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The Blockchain Show

English, Technology, 3 seasons, 111 episodes, 3 days, 3 hours, 34 minutes
The Blockchain Show is a weekly podcast that demystifies cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology. 0x5279e7fd39c81a969b52cd97a6dac6df7cb90018
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250: Unlocking On-Chain Privacy - Exploring 'Private POI' and the Railgun Privacy System with Kieran Mesquita

In this landmark 250th episode, we dive deep into the realm of on-chain privacy, secure transactions, and the evolving landscape of crypto with Kieran from Railgun. The conversation starts by unraveling the concept of 'private POI' (Proof of Innocence), a powerful tool enabling users to engage with systems anonymously, preventing unauthorized access and abuse.  Kieran guides us through the intricate workings of 'private POI' and sheds light on how it aligns with Railgun's commitment to uncompromising on-chain privacy. Real-world instances of Railgun's application in both payroll and trading are shared, illustrating its capability to facilitate transactions without compromising user information. As the discussion unfolds, Kieran emphasizes the importance of privacy education and highlights the need for continuous contribution to, or benefit from, Railgun's evolving privacy features. The episode concludes with a glimpse into the future as Kieran outlines his ongoing efforts in researching and developing Railgun protocols. The focus remains on enhancing user experience and tool development, offering a promising look into the next chapter of Railgun's journey in shaping the future of decentralized privacy. This episode not only provides a deep dive into the technical aspects of 'private POI' and Railgun but also sets the stage for the future developments that will shape the narrative of decentralized privacy in the cryptocurrency industry.
1/6/202432 minutes, 59 seconds
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249: Democratizing DeFi: The Bracket Labs Vision Unveiled with Pelli Wang and Michael Wasyl

Bracket Labs' founders, Michael Wasyl and Pelli Wang, take center stage to share their mission of democratizing decentralized finance (DeFi). Pelli, with a background in traditional finance and crypto incubation, and Michael, seasoned in financial analytics at Bloomberg, discuss their journey and the genesis of Bracket Labs. The duo unveils their ambitious plans for crypto volatility products, aiming to fill gaps in the market and make DeFi more accessible. They introduce Bracket X, a tool enabling leverage positions on blue-chip assets, and explore the concept and benefits of crypto perpetuals for extended leverage. The conversation delves into the challenges and potential of the crypto market, new product developments, and the necessity for better user experience and security features in DeFi. The team discusses regulatory concerns, emphasizing the delicate balance between fostering innovation and ensuring compliance. Michael details Bracket Labs' commitment to security, transparency, and their tech stack, highlighting future plans and developments, including the upcoming launch of Passage. The episode concludes with insights into courage, transparency, and the pivotal role of blockchain in shaping the future. Join us for a deep dive into the evolving landscape of DeFi with Bracket Labs' visionary founders.
11/17/202352 minutes, 39 seconds
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248: Revolutionizing Entertainment: The Power of Digital Collectibles with Hiram Vazquez

In this episode, we have a captivating conversation with Hiram Vazquez, the founder and CEO of LALA. LALA is leading the charge in transforming the entertainment industry by redefining the fan experience through digital collectibles. Join us as we delve into the world of NFTs, exploring how LALA's innovative offerings set them apart in a rapidly evolving market. We uncover how LALA is rewriting the revenue model for the entertainment sector, and gain exclusive insights into their exciting projects. Hiram shares real-life examples of how fans can earn from their favorite movies and TV shows and discusses his inspiring entrepreneurial journey from venture capital to leading a groundbreaking digital collectibles platform. We also explore the challenges he's overcome, the future vision for LALA, and the evolving landscape of blockchain, NFTs, and the entertainment industry. Don't miss this episode to discover the endless possibilities of fan engagement and revenue sharing in entertainment with LALA's visionary CEO, Hiram Vazquez.
11/1/202326 minutes, 30 seconds
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247: Navigating the World of Cryptocurrency with Dr. Tonya M. Evans

