Blockchain Innovation: Interviewing The Brightest Minds In Blockchain

By Frederick Munawa

About this podcast   English    United States

Frederick Munawa here. I’m a Blockchain Consultant for entrepreneurs and financial services firms.
Blockchain Innovation is where I interview the brightest minds in Blockchain and cryptocurrency – entrepreneurs, executives, and top academics – to discuss present and future applications of Blockchain Technology.
Why? To determine how Blockchain can be used to increase profits, cut costs, and disrupt traditional industries and business models – so you can borrow their strategies, tools, and tactics for your own success.
Join me every Tuesday to learn how the brightest minds in Blockchain are pushing the envelope with Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and token sales, public blockchains, private blockchains, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Hyperledger, smart contracts, and much more.
33 episodes · since May, 2017
Trent McConaghy is the Co-Founder of Solido, Ascribe, BigchainDB and Ocean Protocol. He holds a PhD in Engineering and has a background in Computer Science. In this episode, Trent and I discuss: How Trent went from being raised on a pig farm in Saskatchewan, Canada, to being one of the world’s top experts in Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) How companies like Facebook and Google are really just data companies that hoard data (and it looks like Ocean may change that) The “ArtDAO” – a thought experiment on how an autonomous piece of AI code becomes independently wealthy. What does it do with the money? The nuts and bolts of Ocean Protocol, Estonia’s e-residency program (which Trent has advised Estonia on), and much more  
June 6, 2018
Jerry Cuomo is the Vice President of Blockchain Technologies at IBM. He is an IBM Fellow, veteran software engineer, and one of the founding fathers of IBM WebSphere.   In this episode, Jerry and I discuss:   How Jerry and his father are lifelong “IBMers.” In fact, his father made a discovery in 1972 that eventually led to the invention of optical disks. Jerry recounts crawling through the hallways of the IBM Research Center in his diapers – true story How IBM first embraced Ethereum before helping form Hyperledger The IBM Blockchain Platform and how IBM is using blockchain to revolutionize supply chain management for big name clients like Walmart, Maersk, Dole, Kroger, and many more Sovereign identity and private vs. public blockchains
May 17, 2018
Mitch Steves is a Silicon-Valley-based Research Analyst at RBC Capital Markets. RBC Capital Markets is one of the top global investment banks with almost 2,000 deals and approximately $250 billion dollars in capital raised for clients in 2017.  Mitch made headlines at the beginning of 2018 when he published a report stating, “Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain could become a $10-trillion-dollar market in 15 years.” In this episode, Mitch and I discuss: How his predictions may have driven up the price of Ether by over 1,000% in 2017 We review his report on blockchain and cryptocurrencies and discuss the rationale behind the $10-trillion-dollar figure And, because he’s a research analyst, I pick his brain on how to value cryptocurrencies and what best practices he recommends for ICOs Please note, Mitch is providing his personal opinion in this interview, which may not reflect the views of his employer, RBC. Also, for required disclosure on the companies discussed, please use the following disclosure link -
May 4, 2018
Dr. Leemon Baird is the inventor of Hashgraph and the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Swirlds Inc. He has a PhD in Computer Science and is also a successful entrepreneur and former professor. Hashgraph is a new data structure and consensus algorithm that was recently patented by the Swirlds team. In this episode, Leemon and I discuss: What a Hashgraph is. How does it compare to a Blockchain? Byzantine Fault Tolerance (BFT) – Leemon does a brilliant job of explaining this Exciting use cases for Hashgraph. Hint: they already have a few big ones in the pipeline
April 13, 2018
Aaron Wright is a Professor of Law at the Cardozo School of Law in New York City. He is also the co-inventor of OpenLaw – a blockchain-based protocol for the creation and execution of smart legal agreements In this episode, Aaron and I discuss: What OpenLaw is What the SAFT is (including some of its lesser known deficiencies) -and- The future of ICOs from a legal perspective
March 9, 2018 · transcript
Taylor Monahan is the Co-Founder of MyEtherWallet, one of the most popular tools of choice for crypto-investors participating in ICOs on the Ethereum Blockchain. Taylor recently launched a new venture – MyCrypto – an open-source, client-side tool for generating Ether wallets, handling ERC-20 tokens, and interacting with the Blockchain more easily. In this episode, Taylor and I discuss: How MyEtherWallet came to be The absence of women in Crypto, and why this technology cannot go mainstream without women James Damore, the Google Engineer who got fired for his controversial memo on women’s suitability for engineering jobs (and what that has to do with the UFC and Ronda Rousey – yes, there is a connection) Taylor’s description of what the ideal ICO would look like Her prediction for ICOs over the next decade (hint: it’s not what you would think)
Feb. 15, 2018 · transcript
Jason Teutsch is a mathematician (PhD) and computer scientist whose research focuses on distributed systems, security, game theory, and algorithmic randomness. Jason is also the founder of TrueBit - a scalable verification solution for Blockchains. In this episode, Jason and I discuss:  The computational limitations of Ethereum smart contracts The definition of smart contract (hint: it’s not the same as a legal contract), gas, and the gas limit on Ethereum The “Verifier’s Dilemma,” a situation whereby Blockchain miners have little to no incentives to verify transactions (which is the problem TrueBit solves) Use cases for TrueBit, including LivePeer – a decentralized video streaming platform, AI, “Interactive ICOs,” and much more
Jan. 31, 2018
Ted Livingston is the CEO and Founder of Kik Interactive – creators of Kik – a messaging app that connects the world through chat. After working at Blackberry, his boss encouraged him to start his own company, which he did in 2009. That company (Kik) has since grown to 15 million monthly users, a  billion-dollar valuation, $120 million dollars in venture funding, and an uber-successful $100 million-dollar ICO. In this episode, Ted and I discuss: His journey from Blackberry, to Kik, to Kin – which is the new cryptocurrency that powers the Kik messaging platform How back in 2010 Kik went from 0 to 1 million users in only 15 days The power of incentives in a decentralized network –and– Why Ted believes Bitcoin is fundamentally flawed, and how Kin addresses those flaws, to the point of maybe one day replacing Bitcoin as the world’s top cryptocurrency
Jan. 18, 2018
Paul is President and Co-Founder of Impak Finance, a FinTech company focused on driving positive social impact. He has raised millions of dollars, and has been part of numerous exits, acquisitions, and IPOs. In August of 2017, Impak Finance made history by launching Impak Coin –  a cryptocurrency for a better world. That launch became Canada’s first compliant ICO – meaning Canadian regulators reviewed the ICO and gave it a thumbs-up. In this episode, we discuss: The step-by-step process Paul used to get his ICO approved by regulators How long the process took and the challenges he faced –and– Paul’s vision for the future, now that Impak has launched Canada’s first compliant token    
Jan. 10, 2018
John is a veteran technology entrepreneur who co-founded a company called “Left” with Chris Jensen. Their mission is to use technology to change the world. Left is currently focusing on a project called RightMESH – a software-based, mobile mesh networking platform that enables users with mobile devices to connect via WiFi and Bluetooth without an internet connection. In this episode, we discuss: What a mesh network is What WiFi is (hint: you don’t need internet for WiFi) How Blockchain solves the identity problem in a mesh network –and– The keys to success for Blockchain/Crypto entrepreneurs
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