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Author: Conor Svensson

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Blockchain Innovators is an informative podcast where the host, Web3 Labs founder and CEO, Conor Svensson talks to guests who have made significant contributions to the blockchain ecosystem. Find out what inspires these innovators, get their thoughts on the latest industry news and events spanning crypto, blockchain, protocols, DeFi, NFTs, DAOs and IoT.
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In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson, founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Doug Petkanics, CEO & founder of Livepeer, a decentralized video streaming network. In the conversation Doug discusses why Livepeer is such a critical piece of infrastructure not just for the Web3, but also Web2 companies, especially those who aren’t at the scale of Amazon or Google. He also talks about how Livepeer has managed to tap into an almost endless supply of GPUs to power the network’s transcoding thanks to cryptocurrency miners and how streaming video can work alongside NFTs for creators.Doug’s been immersed in the blockchain ecosystem for the past five years, and we know you'll enjoy hearing his perspective on where we’re heading with the Web3.0.You can watch this podcast here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson, founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Maxim Galash, CEO Coinchange.In the conversation Conor and Maxim discuss how he first got pulled into blockchain and how CoinChange came to be. They go into detail about the regulatory climate with respect to cryptocurrency and the many regulators that businesses like Coinchange need to engage with to bring innovative products to market.Maxim Galash - @maxgalashhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/maximgalash/CEO@coinchange.ioWatch this podcast here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson, founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Paul Brody, Global Blockchain Leader at EY.Prior to EY, Paul worked at IBM and McKinsey amongst other firms and having a wealth of experience across IoT, supply chain and operations and business strategy.In the conversation Conor and Paul discuss how EY first got involved in blockchain via bitcoin, and subsequently went on to create the NightFall Zero Knowledge Proof library. They also discussed why Paul believes organisations should only focus on public blockchains, not private, why the future is tokenisation of everything even within enterprise, and some of the common myths he sees with where blockchain can be impactful.Follow Paul on Twitter - @pbrodyEmail Paul - Paul.Brody@ey.com https://blockchain.ey.com/Watch this podcast here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson, founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Daniel Feichtinger, Innovation Marketer at Digital Asset, Co-founder & CTO of Hyperledger.Whilst his current job title may be misleading, Daniel is a technologist and innovator at heart, having been the co-founder and CTO of Hyperledger, which he started back in 2014.In the conversation, Conor and Daniel discuss the early days of Hyperledger and how the blockchain landscape looked back then - it was mainly about bitcoin and coloured coins, as Ethereum hadn’t launched at that point. They also go into detail about Digital Asset’s DAML platform and Daniel's work leading the Interwork Alliance’s IWA Framework, an initiative by the GBBC which they’re both involved in.Given that Daniel has been living and breathing enterprise blockchain for over 8 years now, he provides some great perspective on this space, and we know you’ll enjoy this conversation!Watch this podcast here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson, founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Weiwu Zhang, CTO at AlphaWallet.In the conversation Conor and Weiwu go into a lot of depth about tokens,  the future of web3, and why Weiwu believes they are the core fabric of the Web 3.0. They also discuss the Alchemy NFT platform which the AlphaWallet team launched earlier this year, securing backing from Mark Cuban among others.Weiwu and the Alphawallet team have been very focussed on tokens for the past 4 years, going deep in their exploration of what’s possible, such as autographing NFTs and token attestations, and it was absolutely fascinating to hear his perspective on how they will change our everyday interactions online.Watch this podcast here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson, founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Julio Faura, co-founder and CEO of Adhara. Julio is a technology innovator at heart, having started his career designing microchips after he obtained his PhD in computer science, before obtaining an MBA and heading up R&D at Santander bank for a number of years. In the conversation Conor and Julio cover a lot of ground, including how he approached innovation at Santander and managed to get them looking at blockchain innovation opportunities over 5 years ago, how he sees the wholesale money markets evolving off the back of technology such as CDBCs, his involvement in the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance at its inception and of course his journey to helping found Adhara.Given Julio’s deep knowledge of technology, finance and innovation, this conversation is fascinating. He really understands the inner workings of the wholesale money markets and how blockchain can benefit them. We're sure you’ll find this conversation insightful.You can watch this as a video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson, founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Ben Edgington, Eth2 researcher and Product Owner Teku at ConsenSys.Ben comes from a very technical background. He stated his career on super computers at Hitachi before being sucked into the world of blockchain when he joined ConsenSys in 2017.Conor and Ben discuss Ethereum and its transition off of proof of work to proof of stake. Ben has been very involved in this and has seen firsthand how it has evolved over the past three years. Ben is a well known figure in the Eth2 community and if you want to keep up to date with fast moving space we recommend you read What's new in Eth2.You can watch this as a video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson, founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Weijia Zhang, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Regional Head of China and Vice President of Engineering, Wanchain Foundation.Conor and Weijia discuss the state of interop with blockchains right now, where it's heading and what a successful outcome would look like in the space.Weijia has focussed on blockchain interoperability for a number of years, he leads the cross chain interoperability working group at the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance. Weijia is also an accomplished academic and technologist, he has invented over 20 patents and published over 30 research papers. His vast experience and knowledge of blockchain interoperability really comes across in the podcast as he provides his valuable perspective on the space.Watch this podcast here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson, founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Joseph Lubin, founder and CEO of ConsenSys and co-founder of Ethereum.Joe is one of the leading voices in blockchain technology given his path working alongside Vitalik Buterin and a number of others in launching the Ethereum blockchain. He created ConsenSys in 2014, with the goal of providing a commercial entity to drive the wider adoption of Ethereum and its technology. This podcast is taken from a recent EEA Virtual Meetup where Conor and Joe cover a number of topics including ConsenSys's recent commercial successes with its MetaMask wallet and its funding round supported by JP Morgan, Mastercard, Protocol Labs, the Maker Foundation and others.  