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#160 - Fetch and Ocean - Will ICOs come back in 2019?

Even in the middle of a crypto winter, you will still see some crypto trees pushing their way up through the snow.  Last week Fetch.AI sold out their ICO in only 10 seconds.  On the 6th of March, Ocean Protocol will hold their ICO which is widely expected to be successful.  

What do these two success stories have in common that allow them to succeed in our current crypto climate?  Today Nathan talks with Analysis in Chains' Barcelona Correspondent, Benjamin Clair about these two decentralized data marketplaces and what it takes to do an ICO in this brave new world. 

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#159 - Bitbond Does an STO

Time for a walk down memory lane!  

 

One of our first guests on Analysis in Chains was Radoslav Albrecht, CEO of Bitbond, one of the most established blockchain company in the Berlin scene, giving small business loans using Bitcoin. Bitbond are now gearing up for an STO, creating a tokenized bond that investors can purchase, and so we brought him back on the show to talk about his experience.

Security tokens are widely expected to be the next big thing in crypto because they can allow companies to create highly liquid versions of equity, bonds, and other financial instruments, however they come with a host of regulatory challenges and requirements that utility tokens did not face.  Will they live up to the hype?  Are the requirements reasonable for a startup to meet?  And if they are successful, will blockchain become more corporate and drift away from the vision of Satoshi Nakamoto?  Today we chat with Radoslav all about that.

 

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Editing by Aiden and Jason Lavallee

#158 - Nathan’s Exchange Adventures

It is slightly embarrassing, but as one half of a blockchain and cryptocurrency podcast that has run for almost 2 years, Nathan has very little experience with trading and exchanges.

So that's why last week when the price of Ether went up, Nathan decided to try exchanging a little bit for some DAI Stablecoin, and it wasn't as easy as he expected!

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#157 - It’s all about the metrics!

Will the crypto winter lead to an early spring?  It's the question on everyone's mind but we should be careful about making predictions too quickly.  There have been a number of efforts to come up with metrics we can use to predict crypto prices but even after 2 years there are still different approaches that yield very different results.

 

Today Neal and Nathan go through some of the metrics to look for, as well as talk about the recent announcement that JP Morgan will be creating their own crypto token and whether or not this spells trouble for Ripple.

 

 

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156 - Interview with Bina Cho of FLETA

Fundamentally, a blockchain is a way of getting a bunch of computers to agree on what the true version of data really is.  This is called the consensus algorithm and is the heart of a blockchain project.  If you use proof-of-work, you will trade higher energy costs for a decentralized, secure system.  If you use proof-of-stake you will reduce the energy costs, but run the risk that the first adopters of the system had more control than people who join later.  But what if there's another way?

FLETA is a Korean-based project that uses a consensus mechanism called Proof of Formulation.  Their goal is to get a chain that is faster, stronger, more efficient.  Today I had the opportunity to chat with Bina Cho, one of FLETA's Directors, to find out more about their approach to blockchain.

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#155 - Dude, Where’s my Private Key?

Neal is back and with him comes the Analysis!  (without him we're just In Chains)

 

The transaction volume is up in the Bitcoin network but does that mean crypto adoption is happening or is this a blip in the radar?

 

And if you've not heard, the CEO of Quadriga passed away a few weeks ago taking the passwords to the exchange wallets for Quadriga with him, permanently locking nearly $200 million worth of crypto.  

We've said it before, we'll say it again.  Kids, don't store your crypto in an exchange.  

 

 

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#154 - Interview with Cypherium’s James Orbison

If we want to see crypto adoption it's important that we use the right tool for the right problem.  Often projects have to make a choice to trade off between scalability and decentralization. Cypherium has a public blockchain, a private blockchain and a hybrid consensus mechanism so that instead of finding a halfway point of best fit, they can use a private chain or public chain where appropriate.  

Will hybrid chains be the future?  James Orbison thinks so.

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#153 - AiC in the Cafe with Ben Clair of BetterChain

I know, I know, we've been lax.  Today we make up for it with an extra cool episode.

 

I sat down on Saturday with my good friend Ben Clair, founder of BetterChain.  Ben and I have tracked together since I started in blockchain, even before Analysis in Chains was a thing. Ben was in Berlin attending AraCon, the Aragon Conference. I wasn't able to attend so after we talked a bit about his project and how blockchain can help with supply chain due diligence in the mineral industry, he filled me in on what I missed at the conference, and what the hardcore decentralized community is thinking right now.

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#152 - Interview with RSK’s Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar

Hey everyone!  I actually did have a recording for last Thursday but I ran out of editing time.  To make it up here's an awesome and extra-long episode to kick off your Monday.

 

I had a chance to sit down with Diego Zaldivar, CEO of Rootstock.  They make smart contracts on the Bitcoin Blockchain.

 

It's a huge project, and a fascinating one that got started when Diego had a chance to meet Nick Szabo.  Is Nick the real Satoshi Nakamoto? Maybe you'll find out at the end of the episode!  

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#151 - The Saga of Lambomoon

Did you know Nathan made a rap song?

 

We probably mentioned it a few times, but didn't tell the whole story and probably didn't play it for you.  Gather round and listen and be surprised, maybe Nathan is as cool as his mom says he is!  If you want to hear the rap song again it's online at http://www.lambomoon.io

 

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