Why Blockchains Empower a New Social Contract for the Digital Age - Don Tapscott, Blockchain Research Institute

December 12, 2018

Don Tapscott speaks about his vision of a new social contract for the digital age, the coming transformation of physical assets into digital, why leaders of old paradigms are cynical about change, why privacy is not dead but the most important foundation of freedom, portable forms of digital identity, downsides of the digital age, universal basic income, why there's nothing wrong with government but with bureaucracy, the crisis of democracy, education and media literacy, why the tech industry is a tough place for women, why blockchain technology will be here to stay for a while, and much more.

Don is one of the leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. He is the author if sixteen books, including "Blockchain Revolution", which he wrote together with his son Alex Tapscott. In 2017, Don and Alex co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute, where they have been working on over seventy projects to date that investigate blockchain strategy, use cases, implementation challenges and organizational transformations. Don is a member of the Order of Canada and is ranked the second most influential management thinker in the world by Thinkers50. He is an Adjunct Professor at INSEAD and Chancellor of Trent University in Ontario. And now, to the conversation with Don Tapscott.

Don Tapscott: http://dontapscott.com, https://www.linkedin.com/in/dontapscotthttps://twitter.com/dtapscott 

Don and Alex Tapscott's book "Blockchain Revolution": http://blockchain-revolution.com

Blockchain Research Institute: https://www.blockchainresearchinstitute.org

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Blockchain Identity and the Importance of Ethics - Monique Morrow, The Humanized Internet

December 5, 2018

Monique Morrow speaks about The Humanized Internet, self-sovereign electronic identity and credentials on the blockchain, her plans for a personal digital lockbox, ethics in technology, how she avoided the innovator's dilemma as Services CTO of Cisco, why decentralization and trustless consensus might be a myth, where blockchain technology fits in with other deep tech, how small countries like Switzerland can keep up with the global tech arms race, China's plans to become the AI leader in the world, dangers of technology for humanity, why learning about history is important, and much more.

Monique is the President and Co-Founder of The Humanized Internet, a non-profit organization providing digital identity through blockchain technology. She is the former Services CTO of Cisco, where she helped transition the company from hardware to software, and among many other things, she is an Associated Researcher at the Humboldt University's Institute of Internet and Society, the co-chair of the IEEE Ethics in AI and Autonomous Systems Mixed Reality Committee, an Advisor to the Cybersecurity Sparklabs, and to VETRI, a blockchain-enabled personal data management platform.

Monique Morrow: https://www.moniquemorrow.comhttps://twitter.com/moniquejmorrow

The Humanized Internet: https://www.thehumanizedinternet.org

IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems: https://standards.ieee.org/industry-connections/ec/autonomous-systems.htmlhttps://twitter.com/ieeesa

Cybersecurity Sparklabs: http://www.sparklabscyber.comhttps://twitter.com/SparkLabsCyber

VETRI: https://vetri.globalhttps://twitter.com/vetri_global

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The Human Story Behind Blockchain Technology - Matthew Allen, Zurich Bureau Chief/Business Reporter at Swissinfo

November 28, 2018

Matthew Allen speaks about his work as a business reporter in the Swiss crypto and blockchain space, fascinating angles of crypto projects in the press, how human stories trump tech stories, how he makes sure he's avoiding writing about scams, filters to deal with the deluge of information, how entrepreneurs can get coverage for their projects, how building in stealth mode helps projects get media attention, why the story of "being the first" no longer works in the blockchain space, merits and risks of decentralization, how it can lead to noise and might limit cryptocurrencies, the context of blockchain technology in the bigger scheme of things, and much more.

Matthew is a business reporter and the Zurich Bureau Chief at Swissinfo, a news and information platform produced by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, where he covers the Swiss crypto and blockchain space.

Matthew Allen: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-allen-27970615/, https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/profiles-swissinfo/matthew-allen 

Swissinfo: https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/ 

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Why Crypto Funds Have to Become Tech Companies - Ryan Yi, CoinFund

November 21, 2018

Ryan Yi speaks about conducting investment research and due diligence at CoinFund, metrics he looks at in new investments, financial models for valuing tokens and projects no tokens, the concept and facets of generalized mining, how it aligns stakeholders but also has a dark side, how generalized mining changes the function of crypto investment funds, how many decentralized projects need central planners at the beginning, if blockchain products are public goods or not, and much more.

