Cedric Waldburger - Why Education Is the Killer App for Blockchain Technology

September 19, 2018

Cedric Waldburger speaks about being part of the team that later became Dfinity, leading growth at the company, why education might be the killer app for blockchain technology, his motivation and approach to storytelling, differences between Dfinity and other blockchain startups, starting his first company at age fourteen, why mentors are so important, measuring his life in quarters, productivity tools for entrepreneur, his investment theses, why he doesn't normally invest in ICOs, investing for learning, different types of blockchain entrepreneurs, why he finds the blockchain space so fascinating, how he makes better decision, why he likes simple questions that don't have simple answers, owning only 64 things, minimalism vs. consumerism, growing up in Switzerland, building "the blockchain state", what blockchain technology could do for the world, misunderstandings about blockchain technology, and what he's still learning as an entrepreneur.

Cedric holds a master in computer science, and he is a serial entrepreneur, startup founder, investor and blockchain enthusiast since 2012. He co-founded DFINITY – a blockchain startup backed by Andreesen Horowitz – and eight other high-tech companies in Europe and the US. He also has a video blog where he documents his experiences and travels and he produces the video series Inside Dfinity.

Cedric Waldburger: https://cedricwaldburger.com, https://twitter.com/cediwaldburger

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

Inside Dfinity: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuhDt1vhGcrei3pfj8sDr0ewA64PxxT4m

Also mentioned in the podcast:

Entrepreneurs' Organization: https://www.eonetwork.org

Richard Feynman's book "Surely you're Joking, Mr Feynman!" https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5544.Surely_You_re_Joking_Mr_Feynman_

Dan Harmon's story circle: http://channel101.wikia.com/wiki/Story_Structure_101:_Super_Basic_Shit

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Joey Krug - Why Healthcare, Finance, Energy, Education, and Government Are Ripe for Disruption

September 12, 2018

Joey Krug speaks about evaluating investments at Pantera Capital, why healthcare, finance, energy, and government are ripe for disruption, why too much money is bad for entrepreneurs, why location matters for funds but less for projects, how incumbent tech companies deal with blockchain technology and tokens, why blockchains won't transform information, why people don't care about their privacy and how to overcome that, why progress is much faster than we notice, how Augur got support for Trezor wallets, his experience as a Thiel fellow, why the cost of a university degree far outweighs its value, why theory and practice often differ, why UI/UX is the most important thing that should improve in the blockchain space, and why he would love to fast forward to the year 2048.

Joey Krug is the co-founder of Augur, a prediction market and one of the first ICO on Ethereum. He is also co-chief investment officer at Pantera Capial's crypto hedge funds. Before joining Pantera, Joey built a point of sale system enabling Bitcoin payments with sound and Bluetooth, and he also started an AngelList syndicate that is now one of the top fifteen by backing.

Joey Krug: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joeykrug, https://www.twitter.com/joeykrug

AngelList syndicate: https://angel.co/joeykrug

Pantera Capital: https://www.panteracapital.comhttps://twitter.com/PanteraCapital

Augur: https://www.augur.nethttps://twitter.com/AugurProject

Peter Thiel's book "Zero to One": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18050143-zero-to-one

Bitcoin white paper: https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf

Ethereum white paper: https://github.com/ethereum/wiki/wiki/White-Paper

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Jesse McWaters - Why Blockchain Technology Might Become Less of a Binary Idea in the Future of Finance

September 5, 2018

Jesse McWaters speaks about analyzing the impact of blockchain technology on industry and society at the World Economic Forum, disruption vs. collaboration in the financial sector, why blockchain technology gives people a license to image a future without constraint, the role of established financial institutions in the cryptoasset space, why the road of blockchain entrepreneurs differs from those in the FinTech space, how the blockchain narrative changed in recent years, blockchain regulation, checks and balances, code of conduct in ICOs, why blockchain technology might become less of a binary idea in the future, and much more.

Jesse leads the World Economic Forum’s exploration of fintech and financial innovation where he works with financial executives, regulators and a global network of innovators to analyze the implications of open banking, blockchains, digital identity, and AI on the financial sector and society. Jesse is a frequent speaker and media commentator on CNBC’s Closing Bell, in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and the New York Times and he has presented his analyses to financial institutions and global policymakers such as the Financial Stability Board, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the Federal Reserve Board, the Peoples Bank of China, the European Parliament, and the FDIC.

