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Crypto Token Talk

Crypto Token Talk

Author: Kelley Weaver: Blockchain, bitcoin, and cryptocurrency podcaster

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Crypto Token Talk is a podcast by host Kelley Weaver for those interested in learning “Crypto 101” and exploring the new frontier of blockchain technology. It serves as an entertaining on-ramp and newbie-friendly gateway to learning resources related to the world of cryptocurrency. Each episode features a different industry expert in the blockchain sphere or their respective field.

Kelley Weaver is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Melrose PR, a leading cryptocurrency and blockchain communications agency based in Los Angeles, California. Melrose PR believes the future of money is digital, and that cryptocurrency is here to stay.
46 Episodes
Episode 146: Susan Brazer on Investing in Transformative Technologies
Susan Brazer is a digital and mobile transformation exec. She has launched disruptive digital media and mobile platforms globally and has worked for companies such as Apple, DirecTV, Viacom, and Nokia. Currently, Susan is an investment advisor with Decentralized Global and the CEO of LionShare Media. LionShare is a platform that integrates video streaming and blockchain tech to create a decentralized distribution platform. This episode gives us an inside look into both businesses and uncovers various aspects of investing in blockchain.   Topics covered: - How Susan and Decentralized Global evaluate companies to invest in. - Investment strategies: long-term hold, quick exit, or a mix? Every deal is unique. - Evolving security laws, Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML). - Countries fostering innovation and welcoming ICOs. - Negative and positive experiences working globally. - The excitement around blockchain space and how the speed of change is faster than other technologies in the past. - How blockchain tech is changing the media space, including media delivery apps for content creators, helping to make way for “frictionless media.” - Advice for people who want to get involved in the blockchain industry.   Resources Links:    
Episode 145: Applications of Blockchain
This episode of Crypto Token Talk was recorded live with Arun Kalaiselvan, co-founder and CTO of Blockdaemon; Niki Williams, Community Curator of ConsenSys; and Cyrus Taghehchian, co-founder and CEO of Splyt at the General Assembly camplus in Santa Monica. The panel focuses on how blockchain applies and can apply to various industries such as gaming and e-commerce. All three guests give their take on how far away they think we as consumers are from interacting with blockchain technology, how we should make sure it is user friendly, and the extent of awareness the general public may have about the technology. The guests discuss various career routes that can lead to involvement with the blockchain community and share how people can begin interacting with crypto and learn from trustworthy news sources.   Topics covered: - A brief background of each guest’s company. - How blockchain will affect gaming. - The industries that ConsenSys is influencing. - The problems with present-day e-commerce. - An open discussion about how far away we as consumers are from interacting with blockchain technology, how it     should be kept user friendly, and how noticeable it will be to users. - How to get involved in blockchain no matter what your professional background is. - How to tell if a company is just using “blockchain” as a buzzword for publicity. - Ways that beginners can interact with blockchain and cryptocurrency. - Recommendations of where to get news about cryptocurrency and blockchain. - Various databases that could be used instead of blockchain. - Who would be responsible for a bug on the blockchain.   Resource Links: https:/
Episode 142: Anita Motwani on Borrowing and Lending on the Blockchain
Anita Motwani is the head of business development for Celsius in North America. Celsius is a new way to deposit, borrow, and earn interest with crypto. The platform allows users to earn up to 5% interest while they HODL, or borrow fiat at 9% against crypto stored in a Celsius wallet.  They’re aiming to get the next 100 million people into cryptocurrency, and offer an option for those who want to HODL but need cash right away. By taking a loan rather than selling the crypto, users can also avoid large capital gains hits. Currently, Celsius is only lending to institutions, but their goal is to have the protocol available to everybody. The hope is to provide crypto banking services on the international scale.   Topics covered: - How Celsius works and why people would want to borrow against their crypto. - What happens if the price of crypto fluctuates during your loan period. - Technology behind the Celsius platform and how it’s secured. - How Celsius earns and pays interest. - What happens if you want your crytpo back. - Blockchain technology and adoption around the world. - Types of business partnerships Celsius is currently looking for. - Following Akon and acoin development.   Links:  
Episode 140: Tricia Martinez on Using Blockchain to Advance Opportunities in Emerging Markets
