vetri_global The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on https://www.theblockchainandus.com.
55:14
December 5, 2018
The Human Story Behind Blockchain Technology - Matthew Allen, Zurich Bureau Chief/Business Reporter at Swissinfo
Matthew Allen speaks about his work as a business reporter in the Swiss crypto and blockchain space, fascinating angles of crypto projects in the press, how human stories trump tech stories, how he makes sure he's avoiding writing about scams, filters to deal with the deluge of information, how entrepreneurs can get coverage for their projects, how building in stealth mode helps projects get media attention, why the story of "being the first" no longer works in the blockchain space, merits and risks of decentralization, how it can lead to noise and might limit cryptocurrencies, the context of blockchain technology in the bigger scheme of things, and much more. Matthew is a business reporter and the Zurich Bureau Chief at Swissinfo, a news and information platform produced by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, where he covers the Swiss crypto and blockchain space. Matthew Allen: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-allen-27970615/, https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/profiles-swissinfo/matthew-allen  Swissinfo: https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/  The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on https://www.theblockchainandus.com.
57:28
November 28, 2018
Why Crypto Funds Have to Become Tech Companies - Ryan Yi, CoinFund
Ryan Yi speaks about conducting investment research and due diligence at CoinFund, metrics he looks at in new investments, financial models for valuing tokens and projects no tokens, the concept and facets of generalized mining, how it aligns stakeholders but also has a dark side, how generalized mining changes the function of crypto investment funds, how many decentralized projects need central planners at the beginning, if blockchain products are public goods or not, and much more. Ryan is an investment analyst at CoinFund, where he focuses on high-level research and constructing investment strategies. Before that he completed his Masters in Financial Math from MIT, where he also conducted research on crypto asset-class economics with the MIT Digital Currency Initiative, and he holds a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Northwestern University. Ryan Yi: https://www.twitter.com/yiryan, https://www.medium.com/@youngjoon CoinFund: https://www.coinfund.io The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on http://www.theblockchainandus.com on https://www.theblockchainandus.com.
1:09:37
November 21, 2018
Why China Will Be the World's Largest Token Economy - Tony Tao, X-Order, Neo Global Capital
Tony Tao speaks about his blockchain research and investment company X-Order, the beginnings of Bitcoin in China, how complexity theory explains tokenomics, how data influences venture capital, how blockchains create value by creating niche demand, the value proposition for decentralized exchanges, what he looks at in due diligence when investing, China as a location for blockchain projects and why it will be the most innovative space for token economics in five to ten years, his definition of freedom, and much more. Tony is the founder of X-Order, a token virtual economy think tank and investment fund, he is the founding partner of NEO Global Capital, a member of the Ali Microfinance Forum Expertise Group and Tencent Tengyun Think Tank Group, co-writer of ‘Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy’ and ‘Blockchain Technology-From Digital Currency to Credit Society’. Tony Tao: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-tao-7036b931/  X-Order: https://www.xorder.ai  NEO Global Capital: https://ngc.fund  The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on http://www.theblockchainandus.com
47:30
November 14, 2018
Why Blockchain Technology is Transformative and Irritating - Monty Munford, Mob76
Monty Munford speaks about his work as a tech advisor and writer, his adventures at the Malta Blockchain Summit interviewing John McAfee, how blockchain companies can improve their stories, blockchain companies in the UK and how Brexit affects them, the development of the blockchain ecosystem, characteristics of valuable tech companies, promising applications of blockchain technology, getting his wallet hacked, frustrations with blockchain technology, what should change, and where he sees the sector going. Monty is an emcee/panellist/moderator​/interviewer ​​​and speaker in the blockchain space, he writes for his own blog Mob76Outlook, for The Telegraph, TechCrunch, The Economist, BBC Future, the Huffington Post, and he also runs Mob76, a tech consultancy that works with clients to become investible and prepares them for exit. Monty Munford: https://twitter.com/montymunford, https://www.forbes.com/sites/montymunford, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/monty-munford, https://www.businessinsider.com/author/monty-munford   Mob76: https://www.mob76outlook.com  The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter.
29:34
November 7, 2018
What Blockchains and Linux Have in Common - Phil Zamani, Aergo, Blocko
Phil Zamani speaks about his blockchain projects Aergo and Blocko, the blockchain ecosystem in South Korea, differences between open source in Linux and blockchain technology, why blockchain consortiums might fail, why there are still few production systems live on blockchains, how non-software companies can go about getting started with pilot projects, what he learned from working with large corporations on blockchain projects in South Korea, why data needs to be shared to be most valuable, IOT pilots on blockchains, and much more. Phil is the chairman of the AERGO Foundation and co-CEO at Blocko, Korea’s largest blockchain infrastructure provider. He has over twenty years of experience in managing open-source businesses and has worked as senior VP at Deutsche Telekom’s cloud business unit, VP of sales and business development at RedHat, and as Global Head of Big Data & cloud models at Banca Santander. Phil Zamani: https://www.linkedin.com/in/philzamani, https://twitter.com/ZamaniPhil Aergo: https://www.aergo.io, https://twitter.com/aergo_io Blocko: https://www.blocko.io, https://twitter.com/BlockoInc Phil's article on parallels between Linux and blockchains: https://medium.com/aergo/drawing-a-parallel-between-linux-and-blockchain-160f79ca74e6  The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter.
39:02
October 31, 2018
How Digital Scarcity Helps Artists and Creators - Eric Elliott, Author, Developer, Mentor
Eric Elliott speaks about creating the verifiable web with po.et, how fact-checking information has evolved since PGP, why we're not in 1998 with blockchain technology but in 1968, why people don't yet use decentralized applications and why that is OK for the moment, the future of AR/VR and blockchains, how artists and creators can benefit in a new economy that digital scarcity and artificial intelligence make possible, lessons from the music industry in dealing with technology, why the positive impact of blockchain technology outweighs negative effects, and the most important skill in the future. Eric is the author of the book “Programming JavaScript Applications”, published by O’Reilly, he is the co-founder of the software mentorship platform DevAnywhere.io, and VP of Engineering at po.et, a shared, open, universal ledger designed to record metadata and ownership information for digital creative assets. He has contributed to software experiences for Adobe Systems, Zumba Fitness, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, BBC, and top recording artists including Usher, Frank Ocean, Metallica, and many more. Eric Elliott: www.medium.com/@_ericelliott, www.github.com/ericelliott, www.twitter.com/_ericelliott  Eric's JavaScript course: www.ericelliottjs.com  DevAnywhere.io: www.devanywhere.io  Eric's book “Programming JavaScript Applications”: https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/programming-javascript-applications/9781491950289  Po.et: www.po.et, www,blog.po.et, www.twitter.com/_poetproject  The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter.
42:19
October 24, 2018
Why Executives Need Blockchain Literacy - Alison McCauley, Author of Unblocked
Alison McCauley speaks about writing her book "Unblocked: How Blockchains Will Change Your Business", about the importance of blockchain literacy for executives, why blockchain communities need organizations on their side, how organizations can get started with blockchain technology, how to take blockchain ideas into the pilot stage with possible use cases, why companies will soon have competition from their own customers, how collaboration replaces the zero-sum game of many business models, how a token-infused sharing economy could create more value in the future, and the need for decentralization. Alison also speaks about conducting research for the book, her approach to writing and structuring the book, surprises and learnings when writing the book, risks of blockchains going to the dark side, why attention harvesting should stop, and much more. Alison has a two-decades long strategy consulting career, where she advised technology-first startups and Fortune-500 companies, including PNC, Adobe, Oracle, IBM, First Data, and Verizon. She has been working with early stage teams in data science and analytics, machine learning, IoT, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence before turning her focus to the blockchain and cryptoasset space. Alison has a masters in sociology and organizational behavior from Stanford University, and she is the author of the book "Unblocked: How Blockchain Technology Will Change the Future", available in January 2019. Alison McCauley: http://www.alisonmccauley.io, https://www.linkedin.com/in/unblocked/ Alison's book "Unblocked: How Blockchains Will Change Your Business" (out in january 2019): http://www.unblockedfuture.com Also discussed in this episode: Alex "Sandy" Pentland et al.: "The new deal on data", http://civics.com/NewDealOnData/ Tim Wu's book "The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires", https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8201080-the-master-switch The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on http://www.theblockchainandus.com.
