Jack Tatar - The Rise of Cryptoassets

June 29, 2018

Jack Tatar speaks about his book "Cryptoassets" (written with Chris Burniske), why the real value of bitcoin is not zero (answering to Adriano Lucatelli), the real value of the crypto ecosystem, financial companies dipping their feet in the crypto waters, tools for analysis and management of crypto portfolios, risk and reward of cryptoassets, comparing them with other assets, institutional investors and cryptoassets, evaluating crypto investments and founders, the ideologie of decentralization, and when banks will exchange Bitcoins for U.S. dollars. 

Jack is the co-author (together with Chris Burniske) of the bestselling book “Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond”. He is managing partner of Doyle Capital Management, an investment firm that invests in, and advises early stage companies in the cryptoasset and blockchain technology space. Jack has over two decades of experience in financial services, and he is the Chair of the Cryptoassets Working Group for the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance. He is also the co-author of one of the earliest books on Bitcoin, “What's the Deal with Bitcoins?” and has written numerous books on retirement and finance. Jack is also a contributor to Forbes and has written for Marketwatch, CNBC and About.com. 

Jack Tatar: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacktatar/, http://www.twitter.com/JackTatar 

Book "Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond": https://www.bitcoinandbeyond.com 

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Adriano B. Lucatelli - Is The Real Value of Bitcoin Zero?

June 27, 2018

Adriano B. Lucatelli speaks about why he thinks the real value of Bitcoin is zero, different narratives of Bitcoin valuation, the comparison of Bitcoin to gold and fiat money, Austrian Economics and Bitcoin, dealing with criticism for his strong views, what the real promise of cryptocurrencies could be, his private experiments with creating tokens, real estate tokens, why traditional financial players offering crypto services is not the future, the seed of the next financial crisis, and his fascination with using finance to improve people's lives. 

The Swiss business magazine "Bilanz" chose Adriano among the top 100 Swiss bankers in 2017. He is an outspoken critic of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and a co-founder and CEO of Descartes Finance, a Swiss Robo Advisor. He started his career in 1994 at Credit Suisse, where he held various managerial positions in Zurich and London, and from 2002 to 2009, he was managing director and member of the management committee at UBS Switzerland in Lugano and Zurich. From 2012 to 2018, Adriano lectured at the University of Zurich on the political economy of international finance. 

Adriano B. Lucatelli: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrianolucatelli/, http://www.twitter.com/LucatelliA

Descartes Finance: http://www.descartes-finance.comhttp://www.twitter.com/DescartesFin 

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This episode is brought to you by Crypto Storage. Crypto Storage offers a proprietary solution to enable Professional storage of Crypto Assets. The storage is secure both physically and digitally on the highest-grade hardware security modules with detailed configuration possibilities for individual - based access control. To learn more visit: http://www.cryptostorage.ch.

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Anish Mohammed - From Cryptography to Token Economics

June 25, 2018

Anish Mohammed speaks about his career as a cryptographer, the brilliance of Bitcoin, tokenizing transport, the mechanics of token economics, benefits of tokeninzation in developing and developed countries, token engineering, how the increasing specialization in the token engineering space can become a bottleneck, how he moved from medicine into cryptography, how he evaluates if he wants to work with a team on a blockchain project, personal value systems, how hard it is to raise capital for his own startup Ontici, the doom of ICOs, zero-knowledge proofs, and his general curiousity about all things technology.

Anish has been in security and cryptography since the year 2000 as a researcher and consultant. He has worked for several financial institutions and is one of the founding members of the United Kingdom Digital Currency Association. He is on several advisory boards including Adjoint, Arteia, Hyperloop Transport Technologies, Privacy Shell, Collider-X, Glance technologies, Ripple Labs, and Chain of Things. His main work today concentrates on security, scalability, and consensus of blockchains and smart contracts for AI safety, cryptoeconomics and token engineering. Anish a regular speaker and the co-founder of Ethicsnet, the co-founder & CTO of Ontici, Chief Science Officer at Blockchainsmokers,  and the head of research at the Information Sciences Institute at SRH Berlin.

Anish Mohammed: http://www.linkedin.com/in/anishmohammed/http://twitter.com/anishmohammed

UK Digital Currency Initiative: http://digitalcurrencyassociation.org.uk

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This episode has support from Shift Cryptosecurity, the maker of BitBox, a minimalist hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies. BitBox is rock-solid, compact, portable, easy to use, and designed and manufactured in Switzerland. To learn more and get your wallet today, visit http://www.shiftcrypto.ch.

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Olga Feldmeier - The Bitcoin Queen and Her Mission to “Tokenize Everything”

June 22, 2018

Olga Feldmeier speaks about being called the "Bitcoin Queen" of Switzerland, making the jump from banking to cryptocurrencies, setting up cold storage in Switzerland, spearheading crypto regulation in Switzerland, what attracts her to Bitcoin, the beginnings of Crypto Valley in Zug, the difficulty of explaining cryptocurrencies to financial regulators, why the traditional financial sector should embrace cryptocurrencies, ICO regulation, tokenizing off-chain assets, creating a token market with her new company Smart Valor, skills and challenges for startup entrepreneurs, dealing with criticism, and why it's important to "just do it".