Jesse McWaters: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/authors/jesse-mcwaters/, https://twitter.com/rjmcwaters

Previous interview with Jesse for my blockchain documentary (2017): https://blockchain-documentary.com/jesse-mcwaters-wef/

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Peter Hody - How Journalists and the Financial Press Stay Objective About Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology

August 29, 2018

Peter Hody speaks about his work as a journalist covering the financial sector, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, vetting crypto and ICO stories, staying objective, the role of marketing and PR firms in the crypto space, the role of advertising and paid content in the online media, quality of reporting on cryptocurrencies in the mainstream press, how clickbait distorts the story about cryptocurrencies, crypto news platforms, how the decline of Swiss banking helps market Switzerland's vision as a "Crypto Nation", the old boys' and the new boys' network in the Swiss crypto ecosystem, and much more.

Peter is the Editor-in-Chief of finews, a leading online news portal reporting about the financial sector in Switzerland. Peter has been in journalism, TV, print and digital media for the past twenty years. He has an MBA in Media Management and a deep interest in the commercial side of publishing.

Peter Hody: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterhody

Finews: https://www.finews.com/news/english-newshttps://twitter.com/finews_ch

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Hubert Ritzdorf - Why Hacking Smart Contracts is Easier than Hacking Web Servers

August 23, 2018

Hubert Ritzdorf speaks about automatic auditing of smart contracts, why almost all smart contracts have bugs, specs of smart contracts, the hacks of the Parity wallet, skills necessary to hack smart contracts, why hacking smart contracts is easier than hacking web servers, GDPR and blockchains, challenges for smart contract platforms, being a blockchain entrepreneur in Switzerland, why he avoided an ICO for his own company, and much more.

Hubert is the co-founder and CTO of ChainSecurity, a start-up focussed on mathematical proofs for smart contract security. He has been working on application security for more than 10 years and on blockchain security for more than six years, he has a PhD from ETH Zurich, and his research influenced the underlying Bitcoin protocol and the main Ethereum client implementation.

Hubert Ritzdorf: https://twitter.com/HRitzdorfhttps://medium.com/@HRitzdorf

ChainSecurity: https://chainsecurity.com, https://twitter.com/chain_security

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Niklas Nikolajsen - Why Cryptoassets Will Soon Be Part of Every Bank’s Business

August 20, 2018

Niklas Nikolajsen speaks about Bitcoin Suisse and its amazing journey, why "there will be no difference between crypto-finance and finance, it will only be finance", his early cypherpunk days and Bitcoin evangelism, the importance of timing in entrepreneurship, why he understands the hesitation of banks to work with new industries such as cryptocurrencies, how all assets will move onto blockchains, why "making decentralized exchanges illegal is like making gravity illegal", how the tokenization of assets helps entrepreneurs, "when capital becomes more easily available, the whole world will become a Silicon Valley", the importance of jurisdictions for crypto-financial businesses, why he chose Switzerland as a business location, consolidation in the crypto sector and partnerships with the established financial sector, how "we're moving out of the Wild West phase into the established phase", possible pitfalls for the crypto economy, why consensus technology and distribution will impact law, governments, and society, why people should go with their passion, and much more. 

Niklas is a pioneer in the crypto-financial sector in Switzerland and the founder of Bitcoin Suisse, one of the first Swiss companies providing crypto brokerage, ICO facilitation and advisory and other related services, and today, he is the Chairman of the Board and co-CEO. Niklas holds a degree in computer science from the Copenhagen Business School, and he has a background of more than 15 years as a professional software architect and developer, primarily in the financial, manufacturing and public sectors.

Niklas Nikolajsen: https://twitter.com/nikolajsen_BTCS 

Bitcoin Suisse: https://www.bitcoinsuisse.ch, https://twitter.com/BitcoinSuisseAG 

Previous interview with Niklas for my documentary film "FinTech Made in Switzerland" (2016): https://fintech-documentary.com/interview-niklas-nikolajsen-bitcoin-suisse/ 

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Lars Thomsen - How a Futurist Looks at Blockchain Technology

August 16, 2018

Lars Thomsen speaks about how crypto and blockchain technology entered his work as a futurist, why it takes a long time to understand what new technologies can do, how futurists work, why blockchains will be at the core of everything, why most companies might miss the opportunity, use cases for cryptocurrencies, the future of work, techniques to imagine possible futures, future-proof skills, and much more.