In this episode of "The Blockchain Show," we delve into the ever-evolving world of cryptocurrency with an exceptional guest, Dr. Tonya M. Evans. Driven by her mission to transform the crypto-curious into the crypto-confident, Dr. Evans brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. As a distinguished law professor, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host, she has emerged as a trusted voice in the cryptocurrency landscape. Our conversation takes us on a journey through various facets of the crypto universe. Dr. Tonya M. Evans unravels common myths, offers practical insights for newcomers to the space, and discusses the legal and regulatory considerations essential for investors and businesses. With her unique perspective, she also shares her valuable experience, including an interview with Mark Wetjen, head of regulatory & policy strategy at FTX, conducted just days before its high-profile collapse. Furthermore, Dr. Evans sheds light on her advisory role to the United States government regarding intellectual property law issues related to NFTs and blockchain technology. Her wisdom and clarity serve as a guiding light in the ever-changing landscape of blockchain and cryptocurrency. Don't miss this enlightening episode that aims to empower and educate both crypto-enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Episode Highlights: - Debunking common myths surrounding cryptocurrency. - Legal and regulatory considerations for investors and businesses. - Dr. Tonya M. Evans' advisory role to the U.S. government on NFTs and blockchain technology. - Empowering the crypto-curious to become crypto-confident. Join us in this enlightening conversation with Dr. Tonya M. Evans, a trailblazer in the crypto and blockchain space, as we navigate the intricate terrain of cryptocurrency and blockchain innovation. Links mentioned in the episode:  Book: Podcast: Linktree:
9/7/202349 minutes, 1 second
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246: Unlocking Crypto Liquidity with Machine Learning: Brad Chase, Head of Liquidity Products at Ripple

In Episode 246 of The Blockchain Show, we sit down with Brad Chase, the Head of Liquidity Products at Ripple, a pioneering enterprise crypto solutions provider. Brad takes us on a journey through the intersection of machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and the crypto industry, shedding light on how Ripple leverages these cutting-edge technologies to build liquidity products that facilitate seamless transactions for hundreds of customers, amounting to billions of dollars. Brad shares insights into his pivotal role in developing Ripple's Liquidity Hub, a platform that enables businesses to access crypto liquidity on-demand through smart order routing from market makers, exchanges, and OTC desks across various crypto assets. Discover how AI and machine learning are revolutionizing Ripple's On-Demand Liquidity services, elevating their capacity to cater to a rapidly growing market. Throughout the episode, Brad also offers his perspective on the institutional adoption of crypto and unveils Ripple's main priorities and exciting upcoming announcements. If you're intrigued by the transformative power of AI and its impact on the crypto landscape, this episode is a must-listen. Listeners interested in the future of liquidity solutions, AI-driven advancements in the crypto industry, and Ripple's strategic direction will find this conversation with Brad Chase highly informative and enlightening. Guest Speaker Profile: Brad Chase - As the Head of Liquidity Products at Ripple, Brad is at the forefront of driving innovation in the world of crypto liquidity. With a passion for machine learning and AI, he spearheads the development of groundbreaking liquidity solutions that empower businesses worldwide. Brad's expertise and leadership have been instrumental in establishing Ripple as a trailblazing enterprise crypto solutions provider.
7/29/202327 minutes, 2 seconds
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245: Title: Transforming Financial Inclusion: Sherry Jiang on Decentralized Finance and Bluejay's Mission

In this episode of The Blockchain Show, we are joined by Sherry Jiang, a former product manager at Google and Amazon and the founder of Bluejay Finance. Sherry shares her inspiring journey from the tech giants to the world of decentralized finance and how Bluejay Finance is leveraging DeFi to provide financial services to under-banked populations in Asia. Throughout the conversation, Sherry sheds light on the challenges women face in the decentralized finance space and the importance of creating a more inclusive industry. She also discusses the unique advantages that decentralized finance brings to communities, breaking barriers and enabling financial inclusion in Asia. As a thought leader in the blockchain space, Sherry provides valuable insights into the future of decentralized finance and its impact on traditional financial institutions. She explores the potential for collaboration between the two worlds and shares real-world examples of how Bluejay Finance is improving financial access and empowering individuals through their innovative DeFi solutions. Join us as we delve into the world of decentralized finance with Sherry Jiang, uncovering its transformative potential, and exploring the ways it is reshaping the global financial landscape while improving the lives of individuals worldwide.
7/17/202359 minutes, 21 seconds
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244: Unleashing the Power of Web3 Gaming: A Conversation with Michael Sanders / Horizon Blockchain Games