57:26
October 17, 2018
The Antifragility of Cryptoassets - Alexander Bulkin, CoinFund
Alexander Bulkin speaks about combining social sciences with blockchain technology at CoinFund (which he co-founded), why crypto funds are becoming tech companies, the antifragility of cryptoassets, cryptoeconomic primitives and the challenges with developing them, why you don't need one blockchain to achieve network effects, how blockchain technology could enable decentralized marketplaces, the drawbacks for crypto businesses in the United States, the power of communities, and much more. Alexander is the co-Founder and Managing Director at CoinFund, and he is a multidisciplinary thinker with a special interest in social and technological innovation, bridging technological insight with social science and psychology. He has 13 years of experience in developing pricing, risk management, and high-frequency trading software at Goldman Sachs, and he is holding a dual degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from New York University and a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology from the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon. Alexander Bulkin: https://medium.com/@aleksandr.bulkin, https://twitter.com/coinfund_al  CoinFund: http://www.coinfund.io, https://www.twitter.com/coinfund_io  Adapt Toolkt: http://www.adaptk.it, https://twitter.com/adaptkit  Nicholas Nassim Taleb's book "Antifragile": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13530973-antifragile  The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on http://www.theblockchainandus.com.
1:11:12
October 10, 2018
Trent McConaghy - "Hey Zuck, Let's Tokenize Facebook!" How Blockchains Could Stop People Farming
Trent McConaghy speaks about creating a data economy with Ocean Protocol, token engineering and design, bringing artificial intelligence to the blockchain, how Facebook could tokenize itself to melt into the user community, why AI researchers often miss the most mundane solutions, how we're moving from nature 1.0 to nature 2.0, smart decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), how DAOs could provide universal basic income (UBI), Estonia's blockchain initiatives, token engineering, ethics in blockchain technology and engineering, creativity, Berlin as a blockchain hub, and much more. Trent is the founder of the Ocean Protocol, a decentralized data exchange protocol to unlock data for artificial intelligence. He has a PhD in engineering, where he focused on machine creativity, and he also advises Estonia, Germany and other governments on strategies related to blockchain technology and AI. Trent McConaghy: http://www.trent.st, http://www.twitter.com/trentmc0  Ocean Protocol: http://www.oceanprotocol.com/, http://www.twitter.com/ Also mentioned in the episode: Data.world: http://www.data.world Daimler's Car2Go: http://www.daimler.com/products/services/mobility-services/car2go/ Nature 2.0: http://www.medium.com/@trentmc0/nature-2-0-27bdf8238071 Towards a Practice of Token Engineering: https://blog.oceanprotocol.com/towards-a-practice-of-token-engineering-b02feeeff7ca?gi=3e6ef6d6546f Interview with Anish Mohammed: http://www.theblockchainandus.com/anish-mohammed Room 77, Berlin: http://www.room77.de/ Ben Franklin's book "Poor Richard's Almanack": http://www.benjamin-franklin-history.org/poor-richards-almanac/ The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on http://www.theblockchainandus.com.
1:12:41
October 3, 2018
Ryan Jesperson - How Blockchains Could Solve the Tragedy of the Commons
Ryan Jesperson speaks about his journey to becoming the president of the Tezos Foundation, his outlook for Tezos and its technological innovations. He explains Tezos' on-chain governance and how it could solve the tragedy of the (digital) commons, how he organized the Tezos community in a petition to hold the foundation accountable, dealing with adversity and personal criticism, making sure the foundation stays decentralized, what makes Tezos a blockchain 3.0, Tezos' baking ecosystem and what happens with the foundation's baking proceeds, which role Tezos could play in a "blockchain future", his concerns about the state of the blockchain space, and much more. Ryan is the President of the Tezos Foundation, and before, he was the Chief Operating Officer at Divvy, a FinTech company. Prior to his work at Divvy, Ryan was an executive, turnaround specialist, and tech entrepreneur in the healthcare industry and he helped launch the humanitarian Self-Reliance Services initiative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ryan Jesperson: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-jesperson-23b0053a/  Tezos: https://tezos.com/, https://www.twitter.com/Tezos, https://www.twitter.com/TezosFoundation  Wired article "Inside the World's Biggest Crypto Scandal": https://www.wired.com/story/tezos-blockchain-love-story-horror-story/  The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on http://www.theblockchainandus.com.
1:34:05
September 26, 2018
Cedric Waldburger - Why Education Is the Killer App for Blockchain Technology
Cedric Waldburger speaks about being part of the team that later became Dfinity, leading growth at the company, why education might be the killer app for blockchain technology, his motivation and approach to storytelling, differences between Dfinity and other blockchain startups, starting his first company at age fourteen, why mentors are so important, measuring his life in quarters, productivity tools for entrepreneur, his investment theses, why he doesn't normally invest in ICOs, investing for learning, different types of blockchain entrepreneurs, why he finds the blockchain space so fascinating, how he makes better decision, why he likes simple questions that don't have simple answers, owning only 64 things, minimalism vs. consumerism, growing up in Switzerland, building "the blockchain state", what blockchain technology could do for the world, misunderstandings about blockchain technology, and what he's still learning as an entrepreneur. Cedric holds a master in computer science, and he is a serial entrepreneur, startup founder, investor and blockchain enthusiast since 2012. He co-founded DFINITY – a blockchain startup backed by Andreesen Horowitz – and eight other high-tech companies in Europe and the US. He also has a video blog where he documents his experiences and travels and he produces the video series Inside Dfinity. Cedric Waldburger: https://cedricwaldburger.com, https://twitter.com/cediwaldburger Dfinity: https://dfinity.org, https://twitter.com/dfinity Inside Dfinity: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuhDt1vhGcrei3pfj8sDr0ewA64PxxT4m Also mentioned in the podcast: Entrepreneurs' Organization: https://www.eonetwork.org Richard Feynman's book "Surely you're Joking, Mr Feynman!" https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5544.Surely_You_re_Joking_Mr_Feynman_ Dan Harmon's story circle: http://channel101.wikia.com/wiki/Story_Structure_101:_Super_Basic_Shit The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on http://www.theblockchainandus.com.
1:00:28
September 19, 2018
Joey Krug - Why Healthcare, Finance, Energy, Education, and Government Are Ripe for Disruption
Joey Krug speaks about evaluating investments at Pantera Capital, why healthcare, finance, energy, and government are ripe for disruption, why too much money is bad for entrepreneurs, why location matters for funds but less for projects, how incumbent tech companies deal with blockchain technology and tokens, why blockchains won't transform information, why people don't care about their privacy and how to overcome that, why progress is much faster than we notice, how Augur got support for Trezor wallets, his experience as a Thiel fellow, why the cost of a university degree far outweighs its value, why theory and practice often differ, why UI/UX is the most important thing that should improve in the blockchain space, and why he would love to fast forward to the year 2048. Joey Krug is the co-founder of Augur, a prediction market and one of the first ICO on Ethereum. He is also co-chief investment officer at Pantera Capial's crypto hedge funds. Before joining Pantera, Joey built a point of sale system enabling Bitcoin payments with sound and Bluetooth, and he also started an AngelList syndicate that is now one of the top fifteen by backing. Joey Krug: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joeykrug, https://www.twitter.com/joeykrug AngelList syndicate: https://angel.co/joeykrug Pantera Capital: https://www.panteracapital.com, https://twitter.com/PanteraCapital Augur: https://www.augur.net, https://twitter.com/AugurProject Peter Thiel's book "Zero to One": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18050143-zero-to-one Bitcoin white paper: https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf Ethereum white paper: https://github.com/ethereum/wiki/wiki/White-Paper The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on http://www.theblockchainandus.com.
