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#176 - Interview with Evan Kuo, Founder and CEO of Ampleforth

 

One of the beautiful aspects of blockchain and cryptocurrencies is the ability to experiment with new economic models without the need for a bloody revolution. We can try a different way of maneuvering wealth, managing incomes, and tweaking how currency is created, destroyed, and how the rules are set, all without a civil war.

 

Enter Evan Kuo, Founder and CEO of Ampleforth.  After seeking the advice of many career economists, Evan created Ampleforth.  In most token systems, there are a fixed number of tokens and when demand goes up the price goes up.  In Ampleforth, when demand goes up, you get more tokens.  It is a new concept, different than a stable coin, that changes the rules of the currency game.

 

I took a little more time with this interview, because it is a very different model than we have seen on the show before.  And with new and complex concepts it's worth taking the time to understand. This is the very core of why blockchain will be so disruptive: it's ability to change the rules that govern these money systems so fundamental to our lives.

 

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#175 - The End of an Era

Bitcoin hits 9000, and it feels like the crypto winter may be giving way to the crypto spring.

 

And as the crypto winter turns into spring, the show will also change.  Neal will be taking an indefinite hiatus to focus on his family life. Nathan will continue the show, but on a less regular schedule to focus on his company, Minespider.  

 

With these changes, Neal and Nathan take time and reflect on key moments and highlights of the show over the past 2 years.  Thanks for joining us on our crypto journey.

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

#174 - Crypto Spring and Demand.Film

Everyone is excited!  Crypto is on the up.  What's going on?  

 

Today Neal and Nathan have a chat about the factors that have led to this parabolic time of joy in the crypto price and look at wallet options if you want to dare to believe again.

 

Then Nathan dives in to a talk with our good friend and CEO of Demand.Film, David Doepel.  Demand.Film is the AirBnB of movie theaters who has a blockchain-based loyalty program called ScreenCreds. We spoke about the recent change in Australian regulations allowing companies to do crowdsourced equity funding, what that means for blockchain companies, and what their experience has been so far.

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

Editing team: Aiden and Jason Lavallee

#173 - Interview with Jag Singh of Vid.Camera

It's been a while since we've spoken with a decentralized, utility-token-driven project on the show, but with the recent crypto spike, now is the time to start looking at exciting new projects!

 

Jag Singh is the cofounder of Vid.Camera, a blockchain powered system looking to compete with YouTube with an open source algorithm and decentralized revenue sharing. We got to go in-depth into the platform and some of the considerations they had with their incentive models, their front-end app design, and what people really are looking for in a video sharing system.

Ambitious startups have had the social media giants in their sights for years, hoping to disrupt them, but none have been successful before now.  Will adding blockchain change the story?  Will the users care enough about self-sovereign data to make the leap to Vid?  

 

 

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Editing team: Aiden and Jason Lavallee

#172 - Utility and Decentralization

Utility tokens.  They were all the rage in 2017 and even 2018. Not only because people could raise millions of dollars with them really quickly, but also because they enabled blockchain protocols to work.  

But utility tokens were designed to be speculated on, and the more the price rises, the less people want to use them in a blockchain system. Instead they'll hold on to them as an investment. 

We need tokens to make decentralized systems work.  Is there a way to solve this problem?  And how can this inform how we design our blockchain systems going forward?

 

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#171 - Martin Mikeln, Cofounder at Verity

It's known as the Oracle Problem.  Transactions on a blockchain are secure and trustless, but when we create smart contracts that use data that comes from sources not on the blockchain, how can we trust it is accurate?  We need external data for some of the most interesting applications of smart contracts, like decentralized insurance, rely on external data to work.

Today I speak with Martin Mikeln, cofounder of Verity.Network. Their approach is to use a crowdsourced data collection model to incentivize large groups of people to enter data in a decentralized manner, eliminating the need for a trusted oracle. From face recognition to insurance, to sports betting, Verity hopes to bring trusted data to smart contracts without trusted parties. 

 

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

Editing team: Aiden and Jason Lavallee

 
 

#170 -Delisting and Harmony

Hello lovely listeners, today we talk with Nick White, cofounder of Harmony, a base-layer protocol that is trying to solve some of the scaling problems that come with the blockchain space. Scaling is a huge challenge in the blockchain space: how can we go from 7 transactions per second to the thousands needed to replace traditional payment networks, while maintaining the decentralized ideals of the blockchain community?  And even if we get there, does this leave the blockchain vulnerable to off-chain politics? What is the best way forward?

And of course, on that very topic, we had in the news this week Binance choosing to delist Bitcoin SV, the project headed by Australian self-proclaimed "Satoshi Nakamoto" Craig Wright. This looks like very bad news for the project and holders of the coin, but it also raises questions as to how centralized the power in blockchain really is, and who holds this power.

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

Editing team: Aiden and Jason Lavallee

#169 - Charles Hoskinson, CEO and Cofounder of IOHK

Spring is here and there is a crypto rally around us! Crypto prices rallied last week giving everyone in the cryptoverse a bit of relief, and in the midst of that we had the opportunity to speak to Charles Hoskinson, cofounder of Ethereum, and Cofounder and CEO of IOHK, which runs Ethereum Classic and Cardano.

Charles and his organizations are driven by science and it was a special treat to step away from the excitement of rising bitcoin prices and to see the world through his eyes.  Thank you Charles for coming on the show!

 

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

Editing team: Aiden and Jason Lavallee

#168 - Interview with Beniamin Mincu, CEO of Elrond

The long crypto winter has focused the blockchain world on enterprise projects with customers and solid business models, but we should not forget the importance of Layer One protocols! Behind the hype of STOs, finance platforms, and supply chain solutions lies the world of consensus mechanisms, sharding, proof of stake, and throughput.  And in the middle of this is Elrond.

 

Today we speak with Beniamin Mincu, cofounder and CEO of Elrond, who are combining some of the latest research to make a faster, more secure layer one blockchain. 

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Editing team: Aiden and Jason Lavallee

#167 - What’s at stake?

A week after the big exchange scandal and crypto seems largely unaffected, so Neal and Nathan discuss the future of Proof of Stake systems and whether staking will be the newest investment tool for large institutional investors.

 

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