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The Blockcrunch - VCs Take On Decentralized Finance With Marc Weinstein & Roy Lerner of Wave Financial

The Blockcrunch - VCs Take On Decentralized Finance With Marc Weinstein & Roy Lerner of Wave Financial

Update: 2019-01-15


Projects like MakerDao, dYdX and Dharma are creating a future of decentralized finance. Beyond the ideology and tech - how likely is "DeFi" to succeed?

Marc Weinstein and Roy Lerner - investors from Wavemaker Partners, a VC fund with over $265M in AUM - to discuss:

An honest critique of DeFi todayHow DeFi may be recreate the same problems we have in our legacy financial systemWhat institutions think of DeFi projects‚Not finance advice. Host: Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi)

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Intro music by Phortissimo:‚ music by Garreth Chan:‚

Disclaimer: The Blockcrunch podcast series is intended for educational purposes only and does not constitute investment advice. Conduct your own research and invest at your own risk.

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The Tatiana Show Ep. 173 Crypto in Bermuda
I went to Bermuda a few times as a kid, and I always remember the pink sand. Hearing about it from the local administration though, it sounds like an even better paradise for cryptocurrency. It's also only a 2.5 hour flight from NY, which is PRETTY APPEALING! Hear the answers to some questions you too probably have about what the benefits are to setting up shop in Bermuda? How does it compare to the rest of the Caribbean? It's always a challenge to find the most cutting edge jurisdiction, but the benefit of working in blockchain is that you're not physically limited to where you are, at least not forever! Listen on as I chat with Denis Pitcher and Wayne Smith from Bermuda to learn more about the regulatory environment and ecosystem. About the Guests:The Government of Bermuda consists of a Governor, a Deputy Governor, a Cabinet, and a Legislature based on two legislative chambers '“ a Senate and a House of Assembly.Denis Pitcher is a tech co-founder and architect and his responsibility is to act as a technology visionary to pair his expertise in software design and development with his company's vision and goals.Denis's task is to understand and combine a good user experience with adequate architecture of software and technology solutions to ensure business continuity and scalability. He evokes agile and customer development principles to put a process around the development of their product and continuously test their vision. This is built on a foundation of leading software development and architecture practices to ensure that they can react quickly to pivoting requirements and volatility in their business.More Info:TatianaMoroz.comCryptoMediaHub.comGov.bmFriends and Sponsors of the Use code 'tatianashow' to earn even more!
What Bitcoin Did #77 Daniel Kelman on the Creditors of Mt. Gox and Civil Rehabilitation
'œWhen this all happened I hated Mark, but now I don't because I understand a lot more about what went on.' '" Daniel KelmanInterview location: SkypeInterview date: Tuesday 12th Feb, 2019Company: OceanExRole: Chief Strategy OfficerThe victims of Mt. Gox are the creditors, those who lost their Bitcoin when the company entered into bankruptcy arrangements. For years they have battled for a fair civil rehabilitation plan and suffered delay after delay.Under Japanese law, the creditors were due the Yen value off their holding at the date of bankruptcy, to be paid out from the 200,000 Bitcoins which were found by Mark Karpeles after first suspecting all the Bitcoin were gone.The process of rehabilitation has been held up by the lawsuit from Peter Vessenes from Coinlab, and during the wait, the price of Bitcoin has risen sharply. Under Japanese law, after creditors have been paid, the remaining value in the company is due to the shareholders, this being Mark Karpeles (88%) and Jed McCaleb (12%), which would have made Mark a billionaire. To their credit, neither Mark nor Jed wants to receive this money, and the creditors have fought to have the remaining Bitcoin redistributed to them. In this interview, I walk with the lawyer, Daniel Kelman, the architect of the civil rehabilitation plan for Mt.Gox creditors. We discuss this as well as the claims from Brock Pierce and Peter Vessenes.This episode is also on:iTunesYoutubeStitcherGoogle PlayTuneInListen to more What Bitcoin Did episodes
#275 Ben Goertzel: SingularityNET - The Global AI Network and Marketplace