Join us on episode 244 as we delve into the exciting world of blockchain gaming with our special guest from Horizon Blockchain Games. Backed by industry giants like Brevan Howard Digital and Ubisoft, Horizon is at the forefront of revolutionizing the gaming ecosystem. Our guest, Michael Sanders, co-founder of Horizon Blockchain Games, will take us on a journey through the potential of web3 and its impact on the gaming industry. Michael is a dynamic storyteller who has a unique ability to connect the dots and make complex concepts understandable. His passion for blockchain technologies sparked in 2010, and since then, he has immersed himself in the industry as an investor in cryptocurrencies and related startups. With a diverse background, including co-founding a clean energy startup, serving as VP of an advertising agency, and even exploring transformational dance and sound therapy, Michael brings a breadth of experience to the table. He is also an accomplished author, known for his best-selling book, Ayahuasca: An Executive's Enlightenment. Living a life of love, openness, and play, Michael is dedicated to infusing web3 and the emerging dimension with these same values. Horizon Blockchain Games is a video game studio and blockchain infrastructure company that is paving the way for seamless integration and development in the blockchain gaming space. With their recent Series A funding round, led by Brevan Howard and Morgan Creek, and participation from Ubisoft and Take-Two Interactive Software, Horizon is positioned as a leading force in the industry. With their all-in-one web3 developer platform and smart wallet called Sequence, Horizon is fast-tracking the process of developing web3 games on blockchain-compatible platforms like Ethereum. We'll explore the benefits of blockchain technology for gaming and how web3 has the power to shape the future of the industry. Discover the challenges and opportunities in developing web3 games, as well as the shift from play-to-earn to play-and-earn models. Horizon's proof-of-concept technology and tangible gaming experiences showcase the unique possibilities that blockchain and web3 technologies bring to the table. Don't miss this captivating conversation as we discuss the gaming and web3 outlook, including what's currently available in the market. Join us as we dive into the world of blockchain gaming and uncover the exciting innovations that Horizon Blockchain Games has to offer. Tune in to The Blockchain Show and embark on a fascinating exploration of the future of gaming with Horizon Blockchain Games and their visionary co-founder, Michael Sanders.
6/30/202341 minutes, 18 seconds
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243: Unlocking the Power of Data: Exploring Fluree's Blockchain-based Data Management with Brian Platz

In this episode, we dive into the world of data management and the power of blockchain technology with our special guest, Brian Platz, CEO and co-founder of Fluree. Fluree is a web3 company that has developed an innovative graph ledger database and data pipeline toolset for trusted and secure data management. In today's fast-paced business environment, data has become the new oil, and Fluree is at the forefront of leveraging blockchain technology to harness its potential. With their decentralized and trusted data storage capabilities, Fluree enables developers to store and manage data in a format that is crucial for the success and longevity of their clients' businesses. Join us as Brian Platz shares his valuable insights on various topics, including his takeaways from Fluree's recent Series A funding round. Discover why blockchain-based solutions remain essential for the future of business, even as the initial buzz has subsided. Brian will also delve into how Fluree's data-centric architecture provides access to clean and linked data, catering to a diverse range of data consumers. Don't miss this insightful conversation with Brian Platz as we explore the intersection of blockchain and data management, and uncover the potential it holds for businesses in today's digital landscape. Fluree homepage: Light Overview (PDF): Architecture Overview:
6/15/202343 minutes, 23 seconds
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242: Exploring the Power of Personalized Financial Technology with Emmanuel Daniel

Join us for an enlightening conversation on The Blockchain Show as we dive into the fascinating world of emerging Fintech and its transformative effects on the world. In this episode, we have the privilege of hosting award-winning global thought leader, Emmanuel Daniel, as he shares his insights on the "Financialization of Everything" and the profound influence of personalized financial technology, including cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Emmanuel, with his wealth of experience founding and running TAB Global, a prominent media, research, and consulting house, brings a unique perspective on how financial technology is reshaping the roles of institutions and markets. Drawing from his extensive network of leaders in banking and finance, Emmanuel offers valuable insights into the disruptive forces driving change and points global society in an entirely new direction. Having won the Citibank Excellence in Business Journalism for Asia, Emmanuel's expertise is unparalleled. His upcoming book, tentatively titled "The Winning Civilization," delves deeper into the financially driven changes explored in his previous acclaimed work, "The Great Transition" (2022). Tune in to discover the profound impact of highly personalized financial technology, the truth behind financial inclusion, the future of central bank digital currencies, and the pivotal role of decentralized finance in paving the way for cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Emmanuel also discusses how dysfunctional economies shape the future of global trade, the intricate relationship between public perception and the next financial crisis, the weaponization of money, and the reality behind the Chinese boogeyman myth. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights from Emmanuel Daniel as he reveals the intricacies of financial transactions and shares his vision for preparing an unexpected future. Join us as we explore the dynamic intersection of finance, technology, and society on The Blockchain Show.
6/11/202354 minutes, 42 seconds
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241: Beyond Cryptocurrency: Exploring the World of Enterprise Blockchain with Neeraj Srivastava / DLT Labs

