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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