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The Human Story Behind Blockchain Technology - Matthew Allen, Zurich Bureau Chief/Business Reporter at Swissinfo

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

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

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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Why Blockchain Technology is Transformative and Irritating - Monty Munford, Mob76

Why Blockchain Technology is Transformative and Irritating - Monty Munford, Mob76

November 7, 2018

Monty Munford speaks about his work as a tech advisor and writer, his adventures at the Malta Blockchain Summit interviewing John McAfee, how blockchain companies can improve their stories, blockchain companies in the UK and how Brexit affects them, the development of the blockchain ecosystem, characteristics of valuable tech companies, promising applications of blockchain technology, getting his wallet hacked, frustrations with blockchain technology, what should change, and where he sees the sector going.

Monty is an emcee/panellist/moderator​/interviewer ​​​and speaker in the blockchain space, he writes for his own blog Mob76Outlook, for The Telegraph, TechCrunch, The Economist, BBC Future, the Huffington Post, and he also runs Mob76, a tech consultancy that works with clients to become investible and prepares them for exit.

Monty Munford: https://twitter.com/montymunford, https://www.forbes.com/sites/montymunford, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/monty-munfordhttps://www.businessinsider.com/author/monty-munford  

Mob76: https://www.mob76outlook.com 

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