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Author: Monika Proffitt & Tracy Hazzard

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Want to go beyond Blockchain as a technology industry buzzword and get beyond the technobabble? What is blockchain and what does cryptocurrency have to do with it? Why should we even care as citizens or entrepreneurs? The New Trust Economy podcast explores blockchain applications and how the tech is solving problems today, showing what is in use and what is possible, as well as highlighting the gaps in needs and opportunities. Look at blockchain through the lens of how it is broadening reach, value. and access for people, business and communication. Join hosts Blockchain 101 author and social entrepreneur, Monika Proffitt and Inc. Innovation columnist and Founder of Podetize, Tracy Hazzard as they provide a perspective for everyone who is new to the crypto and blockchain space on the whole blockchain technology, as well as go deep into issues such as decentralized disruption of power structures, marginalized cultures, women in tech and gender balance and having enough value-based advancement in the workforce. Learn and understand from industry experts as Monika and Tracy shed light on everyone and everything blockchain and crypto and make sure to break it down in terms of what this will mean to the future of business and our daily lives.Every week, Monika and Tracy will be highlighting blockchain influencers, innovators and the technology use cases as an opportunity to explore the disruptive forces, the new trust (or trust-less) economy and emerging philosophy heading to a more decentralized way of working and living. Plus you won’t want to miss discussions on innovation applications, applications built on blockchain or crypto, what needs to happen to implement, what’s not happening or what’s missing, what’s not working, what it’s like to be at this stage of disruptive technology, what can we do to make it sustainable for our businesses, and so much more.


Monika Proffitt is a social entrepreneur, speaker and writer working at the nexus of fintech, real estate, and social impact. She is the founder of Rise Housing, a real estate company that leverages blockchain technology to create access to equity for everyday investors while bringing liquidity to real estate asset owners. A practicing artist for many years, she formerly served as the Founding Executive Director of Starry Night Programs, providing a creative retreat center for artists and writers, in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Through this company, she was able to bring over a million dollars in investment to the economically depressed region of Sierra County, New Mexico. Monika has spoken at numerous universities and conferences in the US, Europe and Asia on topics ranging from sustainable business and social impact, to blockchain for social good, to the value of cultural capital in the appreciation of real estate. She has exhibited the artwork of hundreds of emerging artists, as well as her own, at international art fairs including Art Basel Miami, the Venice Biennale, Worldwide Los Angeles, and Frieze New York. Her new book, Blockchain 101: Fundamentals of a New Economy, is now available on Amazon.


Tracy Hazzard is a brand and product strategist for Hazz Design, and has ghost-designed, sourced, and launched 250+ consumer products generating more than $2 billion at ecommerce and mass market retailers. For over 25 years, she has worked with design-leading brands like Martha Stewart Living and Herman Miller to out-design, out-source, and out-profit the competition. Tracy is the co-inventor of 37 patents that have helped her clients get acquired and achieve high asset valuations. In addition to being an innovation columnist for Inc., she has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Wired, and CNN Money. Tracy co-hosts the podcasts Product Launch Hazzards, Feed Your Brand, and WTFFF?! 3D Printing: The 3D Start Point for disruptive technology.

