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We take deep dives with crypto experts to discuss business, regulation, fascinating applications, where the space has been and where it is going. Hosted by Jeff Peterson, Dang Du, and Alain León.
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This is our central banking perspective, with guest Paul Brassil, technology solutions at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Brassil is an industry veteran who switched to a career with the Federal Reserve System. Having been involved with blockchain projects since early days, Paul is familiar with ins-and-outs of tech experimentations, shaping its technical roadmap. His team also evaluates automation, including AI, and other emerging tech. Paul sees software eating the world (e.g. Uber, Airbnb). His approach to emerging tech is not just digitizing legacy infrastructure and economic models but think about broader paradigm shifts. Paul compares their blockchain experimentation at the Boston Fed to a 'scrappy' tech startup. To help the Fed be more educated and prepared for market adoption, they want to provide thought leadership based on practical experimentation in a sandbox-like environment. The Boston Fed stands out from its counterparts in the Federal Reserve System with its focus on tinkering rather than policy & economic research. As a public service org., they want to apply their learnings to Fed functions, including payments settlement, regulation & supervision, regional and community outreach, blockchain for social good, as well as training their bank examiners on distributed ledger knowledge. Paul thinks Facebook's Libra, like other ambitious tech projects, should aim to create a mobile experience so smooth that even his grandmother can use it. Links:Central Bank of Singapore’s Project Ubin: https://www.mas.gov.sg/schemes-and-initiatives/Project-UbinSt. Louis Fed President James Bullard on currency competition: https://www.stlouisfed.org/from-the-president/speeches-and-presentations/2019/public-and-private-currency-competitionBoston Fed’s Blockchain Whitepaper: https://www.bostonfed.org/publications/fintech/beyond-theory-getting-practical-with-blockchain.aspx-----------------If you like A Bit Cryptic podcast and want to continue hearing new episodes, please support us through our affiliates (or donation) --------------------------Follow A Bit Cryptic Podcast: Twitter.com/keepitcryptic https://Medium.com/@abitcryptic https://Facebook.com/abitcryptichttps://Instagram.com/keepitcryptichttps://www.abitcryptic.com/———————————We are a Civil newsroom as part of a new global community network of independent newsrooms. For more, visit —> https://civil.co/--------------------------------If you like what you heard, please leave us a 5-star review and share the podcast!--------------------------------Affiliates: If you don't have a Coinbase account, it’s a convenient way to buy, sell, and store smaller cryptocurrency online (it's FDIC insured to $250k). Use our link to get $10 free BTC after you buy $100 worth of crypto: https://www.coinbase.com/join/52dbff1652e0669dd500002dIf you want extra security for storing your crypto i.e. if you have more than 1 month earnings in crypto, you NEED to be using something secure like a Hardware wallet: https://www.ledger.com/?r=b2a701a48333------------------------------------Donation links:BTC: 1CsrHFn1VCpjofxRKxw1DQKGVURSxr8yWbETH: 0xe612032F9AE393017141A5CBA6DFC00428B82cE6LTC: MMPb9PpgdJvnXaXYynXQ728e4GNtyHGAbuUSDC: 0xAa512a7F121e2781700f73D7B4a8b1FDA80E545a