Neeraj Srivastava is Co-Founder and CTO of DLT Labs, a global leader in enterprise blockchain solutions. Join us as Neeraj shares his journey from financial cryptography to pioneering blockchain technology. Gain insights into DLT Labs' successful implementation of blockchain solutions, including their groundbreaking work with Walmart Canada. Discover the concept of enterprise blockchain, the benefits of smart contracts, and how blockchain has played a pivotal role in overcoming distribution challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Get ready to be inspired by Neeraj's vision for the future and the transformative potential of blockchain across various industries.
5/29/202341 minutes, 48 seconds
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240: Creating Decentralized Ecosystems with DGT Network / Alexander Khvatov

In this episode, we chat with Alex Khvatov, the CEO of DGT Network, as he shares how their company is empowering enterprises to build open and decentralized ecosystems with retained governance and control. Alex discusses how DGT addresses the issue of inadequate Web3 infrastructure through flexible tokenization, decentralized identity, and interoperability, as well as embedded real-world information. Through their innovative approach, DGT is creating a new standard for decentralized ecosystems that can revolutionize the way we interact with the digital world. Tune in to hear more about their vision for the future of Web3 and how they are making it a reality.
5/2/202338 minutes, 8 seconds
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239: Ari Navarro / VSA Partners - Unearthing Unique Opportunities in Crypto

Ariadna Navarro is the Chief Strategy Officer at VSA Partners. Ariadna's expertise lies in brand and innovation strategies for crypto and other fintech industries. She oversees a team of 18 strategists at VSA, where she uses analytics, experience design, innovation, and brand and business strategy to find unique opportunities for clients from IBM to AT&T.  Recently, VSA was named the premiere creative partner for the Creator Fund of Ripple, a $250 million commitment to help indie creators bring their NFT projects to market on the XRP Ledger. VSA has worked with some of the world's top brands, including Google, Nike, IBM, and Pepsi. During the show, Ariadna discusses topics such as what drives NFT prices, blockchain's branding problem, and crypto trading addiction. Ariadna's journey from heading up strategy at Interbrand to her current role at VSA is also explored. Originally from Venezuela, Ariadna has made New York her home for a very long time. Her passion for portfolio strategy, brand strategy, and solving problems makes this episode a must-listen for anyone interested in the evolving world of blockchain and fintech.
4/9/202331 minutes, 36 seconds
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238: Centre Consortium / Kim Hamilton Duffy

Kim Hamilton Duffy is Centre’s Director of Identity and Standards. The Centre Consortium, an independent standard-setting body for the crypto ecosystem created by Coinbase and Circle. Centre launched an innovative set of decentralized identity protocols, called Verite, to address this question of how to protect our digital identities. Verite is designed to give people and organizations direct control over how, when, and where their personal information is shared in the crypto economy.  The standards can protect individuals’ digital identities for new blockchain-based apps in the next era of the internet. Algorand, Alkemi, Block, Coinbase, Circle, Compound Labs, ConsenSys, Espresso Systems, FTX, Hedera Hashgraph, Ledger, MetaMask Institutional, Phantom Technologies, Solana Foundation, Spruce, and Stellar Development Foundation have already committed to collaborating on shared decentralized identity standards using Verite. 
3/4/202348 minutes, 19 seconds
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237: Ganesh Swami / Covalent - Blockchain Visibility

Ganesh Swami is the CEO and co-founder of Covalent - a Web3 data analytics company offering a unified API that brings visibility to billions of blockchain data points. His focus with Covalent is to provide the richest and most robust data infrastructure requiring no code and is easy to use – for the entire blockchain ecosystem. In this episode we discuss the following: Data analysis and trends within crypto industry (across NFTs, DEXs, wallets, more) Price movement and market trends Entrepreneurship and bringing Web3 products to the market  Transitioning from Web2 to Web3; mainstream adoption of Web3
1/21/202338 minutes, 54 seconds
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236: Matt Wisniewski / Satellite IM - Ownership of Your Digital Identity

Matt Wisniewski is CEO of Satellite IM, a fully-integrated decentralized messaging platform addressing today’s data ownership and privacy issues. Unlike the current popular instant messaging apps, Satellite IM allows people to chat in a decentralized and peer-to-peer manner, without the need for intermediaries storing or tracking users’ data. Amidst ongoing data abuses by big tech companies, and the lack of a strong federal data privacy law, Satellite IM is taking the important step of returning data privacy to users so they can communicate, share assets, and more in an off-line, serverless, and encrypted way.
12/30/202245 minutes, 43 seconds
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235: Alexander Tkachenko / VNX - Creating a Gold Standard in Crypto

Alexander Tkachenko is Founder and CEO of VNX. Alexander is also the Founder of 2BE.LU, a Luxembourg-based VC fund, serves as co-Chair of the VC club at Luxembourg’s PE/VC association, and as an Executive Council member at Digital Banking and Fintech Cluster in the Luxembourg Banking Association. VNX is the first European regulated investment platform for tokenized precious metals. It recently launched its VNX Gold token (VNXAU), which represents a stake in a physical gold bullion certified by the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA). 
12/13/202231 minutes, 55 seconds
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233: Micah Fraim / Navigating Crypto Taxes