Ryan is an investment analyst at CoinFund, where he focuses on high-level research and constructing investment strategies. Before that he completed his Masters in Financial Math from MIT, where he also conducted research on crypto asset-class economics with the MIT Digital Currency Initiative, and he holds a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Northwestern University.

Ryan Yi: https://www.twitter.com/yiryan, https://www.medium.com/@youngjoon

CoinFund: https://www.coinfund.io

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Why China Will Be the World’s Largest Token Economy - Tony Tao, X-Order, Neo Global Capital

November 14, 2018

Tony Tao speaks about his blockchain research and investment company X-Order, the beginnings of Bitcoin in China, how complexity theory explains tokenomics, how data influences venture capital, how blockchains create value by creating niche demand, the value proposition for decentralized exchanges, what he looks at in due diligence when investing, China as a location for blockchain projects and why it will be the most innovative space for token economics in five to ten years, his definition of freedom, and much more.

Tony is the founder of X-Order, a token virtual economy think tank and investment fund, he is the founding partner of NEO Global Capital, a member of the Ali Microfinance Forum Expertise Group and Tencent Tengyun Think Tank Group, co-writer of ‘Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy’ and ‘Blockchain Technology-From Digital Currency to Credit Society’.

Tony Tao: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-tao-7036b931/ 

X-Order: https://www.xorder.ai 

NEO Global Capital: https://ngc.fund 

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Why Blockchain Technology is Transformative and Irritating - Monty Munford, Mob76

November 7, 2018

Monty Munford speaks about his work as a tech advisor and writer, his adventures at the Malta Blockchain Summit interviewing John McAfee, how blockchain companies can improve their stories, blockchain companies in the UK and how Brexit affects them, the development of the blockchain ecosystem, characteristics of valuable tech companies, promising applications of blockchain technology, getting his wallet hacked, frustrations with blockchain technology, what should change, and where he sees the sector going.

Monty is an emcee/panellist/moderator​/interviewer ​​​and speaker in the blockchain space, he writes for his own blog Mob76Outlook, for The Telegraph, TechCrunch, The Economist, BBC Future, the Huffington Post, and he also runs Mob76, a tech consultancy that works with clients to become investible and prepares them for exit.

Monty Munford: https://twitter.com/montymunford, https://www.forbes.com/sites/montymunford, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/monty-munfordhttps://www.businessinsider.com/author/monty-munford  

Mob76: https://www.mob76outlook.com 

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What Blockchains and Linux Have in Common - Phil Zamani, Aergo, Blocko

October 31, 2018

Phil Zamani speaks about his blockchain projects Aergo and Blocko, the blockchain ecosystem in South Korea, differences between open source in Linux and blockchain technology, why blockchain consortiums might fail, why there are still few production systems live on blockchains, how non-software companies can go about getting started with pilot projects, what he learned from working with large corporations on blockchain projects in South Korea, why data needs to be shared to be most valuable, IOT pilots on blockchains, and much more.

Phil is the chairman of the AERGO Foundation and co-CEO at Blocko, Korea’s largest blockchain infrastructure provider. He has over twenty years of experience in managing open-source businesses and has worked as senior VP at Deutsche Telekom’s cloud business unit, VP of sales and business development at RedHat, and as Global Head of Big Data & cloud models at Banca Santander.

Phil Zamani: https://www.linkedin.com/in/philzamani, https://twitter.com/ZamaniPhil

Aergo: https://www.aergo.io, https://twitter.com/aergo_io

Blocko: https://www.blocko.io, https://twitter.com/BlockoInc

Phil's article on parallels between Linux and blockchains: https://medium.com/aergo/drawing-a-parallel-between-linux-and-blockchain-160f79ca74e6 

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How Digital Scarcity Helps Artists and Creators - Eric Elliott, Author, Developer, Mentor

October 24, 2018

Eric Elliott speaks about creating the verifiable web with po.et, how fact-checking information has evolved since PGP, why we're not in 1998 with blockchain technology but in 1968, why people don't yet use decentralized applications and why that is OK for the moment, the future of AR/VR and blockchains, how artists and creators can benefit in a new economy that digital scarcity and artificial intelligence make possible, lessons from the music industry in dealing with technology, why the positive impact of blockchain technology outweighs negative effects, and the most important skill in the future.

