Why the Blockchain Space Needs Better Access - Alexis Gauba, she(256), Mechanism Labs

February 20, 2019

Alexis Gauba speaks about co-founding she(256), mentoring and teaching blockchain literacy, starting points for people with an interest in blockchain technology, how students can make the best of the available programs in blockchain education, teaching coding to underrepresented minorities, her current research questions at Mechanism Labs, the importance of usability in blockchains, how to design interdisciplinary research projects, and much more.

Alexis is a Co-Founder of she256, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity and breaking down barriers to entry in the blockchain space. She is studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley and has been actively involved in the blockchain space as Co-Founder of Mechanism Labs, conducting research on distributed consensus and usability.

Alexis Gauba: http://www.alexisgauba.com, https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexisgauba, https://github.com/alexisgauba, https://medium.com/@AlexisGauba, https://www.twitter.com/AlexisGauba

she(256): http://www.she256.io, https://www.twitter.com/SHE_256

Mechanism Labs: https://www.mechanismlabs.io, https://www.github.com/Mechanism-Labs, https://www.medium.com/mechanism-labs, https://www.twitter.com/mechanism_labs

Blockchain at Berkeley: https://www.blockchain.berkeley.edu, https://www.twitter.com/CalBlockchain

Blockchain at Berkeley YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5sgoRfoSp3jeX4DEqKLwKg/videos

Also mentioned in the episode:

Preethi Kasireddy: https://www.theblockchainandus.com/preethi-kasireddy, https://www.medium.com/@preethikasireddy

Aparna Krishnan: https://www.theblockchainandus.com/aparna-krishnan

Blockchain Fundamentals Berkeley EdX course: https://www.edx.org/professional-certificate/uc-berkeleyx-blockchain-fundamentals

Zubin Koticha's Medium channel: https://medium.com/@zubinkoticha

Princeton Textbook "Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies": http://www.bitcoinbook.cs.princeton.edu

Andreas Antonopoulos’ book “Mastering Bitcoin”: www.goodreads.com/book/show/21820378-mastering-bitcoin

Andreas Antonopoulos’ and Gavin Wood’s book “Mastering Ethereum”: www.goodreads.com/book/show/33584554-mastering-ethereum

MIT Bitcoin Expo: https://www.mitbitcoinexpo.org 

Crypto Economics Security Conference: https://www.cesc.io

Many thanks to our sponsors!

21 Lectures' mission is to bring more developers to the Bitcoin ecosystem with in-person courses. Lectured by world-renowned Bitcoin and Lightning developers, courses teach participants the fundamentals to work with blockchain technologies. To learn more visit www.21lectures.com.

CoreLedger is a blockchain-based peer-to-peer transaction infrastructure provider. It enables businesses to document, tokenize and trade any type of assets in a reliable and flexible environment. CoreLedger makes anything transactable, literally anything. To learn more about CoreLedger’s technology and how you can transform your business onto blockchain, visit www.coreledger.net.

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Why Good Content is King in Blockchain PR - David Wachsman, Founder and CEO, Wachsman

February 13, 2019

David Wachsman speaks about founding and running Wachsman, the role of public relations and the media in the blockchain space, misconceptions clients have about PR and communications, ways to tell stories about blockchain projects to get attention, the power of good content, why it's so important to hire the right people when growing a company, intersections of blockchains with other disruptive technologies, security tokens, and much more.

David is the founder and CEO of Wachsman, a leading global professional services firm for the blockchain industry. He and his team have represented and acted as strategic consultants to more than 120 organizations in the blockchain space including Dash, Indiegogo, Crypto Valley Association, Bitcoin Suisse, CoinDesk, IOHK, Lisk, Rootstock, Steemit, and many more. Before founding his own company, David held roles in public relations, advertising, political affairs, and biotechnology. And now, to the conversation with David Wachsman.

David Wachsman: https://www.wachsman.comhttps://twitter.com/Wachsman_ 

Many thanks to our sponsors!

21 Lectures' mission is to bring more developers to the Bitcoin ecosystem with in-person courses. Lectured by world-renowned Bitcoin and Lightning developers, courses teach participants the fundamentals to work with blockchain technologies. To learn more visit https://www.21lectures.com.