55:57
September 12, 2018
Jesse McWaters - Why Blockchain Technology Might Become Less of a Binary Idea in the Future of Finance
Jesse McWaters speaks about analyzing the impact of blockchain technology on industry and society at the World Economic Forum, disruption vs. collaboration in the financial sector, why blockchain technology gives people a license to image a future without constraint, the role of established financial institutions in the cryptoasset space, why the road of blockchain entrepreneurs differs from those in the FinTech space, how the blockchain narrative changed in recent years, blockchain regulation, checks and balances, code of conduct in ICOs, why blockchain technology might become less of a binary idea in the future, and much more. Jesse leads the World Economic Forum’s exploration of fintech and financial innovation where he works with financial executives, regulators and a global network of innovators to analyze the implications of open banking, blockchains, digital identity, and AI on the financial sector and society. Jesse is a frequent speaker and media commentator on CNBC’s Closing Bell, in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and the New York Times and he has presented his analyses to financial institutions and global policymakers such as the Financial Stability Board, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the Federal Reserve Board, the Peoples Bank of China, the European Parliament, and the FDIC. Jesse McWaters: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/authors/jesse-mcwaters/, https://twitter.com/rjmcwaters Previous interview with Jesse for my blockchain documentary (2017): https://blockchain-documentary.com/jesse-mcwaters-wef/ The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter.
42:52
September 5, 2018
Peter Hody - How Journalists and the Financial Press Stay Objective About Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology
Peter Hody speaks about his work as a journalist covering the financial sector, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, vetting crypto and ICO stories, staying objective, the role of marketing and PR firms in the crypto space, the role of advertising and paid content in the online media, quality of reporting on cryptocurrencies in the mainstream press, how clickbait distorts the story about cryptocurrencies, crypto news platforms, how the decline of Swiss banking helps market Switzerland's vision as a "Crypto Nation", the old boys' and the new boys' network in the Swiss crypto ecosystem, and much more. Peter is the Editor-in-Chief of finews, a leading online news portal reporting about the financial sector in Switzerland. Peter has been in journalism, TV, print and digital media for the past twenty years. He has an MBA in Media Management and a deep interest in the commercial side of publishing. Peter Hody: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterhody Finews: https://www.finews.com/news/english-news, https://twitter.com/finews_ch The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter.
1:03:15
August 29, 2018
Hubert Ritzdorf - Why Hacking Smart Contracts is Easier than Hacking Web Servers
Hubert Ritzdorf speaks about automatic auditing of smart contracts, why almost all smart contracts have bugs, specs of smart contracts, the hacks of the Parity wallet, skills necessary to hack smart contracts, why hacking smart contracts is easier than hacking web servers, GDPR and blockchains, challenges for smart contract platforms, being a blockchain entrepreneur in Switzerland, why he avoided an ICO for his own company, and much more. Hubert is the co-founder and CTO of ChainSecurity, a start-up focussed on mathematical proofs for smart contract security. He has been working on application security for more than 10 years and on blockchain security for more than six years, he has a PhD from ETH Zurich, and his research influenced the underlying Bitcoin protocol and the main Ethereum client implementation. Hubert Ritzdorf: https://twitter.com/HRitzdorf, https://medium.com/@HRitzdorf ChainSecurity: https://chainsecurity.com, https://twitter.com/chain_security The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter.
47:25
August 23, 2018
Niklas Nikolajsen - Why Cryptoassets Will Soon Be Part of Every Bank's Business
Niklas Nikolajsen speaks about Bitcoin Suisse and its amazing journey, why "there will be no difference between crypto-finance and finance, it will only be finance", his early cypherpunk days and Bitcoin evangelism, the importance of timing in entrepreneurship, why he understands the hesitation of banks to work with new industries such as cryptocurrencies, how all assets will move onto blockchains, why "making decentralized exchanges illegal is like making gravity illegal", how the tokenization of assets helps entrepreneurs, "when capital becomes more easily available, the whole world will become a Silicon Valley", the importance of jurisdictions for crypto-financial businesses, why he chose Switzerland as a business location, consolidation in the crypto sector and partnerships with the established financial sector, how "we're moving out of the Wild West phase into the established phase", possible pitfalls for the crypto economy, why consensus technology and distribution will impact law, governments, and society, why people should go with their passion, and much more.  Niklas is a pioneer in the crypto-financial sector in Switzerland and the founder of Bitcoin Suisse, one of the first Swiss companies providing crypto brokerage, ICO facilitation and advisory and other related services, and today, he is the Chairman of the Board and co-CEO. Niklas holds a degree in computer science from the Copenhagen Business School, and he has a background of more than 15 years as a professional software architect and developer, primarily in the financial, manufacturing and public sectors. Niklas Nikolajsen: https://twitter.com/nikolajsen_BTCS  Bitcoin Suisse: https://www.bitcoinsuisse.ch, https://twitter.com/BitcoinSuisseAG  Previous interview with Niklas for my documentary film "FinTech Made in Switzerland" (2016): https://fintech-documentary.com/interview-niklas-nikolajsen-bitcoin-suisse/  The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future, just sign up for the newsletter on https://www.theblockchainandus.com. Listen to this podcast on Spotify iTunes Stitcher TuneIn
1:08:39
August 20, 2018
Lars Thomsen - How a Futurist Looks at Blockchain Technology
Lars Thomsen speaks about how crypto and blockchain technology entered his work as a futurist, why it takes a long time to understand what new technologies can do, how futurists work, why blockchains will be at the core of everything, why most companies might miss the opportunity, use cases for cryptocurrencies, the future of work, techniques to imagine possible futures, future-proof skills, and much more. Lars is a leading futurist and founder of Future Matters. He has been working with over 800 companies on strategies and business models for the future. His main focus areas are the future of energy, the future of work, and mobility. Lars is also a frequent keynote speaker and a member of several think tanks and the World Future Society in Washington D.C. Lars Thomsen: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lars-thomsen-251260/  Future Matters: http://www.future-matters.com  Previous interview with Lars for my documentary film "The Blockchain and Us" (2017): https://blockchain-documentary.com/lars-thomsen-future-matters/  Previous interview with Lars for my interview series "Digital Transformation" (2017): https://digitaltransformation-film.com/lars-thomsen/  The Blockchain and Us newsletter Several new interviews go live on this podcast each week. Get an email from me every two weeks with a very short summary of new podcast episodes, so you can immediately pick those interviews you'd like to listen to. You'll never receive any marketing and definitely no spam, and you can unsubscribe at any time. To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on https://www.theblockchainandus.com.
46:59
August 16, 2018
Saifedean Ammous - Why Bitcoin is the Hardest Money We Ever Had
Saifedean Ammous speaks about his book "The Bitcoin Standard", why thriving economies need hard money, the concept of time preference, comparisons between bitcoin and gold, what bitcoin could do for the world economy, how Austrian economics and bitcoin go together, why it took years for him to understand Bitcoin, why he's a self-chosen outcast in academia, why bitcoin might not replace gold after all, and why Bitcoin is neither good nor bad but simply a technology. Saifedean is an academic economist living and teaching in Beirut as an assistant professor of economics at the Lebanese American University. He was previously a member of the Center for Capitalism and Society at Columbia University and holds a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University in New York. Saif's main interest is Austrian economics and Bitcoin and he wrote the book "The Bitcoin Standard", published by Wiley. Saifedean Ammous: https://www.saifedean.com, https://thesaifhouse.wordpress.com, https://www.linkedin.com/in/saifedean, https://twitter.com/saifedean  Saif's book The Bitcoin Standard: http://www.amzn.to/2L95bJW  Resources Saif recommends in the interview to learn more about Bitcoin: Bitcoin white paper: https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf  Bitcoin wiki: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Main_Page  Satoshi Nakamoto institute: https://www.nakamotoinstitute.org  The Blockchain and Us newsletter Several new interviews go live on this podcast each week. Get an email from me every two weeks with a very short summary of new podcast episodes, so you can immediately pick those interviews you'd like to listen to. You'll never receive any marketing and definitely no spam, and you can unsubscribe at any time. To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on https://www.theblockchainandus.com.