Olga is the CEO of Smart Valor, a Swiss-based blockchain company building a decentralized marketplace for tokenized alternative investments. Olga has worked for leading financial institutions such as Barclays Capital, UBS Wealth Management and Boston Consulting Group, and she has been Commercial Managing Partner at Xapo, one of the largest Bitcoin custodians. Olga is the producer of a series of blockchain conferences in Switzerland, she's a mentor at Kickstart Accelerator, and she often delivers talks about blockchain regulation, the tokenization of assets and the disruption of the banking industry.

Olga Feldmeier: http://www.linkedin.com/in/olga-feldmeier, http://www.twitter.com/olgafeldmeier

Smart Valor: http://smartvalor.com, http://www.twitter.com/smartvalorinc

Xapo: http://www.xapo.com/

Also mentioned in the episode: Nathaniel Popper's book "Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money", http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23546676-digital-gold

Many thanks to our sponsor!

This episode has support from Shift Cryptosecurity, the maker of BitBox, a minimalist hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies. BitBox is rock-solid, compact, portable, easy to use, and designed and manufactured in Switzerland. To learn more and get your wallet today, visit http://www.shiftcrypto.ch.

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Alexis Roussel - The UN, the Pirate Party, and Bitcoin

June 20, 2018

Alexis Roussel speaks about his journey from being a lawyer at the United Nations to starting the Swiss Pirate Party, how governments misunderstand digital technology, Bitcoin and Wikileaks, the early days of Bitcoin in Switzerland, money as information, the friction between traditional companies and cryptocurrencies, starting his own crypto exchange, different approaches to regulation of cryptocurrencies, the real value of the blockchain, and why cryptocurrencies are so hard to understand.  

Alexis is the CEO of Bity, a Swiss bitcoin broker company that he co-founded in 2014. He holds a Masters in New Technology public law and has served as E-Governance specialist for the United Nations. Alexis was also the president of the Pirate Party of Switzerland to promote a human-centric and distributed approach of a technological society. He is involved in the discussion around regulation of crypto-currencies in Switzerland and is frequently in the Swiss media when it comes to privacy and digital right issues.

Alexis Roussel: http://www.linkedin.com/in/alexis-roussel-01993143, http://www.twitter.com/alexis_roussel

Bity: http://www.bity.com, http://www.twitter.com/hellobity

Many thanks to our sponsor!

This episode has support from Crypto Storage. Crypto Storage offers a proprietary solution to enable Professional storage of Crypto Assets. The storage is secure both physically and digitally on the highest-grade hardware security modules with detailed configuration possibilities for individual - based access control. To learn more visit http://www.cryptostorage.ch.

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Christian Decker - The World’s First Bitcoin PhD

June 18, 2018

Christian Decker speaks about writing the first PhD in the world about Bitcoin, his first Bitcoin meetups in 2009, changes in the crypto ecosystem since the early days, how it happened that a hacker stole almost 10,000 Bitcoins from his wallet, what the early bitcoiners thought about the future of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin as a science experiment, new coins vs. Bitcoin, how Bitcoin could still fail, prerequisites for mainstream adoption, applications of blockchain technology beyond currency, and what he would be doing if Bitcoin didn't exist.

Christian is a core tech engineer at Blockstream and a Bitcoin enthusiast from the very beginning in 2009. As a researcher at the Distributed Computing Group at ETH Zurich, he wrote the world’s first PhD dissertation about Bitcoin and the creation of a number of protocols including PeerCensus and Duplex Micropayment Channels. The goal of his research is to improve the understanding of the underlying consensus mechanisms and to enable the network to scale with increasing demands.

Christian Decker: http://www.linkedin.com/in/christiandecker, http://www.twitter.com/snyke

Christian's Github: http://github.com/cdecker

Many thanks to our sponsor!

This episode has support from Crypto Storage. Crypto Storage offers a proprietary solution to enable Professional storage of Crypto Assets. The storage is secure both physically and digitally on the highest-grade hardware security modules with detailed configuration possibilities for individual - based access control. To learn more visit http://www.cryptostorage.ch.

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Steve Wilson - Why Blockchains Won’t Fix Digital Identity

June 15, 2018

Steve Wilson speaks about digital identity and why blockchains are unlikely to fix it, use cases of blockchain technology beyond cryptocurrency, why 80 percent of blockchain pilots might fail fast, why Bitcoin and blockchain technology captures people's imagination, the fascination of decentralization, self-sovereign identity, smart contracts, why a slower speed of development in blockchain technology will be better in the long run, and fixing the ills of the digital age.

