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Crypto And Things

Author: Scott Cunningham

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On Crypto & Things, I explore blockchain technologies, cryptocurrencies, censorship, and privacy. Overall though, my main focus is on blockchain social media platforms which I believe will be the next level of social communication.
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Ankit Bhatia and I sat down for some time to chat about Sapien and what they’re all about. We dive into where they’re headed in the future, what they do, and how you can benefit from their crypto social media platform.Sapien is a social media network that utilizes blockchain technology and rewards users with their cryptocurrency SPN. They call themselves “The Web 3 Social Network of the Future.” If you have used Steem or Hive in the past, this will be a fairly familiar experience.
Crypto Michael and I had the opportunity to chat about the current crypto market, the global financial system, monetary policy, inflation, and how this all is impacted by COVID-19. Tune in for his thoughts on all of this.Michael van De Poppe is a full-time trader from the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, a technical analyst, financial coach, and economics student with a love for poker and fitness. 
Sergej Kotliar and I sat down for some time to chat about Bitrefill and what they’re all about. We dive into what Bitrefill is, how you can trade your crypto for gift cards directly, and most importantly, how you can live fiat free.Bitrefill provides digital gift cards & mobile airtime refills to 170 countries using cutting-edge Bitcoin technologies. They offer an evolving shopping platform with innovative cryptocurrency payment options, including the latest Lightning Network technology.
I had the opportunity to discuss OpenOrchard with Andrew Levine who is the co-founder and CEO there. You may know him from Steemit where he worked since the beginning. He’s moved on to bigger and better things and we spend some time diving into all of it.
I had the chance to speak with Rob McNealy who is the co-founder of TUSC. We discussed what it’s all about, what they advocate for, and where they’re headed in 2020 and beyond. No ICO. No IEO. No Token Sale. No BS.
Crypto Beast and I spent some time talking about the YouTube crypto purge and giving our take on the many decentralized crypto monetized and blockchain social media applications that exist out there.We dive into LBRY, Flote, BlockTube, DLive, Theta, Hive, Steem, Publish0x, Uptrennd, and more. We discuss the different earnings models, their interfaces, and their approaches to privacy, free speech, and decentralization.
Let’s talk about Uptrennd with Jeff Kirdeikis. He is the founder of Uptrennd which is a crypto-monetized social media platform that uses the 1UP token to reward users for their contributionsTheir company is built around four foundational pillars of: distribution of wealth, freedom of speech, equality of opportunity, and data security. Uptrennd is the social media that puts you first.
Rice Crypto and I sat down for some time to discuss crypto, the YouTube purge, the Bitcoin halving, COVID-19’s impact on the space, and the many social blockchain and crypto-monetized dapps we use every day.
Debrief combines communications networks and the power of blockchain to achieve truly private and secure connections. Jeff Pulver and I dive into Debrief, what it’s all about, and where it’s headed in the future.Debrief is a decentralized network and middleware infrastructure for any application to build upon and utilize enhanced security and data privacy. Debrief's mission is to create a communication network and Middleware solution that no longer exposes confidential information, but instead, reduces the costs incurred for security and truly secures sensitive business and personal data on the blockchain.
May is fiat free month where people are being challenged to find creative solutions to pay bills and live their life as they normally would without using fiat currency. Joel Valenzuela aka TheDesertLynx shares with us how he’s been living fiat free since 2016.He shares with us the many methods and processes he takes to be able to spend, pay bills, transact, and everything you need to be completely fiat free and bankless. The idea behind it is that he wants permissionless and privacy-focused solutions. He hopes to show people with his example that this is completely possible and doable.
Did you catch my interview with Andreas M. Antonopoulos aka @aantonop? We talk about blockchain adoption, the bitcoin halving, decentralized exchanges, the crypto youtube purge, why you should earn Bitcoin, and moreHe is a best-selling author, speaker, educator, and one of the world’s foremost bitcoin and open blockchain experts. He is known for delivering electric talks that combine economics, psychology, technology, and game theory with current events, personal anecdotes, and historical precedent. He does this effortlessly, transliterating the complex issues of blockchain technology out of the abstract and into the real world for the average person.
