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The Encrypted Economy podcast explores the business, laws, regulation, and security relating to our most valuable digital data...whether financial assets, proprietary data or personal information. Join us each week as we delve into what makes up the new encrypted economy as well as the developments that are shaping our economies and world.
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This week on The Encrypted Economy, our guest is Greg Brodsky, founder of Start.Coop. Greg joins us to discuss worker cooperatives and Start.Coop’s mission to empower entrepreneurs by supporting the formation of sustainable and transformative organizations. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insight on innovative ownership models and the evolution of our businesses.  Topics Covered:· Introduction· Greg’s Background· Start.Coop’s Role In Creating Successful Co-ops · How is Ownership Distributed in Tech Co-ops?· Deconstructing Ample· Outside Investment for Cooperatives· Criteria for Start.Coop Applicants· Truisms of Co-ops· Addressing the Founder Incentive Problem· Distinguishing Between an Ownership and Business Model to Applicants· Are Co-op’s Inherently a Social Good?Resource List:· Greg’s LinkedIn · Greg’s Twitter· Start.Coop· What is a Co-op?· Ampled· Carefully· Drivers Co-op· Azuki· Seth Godin· Tragedy of the Commons· TEE Jenil Thakker Episode Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook  
This week on The Encrypted Economy, our guest is Lewis Cohen, founder of DLx Law. Lewis’ numerous contributions to the blockchain community show his valued perspective in the digital asset ecosystem. He joins us to give his insights on the evolution of Defi and some of the metrics we use to pave our way in the space. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more perspective on the adoption of blockchain and digitization initiatives. Topics Covered:· Introduction· Lewis’ Background · Grading Regulators· Are Regulators Influenced by Political Motivation?· The Evolution of Token Offerings· Addressing Permission Issues · Distinction Between Permission and Non Permission Access· Understanding the Reves Test· Adopting Different Types of Lending Platforms· Introducing the World to Blockchain through NFT  Resource List:· Lewis’ LinkedIn · Lewis’ Twitter· DLx Law· The Reves Test· Defi: A Pathway Forward· Soc Gen and Maker Dao· Howey Test Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
This week on The Encrypted Economy, we have Linda Phillips, Yev Muchnik, and Jacqueline Radebaugh of Jason Weiner P.C. With ample experience advising organizations as they transition their business models, the team gives us their perspective on DAO’s looking to constitute as cooperatives. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insight on facilitating decentralization in a blockchain-based ecosystem. Topics Covered:· Introduction· Backgrounds· Discussing Co-op Entities· What Makes Co-ops Appealing?· How Should Co-ops be Classified?· Which DAO Structures Benefit Most from Co-ops?· Core Principles of Co-ops· Interpretive Questions Surrounding Patronage · Determining Value of Patronage· What Problems Can Co-ops Encounter? · Understanding What Co-ops Mean for a DAO· How are Co-ops Taxed? Resource List: · Jason Weiner P.C.· Jason Weiner Twitter· Linda Phillip’s LinkedIn· Yev Muchnik’s LinkedIn· Article 55· Article 56· Article 58· Uniform Limited Cooperative Association Act · NFT NYC Conference· DAO Coops and Patronage Token· Rochdale Cooperative Principles· Mondragon Principles Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
This week on The Encrypted Economy,  we have Michael Mossier, former FinCEN acting director and stealth project team member. As an expert in financial developments with a strong background in regulation enforcement, Michael gives us his insights on recent FATF guidance. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more perspective on the adoption of blockchain and digitization initiatives.Topics Covered:·  Introduction·  Michael’s Background·  Tension over Digital Assets in the DOT·  Is There an Age Divide in the Understanding of Digital Assets?·  Breaking down FATF and its Recommendations·  Evolving Perspective of the Travel Rule ·  FATF Definition of Virtual Assets and Service Providers·  Should Those With Sufficient Influence Be a VASP?·  Smart Contracts and Their Impact on VASP Obligations·  Are CBDCs off the Hook?·  FATF on P2P and Closed-Loop Systems·  Ending Thoughts of FATF Guidance  Resource List:·  Michael Mosier Twitter ·  Venezuela USDC Aid·  Afghanistan Foreign Aid Woes ·  FATF Guidance·  Travel Rule  ·  Virtual Asset Service Provider·  Smart Contracts Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook  