Rizqi Rachmat, an international hip hop artist and visual designer, stars in the Amazon film documentary: “Rizqi Presents Blockchain.” Rizqi's world is mixed with economic think tanks and creative arts. He attributes the forces that shape him today: martial arts, Wayang (Indonesian puppet theatre), his mother's dancing, and an education that emphasizes free markets. Rizqi talks to us about fascinating aspects of his film production, including a visit to the Bitcoin mining center in Montana in dead of winter. He shares why he believes this technology could empower people in a democracy (i.e. voting), while disrupting the future of finance, among other areas. That's why he wants to blend urban art movement and visuals into his storytelling to help distill various ideas for audience in the film. Links: Youtube 1st episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiBYoNrkhFw&t=711sAmazon documentary: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07Q84HRC6/ref=cm_sw_tw_r_pv_wb_zPFrv8x5ZyeHiTwitter: https://twitter.com/rizrach?lang=en------------------------Follow A Bit Cryptic Podcast: Twitter.com/keepitcryptic https://Facebook.com/abitcryptichttps://www.abitcryptic.com/———————————We are a Civil newsroom as part of a new global community network of independent newsrooms. For more, visit —> https://civil.co/--------------------------------If you like what you heard, please leave us a 5-star review and share the podcast!--------------------------------Affiliates: If you don't have a Coinbase account, it’s a convenient way to buy, sell, and store smaller cryptocurrency online (it's FDIC insured to $250k). Use our link to get $10 free BTC after you buy $100 worth of crypto: https://www.coinbase.com/join/52dbff1652e0669dd500002dIf you want extra security for storing your crypto i.e. if you have more than 1 month earnings in crypto, you NEED to be using something secure like a Hardware wallet: https://www.ledger.com/?r=b2a701a48333------------------------------------Donation links:BTC: 1CsrHFn1VCpjofxRKxw1DQKGVURSxr8yWbETH: 0xe612032F9AE393017141A5CBA6DFC00428B82cE6LTC: MMPb9PpgdJvnXaXYynXQ728e4GNtyHGAbuUSDC: 0xAa512a7F121e2781700f73D7B4a8b1FDA80E545a
In our first coverage of Latin America, George Donnelly from Dash describes his work with merchants and businesses across the region. Particularly in Venezuela, there are growing pains and discontent as many households are living in poverty in an economy spiraling out of control.In the U.S., cryptocurrencies are treated more like speculative investments whereas in markets like Venezuela there are pressing needs for alternative ways to manage and use money. Hernando De Soto, the Peruvian economist, has said for decades people here lack systemic access to meaningful capital and credit to build wealth. In the informal economy, people mostly use cash, for their small businesses and other daily transactions. They don't own bank accounts. George draws insights from first-hand interactions with communities and merchants in Colombia, Venezuela and Peru. As a coordinator, he listens to their stories and challenges. Then he shows them how technology can remove frictions in their financial management. George ends with some thoughts on Facebook's Libra digital currency while highlighting some misconceptions that Americans have about "money" in regions like Latin America. Links:https://twitter.com/georgedonnellyhttps://www.dash.org/https://www.ft.com/content/47f07086-ae0f-11e9-8030-530adfa879c2https://colombiareports.com/imf-lowers-colombias-2019-economic-growth-projection/------------------------Follow A Bit Cryptic Podcast: Twitter.com/keepitcryptic https://Facebook.com/abitcryptichttps://www.abitcryptic.com/———————————We are a Civil newsroom as part of a new global community network of independent newsrooms. For more, visit —> https://civil.co/--------------------------------If you like what you heard, please leave us a 5-star review and share the podcast!--------------------------------Affiliates: If you don't have a Coinbase account, it’s a convenient way to buy, sell, and store smaller cryptocurrency online (it's FDIC insured to $250k). Use our link to get $10 free BTC after you buy $100 worth of crypto: https://www.coinbase.com/join/52dbff1652e0669dd500002dIf you want extra security for storing your crypto i.e. if you have more than 1 month earnings in crypto, you NEED to be using something secure like a Hardware wallet: https://www.ledger.com/?r=b2a701a48333------------------------------------Donation links:BTC: 1CsrHFn1VCpjofxRKxw1DQKGVURSxr8yWbETH: 0xe612032F9AE393017141A5CBA6DFC00428B82cE6LTC: MMPb9PpgdJvnXaXYynXQ728e4GNtyHGAbuUSDC: 0xAa512a7F121e2781700f73D7B4a8b1FDA80E545a