51:14
August 13, 2018
Ron Resnick - Why Blockchain Standards Create New Business Models for Companies and Developers
Ron Resnick speaks about leading the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), how he goes about creating standards, specs and certifications for blockchain applications, why companies join and what they plan to do with Ethereum, why some companies "get" blockchain technology and others don't, how the wide adoption of blockchain technology could unfold, why there might be more than one forerunner in the blockchain space, how blockchain standards create new business models for developers, why blockchain development differs from Linux development, and much more. Ron is the Executive Director of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance EEA and a business development professional with over 25 years of experience growing high technology businesses and their ecosystems. Before joining the EEA, Ron worked at Intel and as President and Chairman of the Board of the WiMAX Forum, an industry association driving 4G wireless broadband, and he was also a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.  Ron Resnick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ron-resnick-532189/  Enterprise Ethereum Alliance: https://www.twitter.com/EntETHAlliance  The Blockchain and Us newsletter Several new interviews go live on this podcast each week. Get an email from me every two weeks with a very short summary of new podcast episodes, so you can immediately pick those interviews you'd like to listen to. You'll never receive any marketing and definitely no spam, and you can unsubscribe at any time. To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on https://www.theblockchainandus.com.
57:55
August 9, 2018
Daniel Doll-Steinberg - How Blockchain Technology Redefines Entrepreneurship
Daniel Doll-Steinberg speaks about how blockchain technology has changed entrepreneurship, London and Switzerland as blockchain hubs, the race of territories to become blockchain epicenters, advising companies to use blockchain technology, hedging legal risk in ICOs, assessing founding teams of ICOs, characteristics of successful blockchain entrepreneurs, misunderstandings of established industries of blockchain technology, the Atari Token, and much more. Daniel is the CEO of Blockchain Smokers, where he helps companies embrace blockchain technology to achieve growth. He is a former banker in London and New York, and a founder and co-founder of several companies, including the Atari Token, and he is also an active investor and mentor to technology companies.  Daniel Doll-Steinberg: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-doll-steinberg-64a15a/ Blockchain Smokers: https://blockchainsmoker.com, https://twitter.com/Blockchainsmoke Article about the Atari Token: https://cointelegraph.com/news/gaming-company-atari-announces-investment-in-crypto-share-price-spikes The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, just go to www.theblockchainandus.com and sign up for the newsletter.
1:05:48
August 6, 2018
Dolfi Mueller - A Recap of Zug's Bitcoin Experiment and How it Energized Switzerland
Dolfi Mueller speaks about the Bitcoin experiment at the city of Zug in Switzerland and how it energized the local government and an entire region, learning lessons from the experiment, how banks (still) deal with Bitcoin companies, how the blockchain ecosystem in Zug is developing, why blockchain black boxes undermine confidence, a pilot for a digital ID on the blockchain, and how the city has changed over the last decades in the face of globalization. Dolfi Mueller is the mayor of Zug, a city in Switzerland with roughly 30,000 inhabitants, and the first city in the world that adopted Bitcoin in 2016 as a means of payment for official permits. Dolfi has a degree in law and economics, he is a licensed attorney and a teacher of law and economics at the cantonal school of Zug.  Dolfi Mueller (in German): https://stadtzug.sp-zug.ch/partei/stadtpraesident-dolfi-mueller/   City of Zug: https://twitter.com/stadtzug More about Crypto Valley: https://cryptovalley.swiss  A video interview I made previously with Dolfi Mueller: https://www.blockchain-documentary.com/dolfi-mueller-cryptovalley-zug The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, just go to www.theblockchainandus.com and sign up for the newsletter today.
31:13
August 2, 2018
Luzius Meisser - Bitcoin's Early Days and its Eternal September, Bitcoin Association Switzerland, and Why Regulation Kills Innovation
Luzius Meisser speaks about the early days of Bitcoin and the evolution of a thriving ecosystem in Switzerland, the professionalization of the ICO market, challenges in the foundation model for ICOs, the Swiss FINMA guidelines vs. other European guidelines, the Swiss blockchain taskforce, how the law around cryptocurrencies evolves, the question if bitcoins are data, Bitcoin's "eternal September", why there may be too many different blockchains, why many tokens will go to zero, how he evaluates investments, his own experiences as an entrepreneur, why innovation comes from small companies, why regulation kills innovation in security tokens, the rise of value investing on the blockchain, and much more. Luzius is a computer scientist and very early bitcoin adopter in Switzerland and the co-founder and now board member of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland. He is also an entrepreneur and investor in several startups and the founder Meisser Economics, which focuses on education and consulting at the intersection of economics and computer science.  Luzius Meisser: https://twitter.com/Luzius Meisser Economics: http://meissereconomics.com/ Bitcoin Association Switzerland: https://www.bitcoinassociation.ch/, https://twitter.com/bitcoin_ch Other people mentioned in the podcast: Luka Mueller: https://www.linkedin.com/in/luka-müller/  Niklas Nikolajsen: https://twitter.com/nikolajsen_BTCS Alexis Roussel: https://twitter.com/alexis_roussel, my interview with Alexis: http://www.theblockchainandus.com/alexis-roussel  Christian Decker: https://twitter.com/snyke, my interview with Christian: http://www.theblockchainandus.com/christian-decker  Many thanks to our sponsor! This episode is brought to you by Crypto Storage. Crypto Storage offers a proprietary solution to enable Professional storage of Crypto Assets. The storage is secure both physically and digitally on the highest-grade hardware security modules with detailed configuration possibilities for individual - based access control. To learn more visit: www.cryptostorage.ch
37:50
July 30, 2018
John Hargrave - Marketing Basics for ICOs and Blockchain Projects
John Hargrave speaks about marketing basics for ICOs and blockchain companies, email lists, misconceptions of blockchain entrepreneurs about communications, creating good marketing content, "create once, use everywhere", video vs. written content, deciding on which channels to use and which ones to avoid, "talking points", how to avoid infomercials but instead create value, how to build trust, viral mechanics, and why the "white paper has to die". John is the CEO of Media Shower, a media platform for ICOs, crypto, and blockchain projects. He is the publisher of the Bitcoin Market Journal and an author and frequent speaker at conferences. This episode is a little shorter than my normal interviews, but it is straight to the point and gives an introduction to marketing and positioning for ICOs and blockchain projects. John Hargrave: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnhargrave/, https://twitter.com/sirjohnhargrave Media Shower: https://www.mediashower.com, https://twitter.com/TheMediaShower The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on http://www.theblockchainandus.com
20:54
July 26, 2018
Luis Cuende - How Digital Jurisdictions Help Us Escape 1984 and Take Back Control
Luis Cuende speaks about the inspiration for his startup Aragon, raising over $100 million in his ICO, how he plans to create a digital jurisdiction that isn't bound to the borders of a single country, how governments manipulate citizens, how he explains the need for digital worlds, which narratives inspire people to reclaim their freedom, societal challenges in the Western world, why jobs are a thing of the past, why he thinks governments should try universal basic income, how blockchains could restrict the power of governments, why he thinks borders create racism, how decentralization on blockchains could create value, the evils of social media, how decentralized systems can avoid the path of social media, why George Orwell's 1984 is real and what helped this happen, why many people have lost hope, why few digital natives understand the vision of decentralization, and many other things. Luis is the co-founder of Aragon, a project for disintermediating the creation and maintenance of companies and other organizational structures. He is also the co-founder of Stampery, an advisor to many other blockchain projects, including Decentraland, and a former advisor to the European Commission. Luis won the coding competition Hack Forward at the age of 15, and Forbes selected him as one of the 30 people under 30 in technology in Europe. Luis Cuende: https://luisivan.net, https://twitter.com/licuende Aragon: https://aragon.one, https://twitter.com/aragonproject Decentraland: https://www.decentraland.org, https://twitter.com/decentraland Book "The Sovereign Individual" by James Dale Davidson and William Rees-Mogg: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/82256.The_Sovereign_Individual Kevin A. Carson's post "Moloch": https://c4ss.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Moloch.pdf George Orwell's book "1984": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5470.1984 George Orwell's book "Animal Farm": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7613.Animal_Farm The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, just go to www.theblockchainandus.com and sign up for the newsletter.
