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Public Node community members discussing all aspects of the Stellar ecosystem - from brainstorming to developer interviews and everything in between.
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Cowrie Exchange is a Nigerian based fiat to crypto gateway that provides a way to trade cryptos with local fiat currency in the region.Sam Conner and Ladi Okorodudu, from the Cowrie Exchange, discuss what the Cowrie Exchange has done so far for Nigeria and how it plans to be the leading African payment network using Stellar.  The discussion begins with Ladi explaining the current state of Africa and the entrepreneurial spirit of Nigerians.  Ladi then highlights how the Cowrie Exchange integrates directly with the Nigerian banking system - allowing payment in NGNT, an asset backed digital token pegged to the Nigerian Naira, to cash payout of Naira at the local brick and mortar bank in 60 seconds.  Ladi shares his experience with the people at the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF), including a recent heartfelt outreach from the SDF's CEO Denelle Dixon.  Ladi then provides insight into the Cowrie Exchange's decision to use the Stellar network as compared to Ethereum.  The discussion then moves to the End SARS movement where Ladi provides his perspective into that movement and the youth in Nigeria.  The podcast ends with big plans for the future with the Cowrie Exchange's planned expansion from Nigeria to several other countries in Africa.   Support the show (https://publicnode.org/#membership)
Sam Conner and Tyler van der Hoeven from the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) discuss the current state of the Stellar Community Fund (SCF) and the robust launch of Stellar Quest.The interview begins with Tyler in his parents' basement picking apples and planting pumpkins.  It ends with Tyler's palpable excitement around Stellar Quest.   Tyler explains how he found Stellar and how he ultimately got hired by the SDF.  Sam and Tyler discuss the difference between the Seed Fund and the Lab Fund that are community funds available to help provide financial rewards to people building on Stellar. The discussion ends on Stellar Quest and how participation has far exceeded Tyler's expectations.  Tyler explains his vision for Stellar Quest to be the catalyst that onboards the next wave of Stellar developers.  Support the show (https://publicnode.org/#membership)
COINQVEST provides cryptocurrency payment processing so that a business can accept and settle payments in Bitcoin, Ethereum and Stellar Lumens while also keeping accountants and tax authorities happy.  COINQVEST, in conjunction with the Stellar blockchain technology, also allows the business to receive national currencies like EUR, USD or NGN regardless of whether their customers choose to pay in Bitcoin, Ethereum or Stellar Lumens.Sam and Stefan (co-founder of COINQVEST) discuss the COINQVEST service and how it leverages the Stellar blockchain technology to provide digital cryptocurrency payment processing.  Stefan shares his appreciation for the funding received through the Stellar Community Fund (SCF) and how the SCF helps lengthen the runway for startups like COINQVEST.   He goes on to explain why COINQVEST chose the Stellar technology and provides a quick explanation of how Stellar's path-payment feature works.  The episode ends with an overview of how a shop owner can get started with COINQVEST to reach new customers and do so with plugins that work with the top e-commerce platforms - Wordpress, WooCommerce, Shopify, and Magento.  Support the show (https://publicnode.org/#membership)
Bitbond improves the issuance, settlement and custody of bonds with the help of Stellar blockchain technology and tokenization. Sam Conner and Radko Albrecht, CEO and founder of Bitbond, discuss Bitbond's early accomplishments, partnerships, regulations in Germany, and an exciting future of financial inclusion.  Radko explains that Bitbond Token (BB1) serves as a showcase for issuing a dematerialized security token in Europe using the Stellar blockchain network.  He also explains why Bitbond chose to use the Stellar protocol as compared to other blockchain protocols.  In addition, this episode includes a teaser of an upcoming announcement by a German bank and its plans to issue a Euro-denominated stable coin utilizing the open and inclusive Stellar blockchain network.  Support the show (https://publicnode.org/#membership)
Saldo.mx aims to make it easier, less costly, and safer for migrant communities to make cross-border remittances to pay bills at home.Sam and Marco, the founder of Saldo.mx, discuss the tremendous need that exists in the remittance space and how Saldo.mx aims to solve the problem by offering a digital peso (also known as a stable coin or a peso anchor) on the open and inclusive Stellar network.  In addition to highlighting the real need for more efficient cross-border remittances, Marco explains regulations, why Saldo.mx ultimately picked the Stellar network, what the community can do to help drive network effect, and his ten-year ambition to be the most important fintech.Support the show (https://publicnode.org/#membership)
TheFutbolApp by pandaHAUS is a social network for the world's football community (also know as the soccer community). TheFutbolApp leverages the open and inclusive Stellar payment network so that its participants can earn and spend the apps TFC token (TheFutbolCoin). In this podcast, Sam Conner interviews Steve Van Zutphen, the CEO and co-founder, where they discuss the apps success in Cyprus, how it aims to reward the entire football community from fans to players to advertisers, why TheFutbolApp chose the Stellar network, and plans for the future.The podcast ends with Steve considering a Stellar community meetup hosted by TheFutbolApp in Cyprus with Sam as a guest speaker and off time spent on Cyprus' spellbinding beaches.Support the show (https://publicnode.org/#membership)
Brian and Daniel discuss digital wallets on the open and inclusive Stellar network.  They explore the business cases for custodial and non-custodial wallet providers and highlight the opportunities and challenges particular to non-custodial wallets since non-custodial wallet providers do not hold any assets.Albedo.link is discussed and how it aims to streamline the management of wallet keys so that developers can focus on their primary Stellar-based business case.  Brian takes a guess at where key management will be in five years and his view that there will be a formation of three distinct layers of value.  Stellarmap.io receives an impromptu mention with Brian and Daniel both encouraging Stellar consumers and merchants to connect and start using Stellar to do what it was designed to do - make payments cheaply and efficiently.  Support the show (https://publicnode.org/#membership)