After a long hiatus, we’re back!In today’s episode Jeff interviews Joseph Weinberg, co-founder of Shyft network which wants to shake up the world of identity verification for blockchain. He also advises on blockchain to governments (G20 and G7). In this episode we discuss:-How cryptocurrency went from being super uncool 2010-2014 to now being pretty cool. It’s to the point to where an iced tea company had their stock jump because they added crypto to the name. -What it was like living with a tribe of natives in the Peruvian amazon. Many people didn’t wear clothes, clean water, or a roof, but everyone had a satellite dish and cellphone. They also had western unions. -The very early days of buiding a blockchain company: they basically had to make everything up as they went along- One of the most unknown and most impactful bodies in the world, the FATF – the financial action task force, a division of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which is the research division of G7 and G20 made after WWII to give policy advice for the global economy. - One of the recent policies that has come out from the FATF that is very concerning for the crypto space, and then how Shyft aims to tackle that new issueLinks:YouTube of this interview: https://youtu.be/oJqH7u6R6Ks https://www.shyft.network/ https://twitter.com/josephweinberghttps://twitter.com/shyftnetwork------------------------Follow A Bit Cryptic Podcast: Twitter.com/keepitcryptic https://Medium.com/@abitcryptic https://Facebook.com/abitcryptichttps://Instagram.com/keepitcryptichttps://www.abitcryptic.com/———————————We are a Civil newsroom as part of a new global community network of independent newsrooms. For more, visit —> https://civil.co/--------------------------------If you like what you heard, please leave us a 5-star review and share the podcast!--------------------------------Affiliates: If you don't have a Coinbase account, it’s a convenient way to buy, sell, and store smaller cryptocurrency online (it's FDIC insured to $250k). Use our link to get $10 free BTC after you buy $100 worth of crypto: https://www.coinbase.com/join/52dbff1652e0669dd500002dIf you want extra security for storing your crypto i.e. if you have more than 1 month earnings in crypto, you NEED to be using something secure like a Hardware wallet: https://www.ledger.com/?r=b2a701a48333------------------------------------Donation links:BTC: 1CsrHFn1VCpjofxRKxw1DQKGVURSxr8yWbETH: 0xe612032F9AE393017141A5CBA6DFC00428B82cE6LTC: MMPb9PpgdJvnXaXYynXQ728e4GNtyHGAbuUSDC: 0xAa512a7F121e2781700f73D7B4a8b1FDA80E545a
Alain and Jeff interview Calvin Tran, director of the Amazon documentary “Rizqi Presents: Blockchain.” In today’s episode we discuss:-A lot of people still think cryptocurrency and blockchain are the same thing (why haven’t people gotten this by now?)-How blockchain can dramatically stimulate developing economies by creating secure systems for real estate and land titles-How Blockstack, a blockchain name system to replace DNS, aims to create a decentralized internet-How alternative social networks end up getting filled with trolls and worse-It is uncertain how well decentralized companies will compete against centralized organizations due to different incentive structures-Blockchain gives us an option to directly control our money, but due complexity, people will usually default to using 3rd party systems. -Putting your genome on the blockchain-How to publish a documentary on AmazonLinks:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q84HRC6/https://twitter.com/clvnthbld https://www.nodehaus.co/------------------------Follow A Bit Cryptic Podcast: Twitter.com/keepitcryptic https://Medium.com/@abitcryptic https://Facebook.com/abitcryptichttps://Instagram.com/keepitcryptichttps://www.abitcryptic.com/———————————We are a Civil newsroom as part of a new global community network of independent newsrooms. For more, visit —> https://civil.co/--------------------------------If you like what you heard, please leave us a 5-star review and share the podcast!--------------------------------Affiliates: If you don't have a Coinbase account, it’s a convenient way to buy, sell, and store smaller cryptocurrency online (it's FDIC insured to $250k). Use our link to get $10 free BTC after you buy $100 worth of crypto: https://www.coinbase.com/join/52dbff1652e0669dd500002dIf you want extra security for storing your crypto i.e. if you have more than 1 month earnings in crypto, you NEED to be using something secure like a Hardware wallet: https://www.ledger.com/?r=b2a701a48333------------------------------------Donation links:BTC: 1CsrHFn1VCpjofxRKxw1DQKGVURSxr8yWbETH: 0xe612032F9AE393017141A5CBA6DFC00428B82cE6LTC: MMPb9PpgdJvnXaXYynXQ728e4GNtyHGAbuUSDC: 0xAa512a7F121e2781700f73D7B4a8b1FDA80E545a