Tricia Martinez is Founder & CEO at Wala and Director at Dala Foundation. In this episode, Tricia explains how her research led her to use blockchain to encourage financial growth in emerging markets. The foundation Dala and company Wala are able to operate on a no-fee model and aid consumers and small business owners who are often left out of the current financial markets. Wala is a no-fee financial app for emerging markets, and Dala is a multi-chain open-source crypto asset. Wala is the first major contributor to Dala’s open source development, and the first open source application to allow the use of Dala for transactions and peer-to-peer transfers.   Tricia discovered that emerging parts of the world were hungry for a financial system that worked for users and small business owners. It may come as a surprise, but even in emerging countries, cell phones are quite popular, so the idea to use them for peer-to-peer transactions makes complete sense. Adoption has been extremely fast, providing even more evidence that there’s a demand for this type of service and that people can be empowered in a sometimes unbalanced economy.    Topics covered: -   Crypto in emerging markets. -   Financial challenges in emerging markets. -   Creating a system that’s fair, borderless, and geared towards ignnored consumers. -   Research findings on universal basic income. -   How Dala and Wala are have experience fast adoption and  growth. -   Why decentralization is key in creating financial support in a growing economy. -   Multi-chain cryptocurrencies. -   The relationship between Dala and Wala, and how they’re able to operate on a no-fee basis. -   What’s coming next for Dala and Wala.    Links: Telegram:  
Episode 139: David Bleznak on Accessible Trading
David Bleznak is the founder and CEO of Totle, a game-changing ERC-20 token trading platform. The idea for Totle sprung from several challenges that David encountered when he first started trading crypto. He wanted to make everything from balancing his portfolio to dealing with multiple exchanges, and using spreadsheets streamlined, accessible and simple. Totle aims to provide the very best possible user experience to its users. In developing the Totle platform, the user interface was designed before moving on blockchain integration, making Totle a user friendly, decentralized trading platform for everyone-even non aficionados. Currently in beta, Totle’s decentralized exchange platform brings a host of benefits for users, making crypto trading accessible to anyone.   Topics covered: Challenges that helped David realize the need for a solution like Totle. What Totle is and how it works. Totle supports Ethereum and all ERC-20 tokens, which form about 90% of the crypto market. Advantages of Totle compared with using other exchanges. How Totle brings traditionally complicated decentralized exchanges to one simple platform. How development is progressing and where users can get involved with the beta. Why Totle believes peer-to-peer decentralized trading is the future. How some decentralized exchanges today are not truly decentralized. Advantages to centralization and how the comparative drawbacks can be dealt with for decentralized exchanges.   Links  
Episode 138: Bailey Reutzel Unveils Reporting on Crypto
Bailey Reutzel, one of the editors at CoinDesk, joins us this week. She shares with us her journey into the counterculture crypto community and the various projects and stories that eventually led her to her current role at CoinDesk.   Bailey divulges the types of stories she is interested in covering and that most often her goal is to follow the interests of her readers. Analyzing the needs of the reader is the key for Bailey. Her years of experience and knowledge in the crypto scene have eased the challenge of uncovering the core events of the crypto communities. Bailey encourages entrepreneurs and communications teams to similarly consider the needs and interests of the reader when pitching to reporters. We conclude by hearing what resources Bailey likes to use to keep up on crypto, how Twitter may not always be the best resource and her advice for newcomers to the space.   Topics covered: - Bailey’s background and how she first discovered crypto. - Writing about the initial coin offering (ICO) boom of 2017. - Figuring out which projects are legitimate and which aren’t. - Choosing which coins and tokens to report on. - What entrepreneurs should be mindful of when emailing CoinDesk for coverage. - Industries that Bailey thinks blockchain can disrupt and her skepticism. - Who Bailey looks up to in the cryptocurrency world. - Having to read everything to get the right information. - Bailey’s recommendations for learning about the industry. - How Bitcoin has changed over the years.   Links: The Internet of Money by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Episode 137: Gavin Douglas on Integrating Successful Participation TV Technology onto the Blockchain
Today’s guest is Gavin Douglas, CEO of iPowow and founder of the HIT protocol, the media company’s blockchain initiative for empowering all players in the ecosystem. iPowow is a participation TV platform which has been experimenting with the use of blockchain and their own token. From the beginning of Gavin’s career, he sought to further engagement between viewers and the content they watched. It wasn’t until 2010 when the technology caught up to his dream and he was able to found iPowow with a group of engineers and TV producers. iPowow founded the idea of “Participation TV” by developing the technology to connect viewers directly to TV content through their second screen device (i.e. smart phones, iPads, etc.). The next iteration in iPowow’s mission to deepen connections between viewers and content providers is to tokenize content viewing by moving iPowow onto the blockchain. In this episode, Gavin delves into this journey, explaining that surrounding himself with experts in storytelling and emerging technology has been key to his success.     Topics covered: - Gavin’s background in television and creating iPowow. - Hiring producers for iPowow when everyone was telling Gavin to hire engineers. - What excites Gavin about the HIT protocol. - Where iPowow has been used. - How Gavin first discovered blockchain and crypto. - Adding value to iPowow with a points system. - The HIT token and monetizing people’s attention. - Rewarding people for sharing their data and redeeming HIT tokens. - Seeing the opportunity in blockchain and transitioning into it. - Building a business in crypto. - Feedback that iPowow has received about using blockchain. - Advertising on iPowow and maintaining trust with users. - How people will interact with HIT tokens.  Links
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