Joe also shares his thoughts on where we are headed with technologies like Central Bank Digital Currencies, NFTs and DAOs and of course, talk also turned to Elon Musk and his impact on crypto!Given Joe's incredible journey with Ethereum so far, the valuable insights he provides in this podcast are  fascinating to listen to.You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Dr Naseem Naqvi, President of the British Blockchain Association.Naseem initially trained as a medical doctor. He went on to create the British Blockchain Association to promote evidence based adoption of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.Conor and Naseem discuss the journey from being a medical doctor to creating the BBA, why evidence based decision making is so important and how this thinking can be applied to blockchain initiatives.Many significant breakthroughs have come from combing different ideas from multiple fields, given Naseem's medical route, his insights in this podcast are fascinating. You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Yorke Rhodes - Director Digital Transformation, Blockchain, Cloud Supply Chain at Microsoft.Yorke explains the path that led him to blockchain and how he co-founded blockchain at Microsoft. Conor and Yorke also talk about Yorke's work using blockchain in supply chains and digital identity and how NFTs have finally crossed the chasm!Yorke is on the board for the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition and is also an Adjunct Professor at NYU where he has taught Digital Marketing and Intrapreneurship and currently teaches Ecommerce with a healthy dose of blockchain.Watch this podcast here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Shawn Douglass - co-founder and CEO of Amberdata, a leading provider of crypto market data for institutions.Amberdata have been building their platform since 2017, it provides not only price data for the major cryptocurrencies but also includes data for DeFi lending platforms and decentralized exchanges.Shawn explains what types of institutions are interested in the platform and why it can't be replicated easily by others. He also discusses how it's responsible for powering significant parts of the DeFi ecosystem. You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to John Whelan - Managing Director of Digital Assets at Santander, Chair Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.Conor and John discuss the areas of the financial system where blockchain will truly leave its mark and the opportunities for institutional DeFi and decentralized identity. John has been very involved in blockchain initiatives over the past five years including wholesale money market payments and lending. John has an unprecedented understanding of the financial world and the blockchain ecosystem which makes this podcast great fun to listen to!Watch this video on our YouTube channel here.You can also watch John speak at a recent EEA Virtual Meetup here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Peter Broadhurst - co-founder and Head of Engineering at Kaleido. Prior to Kaleido, Peter worked at IBM for 18 years on cloud computing and middleware technologies.Conor and Peter discuss the problems that blockchain solves that middleware couldn't and what Peter considers to be the next big opportunities for blockchain in enterprise.Peter also talks about the newly launched FireFly project which provides a multi party system for enterprise data flows which lets developers build decentralized enterprise grade applications on blockchain based business networks.Join Conor and Peter as they 'geek out' on how blockchain fits in to the broader technology landscape!You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
Blockchain Innovators is an easy to listen to, informative video where the host, Web3 Labs founder and CEO, Conor Svensson talks to guests who have made significant contributions to the blockchain ecosystem during the past five-plus years.Find out what inspires the blockchain innovators, get their thoughts on the latest new and events and find out their advice for people who aspire to become a blockchain innovator! In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Dan Burnett - Executive Director at Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Eugene Aseev, Co-founder and CTO of Chainstack. Prior to Chainstack, Eugene worked in cyber security for a number of leading firms including Acronis and Kaspersky Labs.In this episode, Eugene explains the origins of Chainstack and how it came to be. He also talks about how their products and services have evolved over the years and the biggest challenges that they have faced as an organisation. Eugene's chat provides inspirational information and is a must listen for any aspiring blockchain innovator!You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Kyle Thomas - Founder and CEO of Provide.Provide is a leading enterprise blockchain whose platform can be used to quickly launch enterprise blockchain applications. Provide have worked with Unibright to create the Baseledger Protocol to fulfil the major requirements of organisations for participating with Baseline enabled business processes.In this podcast Conor and Kyle discuss the Baseline Protocol and where blockchain is gaining significant traction in enterprise. They also talk about the convergence of enterprise DeFi and what service level agreements and invoices have in common. Kyle also explains why he thinks identity is going to be the next big thing in blockchain.You can also watch this as a video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to John Wolpert, ConsenSys Group Executive Enterprise Mainnet Products and Technology.John is also the co founder and steering committee chair of the Baseline Protocol and prior to his work at ConsenSys he was a co founder of IBM's Blockchain Organisation.John discusses the history of IBM's blockchain division and why he believes the future of blockchain in public. He also talks about the Baseline Protocol, a technology that uses the Ethereum public mainnet as a common frame of reference among different organisations.John has an acute understanding of what enterprises need from blockchain and he provides lots of insightful take aways in this podcast.You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Todd McDonald, R3 Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer.Todd has deep rooted financial industry expertise. He was Head of America's State Street Bank before becoming interested in Bitcoin and founding R3 with David Rutter in 2014. Conor and Todd talk about the origins of R3 and its evolution to releasing products like Corda and Conclave.  Todd also talks us through the key drivers behind the current interest from institutions in crypto, blockchain and DLT technology.R3 has made a significant impact to enterprise blockchain and this podcast is a fascinating insight in to their progress over the past seven years.You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to David Palmer, Blockchain Lead IoT at Vodafone Business.David has been involved with blockchain for a number of years, driving a number of strategic initiatives in Vodafone. He has a vast amount of knowledge in both blockchain and IoT. If you're interested in where we are with the convergence of these technologies with respect to the wider adoption, this episode of Blockchain Innovators is a must listen!You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
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