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The possibilities that you can do with blockchain are potentially endless, as Nodle’s interesting developments show. With the Nodle Cash App, the platform effectively creates an ecosystem that integrates blockchain, cryptocurrency and the internet of things. Joining in this conversation with Monika Proffitt, the company’s founder and CEO, Micha Benoliel eloquently explains how the whole ecosystem works and what possible directions it can take. The platform is set to enable users to make purchases using Nodle Cash, setting the stage for greater possibilities that have the potential to change the digital ecosystem as a whole. Join in as Monika and Micha geek about what could become the next revolution in digital technology.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
Investing is more than just saving for rainy days. It’s also one way to help you get ahead financially and achieve your long term goals. Joining Monika Proffitt on today’s show is Dan Hannum, the CEO at Hannum Capital Management and COO at ZenLedger. Dan goes through the list of what to look for when you invest, including having a great team and a great product that you would need or use. They also talk about scaling, DeFi, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), showing people how to get involved, how they can use things, and how they can do it compliantly.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
“Money is a language by which we communicate value.” This episode’s guest, Patrick Baron, greatly believes in this. Seeing as to how cryptocurrency is making it more accessible through the use of technology, he soon founded Validator Capital—a Validator company that supports an infrastructure layer of the Celo network. Here, he joins Monika Proffitt to talk about the many great things they are doing to make money become the social technology that it is. Patrick also takes us across his journey of stumbling into the industry and shares his thought on the future of cryptocurrency, how small to mid-sized businesses are going to adapt, and how his company is aiding in providing financial access to billions of people. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
Dan Hannum’s background was in traditional finance, but since he discovered Bitcoin, he was hooked. Now Dan is the Founder of Hannum Capital Management, a capital management company focused on digital and blockchain-based assets exclusively on the blockchain technology sector. Though he could have made a fortune staying in Wall Street, he was able to marry his passion for Bitcoin with his education and experience in portfolio management. Now he helps clients immerse themselves in the world of Bitcoin. Tune in to today’s episode and join Monika Proffitt and Dan as he shares his journey from Wall Street to crypto-focused venture capital.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
With its basic advantages of decentralization, immutability, security, and transparency, it’s no surprise that the blockchain technology has taken off exponentially since it first materialized. Companies are harnessing the power of global blockchain through banking, messaging apps, hedge funds, ride sharing, internet advertising, and even real estate! On today’s podcast, Andy Strott, the Founder and CEO of Resolute Fund, joins Monika Proffitt to discuss how they’re tokenizing real estate and bringing blockchain to the space. Resolute Fund is a real estate investment management firm focused on opportunistic real estate investments and the first in the market to offer a blockchain-based fund product incorporating their investment strategy. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
As we fight our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, home quarantine and social distancing measures are having a massive effect on all businesses across all sectors of the economy. Real estate is no exception as lenders and brokers alike are forced to get creative in making and closing deals with buyers while working remotely. Joining host Monika Proffitt today is Debbie Bloyd of DLB Mortgage Services. Working out of Dallas, Texas, Debbie, who has had a ton of experience dealing with various real estate problems acknowledges that these are unprecedented times, and the real estate sector has to make do with what resources it can command to keep things running.   Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
The DGX Token is one of the newest developments in the cryptocurrency scene that’s changing up things bit by bit. The value of the DGX Token is highly dependent on the value of gold, and has become a quite-coveted asset. Shaun Djie is the Co-Founder and CEO of Digix, a company that trades in DGX Tokens. Shaun Djie sits down with Monika Proffitt to explain the principles behind DGX Tokens and trading them. Is it time for you to study a new cryptocurrency?   Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
The blockchain space has risen in popularity over the years, including decentralized digital identity and self-sovereign identity (SSI). Because of this, Alex Preukschat decided to co-author a book with Drummond Reed entitled Self Sovereign Identity. In this episode, Alex joins Monika Proffitt to share a little about his background and how he got into blockchain technology. Going deep into the reason why he and Drummond decided to write their book, he goes over the four main parts of the book and their applications and discusses how SSI can help lessen fake news and internet trolls. To learn more about SSI, Alex is involved with a community that shares ideas around the blockchain space. If you want more information about bitcoins, Alex also published a graphic novel called Bitcoin: The Hunt of Satoshi Nakamoto.Author Alex Preukschat discusses his upcoming book, Self Sovereign Identity, and SSI’s uses in daily life.   Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
The blockchain technology has been opening up so many opportunities for us that people still fail to take advantage. Flying solo in this episode, host, Monika Proffitt, lets us in on a new economic model that is enabled by crypto or blockchain: cost-based economics. She defines what it is and shares with us how it came to be and how it could change the game of the economic system in the post-late stage of capitalism. Monika has so many insights in store about looking at value and finding where it is, and what matters, so don’t miss out on this great information.   Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
A lot of people, when they look at products, go for the flavour or the taste. However, there’s a new trend of consumers that are looking for something more intangible like how they can give back to the community or connect with the story behind, and it’s growing tremendously. Yonathan Lapchik refers to this as conscious consumerism, and it’s going to be the way consumers are going to be in the next few years. Yonathan is the CEO of SUKU, a supply-chain-as-a-service ecosystem that aims to transform global supply chains. A blockchain specialist with a strong business and technology background, Yonathan joins Monika Proffitt to talk about food Sustainability and conscious consumerism and how he fell in love with the concept and joined the movement. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