44:18
July 23, 2018
Mathias Ruch - From Dot-Com Entrepreneur to Blockchain Investor and Enabler
Mathias Ruch speaks about beginning his career in the dot-com boom, becoming an investor, enabler and facilitator of the blockchain ecosystem in Switzerland, leading the Blockchain Taskforce of the Swiss government, why blockchain technology presents the most important opportunity of his life and for Switzerland, how he screens investments in blockchain companies, entrepreneurial characteristics, why passion eats strategy for breakfast, what he would do differently as an entrepreneur today, Switzerland as a business location for blockchain entrepreneurs, and much more. Mathias is the Founder and Managing Partner at Lakeside Partners, one of the leading early-stage investment companies in Switzerland's Crypto Valley, and he is the Co-Initiator of the Blockchain Competition and Initiator of Crypto Valley Labs. Mathias has been in the digital startup scene for 20 years as an entrepreneur and angel investor, and before focusing on blockchain technology, he built and exited several successful online and media companies. Mathias is also leading the Blockchain Taskforce, assembled by the Swiss Federal Council.  Mathias Ruch: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mathiasruch/, https://twitter.com/mathiasruch  Lakeside Partners: http://lakeside.partners, https://twitter.com/Lakeside_Prtnrs Blockchain competition: https://blockchaincompetition.ch  Crypto Valley Labs: https://cryptovalleylabs.com/  The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, just visit http://www.theblockchainandus.com and sign up for the newsletter.
1:05:55
July 19, 2018
Tone Vays - Analyzing the Price of Bitcoin
Tone Vays speak about his approach to technical analysis of the bitcoin price, why other cryptoassets can't reach Bitcoin, relevant time frames for analyzing the bitcoin price, which companies in the blockchain space make sense, ICOs (mostly why they don't make sense), Bitcoin as a working example of decentralization, proof of work, real assets on the blockchain, starting his own business, what would happen if Bitcoin went away, getting information about cryptoassets from podcasts and YouTube, comparisons between Wall Street and the crypto Wild West, worst case scenarios for Bitcoin, misunderstandings of Bitcoin, why he loves being an educator, role models, knowing when to quit a job, ethics in the crypto space, and much more. Tone is an independent content creator focusing on economics & finance at LibertyLifeTrail with his own YouTube channel and podcast. Before that, he has worked on Wall Street for almost ten years starting as a Risk Analyst at Bear Stearns where he had a front row seat watching its collapse in the 2008 crash and he later became a vice president at JP Morgan Chase. Tone is famous for his technical analysis of Bitcoin and his price predictions, and he was recently featured in the Bitcoin Documentary Magic Money. Tone Vays: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tone-vays-a5243899/, https://twitter.com/ToneVays Liberty Life Trail: http://www.libertylifetrail.com Byzantine Generals Problem: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Generals%27_Problem Andreas Anatonopoulos: https://antonopoulos.com, https://twitter.com/aantonop Saifedean Ammous' book The Bitcoin Standard: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36448501-the-bitcoin-standard Jimmy Song: http://programmingblockchain.com, https://twitter.com/jimmysong Lei Freeman-Shor's book The Art of Execution: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26512908-the-art-of-execution The Blockchain and Us newsletter To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, just go to www.theblockchainandus.com and sign up for the newsletter.
1:19:59
July 16, 2018
Tom Lyons - How to Tell the Story of Blockchain Technology
Tom Lyons speaks about the importance of storytelling in the blockchain space, how to develop narratives for good stories about technology, how blockchain startups can go about communicating their projects, the meaning of "thought leadership", how to explain technology to people who have never heard of it, his work in a decentralized organization like ConsenSys, communicating the vision of a company, differentiating use cases and offerings, content articles vs. video, how blockchain technology can change advertising, Switzerland as a blockchain hub, and much more. Tom is Executive Director of Research and Advisory at ConsenSys Switzerland and Chairman of the Communications Working Group at the Crypto Valley Association in Zug. Before he joined ConsenSys, Tom ran his own communications agency specializing in thought leadership, content and influencer marketing strategy and execution for clients in emerging technologies, FinTech, and financial services with a special focus on blockchain and decentralized technology. Tom Lyons: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lyonscommunications  http://www.twitter.com/tom_m_lyons ConsenSys: https://www.consensys.net, http://www.twitter.com/consensys Crypto Valley Association: https://www.cryptovalley.swiss, https://twitter.com/thecryptovalley Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! This episode is brought to you by Crypto Storage. Crypto Storage offers a proprietary solution to enable Professional storage of Crypto Assets. The storage is secure both physically and digitally on the highest-grade hardware security modules with detailed configuration possibilities for individual - based access control. To learn more visit: www.cryptostorage.ch
56:23
July 13, 2018
Michael Sidler - How the Blockchain Disrupts Venture Capital
Michael Sidler speaks about how blockchain technology and ICOs impact venture capital, how he analyzes investment opportunities in the crypto and blockchain space, characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, why he prefers "movies to snapshots", the importance of a good network, which themes in the blockchain space he finds most interesting, tokenizing portfolio companies and VC funds, how VCs compete with ICOs, new business models that blockchains enable, what's missing in most white papers, what entrepreneurs misunderstand about rolling out their ideas, how the dot.com bubble compares with the ICO frenzy, and much more. Michael Sidler has co-founded Redalpine Venture Partners in Zurich/Switzerland in 2007 and acts as General Partner for Redalpine Capital I, Redalpine Capital II and Redalpine Capital III. Before Redalpine, Michael was responsible for corporate investments and M&A at Prionics, a Biotech company in Switzerland. From 1998 to 2003, Michael was with The Boston Consulting Group as a Consultant and Project Leader in eBanking, Insurance, Automotive, and other domains. Michael Sidler has a PhD in Life Sciences from University of Zurich. He is a member of several organizations, juries and boards for the support of innovation and startups (Venturekick, Technopark Zurich, Swiss Startup Finance), a coach for the Swiss governmental program Innosuisse, and he leads the VC chapter of the Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association (SECA). Michael Sidler: http://www.linkedin.com/in/sidler, http://www.twitter.com/michael_sidler Redalpine Venture Partners: http://www.redalpine.com, http://www.twitter.com/redalpine Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! This episode is brought to you by Descartes Finance. Descartes is the leading Swiss digital wealth manager, providing its products and services to individuals, family offices, charitable organizations, banks, and asset managers. Its investment strategies lead the way. They harness the latest know-how as only a digital investment advisor can. To learn more, please visit www.descartes-finance.com.
56:29
July 11, 2018
Joe Lubin - The Future is Decentralized, and Why Decision-Making is a "Big, Fuzzy, Hairy, and Messy Thing"
Joe Lubin speaks about his vision for a decentralized world and the role Ethereum and ConsenSys play in it, what most people misunderstand about Ethereum, why it is hard to imagine what blockchain technology will do for us in 2025, why silos are coming to an end, how hierarchy and decentralization go together, what the blockchain space needs to become more trustworthy, which skills are relevant in the decentralized future, and what he would be doing if Ethereum and ConsenSys didn't exist.  Joe is the co-founder of Ethereum and the founder of ConsenSys, which is "a global formation of technologists and entrepreneurs building the infrastructure, applications, and practices that enable a decentralized world."  Joe Lubin: https://twitter.com/ethereumJoseph, https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-lubin-48406489/ Ethereum: https://ethereum.org, https://twitter.com/ethereum ConsenSys: https://new.consensys.net/, https://twitter.com/consensys  Also mentioned in the podcast: https://ujomusic.com/, https://twitter.com/ujomusic  Shownotes and transcript: https://theblockchainandus.com/joe-lubin To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, just go to www.theblockchainandus.com and sign up for the newsletter.
