Tom Lyons - How to Tell the Story of Blockchain Technology

July 13, 2018

Tom Lyons speaks about the importance of storytelling in the blockchain space, how to develop narratives for good stories about technology, how blockchain startups can go about communicating their projects, the meaning of "thought leadership", how to explain technology to people who have never heard of it, his work in a decentralized organization like ConsenSys, communicating the vision of a company, differentiating use cases and offerings, content articles vs. video, how blockchain technology can change advertising, Switzerland as a blockchain hub, and much more.

Tom is Executive Director of Research and Advisory at ConsenSys Switzerland and Chairman of the Communications Working Group at the Crypto Valley Association in Zug. Before he joined ConsenSys, Tom ran his own communications agency specializing in thought leadership, content and influencer marketing strategy and execution for clients in emerging technologies, FinTech, and financial services with a special focus on blockchain and decentralized technology.

Tom Lyons: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lyonscommunications  http://www.twitter.com/tom_m_lyons

ConsenSys: https://www.consensys.nethttp://www.twitter.com/consensys

Crypto Valley Association: https://www.cryptovalley.swisshttps://twitter.com/thecryptovalley

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Michael Sidler - How the Blockchain Disrupts Venture Capital

July 11, 2018

Michael Sidler speaks about how blockchain technology and ICOs impact venture capital, how he analyzes investment opportunities in the crypto and blockchain space, characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, why he prefers "movies to snapshots", the importance of a good network, which themes in the blockchain space he finds most interesting, tokenizing portfolio companies and VC funds, how VCs compete with ICOs, new business models that blockchains enable, what's missing in most white papers, what entrepreneurs misunderstand about rolling out their ideas, how the dot.com bubble compares with the ICO frenzy, and much more.

Michael Sidler has co-founded Redalpine Venture Partners in Zurich/Switzerland in 2007 and acts as General Partner for Redalpine Capital I, Redalpine Capital II and Redalpine Capital III. Before Redalpine, Michael was responsible for corporate investments and M&A at Prionics, a Biotech company in Switzerland. From 1998 to 2003, Michael was with The Boston Consulting Group as a Consultant and Project Leader in eBanking, Insurance, Automotive, and other domains. Michael Sidler has a PhD in Life Sciences from University of Zurich. He is a member of several organizations, juries and boards for the support of innovation and startups (Venturekick, Technopark Zurich, Swiss Startup Finance), a coach for the Swiss governmental program Innosuisse, and he leads the VC chapter of the Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association (SECA).

Michael Sidler: http://www.linkedin.com/in/sidler, http://www.twitter.com/michael_sidler

Redalpine Venture Partners: http://www.redalpine.comhttp://www.twitter.com/redalpine

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Joe Lubin - The Future is Decentralized, and Why Decision-Making is a “Big, Fuzzy, Hairy, and Messy Thing”

July 9, 2018

Joe Lubin speaks about his vision for a decentralized world and the role Ethereum and ConsenSys play in it, what most people misunderstand about Ethereum, why it is hard to imagine what blockchain technology will do for us in 2025, why silos are coming to an end, how hierarchy and decentralization go together, what the blockchain space needs to become more trustworthy, which skills are relevant in the decentralized future, and what he would be doing if Ethereum and ConsenSys didn't exist. 

Joe is the co-founder of Ethereum and the founder of ConsenSys, which is "a global formation of technologists and entrepreneurs building the infrastructure, applications, and practices that enable a decentralized world." 

Joe Lubin: https://twitter.com/ethereumJoseph, https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-lubin-48406489/

Ethereum: https://ethereum.org, https://twitter.com/ethereum

ConsenSys: https://new.consensys.net/https://twitter.com/consensys 

Also mentioned in the podcast: https://ujomusic.com/https://twitter.com/ujomusic 

Shownotes and transcript: https://theblockchainandus.com/joe-lubin

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Thomas Naegele - A New Blockchain Law in Crypto Country Liechtenstein

July 9, 2018

Thomas Naegele speaks about Liechtenstein's new blockchain act, how the country plans to become a global blockchain and crypto hub competing with Malta, Gibraltar, Singapore, Bermuda and Cayman, the blockchain startup scene in Liechtenstein, how blockchain companies from abroad can start a business there, how people can educate themselves about cryptocurrencies, bringing his experience as a software developer into his law practice, his PhD thesis about token economics, keeping current on the blockchain ecosystem, how governments are coping with developments in the crypto space, skills that are necessary in the future, and why the blockchain act is only the beginning for the future of the financial sector in Liechtenstein.

