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#62 - Interview with Giorgio Zinetti and Yves Petitjean of Valid.global

Who are you, really?  For most, our identity officially is confirmed by government records such as birth certificate or passport, but is there a decentralized way?  Today we talk with Valid who attempt to create a digital identity based on your network and relationships with other people, so that even if you are from a place where government records aren't trustworthy, you can still have a blockchain-based ID.  

Visit Valid at: http://www.valid.global 

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This episode was sponsored in part by Bankera, "Banking for the Blockchain Era".

Check out their ICO at  https://bankera.com/

ICO is on until the end of February

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We hope you enjoy our show and feel free to reach out to us at info@analysisinchains.com or on Twitter through @NealKierans and @NWilliamsMBA

Intro reel and music by Sebastian Rodriguez from NTRPY, http://www.ntrpy.berlin

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#61 - Interview with Jeffrey Huang, founder of Mithril

If you create and post video, articles, music, or most other types of content, you can usually participate in a revenue-sharing model with the platform where you post the content.  But why not with selfies and status updates as well? This week Nathan intervies Jeffrey Huang, the founder of Mithril. Together they talk about the need to put personal content IP on the blockchain and provide revenue to those who provide it. 

Visit Mthril at: https://www.mith.io

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This episode was brought to you in part by Bankera, "Banking for the Blockchain Era".

Check out their ICO at  https://bankera.com/

ICO is on until the end of February

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We hope you enjoy our show and feel free to reach out to us at info@analysisinchains.com or on Twitter through @NealKierans and @NWilliamsMBA

Intro reel and music by Sebastian Rodriguez from NTRPY, http://www.ntrpy.berlin

To join our Slack community, sign up through the website to get an invite.

Keep on hashing!

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#60 - Bitcoin Hype is Back! Is it going all the way to $50k?

Nathan, International Man of Mystery, and Neal are pinching themselves, is the Bitcoin Hype back again? After all the recent doom and gloom?

The mega Crypto correction in January and February is still all talk in the media, but Crypto land is already talking about $50k price target for end of 2018 – does this make sense? Or are people getting carried away with amateur Technical Analysis that is spreading like wild fire on social media?

Listen to our latest episode to find out more

 

Upcoming Meetups: 

Feb 19 London: http://meetu.ps/e/DSSrH/54Lr8/f

Thanks again to our event sponsor Runway East - if you’re after a startup coworking space in London, you could do far worse than check out their locations here. 

 

Feb 22 San Francisco: http://meetu.ps/e/DTjTf/54Lr8/f

Finally Nathan will be speaking at the Crypto Assets Conference in Frankfurt next week along with 55 high profile speakers. http://www.crypto-Assets-conference.de 
Use code ANALYSISINCHAINS18 for a discount.

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This episode was brought to you by Bankera, "Banking for the Blockchain Era".

Check out their ICO at  https://bankera.com/

ICO is on until the end of February

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We hope you enjoy our show and feel free to reach out to us at info@analysisinchains.com or on Twitter through @NealKierans and @NWilliamsMBA

Intro reel and music by Sebastian Rodriguez from NTRPY, http://www.ntrpy.berlin

To join our Slack community, sign up through the website to get an invite.

Keep on hashing!

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#59 - Interview with JWC Ventures

How do things change when Venture Capital moves into the blockchain space?  In this episode Nathan interviews Luca Mohammadi and Frank Saviane from JWC Blockchain Ventures, looking at the differences between EU and Asia investing, and how everything shifts when moving from traditional startup ventures to crypto. 

Visit JWC Ventures website for more information: https://jwcventures.com/

 

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This episode was brought to you by Bankera, "Banking for the Blockchain Era".

Check out their ICO at  https://bankera.com/

ICO is on until the end of February

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Upcoming Meetups: 

Feb 15 Berlin: http://meetu.ps/e/DMDnZ/54Lr8/f

Feb 19 London: http://meetu.ps/e/DSSrH/54Lr8/f

Feb 22 San Francisco: http://meetu.ps/e/DTjTf/54Lr8/f

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We hope you enjoy our show and feel free to reach out to us at info@analysisinchains.com or on Twitter through @NealKierans and @NWilliamsMBA

Intro reel and music by Sebastian Rodriguez from NTRPY, http://www.ntrpy.berlin

To join our Slack community, sign up through the website to get an invite.

Keep on hashing!

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#58 - Crypto Market Relief after CFTC and SEC hearing

Finally! Some good news! Neal and Nathan dissect the CFTC (Commodities and Future Trade Commission)  and SEC (US Securities Exchange Commission) hearing and look into what this will mean for Crypto Markets. Is the downward trend over? Or should you stay buckled in?

Nevertheless, long term, things are looking up for ICOs, with Dow Jones volatility potentially pointing to crypto as the major investment vehicle for 2018.  

CFTC and SEC hearing: http://tcrn.ch/2EKk9nH

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This episode was brought to you by Bankera, "Banking for the Blockchain Era".