Let’s talk about the atomic swap exchange called JellySwap. I had a chat with the CEO there, Tito Titov. We covered what JellySwap is, what makes it unique, and what they’re planning for 2020.JellySwap is a swap exchange that offers atomic swap options for many cryptocurrencies. It has fast and secure cross-chain transactions powered by a fully decentralized atomic swap technology. You have full control of your assets and can swap them in seconds. The interface is easy to use for smooth cross-chain trading. Lastly, the rating system helps provide more fairness and transparency to the users.
I recently had the pleasure of discussing the YouTube purge, the Bitcoin halving, the virus’ impact on the blockchain space, and the many crypto social platforms out there with The Moon Carl on behalf of BeInCrypto.You can check out the BeInCrypto episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/bmFlo19oSBkAlso check out their telegram: https://t.me/beincryptocommunity
The AdEx Network is sort of like a Google Adwords/Adsense alternative on the blockchain with a much more decentralized system. I sat down with Ivo Georgiev who is the CEO there to learn more about AdEx and where they’re headed in 2020.AdEx is a trust-minimized solution for digital advertising that reduces ad fraud, improves ad budgets and protects user privacy.The AdEx platform is built on the Ethereum blockchain to connect publishers and advertisers without intermediaries on a decentralized ad exchange. We introduce real-time reporting for both parties and enable payments per impression with no withdrawal threshold for publishers.
I had the opportunity to discuss Kyber Network with Deniz Omer who is the head of ecosystem growth there. We discuss what Kyber is all about and what they’re up to in 2020. Kyber Network is described as an on-chain liquidity protocol that aggregates liquidity from a wide range of reserves, powering instant and secure token exchange in any decentralized application. What I use it for is seamless simple token swapping, but you also develop on Kyber too.
I had the opportunity to discuss BitTube with Kai-Uwe Schnier who is the CFO there. We discuss how BitTube can be an alternative to YouTube, how you can sync your content, and what’s up next for them in 2020. TUBE is a new kind of money that provides a modern payment network. BitTube is where you can earn TUBE for your videos and acts as a better crypto alternative to the likes of YouTube.
Digibyte is all about decentralization. That’s why they have a foundation. It must be true because it rhymes. But really though check out my interview with Hans Koning who is the chair of the Digibyte Foundation. We talk about the foundation, what they’re all about, how they work with Digibyte, the benefits and challenges of decentralization, and where they’re headed going forward.
I had the chance to discuss Presearch with Colin Pape who is the CEO and founder there. We discussed how and why Presearch was created as well as how it works. It’s the first project of its kind that allows you to earn cryptocurrency just by searching the web. Presearch is a next-generation search engine that is powered by the community. It rewards users for utilizing the search engine with cryptocurrency tokens called PRE tokens. You can sell these or utilize them for keyword staking. Keyword Staking is a term for committing your PRE tokens to a specific word or term. If you stake the most tokens to a given keyword, your ad will show up when someone searches for that term on Presearch / Dsearch.
Let's discuss BlockBase with Ricardo Schiller who is the lead architect of the project and Diogo Bulha who is the lead developer. They just released a sandbox and are on their testnet. We talk about what Blockbase is about and where they plan to go in 2020 and beyond. BlockBase uses blockchain technology to provide secure and distributed database storage services. It stores database operations on sidechains to the EOS main chain, which are governed through smart contracts on EOS. It works in 4 steps: request your sidechain, get worldwide providers, providers are selected, and your service is ready.
I discussed Beatzcoin and Vibravid with Steven Zambron who is the CEO of Vibravid and founder of Beatzcoin. We dive into each and get a feel for what they’re all about and how they work together. Beatzcoin is a Tron token that is the currency for Vibravid which is a platform that hosts digital content where creators and users can earn and spend revenue in a fair system. It utilizes the TRON network to accomplish this and is one of the only video hosting dapps currently on the TRON network that offers this.
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