This week on The Encrypted Economy, we are joined again by Dan Bogdanov, Director of the Information Security Institute at Cybernetica and the Co-Inventor of Sharemind. With a Ph.D. in Informatics and a master’s degree in Computer Science, Dan shares his expertise on digitization initiatives and privacy preservation. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more perspective on countries leading in the adoption of privacy-enhancing tools and other innovative technologies. Topics Covered:· Introduction· How Do Privacy Enhancing Technologies Enable Outsourcing Functions?· Discussing Functional Encryption · What Differentiates Sharemind?· Using MPC with Federated Learning Frameworks· Sharemind’s Vision for the Future· Addressing Privacy Washing· The Digital Identity EvolutionResource List:· Dan’s LinkedIn· Dan Bogdanov Twitter · Cybernetica· Sharemind· Homomorphic Encryption· Multi-Party Computation· Zero-Knowledge Proofs· Federated Learning· IOS 15 ID StorageFollow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
This week on The Encrypted Economy, my guest is Vasant Dhar, Professor at NYU Stern and Center for Data Science. As an expert in digital transformation and artificial intelligence, Vasant discusses the need for effective regulation in a virtualized world. We discuss a range of topics, touching on the broader impacts of technological innovation on our society, KYC, regulating Web 3.0, amongst many others. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy to keep up to date with the latest technological developments driving humanity forward. Topics Covered:· Introduction· Vasant’s Background· Are Governments Prepared for Technological Change?· Free Speech and Technology· Addressing Concerns with KYC· Age Restricting Social Media Platforms· Does Regulation Encourage Offshore Marketplaces?· Broader Regulation Concerns with Crypto· Regulating Web 3.0 and Disentangling Big Tech’s Control· Creating a Marketplace for Data · Is There a Future in Effective Regulation?· Should Advertisers Also Abide by KYC? Resource List:· Vasant’s LinkedIn· Vasant’s Twitter· Brave New World Podcast· SCT Capital · Section 230· TEE Humanode Podcast· Humanode Human Existence Verification· India Digital Identities· Facebook Acquires DoubleClick· Social-media platforms are undermining our democracy. Lawmakers need tostep up and protect it.Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook  
This week on The Encrypted Economy, my guest is Matt Kaufman, Partner at Hathaway & Kunz, LLP.  Matt has experience working with Wyoming's ENDOW and helping draft Wyoming's DAO statute. Matt joins us to share about his experience working with SPDI’s and the DAO organization structure.  Topics Covered:  Introduction Matt’s  Background ENDOW What are SPDI’s? SPDI Best Uses DAOs Outro Resource List:  Matt’s Twitter Matt’s LinkedIn Joel Revill Twitter Joel Revill LinkedIn ENDOW SPDI FinCEN FDIC Wyoming Blockchain Stampede Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms!  Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook 
This week on The Encrypted Economy, my guest is Victor, Founder of Humanode.  At a high level Humanode can prove the identity of users through a novel authentication schemes and grant permission to launch a node and verify transactions running through a network based on human existence. Be prepared for discussion that spans not only human node validation and biometrics, but privacy and macro economicsTopics Covered: Introduction Victor’s Background What is Humanode? Biometrics  Liveness Detection The Vortex DAO Fath Monetary System  Artificial Intelligence  Resource List: Victor’s LinkedIn Victor’s Twitter account Humanode Vortex Fath Liveness detection Zero Knowledge Proof Social Graphs Vite Labs Sybil attack Proof of Stake Humanode White Paper Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook 
This week on The Encrypted Economy, my guest is Greg Xethalis, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Multicoin Capital. Being involved with the legal side of the cryptosphere since the first proposal for a Bitcoin ETF in 2013, Greg gives us his perspective on the structuring of digital assets and legal issues surrounding the space. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insight on the regulatory framework that will drive forward innovation in the blockchain economy. Topics Covered:·       Introduction·       Greg’s Background ·       Breaking Down Different Types of Fund Offerings·       Can Closed-End Funds offer Bitcoin Exposure? ·       APs and the Primary Driver for ETFs·       Discussing the May 11th Staff Statement ·       Are Stablecoins Securities or Funds? ·       Concerns With Lending ProgramsResource List:·       Greg’s LinkedIn·       Greg’s Twitter ·       Multicoin Capital·       What is an interval fund?·       Private placements - Rule 506(b)·       General solicitation - Rule 506(c)·       Securities Exchange Act of 1934·       Investment Company Act of 1940·       Rule 6c-11·       Stoneridge Interval Fund·       May 11 Staff StatementFollow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