16:47
July 9, 2018
Thomas Naegele - A New Blockchain Law in Crypto Country Liechtenstein
Thomas Naegele speaks about Liechtenstein's new blockchain act, how the country plans to become a global blockchain and crypto hub competing with Malta, Gibraltar, Singapore, Bermuda and Cayman, the blockchain startup scene in Liechtenstein, how blockchain companies from abroad can start a business there, how people can educate themselves about cryptocurrencies, bringing his experience as a software developer into his law practice, his PhD thesis about token economics, keeping current on the blockchain ecosystem, how governments are coping with developments in the crypto space, skills that are necessary in the future, and why the blockchain act is only the beginning for the future of the financial sector in Liechtenstein. Thomas is the president of the Crypto Country Association in Liechtenstein, and he is an attorney and legal advisor, running a law firm in with a special focus on Internet, IT Law, civil and corporate law, and blockchain technology. Thomas advises international finance, technology and industrial enterprises, operating in the fields of Blockchain/DLT, telecommunications and the Internet, as well as public institutions. He is also an software developer and a lecturer in IT law at the University of Liechtenstein. Thomas Naegele: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomasnaegele  Thomas' law firm Naegele Law: http://www.naegele.law, http://www.twitter.com/NaegeleLaw Crypto Country Association Liechtentein: http://www.cryptocountry.li Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! This episode is brought to you by Crypto Storage. Crypto Storage offers a proprietary solution to enable Professional storage of Crypto Assets. The storage is secure both physically and digitally on the highest-grade hardware security modules with detailed configuration possibilities for individual - based access control. To learn more visit: www.cryptostorage.ch
59:13
July 9, 2018
Roger Wattenhofer - Science, Academia, and the Blockchain
Roger Wattenhofer speaks about how Bitcoin and blockchain technology entered academia, what we have learned in the ten years of the existence of blockchain technology, why the blockchain is an old idea, how companies collaborate with universities on blockchain research projects, voting on the blockchain, identity on the blockchain, why "nothing requires a blockchain", the challenge for Bitcoin sidechains, why many academic blockchain projects don't make the jump to the real world, things we're probably underestimating about cryptocurrencies, a thought experiment for bank accounts on a blockchain, how blockchains could improve democracies, and much more. Roger is a full professor at the Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Department at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Switzerland. His research interests are a variety of algorithmic and systems aspects in computer science and information technology, such as distributed systems, positioning systems, wireless networks, mobile systems, and social networks. His work received multiple awards, such as the Prize for Innovation in Distributed Computing, and he has also published the book “Distributed Ledger Technology: The Science of the Blockchain“. Roger Wattenhofer: https://www.linkedin.com/in/roger-wattenhofer-4466731/ Distributed Computing (DISCO) at ETH Zurich: https://disco.ethz.ch/members/wroger Book "Distributed Ledger Technology: The Science of the Blockchain": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28919062-the-science-of-the-blockchain Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! This episode is brought to you by Crypto Storage. Crypto Storage offers a proprietary solution to enable Professional storage of Crypto Assets. The storage is secure both physically and digitally on the highest-grade hardware security modules with detailed configuration possibilities for individual - based access control. To learn more visit: www.cryptostorage.ch This episode is brought to you by Descartes Finance. Descartes is the leading Swiss digital wealth manager, providing its products and services to individuals, family offices, charitable organizations, banks, and asset managers. Its investment strategies lead the way. They harness the latest know-how as only a digital investment advisor can. To learn more, please visit www.descartes-finance.com.
1:18:38
July 6, 2018
Paul Meeusen - Putting Insurance on the Blockchain
Paul Meeusen speaks about bringing blockchain technology to the insurance industry, how a small insurance prototype on Ethereum led to a global initiative that involves the biggest insurance companies in the world, the ins and outs of running a blockchain pilot in a multinational organization and all the challenges that come with it, running the Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative (B3i) like a startup, why he chose not to use an ICO for funding, how the insurance industry deals with new technology, why people are more important than technology for the success of a project, how the blockchain changed his career, and much more. Paul is the Head of Distributed Ledger Technology at Swiss Re, one of the biggest reinsurance companies in the world, and acting CEO of B3i, the Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative, which is overhauling the way insurance companies exchange data and trade risks. Paul has over 25 years of experience in advising, building and operating multi-disciplinary teams in finance, accounting, operational treasury, audit and risk control, and he designed the first blockchain use case for retrocession insurance on Ethereum in 2016. Paul Meeusen: http://www.linkedin.com/in/paulmeeusen/ B3i: http://www.b3i.tech, http://www.twitter.com/B3i_tech Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! Crypto Storage offers a proprietary solution to enable Professional storage of Crypto Assets. The storage is secure both physically and digitally on the highest-grade hardware security modules with detailed configuration possibilities for individual - based access control. To learn more visit: www.cryptostorage.ch
40:56
July 4, 2018
Zhang Ruidong - China and the Blockchain
Zhang Ruidong speaks about blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation in China, the difficulty of censorship, how to make the "blockchain without cryptocurrency" mantra work, the situation of blockchain entrepreneurship in mainland China, why the cryptocurrency ban didn't work, which projects Chinese blockchain entrepreneurs work on, differences between Chinese crypto projects and those abroad, how the Chinese and other Asian governments support blockchain projects, blockchain classes at universities, blockchain myths, which projects need blockchains and which don't, how the blockchain changes culture, and socio-technical challenges for countries with blockchain technology.  Zhang Ruidong is a professor in computer information systems at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in the United States and the founding director of the Blockchain Labs at the Academy of Internet Finance at Zhejiang (dschuedjiang) University, one of the leading universities in China. His research areas include cloud computing architecture and optimization, blockchain technology applications, digital currency policy and regulations, e-commerce and the development and application of the next generation Internet.  Zhang Ruidong: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruidong-zhang-94637411/ Article about the blockchain course at Zhejiang University: http://news.8btc.com/exclusive-zhejiang-university-to-launch-its-first-blockchain-and-digital-currency-course-this-fall Many thanks to our sponsor! This episode is brought to you by Descartes Finance. Descartes is the leading Swiss digital wealth manager, providing its products and services to individuals, family offices, charitable organizations, banks, and asset managers. Its investment strategies lead the way. They harness the latest know-how as only a digital investment advisor can. To learn more, please visit www.descartes-finance.com.
1:00:52
July 2, 2018
Jack Tatar - The Rise of Cryptoassets
Jack Tatar speaks about his book "Cryptoassets" (written with Chris Burniske), why the real value of bitcoin is not zero (answering to Adriano Lucatelli), the real value of the crypto ecosystem, financial companies dipping their feet in the crypto waters, tools for analysis and management of crypto portfolios, risk and reward of cryptoassets, comparing them with other assets, institutional investors and cryptoassets, evaluating crypto investments and founders, the ideologie of decentralization, and when banks will exchange Bitcoins for U.S. dollars.  Jack is the co-author (together with Chris Burniske) of the bestselling book “Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond”. He is managing partner of Doyle Capital Management, an investment firm that invests in, and advises early stage companies in the cryptoasset and blockchain technology space. Jack has over two decades of experience in financial services, and he is the Chair of the Cryptoassets Working Group for the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance. He is also the co-author of one of the earliest books on Bitcoin, “What's the Deal with Bitcoins?” and has written numerous books on retirement and finance. Jack is also a contributor to Forbes and has written for Marketwatch, CNBC and About.com.  Jack Tatar: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacktatar/, http://www.twitter.com/JackTatar  Book "Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond": https://www.bitcoinandbeyond.com  Many thanks to our sponsor! This episode has support from Shift Cryptosecurity, the maker of BitBox, a minimalist hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies. BitBox is rock-solid, compact, portable, easy to use, and designed and manufactured in Switzerland. To learn more and get your wallet today, visit http://www.shiftcrypto.ch.
1:05:39
June 29, 2018
Adriano B. Lucatelli - Is The Real Value of Bitcoin Zero?
