Only a handful of people have been able to answer our '10 words or less' question three times. Alex comes back on the show in true hat trick form, but this time he comes solo to talk about a variety of topics. Alex Sunnarborg is a research analyst at CoinDesk. Previously, he was a founder and the CFO of Lawnmower, a blockchain investment and market research firm acquired by CoinDesk in January 2017. We haven't chatted with him since the acquisition so we thought we would catch up. Press play PAB!
Hey our marketing buddy Jeremy Epstein drops by the show to talk about the current landscape and to discuss his new eBook 'The CMO Primer For The Blockchain World'. You see, in a blockchain world, marketers will have to earn customer permission in an entirely new way. Identity will be controlled by the users. Like the internet, mobile, and social, blockchain technology will have a dramatic impact on marketing and marketers. This book was created to help you get prepared. It includes seven sections on topics such as branding, customer experience, and loyalty contributions from thought leaders and early blockchain-enabled vendors. Sounds good right? Sure it does! Holla back!
On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie & Petty enter a mental handicap cage match in our first ever triple-header with some of the team behind Grid+. Their project aims to create P2P decentralized markets for sharing and selling energy using Ethereum-based smart contracts. Their project seeks to tap into the sustainability movement as a way to assist in bootstrapping the Ethereum network; in similar ways to how AOL trojan-horsed dial-up internet use and the internet with the use of mailable CDs. By utilizing energy usage and consumption, Grid+ believes we can hasten the pace of Ethereum adoption, while creating novel and compelling use-cases for the future.
Grid+ Website: gridplus.io
Grid + Whitepaper: drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz90riPG…SVROODJMWk0/view
Intro/Outro Music “Guacamole” by Abhi the Nomad: Abhithenomad — Guacamole-prod-aso
Juan Benet and Jesse Clayburgh of Protocol Labs, and Ryan Zurrer of Polychain Capital, discuss the Simple Agreement for Future Tokens (SAFT). Inspired by Y Combinator’s “Simple Agreement for Future Equity”, the SAFT standardizes the legal framework surrounding token issuance and governs the nature of the transactions involved (i.e. the deployment of capital and distribution of tokens).
The complex legal environment surrounding tokens, especially in the US, has led many entrepreneurs to choose to leave Silicon Valley because they can develop the technology better elsewhere. Those who remain in the US have had to compromise on the optimization of their models in order to comply with legacy regulatory frameworks. Recognising these limitations, and seeking to mature the ecosystem beyond such models, several interested parties (including Protocol Labs, AngelList and CoinCenter) have worked together to create standard legal agreements for this novel asset class.
Essentially, a SAFT represents a promise for future tokens at a fixed price. The agreement can be structured so that investors receive these tokens when the network launches, or with inbuilt vesting to incentivise continued support by investors.
The development of the SAFT model involved consultations with the SEC and CFTC, as well as the foremost legal experts at the intersection of cryptocurrencies, securities law and regulatory compliance. By simplifying token issuance and the requisite compliance concerns, it provides an essential bridging of the gap between current technological progress and future regulation.
DENT Wireless is backed by Mikko Linnamäki, Internet pioneer and serial entrepreneur with a track record of founding successful Internet businesses since 1994. DENT Wireless has announced its plan to create a decentralized mobile data exchange, liberating users to buy and sell mobile data anywhere at any time.
IOTA is a groundbreaking new open-source distributed ledger that does not use a blockchain. Its innovative new quantum-proof protocol, known as the Tangle, gives rise to unique new features like zero fees, infinite scalability, fast transactions, secure data transfer and many others.
Because the Tangle uses a Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) instead of a blockchain, users automatically act as validators, allowing transaction validation to become an intrinsic property of utilising the network. Each transaction requires the sender to verify two previous transactions, resulting in infinite scalability while avoiding the validation centralization that is common with existing consensus mechanisms.
IOTA is also developing a novel standard for embedding minuscule ASIC chips in all IoT devices. These chips perform nominal proof-of-work hashes in order to prevent spam and Sybil attacks, and because the network is partition-tolerant and only eventually consistent, brute force hashing attacks are prevented.
With a transaction volume limited only by the speed of light, IOTA is a promising new solution to the limitations presented by blockchains.
John Crothers is a YouTube personality who goes by 'Crypto Therapy' on his channel, where you'll find parodies and other comical, crypto related, humorous content. On his show he not only mocks the top personalities but also Vlogs on crypto current events as well as publicly tracks and reports his cloud mining experiences. This was a viewer demanded show. My inbox was blowing up with requests to speak with the crypto comedian who goes by Crypto Therapy. So if you're looking for a good laugh with some crypto chat in the mix, this episode is just for you. John and I shoot the shit, just getting to know each other. Can't wait to have him on again, but till then.....Que the intro!