Artificial Intelligence is often misunderstood. And much like blockchain, those who fiercely stand by the technology believe it will change the world for the better. Others fear the negative repercussions it could bring it and would rather see it disappear. We're joined by Ben Goertzel. Ben's interest in AI and robotics date back to his childhood and he has made these his life-long passion and work. He is the CEO of SingularityNET, a company building a marketplace for AIs which leverages blockchain. He is also Chief Scientist at Hanson Robotics who has brought us the now famous Sophia robot. When he's not building blockchains and robots, he leads the OpenCog open-source AI framework and is Chair of Humanity +, an organization which focuses on technology and ethics.Topics discussed in this episode:Ben's background as a mathematician and his lifelong passion for AI and roboticsWhat is AI, AGI and machine learning, and how these technologies differWhat is the killer application for AIThe problem of data and power centralization as it relates to AIAI safety and with what we should be most concerned when it comes to AI dominanceHanson Robotics and the Sophia robotHow blockchains and AI are relevant to each otherThe role of AI in blockchain governance and the potential for AI systems to compete amongst each otherWhat is SingularityNET and what the company is buildingLinks mentioned in this episode: Ben Goertzel's WebsiteSingularityNET websiteSingularityNET whitepaperBen Goertzel portraied in Silicon ValleyBen Goertzel's WebsiteCreating Internet IntelligenceAccelerandoSponsors: Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchainsToptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent' '" Get a $1,000 credit on your first hireSupport the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg ( 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd ( 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 ( episode is also available on :Epicenter.tvYouTubeSoundcloudWatch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed.Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sƒbastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.
Distributed Dialogues EP #17 - Low Hanging Fruit
"Once people become comfortable with blockchain ... Remember, blockchain is really tainted by bitcoin, which is tainted by the dark web. Healthcare is looking at it going, "Oh my God, this is a creepy space. We don't want any piece of this." Well, that's a problem if you're an entrepreneur. You want to choose something that has minimum amount of regulation, biggest upside possible, get everybody comfortable, move forward." - Dr. Alan PittMany companies in the healthcare sector have been exploring how blockchain technology can upend long-standing processes that have bogged down the system for decades. However, a lot of them are attempting to tackle major, big-picture issues that could take decades to accomplish with a budding technology. So we asked our guests, "What's something tangible that could be accomplished in the near future?" This episode explores those responses, with a little help and humor from Dave and Grahm. Enjoy!Distributed Dialogues is a BTC Media-produced podcast on The Let's Talk Bitcoin Network. Visit for more engaging podcasts and follow us on twitter @DistributedDD.Music provided by: Trent UbbenEpisode Sponsors: ButcherboxSpecial Offer: Limited time offer! Visit for $20 off your first order, two free filet mignons and a free box of bacon! Holy Titanic, Batman! That's a lot of meat!!!!Remember to like, share and subscribe!
Attachment Theory: Proof Of Love hosted by Tatiana Moroz, Stephanie Murphy, PHD, and Lauren Kaszovitz
My favorite thing I have learned on my journey into my romantic psyche has been Attachment Theory. Whenever I share it with people, it also seems to help them and really resonate. It's nice to know we are not alone in our weird behaviors some of us have had since childhood, but never really had an explanation for. Hint: you're not a crazy person (well, you may be, but not because of this specifically). Stephanie had some great articles we touched on, I have some book recommendations, and Lauren shares what it's like to go from one style into another based on your partner.Interested in learning your own attachment style? Listen in, and see if you are a secure, anxious, avoidant, or an anxious-avoidant!Here are some links we reference in the show: you have a love question, or a show idea for us? Please email us!Thank you to our code tatianashow to earn free rewards!)Remember, this is a new show, so if you like it, please be sure to tell 3 friends! Leave a good review on Itunes, and be sure to follow us on our socials!