This is our central banking perspectives, featuring guest Jim Cunha, SVP of the Treasury and Financial Services Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Cunha is a lifetime central banker, but not your typical one. For several decades at the Fed, his job has been overseeing financial rails that allow massive transactions to take place on a given day. In our exchange, he explains how the Fed may have missed the boat on the first dot.com boom-and-bust and how it led to giant networks like Facebook and Amazon that dominate our modern lives. These are tail end applications that society can't predict ahead of time but wield so much influence on the global economy. That’s why he wants the Fed to stay on the bleeding edge this time by exploring how blockchain can rearchitect the way people and businesses transfer value, changing business models on its head. Among the areas we covered are global remittances, wholesale banking, digital currencies, safety and soundness regulations, and various public-private partnerships.For the last few years, Jim has been active in policy circles, media and tech forums to share his learnings from the Boston Fed's efforts to explore and develop blockchain technology. He assesses the tech based on its: applicability, potential benefits, and risks used in a range of financial areas. He leads the Bank’s applied research and closely tracks the evolution of digital currencies. LinksJim's profile: https://www.bostonfed.org/people/bank/james-cunha.aspxBoston Fed's blockchain whitepaper: https://www.bostonfed.org/-/media/Documents/one-time-pubs/2019/blockchain-white-paper.pdf -----------------If you like A Bit Cryptic podcast and want to continue hearing new episodes, please support us through our affiliates (or donation) --------------------------Follow A Bit Cryptic Podcast: Twitter.com/keepitcryptic https://Medium.com/@abitcryptic https://Facebook.com/abitcryptichttps://Instagram.com/keepitcryptichttps://www.abitcryptic.com/———————————We are a Civil newsroom as part of a new global community network of independent newsrooms. For more, visit —> https://civil.co/--------------------------------If you like what you heard, please leave us a 5-star review and share the podcast!--------------------------------Affiliates: If you don't have a Coinbase account, it’s a convenient way to buy, sell, and store smaller cryptocurrency online (it's FDIC insured to $250k). Use our link to get $10 free BTC after you buy $100 worth of crypto: https://www.coinbase.com/join/52dbff1652e0669dd500002dIf you want extra security for storing your crypto i.e. if you have more than 1 month earnings in crypto, you NEED to be using something secure like a Hardware wallet: https://www.ledger.com/?r=b2a701a48333------------------------------------Donation links:BTC: 1CsrHFn1VCpjofxRKxw1DQKGVURSxr8yWbETH: 0xe612032F9AE393017141A5CBA6DFC00428B82cE6LTC: MMPb9PpgdJvnXaXYynXQ728e4GNtyHGAbuUSDC: 0xAa512a7F121e2781700f73D7B4a8b1FDA80E545a
This is part 2 in our coverage of Blossom, a St. Louis energy startup, cofounded by Washington University alumni Joe Gardner and Chris Mertens, two tinkerers who want to rethink the current energy business model. We spoke with the two following their partnership announcement with iNeighborhoods to allow city residents to exchange renewable energy. This is part of a smart cities initiative aimed to make urban centers more sustainable, economic viable, and inclusive. They call it: "Smart City Data Exchange - Connecting Neighborhoods Through