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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Several new interviews go live on this podcast each week. Get an email from me every two weeks with a very short summary of new podcast episodes, so you can immediately pick those interviews you'd like to listen to. You'll never receive any marketing and definitely no spam, and you can unsubscribe at any time. To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on https://www.theblockchainandus.com

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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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Several new interviews go live on this podcast each week. Get an email from me every two weeks with a very short summary of new podcast episodes, so you can immediately pick those interviews you'd like to listen to. You'll never receive any marketing and definitely no spam, and you can unsubscribe at any time. To stay up to date about what blockchain pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the world think about the future of this space, sign up for the newsletter on https://www.theblockchainandus.com

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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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Dolfi Mueller - A Recap of Zug’s Bitcoin Experiment and How it Energized Switzerland

August 2, 2018

Dolfi Mueller speaks about the Bitcoin experiment at the city of Zug in Switzerland and how it energized the local government and an entire region, learning lessons from the experiment, how banks (still) deal with Bitcoin companies, how the blockchain ecosystem in Zug is developing, why blockchain black boxes undermine confidence, a pilot for a digital ID on the blockchain, and how the city has changed over the last decades in the face of globalization.

Dolfi Mueller is the mayor of Zug, a city in Switzerland with roughly 30,000 inhabitants, and the first city in the world that adopted Bitcoin in 2016 as a means of payment for official permits. Dolfi has a degree in law and economics, he is a licensed attorney and a teacher of law and economics at the cantonal school of Zug. 

Dolfi Mueller (in German): https://stadtzug.sp-zug.ch/partei/stadtpraesident-dolfi-mueller/  

City of Zug: https://twitter.com/stadtzug

More about Crypto Valley: https://cryptovalley.swiss 

A video interview I made previously with Dolfi Mueller: https://www.blockchain-documentary.com/dolfi-mueller-cryptovalley-zug

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