#274 Alexey Akhunov: Ethereum 1.x - BUIDLing Things One Step at a Time
We're joined by Alexey Akhunov, an independent Ethereum researcher. Alexey has been working on an ambitious project called TurboGeth. As the name implies, it is a version of Geth which features a number of speed and performance optimizations. Alexey also leads the state rent working group of the Ethereum 1.x project. Ethereum 1.x came out of Devcon when core developers began to realize that the full migration to Serenity would likely take several years. The team hopes to bring progressive improvements to Ethereum in parallel to the development of Serenity.Topics discussed in this episode:Alexey's background as a computer scientistThe story behind TurboGeth and how it differs from the original Geth clientThe speed and performance optimizations of TurboGeth, as well as its trade-offsWhat is Ethereum 1.x in the context of Ethereum 2.0 (Serenity)Which people and projects are part of Ethereum 1.xWhat is state rent and why it may be beneficial to EthereumImplementing state rent in Ethereum 1.x and 2.0eWASM and how it can be introduced in Ethereum 1.x and 2.0The future of Ethereum and the progress towards SerenityLinks mentioned in this episode: Alexey Akhunov on MediumTurboGeth talk at Bevcon4Ethereum State rent for Eth 1.x pre-EIPEthereum state rent - rough proposalState Rent proposal version 2 (rushed)Ethereum state rent proposal 2ETH Roadmap AMAEthCCEthCC Epicenter MeeupSponsors: Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicksSupport the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg ( 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd ( 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 ( episode is also available on :Epicenter.tvYouTubeSoundcloudWatch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed.Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sƒbastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.
The Tatiana Show Ep. 170 Dan Spuller
Even though I am in Acapulco, and the sun is oh so alluring, I still found time to do an episode with Dan Spuller from the Chamber of Digital Commerce to talk about the upcoming Summit. We also got an update on the recent work being done in DC on behalf of the Blockchain community by Dan, Perianne, and their team. Co-Host Joshua Scigala was able to join, which was great as he has been tied up with fundraising and speaking publicly at a variety of conferences for Vaultoro. We mentioned the upcoming release of Proof of Love as well, releasing on Valentine's DayAbout the Guests:Daniel Spuller is the Director of Member Services for the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber, he held senior-level positions in North Carolina's Department of Commerce and Department of Transportation.Since 2012, he has been an advocate of decentralized digital assets, bitcoin, and blockchain technology. He was instrumental in facilitating negotiations between the Office of the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks and the Chamber of Digital Commerce. The Chamber was successful in driving a multi-stakeholder campaign leading to the passage of America's first comprehensive blockchain-related legislation through the North Carolina Money Transmitters Act of 2016.Spuller most previously served as Administrative Officer to the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, overseeing the integration of toll technology interoperability between states, and the electronic collection of $41 million+ in revenue on the first toll road in America built exclusively to use only cashless-collection technology. He was later was appointed by North Carolina's Secretary of Transportation to serve as a member of the NCDOT Autonomous Vehicle Roadmap Project.In 2014, Spuller co-founded the Cryptolina Bitcoin Expo, North and South Carolina's conference dedicated to the bitcoin and blockchain industry. The conference won accolades from across the community, and welcomed hundreds of industry professionals to Raleigh and Charlotte in 2014 and 2015.More Dcblockchainsummit.comFriends and Sponsors of the use code "tatianashow" use code "Tatiana"
Let's Talk Bitcoin! #387 POW, POS and Self Fulfilling Counter Prophecies