This week on The Encrypted Economy, my guest is Dan Bogdanov, Director of the Information Security Institute at Cybernetica and the Co-Inventor of Sharemind. With a Ph.D. in Informatics and a master’s degree in Computer Science, Dan shares his expertise on digitization initiatives and privacy preservation. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more perspective on countries leading in the adoption of e-governance tools and other innovative technologies. Topics Covered:·       Introduction·       Dan’s Background·       Why Does Estonia Take the Lead in Digitalization?·       E-Residency and E-Voting in Estonia·       Forming a Company in Estonia with E-Governance·       Privacy-Enhancing Technologies in E-Voting Systems·       Discussing the Partnership Between Cybernetica and Estonia·       Is Homomorphic Encryption a Solution for Privacy Preservation·       Estonia’s Digital Currency Initiatives·       OutroResource List:·       Dan’s LinkedIn·       Dan Bogdanov Twitter ·       Cybernetica·       Sharemind·       Tom Attema Episode·       Estonia’s E-Governance  ·       Estonia Digital Currency R&D·       Cybernetica partners with PwC Middle East ·       Cybernetica Smartphone-Based ID authentication ·       University of Tartu and Cybernetica Cooperate to Study Quantum-Safe Cryptography ·       Panel Discussion: Lessons on How to Make Data Run, Not People  Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
This week on The Encrypted Economy, my guest is Nancy Min, Chair of Hyperledger’s Social Impact Group and Founder of Ecolong, LLC. With extensive experience in the technology space, Nancy joins the podcast to explore the use cases for Hyperledger and blockchain implementation wherever it can create a positive impact. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insight on revolutionary technologies that will drive society forward.Topics Covered:·       Introduction·       Nancy’s Background·       Hyperledger’s Origin Story·       How Do Blockchain Technologies Factor into Ecolong?·       What Makes Hyperledger the BesAt Choice for Ecolong·       Discussing Hyperledger’s Social Impact Group·       What is the Hyperledger Grant Program?·       Discussion of Social Impact Projects ·       What's to Come from the Hyperledger Social Impact SIG? Resource List:·       Nancy’s LinkedIn·       Hyperledger Wiki·       What is Hyperledger?·       Ecolong·       6050-I·       Hyperledger Digital Identity Special Interest Group·       Hyperledger SawtoothHyperledger Indy·       Hyperledger Iroha·       Hyperledger Besu·       Hyperledger Grid·       Hyperledger Internship·       United Nations Digital Identity·       Covalent Carbon Tracing·       MobiFollow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
This week on The Encrypted Economy, my guest is Drew Hinkes, Partner at K&L Gates and Adjunct Professor at NYU Stern and NYU School of Law. With extensive legal experience and involvement in blockchain technology since 2013, Andrew gives his insight on the liability issues that developers face in blockchain and the legal framework of the ecosystem. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more perspective on legal issues that are looming in the crypto space and creating reliable environments for users.Topics Covered:·       Introduction·       Andrew’s Background·       Why Discuss Smart Contract Enforcement?·       What is a Smart Contract and What is its Significance?·       Jurisdictional Issues with Smart Contracts ·       Navigating the Claims Process with Daos·       How do Daos Limit Liability and is it Enforceable? ·       Limiting the Ability for Claimants to Bring Disputes Without Depriving Resource List:·       Andrew’s LinkedIn·       Andrew’s Twitter ·       K&L Gates·       The Limits of Code Deference·       The Decentralized Autonomous Organization·       Smart Contracts·       Introduction to Smart Contracts·       Solidity Code ·       Coney and Hoffman Transactional Scripts in Contracting Stacks·       Tezos California Federal Court Case·       Alibaba Coin Southern District of New York Case  Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
This week on The Encrypted Economy, my guest is Abraham Sutherland, Founder of Saker Group and Adjunct Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law.  With expertise in taxation policy and regulation, Abraham gives his insight on the regulatory provisions in the recently passed infrastructure bill and its implications on digital currencies. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more perspective on regulatory revisions that will drive forward innovation in the crypto space rather than hold it back. Topics Covered:·       Introduction·       Abraham’s Background ·       Discussing Provisions in the Infrastructure Bill·       Background and Issues with 6050-I·       How do we Define Transactions?·       Implications of Proposed Regulations·       What is Considered a Digital Asset?·       Hypocritical Views of Regulatory Provisions·       What Happens Next?·       Why Do We Have Provisions Like This?Resource List:·       Abraham’s LinkedIn·       Abraham’s University Page ·       Abraham Sutherland Twitter ·       Saker Group LinkedIn·       Broker Provision 6045C·       Article: Infrastructure bill contains new reporting requirements for cryptocurrency ‘brokers’·       Section 6050I·       Bank Secrecy Act·       Form 8300·       Definition of Digital Assets and Current SEC Regulations ·       Hyperledger·       China CBDC Excessive Government Control·       Abraham Sutherland: The Proposal to Regulate Digital Asset Transactions Should Be Struck  Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
