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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

Author: Manuel Stagars

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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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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/crainbfChorus One: https://www.chorus.one, https://twitter.com/ChorusOneEpicenter Blockchain Podcast: http://www.epicenter.tv, https://twitter.com/epicenterbtcCosmos - The Internet of Blockchains: https://cosmos.network, https://twitter.com/cosmosMany 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 newsletterTo 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.
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-6b7b6812CoreLedger: https://www.coreledger.com, https://twitter.com/CoreLedgerAlso mentioned in the episode:Ambitorio: https://www.ambitorio.com, https://twitter.com/ambitorioThis 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 newsletterTo 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.
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 newsletterTo 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.
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__BAndrea's book "The Krypto Economy": http://www.thekryptoeconomy.comBEAM Innovation Studio: http://www.beam-studio.comDecrypt: https://www.decrypt.worldD.DAY: http://www.ddaynetwork.comAlso mentioned in this episode:Friedrich Nietsche's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51893.Thus_Spoke_ZarathustraYuval Harari: https://www.ynharari.comDavid Graeber: https://www.davidgraeber.industries, https://www.twitter.com/davidgraeberThis 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 newsletterTo 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.
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_SquareVetri: https://vetri.global, https://twitter.com/vetri_globalVerum Capital: https://verum.capitalAlso mentioned in the episode:Lucas Betschart @ Bitcoin Association Switzerland: https://www.bitcoinassociation.ch/board-1, https://twitter.com/lucas_lclcKaspar Korjus: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kasparkorjus, https://twitter.com/kasparkorjusMany 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 newsletterTo 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.
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/AlexisGaubashe(256): http://www.she256.io, https://www.twitter.com/SHE_256Mechanism Labs: https://www.mechanismlabs.io, https://www.github.com/Mechanism-Labs, https://www.medium.com/mechanism-labs, https://www.twitter.com/mechanism_labsBlockchain at Berkeley: https://www.blockchain.berkeley.edu, https://www.twitter.com/CalBlockchainBlockchain at Berkeley YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5sgoRfoSp3jeX4DEqKLwKg/videosAlso mentioned in the episode:Preethi Kasireddy: https://www.theblockchainandus.com/preethi-kasireddy, https://www.medium.com/@preethikasireddyAparna Krishnan: https://www.theblockchainandus.com/aparna-krishnanBlockchain Fundamentals Berkeley EdX course: https://www.edx.org/professional-certificate/uc-berkeleyx-blockchain-fundamentalsZubin Koticha's Medium channel: https://medium.com/@zubinkotichaPrinceton Textbook "Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies": http://www.bitcoinbook.cs.princeton.eduAndreas Antonopoulos’ book “Mastering Bitcoin”: www.goodreads.com/book/show/21820378-mastering-bitcoinAndreas Antonopoulos’ and Gavin Wood’s book “Mastering Ethereum”: www.goodreads.com/book/show/33584554-mastering-ethereumMIT Bitcoin Expo: https://www.mitbitcoinexpo.org Crypto Economics Security Conference: https://www.cesc.ioMany 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 newsletterTo 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.
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 newsletterTo 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.
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-peekayTruStory: www.trustory.io, www.twitter.com/isTruStoryAlso 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-b4584e63585cMany 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 newsletterTo 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.
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_CamenischDfinity: https://dfinity.org, https://twitter.com/dfinityMany 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 newsletterTo 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.
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/@nilooravaeiBlockgeeks: https://www.blockgeeks.com, https://twitter.com/BlockgksAlso mentioned in the episode:Andreas Antonopoulos' book "Mastering Bitcoin": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21820378-mastering-bitcoinAndreas Antonopoulos' and Gavin Wood's book "Mastering Ethereum": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33584554-mastering-ethereumEdmond Lau's book "The Effective Engineer": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25238425-the-effective-engineerMany 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 newsletterTo 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.
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