On Todays Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin...Andreas M. Antonopoulos and Stephanie Murphy join Adam B. Levine for an in-depth discussion on the ups and downs of consensus reality and the two "big" methods (Proof of Work and Proof of Stake) which we use to define it.Topic 1: Proof of Stake and Proof of Work DiscussionTopic 2: Ethereum Update and Upgrade PathPartial transcript from about 35 minutes in...ANDREAS M. ANTONOPOULOS:"The problem with proof of work as a system is that it's so poorly understood and it's very difficult to see what benefits it offers.... Immutability and resistance against state level colluding actors are benefits you don't really see until somebody tries to attack them. The fact that they don't attack them, in bitcoin, is not something you can celebrate because it's like proving a negative. Another way to put it is that no one really pays attention to a surgeon until their patients start dying. It's very difficult to say 'look at how good I am because none of my patients have died lately', but it's very easy to point to the surgeon famous for performing an operation with the 300% mortality rate. He did an amputation in 25 seconds, during which he managed to also amputate some of the fingers of one of his surgery assistants... And it was such a horrific scene that one of the audience members died from shock. Then the patient and the assistant died from sepsis days later, making it the only surgery with 300% mortality rate... Now, you can point to that and say "That's not a good surgeon" but it's very difficult to look at a surgeon and say "Well, nobody's died yet so that's a good surgeon". This is a general problem with security, because security working means that nothing bad happened. And the absence of something bad happening is not a provable thing. SO you can say that Bitcoin is secure. How do you know? well, it's hasn't been successfully attacked yet. Could it be successfully attacked? Could someone amass 51%? And we can point to examples of smaller systems which have been attacked like Classic Recently, but the problem is it's really hard to see that value. Same thing with immutability.""It may be the case that only one virgin birth industrial, planetary scale proof of work system could be bootstrapped. It already has been. Only one is affordable and in the end maybe only one is needed, because it can offer immutability services to other chains through checkpointing thereby allowing proof of stake to be even more robust. That's not an indictment of proof of work, in fact, it demonstrates the one system that did bootstrap and offers that qualitatively important immutability. Qualitatively different from the immutability you'd get in proof of stake, is extremely valuable because you can only possibly have one, and we can only afford one. It's environmentally very expensive and energy expensive. Then the question is, is it worth it? I think proof of stake can be very powerful for smaller blockchains, especially combined with checkpointing in a proof of work chain. But I think, again, the immutability you get is qualitatively different. One of the important things that most critics of proof of work don't understand, is I can take a computer that's never seen a bitcoin blockchain. I can give it one block, the most recent block. It can look at the proof of work and tell me if that's real without any external network connection. How does it know? It knows because the proof of work embedded in that single block, computationally, would have required 45 Exa-hashes per second to compute in ten minutes. So there's only one of two possibilities... Either somebody was running a lot of general purpose computers for two years to produce just that one block in order to fool you, or it was a block produced in 10 minutes by the only network able to deliver 45 exa-hashes. The bitcoin network. You can make that assessment without any external information just by looking at that one hash and the nonce. Then saying "How many hashes did this take to produce? It actually contains the proof of the work that was done... And when there's only one network on the planet that could do it, then the proof that the work HAS been done also tells you WHO did that work.And therefore, it is an authentic bitcoin block. I don't even need to know if it's connected to the genesis block. If I do have those connections then it's beyond any doubt. But even just a single block contains something very important, and you can't do that with proof of stake. Meaning that, if all of the participants decided to rewrite history in a proof of stake system, the cost to do so is zero. If all of the participants with 100% consensus decided to rewrite the bitcoin chain, they would have to re-spend several gigawatts of energy to do so. There's no way to fake it. And you can't do that with proof of stake. You can't have the idea that a participant with no prior information can establish that this is the one true history. You can present alternative histories as long as you have 100% consensus that are equally valid. In Bitcoin, you can't. You can't present alternative that is equally valid even if you have 100% of the mining..." Tip LTB:1FZGD64BA7B9GdwDhGGGF92amt9X6VH38Kor Via the Lightning Network at for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin, content for todays show was provided by Andreas Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy and Adam B. Levine.This episode was edited by Dave/Adam and featured music by Jared Rubens and Gurty BeatsSend questions or comments to
