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#149 - Ethereum Hard Fork on the Horizon

On Wednesday Ethereum will implement their Constantinople hard fork (Although it's Istanbul not Constantinople...).  This is the next phase in their road map to transition from an electricity intensive proof of work system to a proof of stake system.  But what does this mean, and what are the tradeoffs?  

 

Ethereum is the granddaddy of programmable blockchain, with a well established token economy and large community of miners. This move has been well planned and thought through but even so, a fundamental change in the Ethereum algorithm like this comes with a fair amount of risk.  Will miners give up on Ether as unprofitable, or will this bring the speed needed to spur adoption and establish Ethereum as the premier blockchain?

 

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148 - Interview with Antonius Link, Cofounder of Hygh AG

Everyone is expecting security tokens to be paving the way for the future.  Companies don't need a completely decentralized protocol to take advantage of the benefits of token-based revenue shares and liquid equity trading.  Hygh AG is doing just that.  Their system is a marketplace allowing people with outdoor advertising screens to dynamically connect with advertisers, reducing the barrier to entry, and they have incorporated a token model that allows holders to share the revenue.  

What will the future of advertising look like, and given the potential for manipulation, how much should governance be centralized. Is it enough to share revenues or should governance and decision making be shared also?  These are the questions Hygh AG is tackling as they move forward in the advertising space.

 

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#147 - Incentivize This!

Blockchain is more than just digital money that we hope will go to the moon so we can get a Lambo.  Blockchain is a way of creating entirely new economics and incentive structures so we can create digital platforms and infrastructures that don't rely on a central company keeping control of all the value or information. 

As we move forward to the new year we need to think of the new projects and new incentive models that will define the future of Blockchain.  But what is an incentive model anyway?  What are some examples?  Listen in today and find out!

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#146 - Outlook for 2019 with Sebastian Markowsky, GP Bullhound

It's a new year, but what will the new year bring?  Instead of merely prognosticating, we went to someone with his finger on the pulse of all things crypto.

 

Sebastian Markowsky is a Director at GP Bullhound, a prominent M&A and Advisory firm. Sebastian heads the blockchain and crypto initiatives of the firm. GP Bullhound recently released a report on their Technology Predictions for 2019, and we are grateful to Sebastian for sharing his insights on which direction he sees the winds blowing for the cryptoverse. 

 

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#145 - Will 2019 be the year of Bitcoin Maximalism?

If there's one voice that has been a constant in crypto it has been the voice of Bitcoin Maximalism - the viewpoint that Bitcoin will ultimately replace all fiat currencies like the US Dollar, Euro, and others and become the currency of a new world order. The view holds that as these traditional currencies and markets fail, people will move to crypto because it's decentralized, trustless and predictable.

With a weakening US Dollar and threats of a global recession, 2019 may be the year that Bitcoin Maximalism gets tested for the first time.  Will people flock to Bitcoin in times of recession or will the price follow the market? What will the New Year hold for Bitcoin, and the cryptoverse in general?

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#144 - All about stablecoins

Hope your holiday is going great!

 

In the past few months Neal and Nathan have talked a lot about stable coins and speculated on how 2019 might be the year of stable coins.  But how do they work exactly, and if more projects use them how will that shake up the industry? In this post-Christmas down time, Nathan takes a look at different stable coins, and the tradeoffs associated with their rise to prominence.

 

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#143 - Xmas Retrospectus

Happy holidays from Analysis in Chains!  This year Neal wished for Bitcoin to be worth $25,000.  We don't know if Santa will deliver but we took the opportunity to discuss how the crypto industry played out this past year and speculate on what 2019 will bring.

 

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#142 - Interview with Dusk.Network, Jelle Pol and Emanuele Francioni

Even in a bear market, everyone is excited for security tokens and STOs. But not everyone wants all their holdings and trades to be public.  What if there was a way to maintain privacy on your Security Token Trades without running afoul of the regulators?  

This is what Jelle Pol and Emanuele Francioni were attempting to address when they founded the Dusk Network. They created a complex blockchain incorporating obfuscation and zero knowledge proofs that allow companies to issue security tokens, perform KYC and AML on their investors, without having the trades public. In addition they created a new consensus mechanism that separates traditional node roles in order to avoid forks and political issues that are plaguing Bitcoin today. 

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#141 - Interview with Faith Titus, CEO e Wealth Atlantic

Greetings lovelies! We are preparing for the holidays, so today we will not do the traditional Monday Neal and Nathan episode. Instead we present you with an interview Nathan conducted with Faith Titus, on his recent trip to Nigeria.

Faith is the CEO of e Wealth Atlantic, a blockchain and crypto training organization, and cofounder of the Blockchain Nigeria User Group which boasts over 5000 members. Nigeria is arguably the most important country for African economic development, and there is a lively blockchain and crypto scene there.  

Faith knows the potential of blockchain and crypto personally and at the same time sees the traditional challenges of crypto (trust, investment, regulatory security) amplified in the Nigerian context.  We spoke in Abeokuta at the Obasanjo Presidential Library in November 2018.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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#140 - Interview with Humayun Sheikh, CEO of Fetch.AI

Will AI Eat the world or will it benefit everyone?  Fetch.AI hopes the latter.

Today I chat with Humayun Sheikh, CEO and Cofounder of Fetch.AI.  They are building a blockchain platform that lets developers monetize their prediction AIs with the hope that the benefits of AI and data will be available to all instead of centralized with large corporate entities.

We talked about what decentralization really means in the economy of the future and how it can be at odds with the core business models of some of the most prominent companies we know today, and how we should think about the disruption that blockchain has the potential to cause.

 

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