Farsight

By John Gleeson

About this podcast   English    United States

The focus of this interview series is to try and take a longer term view of technology. Instead of discussing valuations, competitors, and other common topics. I’d like to ask some of the more fundamental questions posed by the likes Peter Thiel, Paul Graham and Jeff Bezos. The idea is to take a deeper look at things and establish different views on the role of technology.
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July 31, 2017
My interview with Shawn Owen covers an important addition in the Crypto space. It is a network for borrowers and lenders. Most Bitcoin owners don't want to sell their Bitcoin and if it continues to appreciate in value, Salt could help avoid this. Imagine that Salt was around in April 2012. Lets say you spent $10,000 on 2000 BTC for 5$ per coin. You wanted to avoid selling it but needed $2000 to pay rent at the time. You could have sought a loan at maybe 10% annual interest against your bitcoin, meaning you had to pay back $2200 to a Salt lender in April 2013. By that time Bitcoin had appreciated 20x in value to $100 per coin so your holdings are now worth $200,000. Instead of selling 400 bitcoin in 2012, you now only have to sell 22 bitcoin to pay it off. Now this obviously carries downside risk as well, but the principle is the same as securities backed lending. A service that has been in place a long time. The important thing, as with any loan is not to borrow too much. We discuss Shawns early start in bitcoin, his transition from being a bitcoin maximalist to taking a wider view of the market and the role of p2p lending. I hope you enjoy this discussion.
April 18, 2017
Vinny Lingham  is the founder and CEO of Civic. Civic is a Secure identity platform for business and individuals.  Vinny has founded a number of other companies including Glyde, and has featured as an investor on the South African version of Shark Tank, where he became the first shark to identify the potential of using a blockchain based token sale to raise money. In this episode we discuss Civic.com, the scaling debate, Golem, VR, other promising projects in the Cryptocurrency space and his wider views on technology.
Oct. 14, 2016
In this episode Brian discusses:   - Why Dirty Businesses, those that are not fashionable or sexy can create some of the best returns. - How we are heading towards a potential future of Star Trek Replicators. - Why all kids should learn to code. -The lack of data in politics today.
Aug. 31, 2016
When we had this brief chat about unusual founders in 2012 Intercom had 9 staff and one had done a small round of Angel Investment. Today the company is worth over €500m and Des Traynor has  helped build one of the most ambitious startups in Silicon Valley. In this interview we discuss Peter Thiels ideas in particular on founder traits. We discuss going from consultancy to Startup, programming for kids, design and disruption in general. Apologies for the sounds quality on this one. There is a break where we ran out of film at the end but I hope the rest is worth a listen.
Aug. 31, 2016
In this episode, recorded in 2014, we discuss Greg's involvement in the cryptocurrency Stellar and his work at Stripe. Since then he has begun working in OpenAI and I hope to do a follow up interview to discuss his change of path and any update to the ideas discussed in this podcast.
Aug. 30, 2016
The focus of this interview series is to try and take a longer term view of technology. Instead of discussing valuations, competitors, and other common topics. I’d like to ask  some of the more fundamental questions posed by the likes Peter Thiel, Paul Graham and Jeff Bezos. The idea is to take a deeper look at things and establish different views on the role of technology.

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