#273 Christian Decker: Lightning Network - The Road to Scaling Bitcoin
When the Lightning Network (LN) was conceived in 2015, it was quickly embraced by the Bitcoin community as the way to dramatically scale Bitcoin's capacity. There was an expectation of LN being available quickly. Instead, development proceed more slowly in the background with different teams contributing to a standard specification. That spec is now almost ready and last year interest and early activity on the LN increased dramatically. We were joined by Christian Decker, a core engineer at Blockstream, where he works on their LN client. We discussed the history and progression of the LN and what remains on the road to scaling Bitcoin.Topics discussed in this episode:How Christian ended up writing the world's first PhD on BitcoinThe vision of the Lightning NetworkHow the Lightning Network evolved in the last 4 yearsApproaching the 1.0 specificationThe current state of the networkWhy centralization concerns around hubs are often misguidedeltoo and the future of lightning networkThe case against other chains being better layer 1 networks than BitcoinLinks mentioned in this episode: Lightning Network WhitepaperChristian Decker - Scaling Bitcoin with Duplex Micropayment ChannelsJoseph Poon & Tadge Dryja - Scalability and the Lightning NetworkBlockstream - Lightning NetworkA Simplified Update Mechanism for Lightning and Off-Chain ContractsLightning Network Specifications on GithubSponsors: Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent' '" Get a $1,000 credit on your first hireAzure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicksSupport the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg ( 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd ( 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 ( episode is also available on :Epicenter.tvYouTubeSoundcloudWatch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed.Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sƒbastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.
The Third Web #14 - Dawn of an Ecosystem: Substrate & Polkadot
Care of DFINITY I was privileged to attend the Web 3 Summit in Berlin last year. While there I interviewed Aeron Buchanan, the Executive Vice President of the Web 3 Foundation and Gavin Wood, Founder of Ethereum, Parity, and the Web 3 Foundation. These guys are two of the individuals that launched the programmable blockchain revolution and these interviews plot a course from the founding of Ethereum to their vision of the decentralized web and give us a trajectory beyond.A quick production note. These interviews were filmed in the style of the other filmed interviews on The Third Web, unfortunately the footage was lost to a dead macbook leaving only the audio. As I usually cut myself out of the filmed interviews my contribution is less geared for production. Visit , for more informationAeron BuchananExecutive vice president of Web 3 FoundationMasters in Computer science with a focus on engineering at OxfordWorked in filmThen completed a PHD in computer visionBecame algorytm designerTell us about your time at EthereumEthereum was initial excitingWent from raising interest to actually delivering and things changed a lotAareon ran most of Eth DevVery stressfulWas Ming Chan hard to work with?Came laterEventually delivery of Ethereum was on course.A CEO or COO type role was needed.Eth foundation was not doing much at the time.The plan was to transition EthDev responsibilities to foundationAfter a worldwide search Vitalik chose Ming ChanAeron transitioned out shortly thereafterWeb 3 FoundationDrives the development and deployment of polkadot.Parity is building the rust implementationThe runtime of polkadot is Parity's Substrate.What is Web 3?Web 3 is different things to different people.To The Web 3 foundation Web 3 is the deentralized web.The Web 3 foundation aims to map out and build the technologies needed.This seems very blockchain focussedYes, and polkadot is blockchain platformThe blockchain platform part is only part.There needs to be a large number of other components to build the decentralized webHow do you build decentralised messaging and storage?We are leaving that to others like IPFS.Proof of replication is something that people who looked at proof of storafge instead of proof of work overlooked.Whisper