CoreLedger is a blockchain-based peer-to-peer transaction infrastructure provider. It enables businesses to document, tokenize and trade any type of assets in a reliable and flexible environment. CoreLedger makes anything transactable, literally anything. To learn more about CoreLedger’s technology and how you can transform your business onto blockchain, visit www.coreledger.net.

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How Skin in the Game Leads to Truth - Preethi Kasireddy, TruStory

February 6, 2019

Preethi Kasireddy speaks about the information problem on the Internet and how her company TruStory combats it, how messed up incentives lead to false information that hijacks our minds, why active participation in the information we consume leads to better thinking in life, why changing one's mind is good, the most important skills for entrepreneurs, and much more.

Preethi is the Founder and CEO of TruStory, a platform for users to discover and validate claims that people make online, whether in a blog post, whitepaper, website, or social media post. Before founding TruStory, Preethi was a Software Engineer at Coinbase, Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs. Preethi is a self-taught software engineer who loves educating the world about blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

Preethi Kasireddy: www.linkedin.com/in/preethi-kasireddy-41383528, www.medium.com/@preethikasireddy, www.twitter.com/iam_preethi, www.github.com/iam-peekay

TruStory: www.trustory.io, www.twitter.com/isTruStory

Also mentioned in the episode:

How the Web Works: www.medium.freecodecamp.org/how-the-web-works-a-primer-for-newcomers-to-web-development-or-anyone-really-b4584e63585c

Many thanks to our sponsor!

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“Crypto Means Cryptography” - Jan Camenisch, Head of Research at Dfinity

January 30, 2019

Jan Camenisch speaks about being the Head of Research at Dfinity, how industrial research at a blockchain company differs from academic research, what it takes to build Dfinity into "The Internet Computer", important research questions in the blockchain space, the most important skills for success in research, and much more.

Jan is Head of Research at Dfinity and Director of the Dfinity Zurich Research Lab, and he also serves on Sovrin's Technical Governance Board. Before joining Dfinity, Jan was a Principal Research Staff Member at IBM Research Zurich, where he lead the Privacy & Cryptography research team and was a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Jan is a leading scientist in the area of privacy and cryptography, he has published over 120 widely cited papers, was granted about 140 patents worldwide, and has received a number of awards for his work.

Jan Camenisch: https://jan.camenisch.org, https://twitter.com/JanCamenisch, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jan_Camenisch

Dfinity: https://dfinity.org, https://twitter.com/dfinity

Many thanks to our sponsor!

21 Lectures' mission is to bring more developers to the Bitcoin ecosystem with in-person courses. Lectured by world-renowned Bitcoin and Lightning developers, courses teach participants the fundamentals to work with blockchain technologies. To learn more visit http://www.21lectures.com.

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“This Is What the Blockchain Is and How It Can Change Your Life” - Niloo Ravaei, Blockgeeks

January 23, 2019

Niloo Ravaei speaks about learning and teaching skills of developing blockchain applications, stories that draw people into the blockchain space, why blockchain technology empowers people, examples where token economics creates incentives, combating technostrategic discourse, who should take blockchain programming classes, living in a blockchain bubble, how to advocate and think critically at the same time, parallels between the Internet age and the blockchain age, skills for the future, having a growth mindset, and much more.

Niloo is the Head of Education at Blockgeeks with the mission to share and grow the knowledge around blockchain technology. She is a filmmaker turned coder who screened her short film at the Cannes Film Festival and has helped FinTech startups in Toronto and San Francisco scale into some of the biggest players in the space. Niloo is heavily involved in the global blockchain community, working with emerging platforms and enterprises that want to leverage blockchain technology, and she also works with various causes to design and implement socially impactful blockchain solutions.

Niloo Ravaei: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/niloo-ravaei-3b888723, https://twitter.com/nravaeihttps://medium.com/@nilooravaei

Blockgeeks: https://www.blockgeeks.com, https://twitter.com/Blockgks

Also mentioned in the episode:

Andreas Antonopoulos' book "Mastering Bitcoin": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21820378-mastering-bitcoin

Andreas Antonopoulos' and Gavin Wood's book "Mastering Ethereum": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33584554-mastering-ethereum

Edmond Lau's book "The Effective Engineer": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25238425-the-effective-engineer

Many thanks to our sponsor!