Lars is a leading futurist and founder of Future Matters. He has been working with over 800 companies on strategies and business models for the future. His main focus areas are the future of energy, the future of work, and mobility. Lars is also a frequent keynote speaker and a member of several think tanks and the World Future Society in Washington D.C.

Lars Thomsen: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lars-thomsen-251260/ 

Future Matters: http://www.future-matters.com 

Previous interview with Lars for my documentary film "The Blockchain and Us" (2017): https://blockchain-documentary.com/lars-thomsen-future-matters/ 

Previous interview with Lars for my interview series "Digital Transformation" (2017): https://digitaltransformation-film.com/lars-thomsen/ 

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Saifedean Ammous - Why Bitcoin is the Hardest Money We Ever Had

August 13, 2018

Saifedean Ammous speaks about his book "The Bitcoin Standard", why thriving economies need hard money, the concept of time preference, comparisons between bitcoin and gold, what bitcoin could do for the world economy, how Austrian economics and bitcoin go together, why it took years for him to understand Bitcoin, why he's a self-chosen outcast in academia, why bitcoin might not replace gold after all, and why Bitcoin is neither good nor bad but simply a technology.

Saifedean is an academic economist living and teaching in Beirut as an assistant professor of economics at the Lebanese American University. He was previously a member of the Center for Capitalism and Society at Columbia University and holds a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University in New York. Saif's main interest is Austrian economics and Bitcoin and he wrote the book "The Bitcoin Standard", published by Wiley.

Saifedean Ammous: https://www.saifedean.com, https://thesaifhouse.wordpress.com, https://www.linkedin.com/in/saifedean, https://twitter.com/saifedean 

Saif's book The Bitcoin Standard: http://www.amzn.to/2L95bJW 

Resources Saif recommends in the interview to learn more about Bitcoin:

Bitcoin white paper: https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf 

Bitcoin wiki: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Main_Page 

Satoshi Nakamoto institute: https://www.nakamotoinstitute.org 

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Ron Resnick - Why Blockchain Standards Create New Business Models for Companies and Developers

August 9, 2018

Ron Resnick speaks about leading the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), how he goes about creating standards, specs and certifications for blockchain applications, why companies join and what they plan to do with Ethereum, why some companies "get" blockchain technology and others don't, how the wide adoption of blockchain technology could unfold, why there might be more than one forerunner in the blockchain space, how blockchain standards create new business models for developers, why blockchain development differs from Linux development, and much more.

Ron is the Executive Director of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance EEA and a business development professional with over 25 years of experience growing high technology businesses and their ecosystems. Before joining the EEA, Ron worked at Intel and as President and Chairman of the Board of the WiMAX Forum, an industry association driving 4G wireless broadband, and he was also a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. 

Ron Resnick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ron-resnick-532189/ 

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance: https://www.twitter.com/EntETHAlliance 

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Daniel Doll-Steinberg - How Blockchain Technology Redefines Entrepreneurship

August 6, 2018

Daniel Doll-Steinberg speaks about how blockchain technology has changed entrepreneurship, London and Switzerland as blockchain hubs, the race of territories to become blockchain epicenters, advising companies to use blockchain technology, hedging legal risk in ICOs, assessing founding teams of ICOs, characteristics of successful blockchain entrepreneurs, misunderstandings of established industries of blockchain technology, the Atari Token, and much more.

Daniel is the CEO of Blockchain Smokers, where he helps companies embrace blockchain technology to achieve growth. He is a former banker in London and New York, and a founder and co-founder of several companies, including the Atari Token, and he is also an active investor and mentor to technology companies. 

Daniel Doll-Steinberg: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-doll-steinberg-64a15a/

Blockchain Smokers: https://blockchainsmoker.comhttps://twitter.com/Blockchainsmoke

Article about the Atari Token: https://cointelegraph.com/news/gaming-company-atari-announces-investment-in-crypto-share-price-spikes

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