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“Crypto Means Cryptography” - Jan Camenisch, Head of Research at Dfinity

“Crypto Means Cryptography” - Jan Camenisch, Head of Research at Dfinity

January 30, 2019

Jan Camenisch speaks about being the Head of Research at Dfinity, how industrial research at a blockchain company differs from academic research, what it takes to build Dfinity into "The Internet Computer", important research questions in the blockchain space, the most important skills for success in research, and much more.

Jan is Head of Research at Dfinity and Director of the Dfinity Zurich Research Lab, and he also serves on Sovrin's Technical Governance Board. Before joining Dfinity, Jan was a Principal Research Staff Member at IBM Research Zurich, where he lead the Privacy & Cryptography research team and was a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Jan is a leading scientist in the area of privacy and cryptography, he has published over 120 widely cited papers, was granted about 140 patents worldwide, and has received a number of awards for his work.

Jan Camenisch: https://jan.camenisch.org, https://twitter.com/JanCamenisch, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jan_Camenisch

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

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“This Is What the Blockchain Is and How It Can Change Your Life” - Niloo Ravaei, Blockgeeks

“This Is What the Blockchain Is and How It Can Change Your Life” - Niloo Ravaei, Blockgeeks

January 23, 2019

Niloo Ravaei speaks about learning and teaching skills of developing blockchain applications, stories that draw people into the blockchain space, why blockchain technology empowers people, examples where token economics creates incentives, combating technostrategic discourse, who should take blockchain programming classes, living in a blockchain bubble, how to advocate and think critically at the same time, parallels between the Internet age and the blockchain age, skills for the future, having a growth mindset, and much more.

Niloo is the Head of Education at Blockgeeks with the mission to share and grow the knowledge around blockchain technology. She is a filmmaker turned coder who screened her short film at the Cannes Film Festival and has helped FinTech startups in Toronto and San Francisco scale into some of the biggest players in the space. Niloo is heavily involved in the global blockchain community, working with emerging platforms and enterprises that want to leverage blockchain technology, and she also works with various causes to design and implement socially impactful blockchain solutions.

Niloo Ravaei: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/niloo-ravaei-3b888723, https://twitter.com/nravaeihttps://medium.com/@nilooravaei

Blockgeeks: https://www.blockgeeks.com, https://twitter.com/Blockgks

Also mentioned in the episode:

Andreas Antonopoulos' book "Mastering Bitcoin": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21820378-mastering-bitcoin

Andreas Antonopoulos' and Gavin Wood's book "Mastering Ethereum": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33584554-mastering-ethereum

Edmond Lau's book "The Effective Engineer": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25238425-the-effective-engineer

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How to Build on Bitcoin - Lucas Betschart, 21 Lectures, Bitcoin Association Switzerland

How to Build on Bitcoin - Lucas Betschart, 21 Lectures, Bitcoin Association Switzerland

January 16, 2019

Lucas Betschart speaks about bringing more developers into the Bitcoin ecosystem, being the president of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland, the anatomy of Bitcoin open source projects, managing the tension between ideology and commercial software development, why too many things in the crypto and blockchain space make no sense, why it is hard to build a business model around Bitcoin, why he doesn't like Ethereum and other blockchains, how market downturns affect the development of Bitcoin and the ecosystem, brain drain in Switzerland, and much more.

Lucas is president of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland, the world's 4th largest Bitcoin community. He is involved in Bitcoin since early 2013, he is the Head of Technology Crypto Assets at inacta, he is the founder of 21 Lectures, which has the mission to bring more developers to the Bitcoin ecosystem.

Lucas Betschart: https://ch.linkedin.com/in/lucasbetschart, https://twitter.com/lucas_lclc 

Bitcoin Association Switzerland: https://www.bitcoinassociation.ch 

21 Lectures: https://www.21lectures.com 

Also mentioned in the episode:

Christian Decker: http://www.theblockchainandus.com/christian-decker 

Jonas Schnelli: http://www.theblockchainandus.com/jonas-schnelli 

Bitcoin core: https://bitcoin.org/en/bitcoin-core/ 

Lightning Network: https://lightning.network/ 

Liquid: https://blockstream.com/liquid 

Nakamoto Institute: https://nakamotoinstitute.org/ 

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How Blockchain Technology Could Keep Humanity Human - Anne Connelly, Singularity University

How Blockchain Technology Could Keep Humanity Human - Anne Connelly, Singularity University

January 9, 2019

Anne Connelly speaks about using blockchain technology to make a social impact and why very few projects actually use the technology in practice, teaching blockchain technology to executives at Singularity University, stories and tools to convince people of the merits of blockchains, how she advises companies, bro culture in tech and why diversity and respect are important in the blockchain space, hopes and fears of the future of blockchain technology, why coding should be an essential skill, why empathy and human interaction are at the core of infrastructure technology that keeps humanity human and keeps people connected, and much more.

Anne is passionate about harnessing blockchain technology to transform the lives of people in developing countries, and she is Faculty at Singularity University at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley & SingularityU Canada, where she teaches global leaders how exponential technologies can solve problems that impact over a billion people. She has been an active part of the global blockchain community since 2012, working with and advising notable companies including Jaxx, Ledger Labs, and Bunz, and she is currently the Vice Chair of the board of Blockchain Canada. She previously worked with Doctors Without Borders Canada in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and currently serves on their board of directors. Anne has a Bachelor of Life Sciences from Queen’s University, an MBA from McMaster University, and a Fintech Certificate from MIT. She was honoured as one of CBC’s 12 Young Leaders Changing Canada and one of the Fifty Most Inspirational Women in Technology in Canada.

Anne Connelly: https://www.anneconnelly.cahttps://twitter.com/Anne_Connellyhttps://medium.com/@anneconnellyhttps://ca.linkedin.com/in/anneconnelly

Anne at Singularity University: https://su.org/about/faculty/anne-connelly 

Also mentioned in the episode:

Article by Laurie Penny "Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto’s Nouveau Riche": https://breakermag.com/trapped-at-sea-with-cryptos-nouveau-riche

Cryptochicks: https://www.cryptochicks.ca

Blockgeeks: https://www.blockgeeks.com 

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Just Keep Your Head Down and Build - Jason Goldberg, Open Simple Token (OST)

Just Keep Your Head Down and Build - Jason Goldberg, Open Simple Token (OST)

January 2, 2019

Jason Goldberg speaks about building OST, how apps with millions of users can tokenize, how market conditions affect blockchain adoption, unrealistic assumptions and anti-narratives in the crypto space, advantages for software companies to build token models into their products, why the hotmail moment for blockchain technology might happen in 2019/20, why some tech firms fail to see the threat of blockchain technology, keeping a balance between technology and real life, the importance to just keeping your head down and building, and much more.

Jason is the founder and CEO of Open Simple Token (OST) and a veteran Internet entrepreneur with a long history of scaling products to millions of users. He started his career in technology at AOL in 2001 and has launched and sold several tech companies. Since 2016, Jason’s passion has been to drive mainstream consumer adoption of blockchain technologies.

Jason Goldberg: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Goldberg_(entrepreneur), https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonsethgoldberg, https://twitter.com/betashop, https://medium.com/@betashop

OST: https://ost.com , https://t.me/ostdotcom, https://twitter.com/OSTdotcom 

Also mentioned in the episode:

Unsplash Stock Photos: https://unsplash.com 

Hornet LGBT Social Network: https://hornet.com 

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