Micah Fraim is a cryptocurrency tax expert and author. He founded his CPA firm in 2013. In this episode Micah shares his expertise on how crypto is currently taxed, tax planning and preparation for cryptocurrency investors. More importantly, he explains how to stay compliant with ever-changing crypto regulations while still paying as little as possible on your taxes.
11/2/202240 minutes, 34 seconds
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232: Phillip Shoemaker /

Phillip Shoemaker is the Executive Director at and former Apple App Store Director. is a non-profit organization pioneering pseudonymous on-chain identity verification for Web3. They provide an open-source, decentralized platform that offers developers permissionless authentication and verification while allowing consumers to control their own data.
10/12/202244 minutes, 49 seconds
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231: Jim Dolbear from xx network and Elixxer

The xx network is a fast, scalable blockchain that allows developers to deliver dapps that are secure and private thanks to their privacy protecting layer. We're talking quantum computer resistant cryptography. The Elixxer messaging app is built on the xx network and likewise provides ultimate privacy and security. Jim Dolbear is the Co-Founder of xx network and the Chief Strategy Officer at Elixxer.   
9/14/202250 minutes, 1 second
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230: Daniel Matalon from #IsThereEnough and Impact Launchpad

Daniel Matalon founded #IsThereEnough, a conversation about human survival, and is the cofounder of Impact Launchpad, a UK based venture studio for social impact investment, incubation, and development. Both organizations are co-developing a token designed to underwrite a new, ownerless social impact banking system "to make the world work for 100% of humanity." 
8/27/202242 minutes, 54 seconds
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229: John deVadoss from Neo Blockchain

John deVadoss is Head of Development at Neo Blockchain and the former Managing Director of Microsoft.  As we transition into what some would call Web3, John points out the need for utilizing Web2 type coding. 
8/8/202236 minutes, 42 seconds
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228: Christian Kameir and Jeff Jockisch from Your Bytes Your Rights

Chris and Jeff are the hosts of Your Bytes = Your Rights, a new podcast about data privacy. Chris is Managing Partner at Sustany Capital, a VC fund focusing on Blockchain Technology.  Jeff is a Data Privacy Researcher and CEO at Privacy Plan. You can find their past live streams here. Tune in there Fridays at Noon Pacific Time for new episodes.  Join their LinkedIn group here    
7/15/202253 minutes, 44 seconds
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227: Oasis Protocol with Linda Lu

Linda Lu is Head of Ecosystem at Oasis. Oasis Network is the leading privacy-enabled and scalable layer-1 blockchain network to propel Web3 forward. We talk about the transition from Web2 to Web3, the importance of data privacy, the need for a data DAO to reward data owners, and how data can benefit social welfare and economic efficiency. 
6/21/202235 minutes, 26 seconds
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226: Helium with Frank Mong

Frank Mong is COO at Nova Labs, formerly Helium Inc. Helium is providing internet connectivity through blockchain technology.  Frank explains how this works, the next phase of the Helium Network, and the rapid growth and success of the Helium Blockchain.  Similar to how Helium's co-founder created the first decentralized media company at scale, Napster, Helium is also changing the mind set of how internet service providing can be done.
6/6/202243 minutes, 45 seconds
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225: Acorns with Seth Wunder

Seth Wunder, CFA, is the Chief Investment Officer of Acorns. Previously, Seth founded Los Angeles based black-and-white Capital LP as it's sole Portfolio Manager in May 2016, with assets at peak greater than one billion dollars. black-and-white Capital's investment mandate centered on innovation, including a concentration in software, internet, fintech, e-commerce and other disruptive trends. Before black-and-white Capital, Seth was a founding partner and portfolio manager at Contour Asset Management LLC, in New York. During the almost seven years of operating Contour, he led growth in assets from approximately $500mn to over $1.5bn. Seth started his career over two decades ago as an equity analyst at two mutual fund complexes: OppenheimerFunds and Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He holds a B.S. in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University. Acorns is how everyday consumers save & invest for the long term. By putting tools of wealth-making in everyone's hands, Acorns has become the largest subscription service in U.S. consumer finance, serving 4.6 million everyday Americans. Customers get automated investing in diversified portfolios built with help from experts. In this episode we cover Acorn's new Bitcoin-linked ETF experience as well as investing for the long term. As we look to the future of finance and investing, the role Blockchain will play is evident. With Seth's experience in analysis, he shares some factors influencing the emerging markets.  Read Acorn's Bitcoin Manifesto here Use This Link to Try Acorns and get a $5 bonus investment Use this LINK to get $10 of free bitcoin on Coinbase and also support the show.
5/21/202233 minutes, 40 seconds
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224: Taxes in the Metaverse and Crypto-Sphere with Martin Fiore