The Velo Protocol is a value transfer engine that will initially consist of two components: a Digital Credit Issuance Mechanism and the Digital Reserve System.  Sam and Michael discuss how blockchain technology will provide much needed modernization to remittances.In this interview, Michael explains the Seven Eleven connection to Velo Labs in Asia, Velo Lab's growing partnerships, why they picked the Stellar Network over other blockchain projects, the importance of regulators, and the prospects of being "on-track" as it relates to near-term future milestones announcements.  The podcast ends with Michael agreeing to do a future Ask Me Anything (AMA) with the Stellar community.Support the show (https://publicnode.org/#membership)
Sam Conner discusses the Kelp trading bot with Nikhil Saraf from the Stellar Development Foundation and Wouter Arkink from Stellarbattle.Kelp is a free, customizable, open-source trading bot for the Stellar universal marketplace.Topics include an overview of what the Kelp software can do, how it aims to provide liquidity to the Stellar Decentralized Exchange (DEX), how it can be used to trade any form of value on the Stellar network, and how it isn't just confined to the Stellar DEX but has the capability today to integrate seamlessly with hundreds of exchanges like Kraken.  All agree, the power of Kelp is mostly unknown and untapped with more features like a Graphical User Interface in development.There is currently a Stellar battle with a 20,000 XLM prize pool to be spit among three people that produce high quality educational content about Kelp.Support the show (https://publicnode.org/#membership)
Brian and Daniel discuss the cost to submit an operation to the public ledger on the open and inclusive Stellar network.  They provide their take on whether validators should approve an increase in the current minimum fee of 100 stroops - about one millionth of a dollar when XLM is valued at ten cents each.Fees on Stellar are used to economically discourage spamming the network so that the open network can remain healthy and efficient.  Read about the issue and pigeons in the Stellar Development Foundation's blog post "should we increase the minimum fee".Read the Google discussion on this issue here and the Reddit discussion here.Support the show (https://publicnode.org/#membership)
Sam Conner announces his partnership with Public Node as the newest content creator of Public Node community podcasts.  Sam introduces his vision for his podcast to provide breaking news, the background of that news, and his perspective on its importance in changing the Stellar ecosystem or even the world at large.  He has plans to host interviews and generally plans to stay nimble, see where the podcast goes, and have a lot of fun doing it.Support the show (https://publicnode.org/#membership)
Brian and Daniel discuss storing digital assets on Stellar with custodial and noncustodial wallet solutions.  They discuss the pros and the cons of both approaches and highlight that both solutions are getting better but still have more to solve before we can expect complete adoption of blockchain value storage and payment solutions.Brian and Daniel discuss how they use the multi-signature (multisig) feature of Stellar to protect their Stellar accounts, but in doing so, Brian inadvertently reveals a little too much information.Stellar Ecosystem Proposal 30 (SEP-0030) is discussed and how it is helping key management, specifically noncustodial key recovery, and how it is already in use in the Vibrant.cash application.  Mentions:  Stellarguard.me and Lobstr.co.Support the show (https://publicnode.org/#membership)
Daniel and Martin Wainstein discuss the OpenSolar proposal in round 5 of the Stellar Community Fund.  Daniel and Martin discuss the features and attributes of the Stellar blockchain protocol and which are being used and coveted when designing a new method for investing, financing, developing, and running solar arrays around the world. Features and attributes discussed are Stellar's smart contract capabilities and how those compare to Ethereum's smart contract functionality, multi-signature (multisig) capability, transaction speed, and the environmental impact of reaching consensus through Federated Byzantine Agreement rather than proof of work.Support the show (https://publicnode.org/#membership)
Brian and Daniel discuss making payments on the Stellar network.  Topics include the speed of transactions on Stellar relative to Visa, real world examples of the need to modernize global payments, and the Stellar payment applications currently available to merchants.The podcast ends with Brian's determination to crack the egg and finally put an end to the blockchain-adoption debate and the proverbial chicken or the egg. Stellar-based payment projects discussed:Satoshipay https://satoshipay.io/Cosmic Link https://cosmic.link/Blue Orion https://blueorion.cc/COINQVEST https://www.coinqvest.com/Lettuce Pay https://app.lettucepay.io/#/app/homeSupport the show (https://publicnode.org/#membership)
Brian and Daniel discuss the mostly untapped potential that the Stellar network could bring to gaming.  Topics include a quick overview of Blizzard Entertainment's 2011 venture into an in-game auction house that let players sell game assets for USD and Litemint's leadership in the blockchain gaming space.The podcast ends with both realizing the need for a new English word "physicalizing" to describe when a native digital game asset is turned into something physical.  Support the show (https://publicnode.org/#membership)
Brian and Daniel kickoff Public Node's first podcast and provide their shared inclusive vision for future podcasts by inviting the Stellar community to come be a part in forming future discussions.  Brian and Daniel then go on to discuss the proposed Stellar Core version 13 upgrade and present their non-developer perspectives on CAP 0027 and CAP 0015.Support the show (https://publicnode.org/#membership)
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