Energy"Links:https://www.blossom-iot.com/https://ineighborhoods.us/https://www.brookings.edu/innovation-districts/https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smart-city-data-exchange-connecting-neighborhoods-through-energy-tickets-59248102670#-----------------If you like A Bit Cryptic podcast and want to continue hearing new episodes, please support us through our affiliates (or donation) --If you don't have a Coinbase account, it’s a convenient way to buy, sell, and store smaller cryptocurrency online (it's FDIC insured to $250k). Use our link to get $10 free BTC after you buy $100 worth of crypto: https://www.coinbase.com/join/52dbff1652e0669dd500002dIf you want extra security for storing your crypto i.e. if you have more than 1 month earnings in crypto, you NEED to be using something secure like a Hardware wallet: https://www.ledger.com/?r=b2a701a48333------------------------Follow A Bit Cryptic Podcast: Twitter.com/keepitcryptic https://Medium.com/@abitcryptic https://Facebook.com/abitcryptichttps://Instagram.com/keepitcryptichttps://www.abitcryptic.com/———————————We are a Civil newsroom as part of a new global community network of independent newsrooms. For more, visit —> https://civil.co/If you like what you heard, please leave us a 5-star review and share the podcast!Donation links:Credit card: https://PayPal.me/abitcrypticBTC: 1CsrHFn1VCpjofxRKxw1DQKGVURSxr8yWbETH: 0xe612032F9AE393017141A5CBA6DFC00428B82cE6LTC: MMPb9PpgdJvnXaXYynXQ728e4GNtyHGAbuUSDC: 0xAa512a7F121e2781700f73D7B4a8b1FDA80E545a
This is part 1 in our coverage of Blossom, a St. Louis energy startup, cofounded by Washington University alumni Joe Gardner and Chris Mertens, two tinkerers who want to rethink the current energy business model. They also want to restore power and control back to the consumer while preparing society for a renewable energy future.They talk us through: -how not getting the college internships led them to experiment and build smart gadget solutions for businesses and customers. -their fateful meeting with ex-Boeing engineers on an encryption that had broader implications for the exchange of data between sensors, between people, and bartering of services. -how they got into the Ameren Accelerator, sponsored by a powerful utility player in the mid-west. -how the current energy model, dominated by conglomerates that trade energy in large blocks, are ill-equipped to deal with energy generation from households, an increasing factor as renewable energy becomes popular. -their meeting with big industry whigs at happy hours only to be branded as the guys who didn’t look old enough to drink. -the frustration and rewarding aspects of working with a utility behemoth. -why they chose St. Louis as home based as opposed to other tech hub cities.-the perks of having St. Louis as their startup home based, including better access to industry leaders and low expenses. but also the challenges of being “too cutting edge” with new tech. Links:https://www.blossom-iot.com/https://www.linkedin.com/company/blossom-llchttps://www.linkedin.com/in/josephogardnerhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-mertens-----------------If you like A Bit Cryptic podcast and want to continue hearing new episodes, please support us through our affiliates (or donation) --If you don't have a Coinbase account, it’s a convenient way to buy, sell, and store smaller cryptocurrency online (it's FDIC insured to $250k). Use our link to get $10 free BTC after you buy $100 worth of crypto: https://www.coinbase.com/join/52dbff1652e0669dd500002dIf you want extra security for storing your crypto i.e. if you have more than 1 month earnings in crypto, you NEED to be using something secure like a Hardware wallet: https://www.ledger.com/?r=b2a701a48333------------------------Follow A Bit Cryptic Podcast: Twitter.com/keepitcryptic https://Medium.com/@abitcryptic https://Facebook.com/abitcryptichttps://Instagram.com/keepitcryptichttps://www.abitcryptic.com/———————————We are a Civil newsroom as part of a new global community network of independent newsrooms. For more, visit —> https://civil.co/If you like what you heard, please leave us a 5-star review and share the podcast!Donation links:Credit card: https://PayPal.me/abitcrypticBTC: 1CsrHFn1VCpjofxRKxw1DQKGVURSxr8yWbETH: 0xe612032F9AE393017141A5CBA6DFC00428B82cE6LTC: MMPb9PpgdJvnXaXYynXQ728e4GNtyHGAbuUSDC: 0xAa512a7F121e2781700f73D7B4a8b1FDA80E545a