Eric is the author of the book “Programming JavaScript Applications”, published by O’Reilly, he is the co-founder of the software mentorship platform DevAnywhere.io, and VP of Engineering at po.et, a shared, open, universal ledger designed to record metadata and ownership information for digital creative assets. He has contributed to software experiences for Adobe Systems, Zumba Fitness, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, BBC, and top recording artists including Usher, Frank Ocean, Metallica, and many more.

Eric Elliott: www.medium.com/@_ericelliottwww.github.com/ericelliottwww.twitter.com/_ericelliott 

Eric's JavaScript course: www.ericelliottjs.com 

DevAnywhere.io: www.devanywhere.io 

Eric's book “Programming JavaScript Applications”: https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/programming-javascript-applications/9781491950289 

Po.et: www.po.etwww,blog.po.et, www.twitter.com/_poetproject 

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Why Executives Need Blockchain Literacy - Alison McCauley, Author of Unblocked

October 17, 2018

Alison McCauley speaks about writing her book "Unblocked: How Blockchains Will Change Your Business", about the importance of blockchain literacy for executives, why blockchain communities need organizations on their side, how organizations can get started with blockchain technology, how to take blockchain ideas into the pilot stage with possible use cases, why companies will soon have competition from their own customers, how collaboration replaces the zero-sum game of many business models, how a token-infused sharing economy could create more value in the future, and the need for decentralization. Alison also speaks about conducting research for the book, her approach to writing and structuring the book, surprises and learnings when writing the book, risks of blockchains going to the dark side, why attention harvesting should stop, and much more.

Alison has a two-decades long strategy consulting career, where she advised technology-first startups and Fortune-500 companies, including PNC, Adobe, Oracle, IBM, First Data, and Verizon. She has been working with early stage teams in data science and analytics, machine learning, IoT, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence before turning her focus to the blockchain and cryptoasset space. Alison has a masters in sociology and organizational behavior from Stanford University, and she is the author of the book "Unblocked: How Blockchain Technology Will Change the Future", available in January 2019.

Alison McCauley: http://www.alisonmccauley.io, https://www.linkedin.com/in/unblocked/

Alison's book "Unblocked: How Blockchains Will Change Your Business" (out in january 2019): http://www.unblockedfuture.com

Also discussed in this episode:

Alex "Sandy" Pentland et al.: "The new deal on data", http://civics.com/NewDealOnData/

Tim Wu's book "The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires", https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8201080-the-master-switch

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The Antifragility of Cryptoassets - Alexander Bulkin, CoinFund

October 10, 2018

Alexander Bulkin speaks about combining social sciences with blockchain technology at CoinFund (which he co-founded), why crypto funds are becoming tech companies, the antifragility of cryptoassets, cryptoeconomic primitives and the challenges with developing them, why you don't need one blockchain to achieve network effects, how blockchain technology could enable decentralized marketplaces, the drawbacks for crypto businesses in the United States, the power of communities, and much more.

Alexander is the co-Founder and Managing Director at CoinFund, and he is a multidisciplinary thinker with a special interest in social and technological innovation, bridging technological insight with social science and psychology. He has 13 years of experience in developing pricing, risk management, and high-frequency trading software at Goldman Sachs, and he is holding a dual degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from New York University and a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology from the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon.

Alexander Bulkin: https://medium.com/@aleksandr.bulkinhttps://twitter.com/coinfund_al 

CoinFund: http://www.coinfund.io, https://www.twitter.com/coinfund_io 

Adapt Toolkt: http://www.adaptk.ithttps://twitter.com/adaptkit 

Nicholas Nassim Taleb's book "Antifragile": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13530973-antifragile 

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