Martin Fiore is Managing Partner for the EY US East Region Tax practice. We talk about recent tax policies for crypto, DeFi, and metaverse assets, and speculate on the future implications of these technologies. Links referenced in the episode: EY TaxChat US Blockchain solutions | Platforms, insights & services | EY - US EY Blockchain Cryptocurrency: compliance and controls | EY - US
4/28/202238 minutes, 17 seconds
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223: Katie Chonacas

Katie Chonacas is an international actor, NFT artist, and podcaster. The Hey Layer platform for women in blockchain recently released her latest NFT collection, 11 Pillars of Katie Chonacas. She released her Dreamland 1111 Album on Opensea last year.
4/20/202229 minutes, 51 seconds
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222: Faraway with Alex Paley - Video Game Economies on Blockchain

Alex Paley is the co-founder of Faraway, a new gaming studio leveraging blockchain technology to unlock the potential for truly player-driven and decentralized game economies. Faraway’s debut title, Mini: Royale Nations, is the first live multiplayer game to launch on the Solana blockchain platform.
4/3/202228 minutes, 3 seconds
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221: Cybersecurity Expert Steven Walbroehl / Halborn / SANS

Steven Walbroehl is the Chief Security Officer and cofounder of Halborn. He's also a Blockchain Course Author and Instructor at SANS, one of the top cybersecurity education organizations. In this episode we cover the following: Key vulnerabilities with blockchains and how hackers exploit them to steal crypto; private keys, code vulnerabilities, and financial vulnerabilities Regulation of crypto security Security for dApp and DeFi developers Blockchain and Cybersecurity education How decentralization and Bitcoin can help citizens in war-torn parts of the world
3/24/202239 minutes, 31 seconds
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220: Stellar with Tomer Weller

Tomer Weller is the Vice President of Tech Strategy at the Stellar Development Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the development and growth of Stellar, an open-source network that connects the world's financial infrastructure. Founded in 2014, the Foundation maintains Stellar’s codebase, supports the technical and business communities building on the network, and serves as a voice to regulators and institutions. The Foundation seeks to create equitable access to the global financial system, using the Stellar network to unlock the world’s economic potential through blockchain technology. At SDF, Tomer focuses on technology strategy and the future of the stellar protocol. More on Stellar: Stellar is a decentralized, fast, scalable, and uniquely sustainable network for financial products and services that create equitable access to the global financial system. It is both a cross-currency transaction system, designed specifically for international settlement, and for issuance of digital assets, designed to connect the world’s financial infrastructure. Dozens of financial institutions worldwide issue assets and settle payments on the Stellar network, which has grown to over 6 million accounts. In his previous role as SDF’s Director of Partner Engineering, he led an engineering team working closely with selected financial institutions on defining interoperability standards and building the supporting tools to grow the Stellar network. Tomer has been part of the Stellar ecosystem since 2017, has led a plethora of partner integrations and contributed to projects such as Horizon and StellarX. He holds a MSc degree in Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology And a BSc degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Learn more about Stellar at You can follow Tomer on Twitter here
3/16/202233 minutes, 57 seconds
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219: Evan Kuo Returns / Ampleforth

Evan Kuo is CEO and Co-Founder of Ampleforth. Founded in 2018, Ampleforth is a digital currency, like Bitcoin, but with elastic-supply. The company was founded with a mission to introduce an “ideal money” that would have properties similar to Bitcoin, be able to be used to denominate smart contracts long-term, and act as a hedge against inflation.
3/11/202249 minutes, 46 seconds
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218: Minterest with Josh Rogers

Josh Rogers is CEO and Founder of Minterest, a value-capturing lending and borrowing protocol designed to make DeFi fairer for users. 
2/27/20221 hour, 42 minutes, 29 seconds
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217: Brian Platz of Fluree & Dmitri Safine of Ikigai Technologies

Venn joins Ethan for a look at the "Crypto Bowl" ads as well as some other pop culture blockchain references.  Ethan interviews Brian Platz Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Fluree and Dmitri Safine CTO of Ikigai Technologies at the 21:00 minute mark. 
2/16/202258 minutes, 59 seconds
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216: Anatha with Ed DeLeon

Ed DeLeon is the founder and CEO of Anatha, an ethos driven decentralized financial ecosystem. 
2/12/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 22 seconds
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215: Brian Bondy / Brave