Adriano B. Lucatelli speaks about why he thinks the real value of Bitcoin is zero, different narratives of Bitcoin valuation, the comparison of Bitcoin to gold and fiat money, Austrian Economics and Bitcoin, dealing with criticism for his strong views, what the real promise of cryptocurrencies could be, his private experiments with creating tokens, real estate tokens, why traditional financial players offering crypto services is not the future, the seed of the next financial crisis, and his fascination with using finance to improve people's lives.  The Swiss business magazine "Bilanz" chose Adriano among the top 100 Swiss bankers in 2017. He is an outspoken critic of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and a co-founder and CEO of Descartes Finance, a Swiss Robo Advisor. He started his career in 1994 at Credit Suisse, where he held various managerial positions in Zurich and London, and from 2002 to 2009, he was managing director and member of the management committee at UBS Switzerland in Lugano and Zurich. From 2012 to 2018, Adriano lectured at the University of Zurich on the political economy of international finance.  Adriano B. Lucatelli: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrianolucatelli/, http://www.twitter.com/LucatelliA Descartes Finance: http://www.descartes-finance.com, http://www.twitter.com/DescartesFin  Many thanks to our sponsor! This episode is brought to you by Crypto Storage. Crypto Storage offers a proprietary solution to enable Professional storage of Crypto Assets. The storage is secure both physically and digitally on the highest-grade hardware security modules with detailed configuration possibilities for individual - based access control. To learn more visit: http://www.cryptostorage.ch.
1:12:18
June 27, 2018
Anish Mohammed - From Cryptography to Token Economics
Anish Mohammed speaks about his career as a cryptographer, the brilliance of Bitcoin, tokenizing transport, the mechanics of token economics, benefits of tokeninzation in developing and developed countries, token engineering, how the increasing specialization in the token engineering space can become a bottleneck, how he moved from medicine into cryptography, how he evaluates if he wants to work with a team on a blockchain project, personal value systems, how hard it is to raise capital for his own startup Ontici, the doom of ICOs, zero-knowledge proofs, and his general curiousity about all things technology. Anish has been in security and cryptography since the year 2000 as a researcher and consultant. He has worked for several financial institutions and is one of the founding members of the United Kingdom Digital Currency Association. He is on several advisory boards including Adjoint, Arteia, Hyperloop Transport Technologies, Privacy Shell, Collider-X, Glance technologies, Ripple Labs, and Chain of Things. His main work today concentrates on security, scalability, and consensus of blockchains and smart contracts for AI safety, cryptoeconomics and token engineering. Anish a regular speaker and the co-founder of Ethicsnet, the co-founder & CTO of Ontici, Chief Science Officer at Blockchainsmokers,  and the head of research at the Information Sciences Institute at SRH Berlin. Anish Mohammed: http://www.linkedin.com/in/anishmohammed/, http://twitter.com/anishmohammed UK Digital Currency Initiative: http://digitalcurrencyassociation.org.uk Many thanks to our sponsor! This episode has support from Shift Cryptosecurity, the maker of BitBox, a minimalist hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies. BitBox is rock-solid, compact, portable, easy to use, and designed and manufactured in Switzerland. To learn more and get your wallet today, visit http://www.shiftcrypto.ch.
1:06:13
June 25, 2018
Olga Feldmeier - The Bitcoin Queen and Her Mission to "Tokenize Everything"
Olga Feldmeier speaks about being called the "Bitcoin Queen" of Switzerland, making the jump from banking to cryptocurrencies, setting up cold storage in Switzerland, spearheading crypto regulation in Switzerland, what attracts her to Bitcoin, the beginnings of Crypto Valley in Zug, the difficulty of explaining cryptocurrencies to financial regulators, why the traditional financial sector should embrace cryptocurrencies, ICO regulation, tokenizing off-chain assets, creating a token market with her new company Smart Valor, skills and challenges for startup entrepreneurs, dealing with criticism, and why it's important to "just do it". Olga is the CEO of Smart Valor, a Swiss-based blockchain company building a decentralized marketplace for tokenized alternative investments. Olga has worked for leading financial institutions such as Barclays Capital, UBS Wealth Management and Boston Consulting Group, and she has been Commercial Managing Partner at Xapo, one of the largest Bitcoin custodians. Olga is the producer of a series of blockchain conferences in Switzerland, she's a mentor at Kickstart Accelerator, and she often delivers talks about blockchain regulation, the tokenization of assets and the disruption of the banking industry. Olga Feldmeier: http://www.linkedin.com/in/olga-feldmeier, http://www.twitter.com/olgafeldmeier Smart Valor: http://smartvalor.com, http://www.twitter.com/smartvalorinc Xapo: http://www.xapo.com/ Also mentioned in the episode: Nathaniel Popper's book "Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money", http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23546676-digital-gold Many thanks to our sponsor! This episode has support from Shift Cryptosecurity, the maker of BitBox, a minimalist hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies. BitBox is rock-solid, compact, portable, easy to use, and designed and manufactured in Switzerland. To learn more and get your wallet today, visit http://www.shiftcrypto.ch.
1:29:38
June 22, 2018
Alexis Roussel - The UN, the Pirate Party, and Bitcoin
Alexis Roussel speaks about his journey from being a lawyer at the United Nations to starting the Swiss Pirate Party, how governments misunderstand digital technology, Bitcoin and Wikileaks, the early days of Bitcoin in Switzerland, money as information, the friction between traditional companies and cryptocurrencies, starting his own crypto exchange, different approaches to regulation of cryptocurrencies, the real value of the blockchain, and why cryptocurrencies are so hard to understand.   Alexis is the CEO of Bity, a Swiss bitcoin broker company that he co-founded in 2014. He holds a Masters in New Technology public law and has served as E-Governance specialist for the United Nations. Alexis was also the president of the Pirate Party of Switzerland to promote a human-centric and distributed approach of a technological society. He is involved in the discussion around regulation of crypto-currencies in Switzerland and is frequently in the Swiss media when it comes to privacy and digital right issues. Alexis Roussel: http://www.linkedin.com/in/alexis-roussel-01993143, http://www.twitter.com/alexis_roussel Bity: http://www.bity.com, http://www.twitter.com/hellobity Many thanks to our sponsor! This episode has support from Crypto Storage. Crypto Storage offers a proprietary solution to enable Professional storage of Crypto Assets. The storage is secure both physically and digitally on the highest-grade hardware security modules with detailed configuration possibilities for individual - based access control. To learn more visit http://www.cryptostorage.ch.
1:15:22
June 20, 2018
Christian Decker - The World's First Bitcoin PhD
Christian Decker speaks about writing the first PhD in the world about Bitcoin, his first Bitcoin meetups in 2009, changes in the crypto ecosystem since the early days, how it happened that a hacker stole almost 10,000 Bitcoins from his wallet, what the early bitcoiners thought about the future of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin as a science experiment, new coins vs. Bitcoin, how Bitcoin could still fail, prerequisites for mainstream adoption, applications of blockchain technology beyond currency, and what he would be doing if Bitcoin didn't exist. Christian is a core tech engineer at Blockstream and a Bitcoin enthusiast from the very beginning in 2009. As a researcher at the Distributed Computing Group at ETH Zurich, he wrote the world’s first PhD dissertation about Bitcoin and the creation of a number of protocols including PeerCensus and Duplex Micropayment Channels. The goal of his research is to improve the understanding of the underlying consensus mechanisms and to enable the network to scale with increasing demands. Christian Decker: http://www.linkedin.com/in/christiandecker, http://www.twitter.com/snyke Christian's Github: http://github.com/cdecker Many thanks to our sponsor! This episode has support from Crypto Storage. Crypto Storage offers a proprietary solution to enable Professional storage of Crypto Assets. The storage is secure both physically and digitally on the highest-grade hardware security modules with detailed configuration possibilities for individual - based access control. To learn more visit http://www.cryptostorage.ch.
47:28
June 18, 2018
Steve Wilson - Why Blockchains Won't Fix Digital Identity
Steve Wilson speaks about digital identity and why blockchains are unlikely to fix it, use cases of blockchain technology beyond cryptocurrency, why 80 percent of blockchain pilots might fail fast, why Bitcoin and blockchain technology captures people's imagination, the fascination of decentralization, self-sovereign identity, smart contracts, why a slower speed of development in blockchain technology will be better in the long run, and fixing the ills of the digital age. Steve Wilson is a digital identity innovator from Sydney in Australia. Steve has a double degree in physics and electrical engineering, and has focused on digital identity and privacy since 1995. Steve is a vocal critic of many blockchain applications, especially in identity and health services. He holds several patents and is responsible for breakthroughs in identity infrastructure and governance, authentication frameworks, public key infrastructure , smartcards, digital credentials, fraud control, and privacy engineering, and he has advised national ID frameworks in several countries. Steve founded the Lockstep Group in 2004, and has been VP and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research since 2013, where he leads Digital Safety and Privacy. Steve Wilson: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lockstep, http://www.twitter.com/Steve_Lockstep Lockstep Consulting: http://www.lockstep.com.au Constellation Research: http://www.constellationr.com Many thanks to our sponsor! This episode is brought to you by Descartes Finance. Descartes is the leading Swiss digital wealth manager, providing its products and services to individuals, family offices, charitable organizations, banks, and asset managers. Its investment strategies lead the way. They harness the latest know-how as only a digital investment advisor can. To learn more, please visit http://www.descartes-finance.com.