Thomas is the president of the Crypto Country Association in Liechtenstein, and he is an attorney and legal advisor, running a law firm in with a special focus on Internet, IT Law, civil and corporate law, and blockchain technology. Thomas advises international finance, technology and industrial enterprises, operating in the fields of Blockchain/DLT, telecommunications and the Internet, as well as public institutions. He is also an software developer and a lecturer in IT law at the University of Liechtenstein.

Thomas Naegele: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomasnaegele 

Thomas' law firm Naegele Law: http://www.naegele.law, http://www.twitter.com/NaegeleLaw

Crypto Country Association Liechtentein: http://www.cryptocountry.li

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Roger Wattenhofer - Science, Academia, and the Blockchain

July 6, 2018

Roger Wattenhofer speaks about how Bitcoin and blockchain technology entered academia, what we have learned in the ten years of the existence of blockchain technology, why the blockchain is an old idea, how companies collaborate with universities on blockchain research projects, voting on the blockchain, identity on the blockchain, why "nothing requires a blockchain", the challenge for Bitcoin sidechains, why many academic blockchain projects don't make the jump to the real world, things we're probably underestimating about cryptocurrencies, a thought experiment for bank accounts on a blockchain, how blockchains could improve democracies, and much more.

Roger is a full professor at the Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Department at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Switzerland. His research interests are a variety of algorithmic and systems aspects in computer science and information technology, such as distributed systems, positioning systems, wireless networks, mobile systems, and social networks. His work received multiple awards, such as the Prize for Innovation in Distributed Computing, and he has also published the book “Distributed Ledger Technology: The Science of the Blockchain“.

Roger Wattenhofer: https://www.linkedin.com/in/roger-wattenhofer-4466731/

Distributed Computing (DISCO) at ETH Zurich: https://disco.ethz.ch/members/wroger

Book "Distributed Ledger Technology: The Science of the Blockchain": https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28919062-the-science-of-the-blockchain

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This episode is brought to you by Descartes Finance. Descartes is the leading Swiss digital wealth manager, providing its products and services to individuals, family offices, charitable organizations, banks, and asset managers. Its investment strategies lead the way. They harness the latest know-how as only a digital investment advisor can. To learn more, please visit www.descartes-finance.com.

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Paul Meeusen - Putting Insurance on the Blockchain

July 4, 2018

Paul Meeusen speaks about bringing blockchain technology to the insurance industry, how a small insurance prototype on Ethereum led to a global initiative that involves the biggest insurance companies in the world, the ins and outs of running a blockchain pilot in a multinational organization and all the challenges that come with it, running the Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative (B3i) like a startup, why he chose not to use an ICO for funding, how the insurance industry deals with new technology, why people are more important than technology for the success of a project, how the blockchain changed his career, and much more.

Paul is the Head of Distributed Ledger Technology at Swiss Re, one of the biggest reinsurance companies in the world, and acting CEO of B3i, the Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative, which is overhauling the way insurance companies exchange data and trade risks. Paul has over 25 years of experience in advising, building and operating multi-disciplinary teams in finance, accounting, operational treasury, audit and risk control, and he designed the first blockchain use case for retrocession insurance on Ethereum in 2016.

Paul Meeusen: http://www.linkedin.com/in/paulmeeusen/

B3i: http://www.b3i.tech, http://www.twitter.com/B3i_tech

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Zhang Ruidong - China and the Blockchain

July 2, 2018

Zhang Ruidong speaks about blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation in China, the difficulty of censorship, how to make the "blockchain without cryptocurrency" mantra work, the situation of blockchain entrepreneurship in mainland China, why the cryptocurrency ban didn't work, which projects Chinese blockchain entrepreneurs work on, differences between Chinese crypto projects and those abroad, how the Chinese and other Asian governments support blockchain projects, blockchain classes at universities, blockchain myths, which projects need blockchains and which don't, how the blockchain changes culture, and socio-technical challenges for countries with blockchain technology. 

Zhang Ruidong is a professor in computer information systems at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in the United States and the founding director of the Blockchain Labs at the Academy of Internet Finance at Zhejiang (dschuedjiang) University, one of the leading universities in China. His research areas include cloud computing architecture and optimization, blockchain technology applications, digital currency policy and regulations, e-commerce and the development and application of the next generation Internet. 

Zhang Ruidong: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruidong-zhang-94637411/

Article about the blockchain course at Zhejiang University: http://news.8btc.com/exclusive-zhejiang-university-to-launch-its-first-blockchain-and-digital-currency-course-this-fall

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This episode is brought to you by Descartes Finance. Descartes is the leading Swiss digital wealth manager, providing its products and services to individuals, family offices, charitable organizations, banks, and asset managers. Its investment strategies lead the way. They harness the latest know-how as only a digital investment advisor can. To learn more, please visit www.descartes-finance.com.

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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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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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