On today’s episode we interview the YouTube personality That Guy T, aka Taleed who is known for discussing crypto and classical liberalism on his channel. In the episode we discuss:-How classical liberalism / libertarianism means staying out of people’s bedrooms and wallets, as well as not punishing crimes with no victim (sex workers or people using drugs)-Trump’s election was fun for a nihilist like him to watch-Best ways to whet your crypto appetite -Practical aspects of being a successful YouTuber. Protip: if making your content feels like work, that’s not a good long-term strategy.Links:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLJkNhB1Eg_mXx0quUju0Oghttps://Twitter.com/taleedbespokehttps://Instagram.com/taleedbespokehttps://Altbitcoinembassy.org -----------------If you like our podcast and want to continue hearing new episodes, please support us through our affiliates (or donation) --If you don't have a Coinbase account, it’s a convenient way to buy, sell, and store smaller cryptocurrency online (it's FDIC insured to $250k). Use our link to get $10 free BTC after you buy $100 worth of crypto: https://www.coinbase.com/join/52dbff1652e0669dd500002dIf you want extra security for storing your crypto i.e. if you have more than 1 month earnings in crypto, you NEED to be using something secure like a Hardware wallet: https://www.ledger.com/?r=b2a701a48333------------------------Follow A Bit Cryptic Podcast: Twitter.com/keepitcryptic https://Medium.com/@abitcryptic https://Facebook.com/abitcryptichttps://Instagram.com/keepitcryptichttps://www.abitcryptic.com/If you like what you heard, please leave us a 5-star review and share the podcast!Donation links:Credit card: https://PayPal.me/abitcrypticBTC: 1CsrHFn1VCpjofxRKxw1DQKGVURSxr8yWbETH: 0xe612032F9AE393017141A5CBA6DFC00428B82cE6LTC: MMPb9PpgdJvnXaXYynXQ728e4GNtyHGAbuUSDC: 0xAa512a7F121e2781700f73D7B4a8b1FDA80E545a
After Basel Art Miami, we feature Rachel Wolfson, 10 year tech journalist, host of The Crypto Chick podcast show and Forbes contributor. Rachel has a knack for spotting tech and social movements. She shares with us the following: - why we're seeing more real world blockchain solutions this year and why that matters for adoption -her recent interesting coverage: IBM partnering with Walmart on supply chain traceability; Propy making real estate property deals using smart contracts in a decentralized way; and Ripple funding university research programs to build the next generation of professionals and thought leaders. -the criteria for breaking news: avoid market prices and fundraising hype, focus on areas that are using the tech in impactful and innovative ways. -some badass women in crypto -how to endure a 5 hour writing work session Links: TheCryptoChick podcastTwitter: @Rachelwolf00https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachwolf-----------------If you like our podcast and want to continue hearing new episodes, please support us through our affiliates (or donation) --If you don't have a Coinbase account, it’s a convenient way to buy, sell, and store smaller cryptocurrency online (it's FDIC insured to $250k). Use our link to get $10 free BTC after you buy $100 worth of crypto: https://www.coinbase.com/join/52dbff1652e0669dd500002dIf you want extra security for storing your crypto i.e. if you have more than 1 month earnings in crypto, you NEED to be using something secure like a Hardware wallet: https://www.ledger.com/?r=b2a701a48333------------------------Follow A Bit Cryptic Podcast: Twitter.com/keepitcryptic Medium.com/@abitcryptic Facebook.com/abitcrypticInstagram.com/keepitcryptichttps://www.abitcryptic.com/If you like what you heard, please leave us a 5-star review and share the podcast!Donation links:Credit card: PayPal.me/abitcrypticBTC: 1CsrHFn1VCpjofxRKxw1DQKGVURSxr8yWbETH: 0xe612032F9AE393017141A5CBA6DFC00428B82cE6LTC: MMPb9PpgdJvnXaXYynXQ728e4GNtyHGAbuUSDC: 0xAa512a7F121e2781700f73D7B4a8b1FDA80E545a
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