This episode has support from 8GR8 story-driven media. 8GR8 is a media production company with a focus on telling engaging stories about new technologies and the future with films, interviews, podcasts, and other media that make an impact. To contact 8GR8 and learn more about using story-driven media for your project, visit https://www.8gr8.com.

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How to Build on Bitcoin - Lucas Betschart, 21 Lectures, Bitcoin Association Switzerland

January 16, 2019

Lucas Betschart speaks about bringing more developers into the Bitcoin ecosystem, being the president of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland, the anatomy of Bitcoin open source projects, managing the tension between ideology and commercial software development, why too many things in the crypto and blockchain space make no sense, why it is hard to build a business model around Bitcoin, why he doesn't like Ethereum and other blockchains, how market downturns affect the development of Bitcoin and the ecosystem, brain drain in Switzerland, and much more.

Lucas is president of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland, the world's 4th largest Bitcoin community. He is involved in Bitcoin since early 2013, he is the Head of Technology Crypto Assets at inacta, he is the founder of 21 Lectures, which has the mission to bring more developers to the Bitcoin ecosystem.

Lucas Betschart: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/lucasbetschart, https://twitter.com/lucas_lclc 

Bitcoin Association Switzerland: https://www.bitcoinassociation.ch 

21 Lectures: https://www.21lectures.com 

Also mentioned in the episode:

Christian Decker: http://www.theblockchainandus.com/christian-decker 

Jonas Schnelli: http://www.theblockchainandus.com/jonas-schnelli 

Bitcoin core: https://bitcoin.org/en/bitcoin-core/ 

Lightning Network: https://lightning.network/ 

Liquid: https://blockstream.com/liquid 

Nakamoto Institute: https://nakamotoinstitute.org/ 

Many thanks to our sponsor!

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How Blockchain Technology Could Keep Humanity Human - Anne Connelly, Singularity University

January 9, 2019

Anne Connelly speaks about using blockchain technology to make a social impact and why very few projects actually use the technology in practice, teaching blockchain technology to executives at Singularity University, stories and tools to convince people of the merits of blockchains, how she advises companies, bro culture in tech and why diversity and respect are important in the blockchain space, hopes and fears of the future of blockchain technology, why coding should be an essential skill, why empathy and human interaction are at the core of infrastructure technology that keeps humanity human and keeps people connected, and much more.

Anne is passionate about harnessing blockchain technology to transform the lives of people in developing countries, and she is Faculty at Singularity University at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley & SingularityU Canada, where she teaches global leaders how exponential technologies can solve problems that impact over a billion people. She has been an active part of the global blockchain community since 2012, working with and advising notable companies including Jaxx, Ledger Labs, and Bunz, and she is currently the Vice Chair of the board of Blockchain Canada. She previously worked with Doctors Without Borders Canada in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and currently serves on their board of directors. Anne has a Bachelor of Life Sciences from Queen’s University, an MBA from McMaster University, and a Fintech Certificate from MIT. She was honoured as one of CBC’s 12 Young Leaders Changing Canada and one of the Fifty Most Inspirational Women in Technology in Canada.

Anne Connelly: https://www.anneconnelly.cahttps://twitter.com/Anne_Connellyhttps://medium.com/@anneconnellyhttps://ca.linkedin.com/in/anneconnelly

Anne at Singularity University: https://su.org/about/faculty/anne-connelly 

Also mentioned in the episode:

Article by Laurie Penny "Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto’s Nouveau Riche": https://breakermag.com/trapped-at-sea-with-cryptos-nouveau-riche

Cryptochicks: https://www.cryptochicks.ca

Blockgeeks: https://www.blockgeeks.com 

Many thanks to our sponsor!

This episode has support from 8GR8 story-driven media. 8GR8 is a media production company with a focus on telling engaging stories about new technologies and the future with films, interviews, podcasts, and other media that make an impact. To contact 8GR8 and learn more about using story-driven media for your project, visit https://www.8gr8.com.   