This week on The Encrypted Economy, my guest is Matt Zand, Author of Hands-On Smart Contract Development With Hyperledger Fabric. With expertise in Hyperledger Fabric and private distributed ledger technologies, Matt discusses what Hyperledger is, as well as how it integrates with smart contracts and the public blockchain. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insight on distributive ledger frameworks and their use cases in the new economy. Topics Covered:·       Introduction·       Matt’s Background·       Why Hyperledger?·       Breaking Down Hyperledger·       Key Considerations When Contemplating Architecture·       A Sketch of the Hyperledger Family·       What are the Capabilities of Chain Quote·       Use Cases of Hyperledger ·       Smart Contract Life Cycle Management and the Public Blockchain·       Is Hybrid Blockchain Architecture Becoming Trendy·       Resources to Learn About HyperledgerResource List:·       Matt’s LinkedIn·       Comprehensive Review of Hyperledger Use Cases·       Hands-On Smart Contract Development With Hyperledger Fabric·       What is Hyperledger Fabric?·       Coding Bootcamp·       DC Web Makers·       Poly Network Hack ·       Hyperledger Sawtooth·       Hyperledger Indy·       Hyperledger Iroha·       Hyperledger Besu·       Hyperledger Grid·       IRS Taxation of Crypto·       Hybrid Blockchain Architecture·       Hyperledger.orgFollow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
This week on The Encrypted Economy, my guest is Christine Parker, Partner at Reed Smith. As an accomplished attorney with expertise in regulatory, enforcement, and transactional matters relating to commodities, derivatives, and cryptocurrencies, Christine gives her perspective on the current regulatory environment surrounding crypto assets. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insight on innovative technologies and their regulatory framework in a digitized economy.  Topics Covered:·       Introduction·       Christine’s Background·       How Does Congress View Digital Assets?·       Break Down and Updates to Christine’s Testimony·       What is Gensler’s Perspective on SEF’s?·       Congress’ Suggestions to Crypto Exchanges·       Complications With Classifying Digital Assets as CommoditiesResource List:·       Christine’s LinkedIn·       Reed Smith Twitter·       Reed Smith·       Christine Parker Testifying Before the House Financial Services Subcommittee·       Infrastructure Bill·       European Swap Regulation MOU·       Gensler DeFi Criticism·       Howey Test·       Poloniex Settlement ·       Securities-Based Swap Execution Facilities·       Dodd-Frank ·       Definitions of Swaps and Security-Based SwapsFollow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
This week on The Encrypted Economy, my guest is Nelson Rosario, Partner at Smolinski Law. As an accomplished attorney with expertise in the cross section of digital assets and intellectual property, Nelson joins us to give his perspective on NFTs and the legal issues surrounding them. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insight on innovative technologies and the digitization of the economy. Topics Covered:·       Introduction·       Nelson’s Background·       Fungibility of NFTs·       Questions Regarding Property Rights of NFTs ·       Platform Activity in NFT Sales·       Determining the Correct Technical Approach by NFT Platforms·       Questions Raised By NBA Top Shots ·       Why is An NFT Better Than a Notarized Deed?·       Who Could Benefit from NFT Use?Resource List:·       Nelson’s LinkedIn·       Nelson’s Twitter·       Smolinski Rosario Law·       Infrastructure Bill Crypto Regulations·       Gordon Haas ·       What Are NFTs?·       NFT Property Rights Issues·       OpenSea raises $23 Million from a16z ·       How Do Royalties Work on OpenSea? ·       Rarible·       NBA Top Shots Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