Brian Bondy is CTO and co-founder of Brave, a privacy browser with a blockchain based digital advertising platform. If you've heard us talk about BAT tokens, then you've probably heard us talk about Brave. Brian gives us a look back at how Brave came to be, their core features, what's new, and what's to come.  Brave recently partnered with Solana for Dapps, and also introduced the Brave Wallet. 
1/31/202242 minutes, 37 seconds
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214: Global Crypto Regulations with Wesley Thysse

Ethan talks with Wesley Thysse about some upcoming changes that may be coming to the crypto community. We talk about the focus on peer-to-peer transactions, stable coins, privacy coins, and more and how individuals and businesses could be effected. Click here to read Wes's full article.
12/29/202146 minutes, 25 seconds
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213: iov42 with Ryan Worsley and David Coleman

Ryan Worsley is CTO at iov42 and has a love for formal Computer Science approaches and techniques. His career has charted a course in which he developed one of the first retail, customer-facing live FX trading portals; rebuilt an “unfixable” bespoke in-memory database for an investment bank; designed and built a big-data Bitemporal Graph Database; and architected a Non-Repudiation Database for the UK tax authority. Ryan’s love of big-data distributed systems engineering, complex problem spaces and worthwhile abstractions has found him at home at iov42, where the engineering is challenging from an academic perspective, but ultimately needs to be useful to real use cases and engineers.   David Coleman is CPO at iov42. David jumped straight into the fire of a startup by interning as a programmer after his first year of a Computer Engineering degree. His newfound passion for creative problem solving inspired him to join the company full-time and finish his degree in his spare time. After the startup was sold, David moved into investment banking, designing and engineering high performance, high throughput systems. He continued to build this expertise in the financial sector, going on to initiate and run an API First initiative at a large global bank. During his first foray into blockchain, David won Thomson Reuters’ 2016 and 2017 Hackathons, and with his interest in blockchain piqued, he joined iov42 in 2018. He now heads up the Product team, where he loves the challenge of combining his love of technological innovation with solving hard business problems.   Learn more about their EBSI project here.
12/6/202145 minutes, 55 seconds
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212: Domination Finance with Adrian Kolody

Adrian Kolody is Founder of Domination Finance, the first decentralized exchange for dominance trading. It's built on the Universal Market Access protocol and available on Ethereum and Polygon. DomFi’s platform tracks the market cap of bitcoin relative to the market cap of altcoins, allowing users to analyze shifts in relative coin prices and to trade on the overall market dominance of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Tether. Last month, the DomFi team announced the close of a $3.2 million seed round, led by ParaFi.  In this episode Adrian discusses: How dominance metrics work and their value for crypto traders The interplay between the bitcoin and altcoin markets Which topics are bound to be important in the coming months for the DeFi market factors influencing bitcoin versus altcoin market dominance, such as the new Bitcoin ETF. His outlook on the industry’s growth and trends. 
12/2/202141 minutes, 29 seconds
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211: Aleph Zero with Matthew Niemerg

Matthew Niemerg, Ph.D., is the co-founder and president of Aleph Zero Foundation—a Swiss non-profit offering a new infrastructure layer with a scalable plug-and-play privacy solution leveraging zero-knowledge proofs (zk-SNARKs) and Secure Multiparty Computation (sMPC). Mathew is also a Ph.D. in Mathematics in the area of numerical algebraic geometry, a Simons-Berkeley Fellow, and an IBM Center of Excellence Fellow in High-Performance Computing. Aleph Zero is a new infrastructure PoS infrastructure layer based on an original, peer-reviewed consensus protocol. It’ll be the first privacy solution to combine zk-SNARKs and sMPC. Collectively, these tools work to cancel out the other’s drawbacks. zk-SNARKs allow for basic transfers but do not allow multi-user interactions. Whereas sMPC can be prohibitively slow on its own but allows for multiple participants. Merged, they create the basis for Liminal— a fast, secure, and highly private framework from which users can gain true privacy and where developers can stage Web 3.0 projects.
11/10/202141 minutes, 39 seconds
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210: The Beginners Guide to Coinbase

Venn, Daniel, and Ethan share their experiences with Coinbase and offer advice for those ready to make their first crypto purchase. Use this LINK to get $10 of free bitcoin and also to help support this show.  If you've been listening for a while and don't need this guide, please share with a friend who may.
11/1/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 12 seconds
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209: Celo with Dr. Markus Franke of cLabs

Dr. Markus Franke is a partner at cLabs working on Celo, an open source, global platform that aims to facilitate secure and efficient cross border payments to anyone with a mobile device.
10/24/202149 minutes, 2 seconds
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208: Zach Bradford / CleanSpark