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Just Keep Your Head Down and Build - Jason Goldberg, Open Simple Token (OST)

January 2, 2019

Jason Goldberg speaks about building OST, how apps with millions of users can tokenize, how market conditions affect blockchain adoption, unrealistic assumptions and anti-narratives in the crypto space, advantages for software companies to build token models into their products, why the hotmail moment for blockchain technology might happen in 2019/20, why some tech firms fail to see the threat of blockchain technology, keeping a balance between technology and real life, the importance to just keeping your head down and building, and much more.

Jason is the founder and CEO of Open Simple Token (OST) and a veteran Internet entrepreneur with a long history of scaling products to millions of users. He started his career in technology at AOL in 2001 and has launched and sold several tech companies. Since 2016, Jason’s passion has been to drive mainstream consumer adoption of blockchain technologies.

Jason Goldberg: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Goldberg_(entrepreneur), https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonsethgoldberg, https://twitter.com/betashop, https://medium.com/@betashop

OST: https://ost.com , https://t.me/ostdotcom, https://twitter.com/OSTdotcom 

Also mentioned in the episode:

Unsplash Stock Photos: https://unsplash.com 

Hornet LGBT Social Network: https://hornet.com 

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How Blockchains Could Create Community Consciousness - Toni Lane Casserly, Cultu.re

December 26, 2018

Toni Lane Casserly speaks about her project Cultu.re and her goal to create a new notion of community, how identity could be the foundation for a new form of governance, the role of the media and why much of crypto and blockchain coverage is advertising in disguise, the concept of holocracy and universal basic education, political liberation through cryptography, why she doesn't read the news, anarchy vs. voluntaryism, self-mastery, and much more.

Toni Lane is a core founder at several impactful ventures in the digital currency and blockchain industry, including CoinTelegraph and she is the founder of Cultu.re, a platform and protocol built to create global citizenship through cooperation, and evolve the future of government into communities beyond borders.

Toni Lane Casserly: https://www.tonilane.comhttp://www.twitter.com/tonilanec

Cultu.re: https://www.cultu.re, https://www.twitter.com/cultureisfuture, https://discord.gg/7HTQmVz, https://t.me/cultureisfuture 

Also mentioned in the episode:

IBM Food Trust: https://www.ibm.com/blockchain/solutions/food-trust

Neal Stephenson's book "Snow Crash" (2003): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40651883-snow-crash

Edward Bernays "Propaganda" (1929): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/493212.Propaganda 

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Why Some Blockchain Ideas Can’t Wait - Aparna Krishnan, Mechanism Labs

December 19, 2018

Aparna Krishnan talks about her research company Mechanism Labs, mentoring women in blockchain at She(256), dealing with the bro culture in the blockchain space, her experience growing up under Internet censorship and how it shaped her interest in cryptography, building up the education department at Blockchain at Berkeley, what she observed teaching introductions to the technology, takeaways from her Thiel Fellowship, and much more.

Aparna is a Thiel Fellow and the co-founder of Mechanism Labs, an open source blockchain research lab. She studied computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, works on cryptography research and was the Head of Education and Executive VP at Blockchain at Berkeley where she founded the Education Department. She has taught the world's largest university accredited blockchain course, and she is a mentor at She(256), a movement to increase diversity and break down barriers to entry in the blockchain space.

Aparna Krishnan: https://github.com/aparnakr, https://twitter.com/aparnalocked, https://medium.com/@aparnalockedhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/aparna-krishnan

Mechanism Labs: https://mechanismlabs.io, https://github.com/Mechanism-Labshttps://medium.com/mechanism-labs 

She(256):https://www.she256.iohttps://twitter.com/SHE_256 

Thiel Fellowship: https://thielfellowship.org 

Blockchain at Berkeley: https://blockchain.berkeley.eduhttps://twitter.com/CalBlockchain

Blockchain at Berkeley YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5sgoRfoSp3jeX4DEqKLwKg/videos 

Also mentioned in the episode:

Manush Movahedi: www.cs.yale.edu/homes/movahedihttps://scholar.google.com/citations?user=3iOahLIAAAAJ&hl=en 

Elaine Shi: http://elaineshi.comhttps://twitter.com/ElaineRShi 

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