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Author: Conor Svensson

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Blockchain Innovators is an informative podcast where the host, Web3 Labs founder and CEO, Conor Svensson talks to guests who have made significant contributions to the blockchain ecosystem. Find out what inspires these innovators, get their thoughts on the latest industry news and events spanning crypto, blockchain, protocols, DeFi, NFTs, DAOs and IoT.
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In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson, founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Ben Edgington, Eth2 researcher and Product Owner Teku at ConsenSys.Ben comes from a very technical background. He stated his career on super computers at Hitachi before being sucked into the world of blockchain when he joined ConsenSys in 2017.Conor and Ben discuss Ethereum and its transition off of proof of work to proof of stake. Ben has been very involved in this and has seen firsthand how it has evolved over the past three years. Ben is a well known figure in the Eth2 community and if you want to keep up to date with fast moving space we recommend you read What's new in Eth2.You can watch this as a video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson, founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Weijia Zhang, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Regional Head of China and Vice President of Engineering, Wanchain Foundation.Conor and Weijia discuss the state of interop with blockchains right now, where it's heading and what a successful outcome would look like in the space.Weijia has focussed on blockchain interoperability for a number of years, he leads the cross chain interoperability working group at the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance. Weijia is also an accomplished academic and technologist, he has invented over 20 patents and published over 30 research papers. His vast experience and knowledge of blockchain interoperability really comes across in the podcast as he provides his valuable perspective on the space.Watch this podcast here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson, founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Joseph Lubin, founder and CEO of ConsenSys and co-founder of Ethereum.Joe is one of the leading voices in blockchain technology given his path working alongside Vitalik Buterin and a number of others in launching the Ethereum blockchain. He created ConsenSys in 2014, with the goal of providing a commercial entity to drive the wider adoption of Ethereum and its technology. This podcast is taken from a recent EEA Virtual Meetup where Conor and Joe cover a number of topics including ConsenSys's recent commercial successes with its MetaMask wallet and its funding round supported by JP Morgan, Mastercard, Protocol Labs, the Maker Foundation and others.  Joe also shares his thoughts on where we are headed with technologies like Central Bank Digital Currencies, NFTs and DAOs and of course, talk also turned to Elon Musk and his impact on crypto!Given Joe's incredible journey with Ethereum so far, the valuable insights he provides in this podcast are  fascinating to listen to.You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Dr Naseem Naqvi, President of the British Blockchain Association.Naseem initially trained as a medical doctor. He went on to create the British Blockchain Association to promote evidence based adoption of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.Conor and Naseem discuss the journey from being a medical doctor to creating the BBA, why evidence based decision making is so important and how this thinking can be applied to blockchain initiatives.Many significant breakthroughs have come from combing different ideas from multiple fields, given Naseem's medical route, his insights in this podcast are fascinating. You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Yorke Rhodes - Director Digital Transformation, Blockchain, Cloud Supply Chain at Microsoft.Yorke explains the path that led him to blockchain and how he co-founded blockchain at Microsoft. Conor and Yorke also talk about Yorke's work using blockchain in supply chains and digital identity and how NFTs have finally crossed the chasm!Yorke is on the board for the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition and is also an Adjunct Professor at NYU where he has taught Digital Marketing and Intrapreneurship and currently teaches Ecommerce with a healthy dose of blockchain.Watch this podcast here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Shawn Douglass - co-founder and CEO of Amberdata, a leading provider of crypto market data for institutions.Amberdata have been building their platform since 2017, it provides not only price data for the major cryptocurrencies but also includes data for DeFi lending platforms and decentralized exchanges.Shawn explains what types of institutions are interested in the platform and why it can't be replicated easily by others. He also discusses how it's responsible for powering significant parts of the DeFi ecosystem. You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to John Whelan - Managing Director of Digital Assets at Santander, Chair Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.Conor and John discuss the areas of the financial system where blockchain will truly leave its mark and the opportunities for institutional DeFi and decentralized identity. John has been very involved in blockchain initiatives over the past five years including wholesale money market payments and lending. John has an unprecedented understanding of the financial world and the blockchain ecosystem which makes this podcast great fun to listen to!Watch this video on our YouTube channel here.You can also watch John speak at a recent EEA Virtual Meetup here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Peter Broadhurst - co-founder and Head of Engineering at Kaleido. Prior to Kaleido, Peter worked at IBM for 18 years on cloud computing and middleware technologies.Conor and Peter discuss the problems that blockchain solves that middleware couldn't and what Peter considers to be the next big opportunities for blockchain in enterprise.Peter also talks about the newly launched FireFly project which provides a multi party system for enterprise data flows which lets developers build decentralized enterprise grade applications on blockchain based business networks.Join Conor and Peter as they 'geek out' on how blockchain fits in to the broader technology landscape!You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
Blockchain Innovators is an easy to listen to, informative video where the host, Web3 Labs founder and CEO, Conor Svensson talks to guests who have made significant contributions to the blockchain ecosystem during the past five-plus years.Find out what inspires the blockchain innovators, get their thoughts on the latest new and events and find out their advice for people who aspire to become a blockchain innovator! In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Dan Burnett - Executive Director at Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Eugene Aseev, Co-founder and CTO of Chainstack. Prior to Chainstack, Eugene worked in cyber security for a number of leading firms including Acronis and Kaspersky Labs.In this episode, Eugene explains the origins of Chainstack and how it came to be. He also talks about how their products and services have evolved over the years and the biggest challenges that they have faced as an organisation. Eugene's chat provides inspirational information and is a must listen for any aspiring blockchain innovator!You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Kyle Thomas - Founder and CEO of Provide.Provide is a leading enterprise blockchain whose platform can be used to quickly launch enterprise blockchain applications. Provide have worked with Unibright to create the Baseledger Protocol to fulfil the major requirements of organisations for participating with Baseline enabled business processes.In this podcast Conor and Kyle discuss the Baseline Protocol and where blockchain is gaining significant traction in enterprise. They also talk about the convergence of enterprise DeFi and what service level agreements and invoices have in common. Kyle also explains why he thinks identity is going to be the next big thing in blockchain.You can also watch this as a video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to John Wolpert, ConsenSys Group Executive Enterprise Mainnet Products and Technology.John is also the co founder and steering committee chair of the Baseline Protocol and prior to his work at ConsenSys he was a co founder of IBM's Blockchain Organisation.John discusses the history of IBM's blockchain division and why he believes the future of blockchain in public. He also talks about the Baseline Protocol, a technology that uses the Ethereum public mainnet as a common frame of reference among different organisations.John has an acute understanding of what enterprises need from blockchain and he provides lots of insightful take aways in this podcast.You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to Todd McDonald, R3 Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer.Todd has deep rooted financial industry expertise. He was Head of America's State Street Bank before becoming interested in Bitcoin and founding R3 with David Rutter in 2014. Conor and Todd talk about the origins of R3 and its evolution to releasing products like Corda and Conclave.  Todd also talks us through the key drivers behind the current interest from institutions in crypto, blockchain and DLT technology.R3 has made a significant impact to enterprise blockchain and this podcast is a fascinating insight in to their progress over the past seven years.You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
In this episode of Blockchain Innovators, Conor Svensson - founder and CEO of Web3 Labs, talks to David Palmer, Blockchain Lead IoT at Vodafone Business.David has been involved with blockchain for a number of years, driving a number of strategic initiatives in Vodafone. He has a vast amount of knowledge in both blockchain and IoT. If you're interested in where we are with the convergence of these technologies with respect to the wider adoption, this episode of Blockchain Innovators is a must listen!You can also watch this video on our YouTube channel here.
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