Steve Wilson is a digital identity innovator from Sydney in Australia. Steve has a double degree in physics and electrical engineering, and has focused on digital identity and privacy since 1995. Steve is a vocal critic of many blockchain applications, especially in identity and health services. He holds several patents and is responsible for breakthroughs in identity infrastructure and governance, authentication frameworks, public key infrastructure , smartcards, digital credentials, fraud control, and privacy engineering, and he has advised national ID frameworks in several countries. Steve founded the Lockstep Group in 2004, and has been VP and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research since 2013, where he leads Digital Safety and Privacy.

Steve Wilson: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lockstep, http://www.twitter.com/Steve_Lockstep

Lockstep Consulting: http://www.lockstep.com.au

Constellation Research: http://www.constellationr.com

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Jonas Schnelli - Making Bitcoin More User-Friendly

June 13, 2018

Jonas Schnelli speaks about his work as a Bitcoin Core Developer, why Bitcoin is convincing from a technical point of view, what challenges lie ahead, and whether or not it‘ll be able to replace national currencies, his plans to make Bitcoin more user-friendly, his approach to Bitcoin software development as an open source project, dealing with disagreements and criticism, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, hard forks, Bitcoin maximalism, time horizons for cryptocurrencies, why the slow progress of Bitcoin can be a good thing, why making Bitcoin more user friendly is so difficult, the necessity of decentralization, how to fund Bitcoin core development without conflicts of interest, and being part of a revolution.

Jonas Schnelli is a Bitcoin Core Developer, the co-founder of Shift Cryptosecurity, and arguably one of the most trusted people in Bitcoin. He is a core maintainer and blockchain expert, and one of the few people in the world with commit access to the Bitcoin code base. Jonas is also the author of libbtc, a cypherpunk and hacker.

Jonas Schnelli: http://www.github.com/jonasschnelli, http://www.twitter.com/_jonasschnelli_

Bitcoin Core: http://www.github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin

Shift Cryptosecurity: http://www.shiftcrypto.ch, http://www.twitter.com/DigitalBitbox

Many thanks to our sponsor!

This episode has support from Shift Cryptosecurity, the maker of BitBox, a minimalist hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies. BitBox is rock-solid, compact, portable, easy to use, and designed and manufactured in Switzerland. To learn more and get your wallet today, visit http://www.shiftcrypto.ch.

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Lidia Bolla - Cryptoasset Management in Switzerland

June 11, 2018

Lidia Bolla speaks about founding a blockchain investment manager, staying current on blockchain technology, perceptions of the traditional financial sector of cryptocurrencies, evaluating blockchain investments, skills for success in managing cryptoassets, institutional investors and cryptocurrency, Switzerland as a base for cryptoasset managers, and much more.

Lidia Bolla is the co-founder and CEO of Vision&, an asset manager in Switzerland focusing on blockchain investment opportunities. Lidia has also co-founded a machine-learning startup and before that, she was Managing Partner of a Swiss advisory boutique specialized in quantitative finance. Earlier in her career, Lidia worked for major investment firms like J.P. Morgan, Swiss Re, and Man Investments in Zurich, London and Hong Kong. She has a PhD in finance from the University of St. Gallen, and advises several Blockchain startups.

Lidia Bolla: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lidiabolla/, http://www.twitter.com/lidiabolla

Vision&: http://www.visionand.ch/, http://www.twitter.com/visionandch

Many thanks to our sponsor!

This episode is brought to you by Crypto Storage. Crypto Storage offers a proprietary solution to enable Professional storage of Crypto Assets. The storage is secure both physically and digitally on the highest-grade hardware security modules with detailed configuration possibilities for individual - based access control. To learn more visit http://www.cryptostorage.ch.

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Rik Willard - The Promise of Blockchain Technology

June 8, 2018

Rik Willard speaks about the promise of blockchain technology to provide new forms of value for the unbanked, tokenized access to healthcare, digital art on the blockchain, New York as a hotspot for blockchain innovation, rolling out decentralized technology for empowerment, and embracing the blockchain spaceship to bring humanity forward.

Rik Willard is the Founder of Agentic Group, a New York-based federation of over fifty blockchain companies, and Interim CEO of Global Blockchain Technologies, a publicly traded blockchain investment firm. Agentic Group promotes the blockchain ecosystem through education, consulting and deployment within the private and public sectors. He is a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, an Advisor to the Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College and other board appointments. Rik is a charismatic speaker with engagements including the World Web Forum, the European Union IP Summit, Finance 2.0, the Emerging Links Blockchain Series, Harvard Business School, Dow Jones, Davos 2018.

Rik Willard: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rikwillard/, http://www.twitter.com/rik_willard

Agentic Group: http://www.agenticgroup.com, http://www.twitter.com/agenticgroup

Many thanks to our sponsor!

This episode has support from Shift Cryptosecurity, the maker of BitBox, a minimalist hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies. BitBox is rock-solid, compact, portable, easy to use, and designed and manufactured in Switzerland. To learn more and get your wallet today, visit http://www.shiftcrypto.ch.

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