and Secure scuttlebutt are interesting optionsCoordination can happen on the blockchain but messaging on the blockchain is a non-starter.When will all this stuff come together to make ausable platform?We are not yet at a stage of maturity.The technologists building all of this know we are not at the end yet.We started with scriptingMoved to scalability, reputation, messaging & everything else. We are not yet through the checklist.Polkadot takes us 95% of the way to scalabilityThe next one is reputation. No clear solution yet.Whats the challenge with reputation?Proposals look at the result rather than the approach.Reputation is different in different contexts.There must not be an originator. Reputation must be decentralized.Gavin WoodFounded EthereumFounded ParityFounded Web 3 FoundationLead of Polkadot.You are also working on something called Substrate . . .Parity's gift to the blockchain building community.Geared to creating new chains easily.A turbocharger for blockchain development.Moduralized toolkit.PoS mechanisms, DAOs, balances, governance & voting mechanisms.It is as if departments of a nation state. Parity are building the templated for those departments.The biggest advancement is the ability to upgrade itselfBased on WebAssemblyRun as a blockchain engineThe blockchain's code under substrate is compiled into Wasm.How do you upgrade?There is a state transition function that describes how the ledger changes from one block to another.In the past it only applied to smart contracts and balancesIn Substrate the blockchain stores consensus information and a blob of Wasm code that stores the blockchain protocol.The transition function uses this to determine how transition should occur.The blob can alter everything and the blob itself can be updated.What is the importance of these kind of systems for defending personal freedom?When the internet began, the user was free. - No man born into chains.This is no longer the case. Today we need to know who, why and how we are being controled or manipulated.We know the who - Corporate interests.The why is more comp;icated - to make more money, but increasingly to capture more data for other purposes - learning, prediction, targeted advertising, memetic feedback loops, political manipulation.How do you prevent that?Think how are they doing this?It comes down to centralizationThe fewer organisations that are used to access data and the less the individual control, the more they are able to control.We avoid this by reducing our exposure to these central points of control.We live in an economic world. This is fine on an individual level, but bad on a national scale.We need to restrict nexuses of power and make sure that power is transparent.This is what we are trying to engineer with these components of Web 3
#272 Jameson Lopp: On Being a Professional Cypherpunk
We're joined by Jameson Lopp. Jameson is the CTO of Casa, a company providing key storage solutions. Previously, he was an early engineer at BitGo. However, to most people, he is perhaps known for his Twitter presence and his excellent writing. Over the years, Jameson has written extensively about Bitcoin development, cryptocurrencies, and personal operational security. A self-proclaimed 'œProfessional Cypherpunk,' aligns with the ideas of libertarianism and volunteerism.Topics discussed in this episode:Jameson's background and how he learned about BitcoinHis political view before and after discovering cryptoWhat stands out for Bitcoin in 2018His writing on the decentralized nature of Bitcoin Core developmentHis views on how Bitcoin compares to Ethereum on the topic of development controlHis thoughts on the Lightning Network and smart contracts on top of BitcoinJameson's approach to personal operational securityThe tradeoffs of having air-tight personal OpSecCasa and its vault offeringLinks mentioned in this episode: Jameson Lopp's websiteJameson Lopp's Bitcoin ResourcesCRYPTO 101 interview with Jameson LoppBitcoin Full Validation Sync Performance (article)Reflections Upon a SWATting (article)Bitcoin By the Numbers: 2018 Recap (article)Who Controls Bitcoin Core? (article)Professional Cypherpunk Jameson Lopp on the Lightning Network (article)Decentralized Summit 2019Sponsors: Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicksSupport the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg ( 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd ( 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 ( episode is also available on :Epicenter.tvYouTubeSouncloudWatch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed.Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sƒbastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.