Zach Bradford is CEO at CleanSpark. In this episode we identify some problems with electricity production in relation to Bitcoin mining but also society as a whole. CleanSpark has several solutions to address these problems and some innovative ideas for   renewable energy beyond the blockchain space. 
10/10/202143 minutes, 22 seconds
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207: David Lucatch / Liquid Avatar

David Lucatch is the founder & CEO of Liquid Avatar, parent company to Oasis Digital Studios). David speaks with Ethan about how the blockchain can address current concerns around cybersecurity and digital identity. Specifically, how people can be assured that their identity is not being stolen and or used against or without their permission. By leveraging biometrics to scan a digital avatar, his company can validate and verify a user's identity without costing them any control over their likeness, image or information. Some topics covered in this episode: How this challenges currently implemented systems How a decentralized identity verification system can help us live better lives
9/10/202142 minutes, 1 second
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205: Two Prime with Alexander Blum

A lot has changed since Alexander Blum bought his first Bitcoin for $9 in 2012. Alex has been professionally involved with the industry ever since. He previously founded digital investment group Atomic Capital, worked as a technology advisor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The World Economic Forum, and served as an economic development specialist for the Peace Corps. He is also a Fellow at the University College London Centre for Blockchain Technologies and Chair of the Nexus Global Lab on Blockchain and Systems Change. Two Prime is a digital assets investment firm specialized in bitcoin and ethereum. By bringing traditional economic theory and financial strategy to the crypto space, Two Prime is uniquely positioned to hedge against risk and volatility and deliver successful financial outcomes to their clients. They are the trusted investment partner to high net-worth individuals, family offices, institutions, and corporate treasuries seeking intelligent exposure to digital assets. Get 20% OFF + Free Shipping with promo code BLOCKCHAIN at    
7/23/202135 minutes, 45 seconds
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204: Cent with Cameron Hejazi - NFTs, the Environment, and the Metaverse

Cameron Hejazi is the CEO of Cent. Cameron explains how Cent is utilizing Polygon to minimize the energy requirements for a more sustainable blockchain minting solution of their NFTs. He also helps host Ethan understand the power of NFTs and some cool uses that are yet to be fully realized.   Cent is a platform that provides the tools to create, curate, and collaborate for a living through the use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). They're building a digital economy based on ownership, community, and identity. Polygon is a protocol and framework for building and connecting Ethereum-compatible blockchain networks. Cent has been using Polygon to sustainably mint NFTs and also reduce the environmental impact of minting and trading on the blockchain by almost 99%.   Get 20% OFF + Free Shipping with promo code BLOCKCHAIN at  
7/11/202142 minutes, 51 seconds
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203: Dr. Jack Kruse - Bitcoin and Our Biology

Dr. Kruse is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and Age Management Medicine Group.  He has helped pioneer a totally new medical field - Quantum Mitochondrial Health. Building on his deep medical expertise, he has also built a vibrant community while being a bitcoin maximalist; he is dedicated to helping people build critical thinking skills. He continues to challenge our currently implemented systems and look for more feasible solutions to benefit everyone. In this episode Dr. Kruse joins host Ethan for a look into how Decentralized finance and healthcare can help us live better lives. Some more topics covered in this episode: How to Optimize Time, Health & Wealth Building Wealth now to Compound & Take Care of Your Health in the Future How the Thermodynamics of Currencies & the Thermodynamics of Your Cellular Biology Are Related   Get 20% OFF + Free Shipping with promo code BLOCKCHAIN at
6/23/202158 minutes, 9 seconds
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202: Jack Ottman Returns - Minds upgraded

Jack Ottman is Chief Operating Officer at Minds. Jack is welcomed back for a look into recent updates on the Minds social network platform.    Get 20% OFF + Free Shipping with promo code BLOCKCHAIN at
6/18/202141 minutes, 49 seconds
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201: Sentinel with Dan Edlebeck - dVPN

Dan Edlebeck is Co-founder and CEO of Exidio, Sentinel’s development arm. He joins host Ethan for an informative episode concerning the need for decentralized virtual private networks, or dVPNs. With recent hacks into centralized VPNs, this development comes at a crucial time for internet freedom. Dan outlines how they are building on the Cosmos blockchain and how individuals can get involved and even be rewarded for their efforts as a node and/or validator. Connect via Social Media: – Join with referral link Facebook Twitter
6/1/202133 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 200

Steve and Ethan look back at the last five years of the podcast.  Other topics include: the switch to Ethereum 2.0, staking, Elon Musk’s tweets, committing to crypto, and what we’re looking forward to in the near future.
5/19/202143 minutes, 41 seconds