1:53:46
June 15, 2018
Jonas Schnelli - Making Bitcoin More User-Friendly
Jonas Schnelli speaks about his work as a Bitcoin Core Developer, why Bitcoin is convincing from a technical point of view, what challenges lie ahead, and whether or not it‘ll be able to replace national currencies, his plans to make Bitcoin more user-friendly, his approach to Bitcoin software development as an open source project, dealing with disagreements and criticism, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, hard forks, Bitcoin maximalism, time horizons for cryptocurrencies, why the slow progress of Bitcoin can be a good thing, why making Bitcoin more user friendly is so difficult, the necessity of decentralization, how to fund Bitcoin core development without conflicts of interest, and being part of a revolution. Jonas Schnelli is a Bitcoin Core Developer, the co-founder of Shift Cryptosecurity, and arguably one of the most trusted people in Bitcoin. He is a core maintainer and blockchain expert, and one of the few people in the world with commit access to the Bitcoin code base. Jonas is also the author of libbtc, a cypherpunk and hacker. Jonas Schnelli: http://www.github.com/jonasschnelli, http://www.twitter.com/_jonasschnelli_ Bitcoin Core: http://www.github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin Shift Cryptosecurity: http://www.shiftcrypto.ch, http://www.twitter.com/DigitalBitbox Many thanks to our sponsor! This episode has support from Shift Cryptosecurity, the maker of BitBox, a minimalist hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies. BitBox is rock-solid, compact, portable, easy to use, and designed and manufactured in Switzerland. To learn more and get your wallet today, visit http://www.shiftcrypto.ch.
51:44
June 13, 2018
Lidia Bolla - Cryptoasset Management in Switzerland
Lidia Bolla speaks about founding a blockchain investment manager, staying current on blockchain technology, perceptions of the traditional financial sector of cryptocurrencies, evaluating blockchain investments, skills for success in managing cryptoassets, institutional investors and cryptocurrency, Switzerland as a base for cryptoasset managers, and much more. Lidia Bolla is the co-founder and CEO of Vision&, an asset manager in Switzerland focusing on blockchain investment opportunities. Lidia has also co-founded a machine-learning startup and before that, she was Managing Partner of a Swiss advisory boutique specialized in quantitative finance. Earlier in her career, Lidia worked for major investment firms like J.P. Morgan, Swiss Re, and Man Investments in Zurich, London and Hong Kong. She has a PhD in finance from the University of St. Gallen, and advises several Blockchain startups. Lidia Bolla: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lidiabolla/, http://www.twitter.com/lidiabolla Vision&: http://www.visionand.ch/, http://www.twitter.com/visionandch Many thanks to our sponsor! This episode is brought to you by Crypto Storage. Crypto Storage offers a proprietary solution to enable Professional storage of Crypto Assets. The storage is secure both physically and digitally on the highest-grade hardware security modules with detailed configuration possibilities for individual - based access control. To learn more visit http://www.cryptostorage.ch.
1:00:06
June 11, 2018
Rik Willard - The Promise of Blockchain Technology
Rik Willard speaks about the promise of blockchain technology to provide new forms of value for the unbanked, tokenized access to healthcare, digital art on the blockchain, New York as a hotspot for blockchain innovation, rolling out decentralized technology for empowerment, and embracing the blockchain spaceship to bring humanity forward. Rik Willard is the Founder of Agentic Group, a New York-based federation of over fifty blockchain companies, and Interim CEO of Global Blockchain Technologies, a publicly traded blockchain investment firm. Agentic Group promotes the blockchain ecosystem through education, consulting and deployment within the private and public sectors. He is a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, an Advisor to the Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College and other board appointments. Rik is a charismatic speaker with engagements including the World Web Forum, the European Union IP Summit, Finance 2.0, the Emerging Links Blockchain Series, Harvard Business School, Dow Jones, Davos 2018. Rik Willard: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rikwillard/, http://www.twitter.com/rik_willard Agentic Group: http://www.agenticgroup.com, http://www.twitter.com/agenticgroup Many thanks to our sponsor! This episode has support from Shift Cryptosecurity, the maker of BitBox, a minimalist hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies. BitBox is rock-solid, compact, portable, easy to use, and designed and manufactured in Switzerland. To learn more and get your wallet today, visit http://www.shiftcrypto.ch.
1:06:27
June 8, 2018
Alex Tapscott - Blockchain Revolution, Two Years Later
Alex Tapscott describes how the blockchain ecosystem has evolved, why companies should understand that blockchains revolutionize their business models, taking blockchain pilots to the next step, the Canadian blockchain scene, and when blockchain technology might be as pervasive as the Internet. Alex Tascott is a writer, speaker, investor and advisor focusing on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Alex and Don Tapscott together wrote the best-selling book Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World. In 2017, Alex and Don founded the Blockchain Research Institute in Toronto, which is a think-tank investigating blockchain strategies, opportunities and use-cases. Alex Tapscott: http://www.alextapscott.com, http://www.twitter.com/alextapscott Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25894041-blockchain-revolution Blockchain Research Institute: http://www.blockchainresearchinstitute.org Many thanks to our sponsors! This episode is brought to you by Descartes Finance. Descartes is the leading Swiss digital wealth manager, providing its products and services to individuals, family offices, charitable organizations, banks, and asset managers. Its investment strategies lead the way. They harness the latest know-how as only a digital investment advisor can. To learn more, please visit http://www.descartes-finance.com. This episode is also brought to you by Crypto Storage. Crypto Storage offers a proprietary solution to enable Professional storage of Crypto Assets. The storage is secure both physically and digitally on the highest-grade hardware security modules with detailed configuration possibilities for individual - based access control. To learn more visit http://www.cryptostorage.ch.
46:36
June 6, 2018
Mauro Casellini - Making Cryptocurrencies Bankable
Mauro Casellini speaks about how a bank could help make cryptocurrencies bankable, Bank Frick's approach to security, cold storage, and helping the crypto industry with banking services. Among many other things, we discuss blockchain regulation in Liechtenstein and other countries, how blockchain technology changes the financial sector, and challenges on the way to changing the world. Mauro Casellini is responsible for the blockchain business lines at Bank Frick in Balzers, Liechtenstein. He heads up a team of fourteen employees responsible for advising business clients and payment service providers as well as for ICOs and all requests related to cryptocurrencies. Mauro mainly focuses on increasing the efficiency of business processes using blockchain technology. He began his career in the financial industry in 2006, has an MBA in Strategy Management and is a cryptocurrency expert. Mauro Casellini: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mauro-casellini-46736286/, http://www.twitter.com/casellini_mauro Bank Frick: http://www.bankfrick.li, http://www.twitter.com/BankFrick Many thanks to our advertisers who support this podcast! This episode is brought to you by Descartes Finance. Descartes is the leading Swiss digital wealth manager, providing its products and services to individuals, family offices, charitable organizations, banks, and asset managers. Its investment strategies lead the way. They harness the latest know-how as only a digital investment advisor can. To learn more, please visit http://www.descartes-finance.com.
36:47
June 3, 2018
Trailer - The Blockchain and Us
Hello and welcome to The Blockchain and Us. I'm your host, Manuel Stagars, and I'm very excited to announce this new podcast with interviews with pioneers, thought leaders and innovators in blockchain technology, cryptoassets, and the token economy. Feel free to sign up for the newsletter of the podcast on www.theblockchainandus.com and follow me on Twitter @manuelstagars to stay in the loop on new episodes.
00:38
May 28, 2018
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