What Bitcoin Did #67 Bitcoin Is Free Speech Money With Gab's Andrew Torba
'œThe first amendment is not there to protect popular speech, it is there to protect unpopular speech.''" Andrew TorbaInterview location: SkypeInterview date: Thursday 17th Jan, 2018Company: Gab.comRole: CEOThe Silk Road remains one of the most important Bitcoin projects. The website provided a clear use case for Bitcoin, allowing for the buying and selling of goods outside of government regulations.Outside of price speculation and trading, there are currently few projects which utilise the full potential within the design of Bitcoin: censorship resistant money. is a site which is not only making use of Bitcoin in this way, but it has to for survival.In the divisive world of free speech, has created a platform which does not censor views, opinions and content which some people find tasteless, hateful and/or offensive. Andrew Torba, the CEO of Gab believes that this is an essential right in a world where social media giants can control what content is and isn't allowed.There are many examples of censorship across these platforms, from Google restricting search results to Alex Jones universal removal from almost every social media and content platform. Whatever you think of Alex Jones, whether you find his views and opinions offensive, censorship across these platforms and the role that social media companies play in determining what content is permissible is a hotly debated subject.I invited Andrew onto the podcast to discuss free speech, censorship and understand how the company has been affected by their own deplatforming experiences. We also discuss how is using Bitcoin to fund their business and thus why Bitcoin is free speech money.This episode is also on:iTunesYoutubeStitcherGoogle PlayTuneInListen to more What Bitcoin Did episodes
The Tatiana Show Ep. 167 Obreahny O'Brien
Pitching blockchain to enterprise clients isn't easy. There are a lot of other considerations, and it can certainly be intimidating. Luckily we are joined by Obreahny O'Brien, CEO of the Lenox Group and former product lead for Ernst and Young in their blockchain strategy group who has written a book called Blockchain for CEOs : Ten Presentations to America's Top Boardrooms teaching the rest of us what is the best way to approach this. It's a little tricky, but Obreahny has made it simple in her book and in her breakdown on the Tatiana Show. Give it a listen, and learn how you can be more prepared to face the big companies you may need for your product. About the Guests:Obreahny is the CEO of Lenox Group - a New York City based fintech focused on developing blockchain technology and artificial intelligence products for companies and government agencies.Prior to Lenox Group, Obreahny was the founding member and product lead for Ernst and Young's blockchain strategy group servicing large financial institutions. She developed Ernst and Young's capital raising token service offerings across a broad range of disciplines including: strategic planning; tax structuring; token ecosystem; and business model support.In 2014, Obreahny co-developed, which was the first smart contracts platform that interacted with the Bitcoin multi-sig protocol.Prior to her work in the technology sector, Obreahny gathered over 8 years of transaction advisory experience for bulge bracket private equity clients at KPMG.More Sponsors of the
#271 Martin Koppelmann & Matan Field: How the dxDAO could become the world's largest organization
The concept of DAOs has been captivating to many in the crypto space for years. When 'œThe DAO' was created in 2016, in the few weeks of its existence and despite obvious flaws, it gather tremendous momentum and amassed 14% of the entire ether supply. Since then the technology has matured and Martin and Matan argue that the time for DAOs has finally arrived. We were joined by DAOstack Founder Matan Field and Gnosis Founder Martin Kƒppelmann. We talked about the decentralized exchange protocol DutchX. We also talked about how the two projects together created the dxDAO, which will manage the DutchX protocol, but could go onto its own path. A path that could even lead to being the DAO for all of DeFi.Topics discussed in this episode:The unifying vision behind the various Gnosis projectsWhy Gnosis decided to build decentralized exchange protocol DutchXDutchX's usage of batch auctions to provide good prices and liquidity for any marketIncentivizing market makers with the Magnolia tokenWhy the DutchX needs a DAOThe role of Reputation in the dxDAOHow Reputation will be distributedWhy DAOs unlike companies could become more efficient as they growHow the dxDAO could become the biggest organization on earth in the next 10 yearsHow one can get involved in the dxDAOLinks mentioned in this episode: dxDAO WebsiteJoint AMA: Martin Kƒppelmann & Matan Field - dxDAODAOtalk.orgIntroducing the dxDAOA brief discussion of the protocol governing the dxDAOThe DutchX as an Open ProtocolSponsors: Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent' '" Get a $1,000 credit on your first hireSupport the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg ( 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd ( 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 ( episode is also available on :Epicenter.tvYouTubeSouncloudWatch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed.Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sƒbastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.
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The Blockcrunch - VCs Take On Decentralized Finance With Marc Weinstein & Roy Lerner of Wave Financial

The Blockcrunch - VCs Take On Decentralized Finance With Marc Weinstein & Roy Lerner of Wave Financial

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