Check out their ICO at  https://bankera.com/

ICO is on until the end of February

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Upcoming Meetups:

Berlin, Impact Hub, Feb 15: http://meetu.ps/e/DMDnZ/54Lr8/f

London, Runway East, Feb 19: http://meetu.ps/e/DSSrH/54Lr8/f

San Francisco: 

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We hope you enjoy our show and feel free to reach out to us at info@analysisinchains.com or on Twitter through @NealKierans and @NWilliamsMBA

Intro reel and music by Sebastian Rodriguez from NTRPY, http://www.ntrpy.berlin

To join our Slack community, sign up through the website to get an invite.

Keep on hashing!

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#57 - Interview with Vytautas Karalevicius, CEO of Bankera

This week, Nathan interviews Vytautas Karalevicius, the CEO of Bankera, who recently bought a bank as they aim to bring blockchain to the banking industry.

Vytautas started his blockchain adventure with Spectrocoin, where users can use credit cards to make payments online. Now his next venture will take Spectrocoin to the next level with Bankera. They are looking to develop products that will offer Loans, deposits and new investment solutions on the blockchain. Bankera also aim to reduce volatility to encourage merchant adoption online through hedging solutions.

For more on Spectrocoin, visit https://spectrocoin.com/

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This episode was brought to you by Bankera, "Banking for the Blockchain Era".

Check out their ICO at  https://bankera.com/

ICO is on until the end of February

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We hope you enjoy our show and feel free to reach out to us at info@analysisinchains.com or on Twitter through @NealKierans and @NWilliamsMBA

Intro reel and music by Sebastian Rodriguez from NTRPY, http://www.ntrpy.berlin

To join our Slack community, sign up through the website to get an invite.

Keep on hashing!

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#56 - Is a Crypto Bear Market upon us? Buy, Sell or Hodl?

Neal and Nathan are shirtless after a rough week in the Crypto Markets. This week they look into 3 key factors that are causing continuous pressure on the markets and whether or not this Crypto Winter will continue. Could Augmented Reality and Pokemon Go offer insight into how long it could take for crypto markets to recover?

 

There is also an update on Nathan’s blockchain company, Minespider, as he is about to jump on a flight to Cape Town for a mining conference.

 

Gartner Hype Cycle: https://www.gartner.com/technology/research/methodologies/hype-cycle.jsp

 

More on Minespider: http://minespider.com/

 

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This episode was brought to you by Bankera, "Banking for the Blockchain Era".

Check out their ICO at  https://bankera.com/

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We hope you enjoy our show and feel free to reach out to us at info@analysisinchains.com or on Twitter through @NealKierans and @NWilliamsMBA

Intro reel and music by Sebastian Rodriguez from NTRPY, http://www.ntrpy.berlin

To join our Slack community, sign up through the website to get an invite.

Keep on hashing!

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#55 - Interview with Chris Housser, CEO of Polymath

This week, Nathan interviews Chris Housser the CEO of Polymath.

Polymath create a KYC platform for securities and accreditied investors. They aim to facilate the process to bring securities to the blockchain world and allow investors to participate in offerings in a compliant manner.

Bloomberg on Polymath:

"If a platform like Polymath gains steam, it could magnify the consequences of the booming world of token sales, which has spurred the rise of more than 800 coins. The digital fundraisers have given entrepreneurs greater access to capital and opened the tech-startup scene to a broader investor base, while also providing plenty of opportunities for fraud. The ease at which companies could issue tokens has the potential to raise the already high levels of skepticism surrounding the offerings."

Polymath Website: https://www.polymath.network/ 

Bloomberg article on Polymath: https://bloom.bg/2wiZILT

 

This episode was brought to you by Bankera, "Banking for the Blockchain Era".

Check out their ICO at https://bankera.com/ 

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#54 - Ride the Lightning!

It’s tin-foil hat time! Neal and Nathan attempt to explain the mechanics of the Lightning Network, which is supposed to be a massive gamechanger for Bitcoin. It has the potential to reduce fees and transaction time which should help increase Bitcoin adoption with merchants and the masses. Not the easiest of topics to discuss on a podcast, which is why we often fell over ourselves trying to explain it.

 

Apart from the impressive innovation of the Lighting Network, the other reason why it is getting so much attention is due to how it is “centralized” in nature. On one hand Lightning Network transactions will happen “off chain” but will eventually end up “on chain” over time. Given how the decentralization of crypto is such a hotly debated topic, will this matter for Bitcoin’s loyal fan base, and would it matter to the masses who are coming to crypto like a stampede?

 

Video Link on Lightning Network:

https://goo.gl/fZGDBU

 

This episode was brought to you by Bankera

Check out their ICO at https://bankera.com/ 

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#53 - Interview with Xinshu Dong, CEO of Zilliqa

Good news, everyone! We have a bonus episode this week!

I had a chat this week with Xinshu Dong, the CEO of Zilliqa. They are a digital currency, similar to Bitcoin, who are attempting to solve the "throughput problem". The Bitcoin blockchain can only process about 7 transactions per second, and when demand goes up, the fees go up.  Zilliqa uses proof of work and sharding in order to reduce the burden on the network.  This episode gets into some of the details on how it works technically and is interesting if you want a better sense of how these blockchains work.

 

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