A supply chain can be difficult to work with when there’s so much information being withheld that could potentially make things run smoother. Fortunately, working with blockchains has made it much easier for that same information to reach you in a timely manner, allowing you to work much more effectively. Monika Proffitt and Tracy Hazzard are joined by Melanie Nuce. Melanie is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at GS1 US where she leads a team that investigates new technologies, partnerships and business opportunities to increase the relevance and reach of GS1 Standards. Drawing on her experience working with blockchains in the company, Melanie shares what makes blockchains so important to industries today. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
The cryptocurrency boom has really taken the world by storm, and companies all over are eager to get in on the craze. So many companies out there are taking steps to make cryptocurrency even more reliable and enticing to the general public. CoinZoom is one of these companies. Todd Crosland is the Founder and CEO of CoinZoom. He sits down with Monika Proffitt to discuss what the craze is all about, and what you can stand to gain from investing in cryptocurrency. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
Cryptocurrency has long been making its mark in many economies but there are still many issues fogging its existence. Today, Tracy Hazzard interviews the CFO and Executive Vice President of Revenue and Investor Relations of ProfitStance, Seth Wilks and Jared Zemp. They talk about what ProfitStance is all about and how it contributes to cryptocurrency tax accounting. Seth and Jared share their thoughts on complying with the IRS especially among business owners using it, and give their predictions on the future of taxes and crypto. Unleash your inner geek with these guys as they teach more about how their system will promote the adoption of crypto assets of blockchain tech. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
Technology has evolved over the years that more and more businesses are enhancing their systems and processes. Stephen Meade, the Founder of Big Bamboo talks with host Tracy Hazzard about blockchain, and how and which businesses would benefit from this technology. Stephen also highlights a system they built called MonetaPro and some other types of use cases he is seeing coming out in the marketplace that solve a good problem and are great examples of blockchain.Listen to this episode as Stephen dives into how blockchain has innovated some of the biggest businesses today, including Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment industry. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
Blockchain is a system in which record transactions are being handled and maintained across several computers that are linked in a peer-to-peer network. In this day and age in the business world, blockchain has become a helpful system that is already transforming enterprise business model and promoting growth. In this episode, host Tracy Hazzard interviews IBM Blockchain’s Jerry Cuomo about the blockchain technology and how it is starting to become more trusted and applied in large businesses. Listen to this podcast episode to know more about blockchain and, specifically, enterprise blockchain technology. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
Statistics have agreed that many women-led companies run better. In this episode, Irina Berkon, the Managing Director of Golden Seeds and IBLS Global, talks about her experience and challenges in raising money as a woman. Running two companies, she differentiates both and discusses the components to her connection to blockchain. She then shares some reasons why teams or companies managed by women are ran better. Moreover, Irina talks about an article she wrote on the huge Telegram case and SEC clarifying their regulations on tokens and then moves on to compare SAFT and SAFE. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
Security is always key when dealing with any currency. That includes cryptocurrency which has already become as vulnerable as traditional currency. In this episode, Ouriel Ohayon, the CEO of ZenGo, an innovative new crypto wallet solution, shows us the capability of their software. He shares what makes ZenGo innovative and simple, and why you should download it over other similar apps.  Experience security that will give you peace of mind as Ouriel dives more into crypto security and how ZenGo delivers its purpose to the US, Europe, and many other countries across the globe. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
Defining the standard for blockchain economy, Algorand’s pure proof-of-stake protocol is the first of its kind to support the scale, open participation, and transaction finality for billions of users. Simply put, it’s a way to promote trust across the entire world without having to meet first. In today’s episode, Algorand’s VP of Engineering and Research, Naveed Ihsanullah talks about how their company is solving the blockchain trilemma and how proof of stake is a major component of that. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
With the current political climate and financial system lacking transparency, how do you spearhead the solution that is blockchain? In this episode, we talk to 22-year Wall Street veteran and gubernatorial appointee to the Wyoming Blockchain Task Force Caitlin Long. Her discovery of the inaccuracies in Wall Street’s ledger systems that affected many pensioners led Caitlin to think of the benefits of a distributed ledger technology and to bring these benefits to her native state of Wyoming. On today’s show, she details her labor of love to make Wyoming an oasis for blockchain soon. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
It was 2016 to 2017 when things were starting to go crazy in crypto land. Market cap was skyrocketing and volumes were running up. You went from no one talking about Bitcoin to every single conversation in the country being about Bitcoin in a three-month period. It was also around that time Sam Bankman-Fried decided to leave Wall Street and founded Alameda Research, a quantitative trading firm in the crypto world. Sam dives into crypto and lays out the process that an investor has to go through to create an account with FTX.com and start trading derivatives. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the New Trust Economy Community today:newtrusteconomy.comNew Trust Economy FacebookNew Trust Economy YouTubeTracy Hazzard LinkedInMonika Proffitt LinkedIn
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