This week on The Encrypted Economy, my guests are Jack Lu and Weijia Zhang, CEO and VP of Engineering at Wanchain. Wanchain provides solutions for the connectivity problem inhibiting the growth of blockchain technology. The interoperability platform enables developers to build cross-chain applications that span several blockchains instead of the conventional networks that operate in isolation. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insight on technologies that enable global connectivity and financial freedom of the financial system.Topics Covered:·       Introduction·       Jack’s Background·       Weijia’s Background ·       What is the Mission of Wanchain? ·       How Does Wanchain Enhance the Capabilities of Chains? ·       Introducing Cross-Chain Concepts ·       Use Cases for Cross-Chain·       The Mechanics of Bridging Chains·       Cross-Chain Interoperability Compared to Sharding ·       Ensuring Security of Wanchain·       Discussing the Future of Wanchain·       Creating Regulatory Structures in Blockchain ·       Eric’s BackgroundResource List:·       Jack’s LinkedIn·       Weijia’s LinkedIn·       Jack’s Twitter·       Wanchain·       Wanchain Twitter·       Wanchain Enables More Functionality for XRP·       Cross-Chain Use Cases ·       CBDC Interoperability and Standards Challenge·       Merkle Tree ·       Sharding  ·       Gary Gensler Remarks  Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
This week on The Encrypted Economy, my guest is Jenil Thakker, CEO of Coinvise. Coinvise is dedicated to the creation of Ethereum-based financial infrastructures for personal and community-owned capital. Jenil gives his insight on the discovery of social graphs, social tokens, easing the process of connecting communities through DAOs, and other topics in our conversation about increasing collaborative efforts in the blockchain. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insight on technologies that will revolutionize how we exchange money and democratize the financial system.Topics Covered:·       Introduction·       Jenil’s Background·       How Does Web3 Promote the Goals of Coinvise?·       Creating a Social Graph While Preserving Privacy·       Building DAOs through Coinvise ·       The Evolution of Airdropping Tokens·       Who are the Primary Creators of DAOs?·       Creating Positive Cultures in DAOs·       The Discovery of Social Graphs·       How do we Tackle the Education Hurdle?·       Building the Utopian Social NetworkResource List:·       Jenil’s LinkedIn·       Jenil’s Twitter·       Coinvise·       Coinvise Twitter·       Synthetic Accounts on Instagram·       Airdropping Tokens    ·       Flamingo DAO·       Carbon Credits   ·       VitaDAOFollow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
This week on The Encrypted Economy, my guest is crypto analyst Jonathan Wu. With skills gained through a decade of consulting, private equity, and founding organizations in several different spaces, Jonathan analyzes the developments of stablecoins in the crypto ecosystem. Join us this week to strengthen your understanding of stablecoins and how they maintain consistent prices in an incredibly volatile environment. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insight on technologies that will fully democratize the financial system. Topics Covered:·       Introduction·       Jonathan’s Background ·       What is a Stablecoin?·       The Relationship of Stablecoins and Inflation·       Collateralization of Stablecoins ·       How do Algorithmic Stablecoins Achieve Stability?  ·       Understanding the Challenges with Stablecoin ·       Future Development of the Stablecoins·       Digging into Terra  Resource List:·       Jonathan Wu’s LinkedIn·       Jonathan Wu’s Twitter·       What are Stablecoins?·       What is Collateralization of Stablecoin?·       What is Pegging of Stablecoin?·       Tether CTO CNBC Interview·       Seignorage Shares Model·       Dual Token Model·       Fall of Titan·       Terra Stablecoin  Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
This week on The Encrypted Economy, my guest is Uri Klarman, CEO of bloXroute Labs. BloXroute Labs is a layer zero solution to the scalability issues that inhibit blockchain’s global adoption. If you are interested in scalability solutions or extracting value from the blockchain, this episode is for you. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insight on the infrastructure solutions that will enable blockchain networks to reach more users around the world.Topics Covered:·       Introduction ·       Uri’s Background·       Understanding the Layers of Blockchains·       How Does BloXroute Improve the Blockchain? ·       Similarities Between BloXroute and Akamai ·       Implications of the Network Layer ·       A Deep Dive Into MEV ·       Is MEV All Bad?·       How Does MEV Relate to What BloXroute is Doing?·       Managing Blockchain’s Scalability Issue and the Gas LimitResource List:·       Uri Klarman LinkedIn·       BloXroute·       What is MEV?·       Philip Daian Flashbots Paper·       The Blockchain Scalability Problem·       Layer One vs Layer Two·       Akamai·       Sharding·       Flashbots·       Frontrunning and Backrunning ·       Gas Limits·       Mempools·       Controlling the Gas Limit with the Eagle Project Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
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