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/ 

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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 

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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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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. 

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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