Explaining compatibility between the Segwit activation of the current Segwit2X code and BIP 148 UASF is the meat of this weeks episode, so if this isn't your bag, or you're NOT curious, well... As of August 1st (and if Segwit is not already either locked-in or activated) nodes that run BIP 148 will not accept any blocks that don’t signal Segwit. There is a chance Bitcoin will experience a chain-split on August 1st. The bad news is that this coin-split can be messy and risky. And if you’re not careful, you could lose funds. This episode will provide you with the basics to keeping your funds safe during the UASF and will help to make sure you make it to the “other side” with all your bitcoins intact with a little help from our guest Aaron van Wirdum from Bitcoin Magazine.
On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie and Petty sit down with Joe Urgo and Matus Lestan of the District0x team. What originally started as a few Ethereum-based token contracts for creating a service for freelancing, has now evolved into an upcoming system for creating and managing digital communities and decentralized markets called “Districts”. McKie and Petty dive in and ask questions about their vision, current partnerships for interoperable functionality (i.e. with Aragon), in order to gain more insight into all the exciting possibilities they store for the future. The team also shares with us tips for potential Ethereum developers and entrepreneurs in the space curious to get in on all the fun.
Intro/Outro Music: “Proud of Us” by Bugus https://soundcloud.com/bugus1/proud-of-us-prod-russ
ZCash Foundation: https://z.cash/blog/announcing-the-zcash-foundation.html
One of the world's more recognizable bitcoin miners, David Carlson gained global attention for his multimillion-dollar mining venture MegaBigPower during the bitcoin boom of 2014. It took us awhile, but he is finally on our show to chat in this seemingly ever-expanding market, about launching a new venture called Giga Watt. Giga Watt provides turnkey mining services and custom packages tailored to clients’ needs: full range of mining services from equipment sales, maintenance and repair to private blockchain servicing. In this way, the idea is the latest and perhaps one of the more ambitious attempts to capitalize on the access to capital provided by the ICO mechanism.
Ryan X Charles is the founder and CEO of Yours.org. Yours is like Medium with a paywall. Not sure what a paywall is? Listen here and you gonna learn today. Ryan and Corey go into the deep and technical, while I try to ask the gound level question. This interview is a homerun. We cover all things Yours and we even got to chat it up about SegWit2x, UASF and Craig Wright. We also spoke about the upcoming Aug 1st dilemma and how we recommend handling it. This conversation is full of consumable knowledge you won't wanna miss. Please play and share this one, because whats mine is YOURS.org!!!
The Numerai platform crowdsources machine learning by releasing encrypted data sets to data scientists, incentivising them to develop machine learning algorithms to analyse the data. Scientists then bid their predictions to the hedge fund by staking funds, and are paid returns in Numeraire, the platform’s native cryptocurrency, for correct predictions.
By abstracting its financial data to be only machine-readable, Numerai ensures that human biases and overfitting are overcome, and that short-term and long-term returns are equally weighted.
With the ultimate goal of “owning all of the money in the world”, the Numerai hedge fund has high hopes for the future.
Benjamin Perrin or Ben, from the BTC Sessions, is the internet's most helpful crypto personality. This guy helped me make my first paper wallet, use my first bitcoin ATM and so much more. His informative how to videos are next level and so is the quality of the content as well as in entertainment value. Once a week you can catch a new video on his YouTube channel, helping now over 10K subs. Being a YouTuber myself and we both like bitcoin, a step brother moment "did we just become best friends?" Yes, yes we did. So get ready too listen to two nerds, nerd out about nerd money and so much more.
WAAAAAY back on episode #15 we had Jonathan Chester from Bitwage come on in 2015. At that time, Bitwage performed over $1 million in payroll transactions. Fast forward to 2017, he is back on the show and they have now processed more than $4.5 billion worth of payments to date. Quite the leap, eh? If that growth wasn't impressive enough, Mr. Chester talks to us about expanding BitWages' European footprint with a launch in the UK.
Adam Meister is an entrepreneur, self made. He is known for his voice in the crypto community and his views of the world. Being a minimalist isn't easy, but when you can the level of self discipline as Adam, it's just routine. The Bitcoin Meister, or Adam for short is absolutely the most frugal personality in the space. Using the internet to it's full potential and even pushing boundaries beyond borders, he uses the kindness of strangers to travel and couch surf. Being a somewhat, ok huge, bitcoin maximalist, it's impressive he's had guests on his show like Charlie Lee and Amanda B Johnson. As a fan of his show myself, I was excited to get to meet and know Adam as a person not just a personality. Next time, we will dig deeper into the crypto rabbithole.
In this episode we have David Perez. A friend of a friend that contacted Dee through Facebook. Yes, he was looking to make a buck; however, maybe just maybe Dee was able to convince him that there is more to the surface than a path to deep pockets.
NEUFUND is building a blockchain-based and investor-directed platform which bridges the worlds of blockchain and venture capital. Our tech & legal platform enables the creation and operation of a new kind of VC fund. One that unlocks the resources of cryptocurrency and blockchain to fund startups and all forms of technological innovation and disruption. You might remember Moritz pillaging around Brazil teaching but now he has relocated to Europe, where he is now a renaissance man, a side-kick to the founder in explaining Blockchain to the world. Joining us is also Marcin Rudolf, serial CTO and startup founder.
Mark aka Crypto Maak has been a hands on crypto enthusiast since 2013. His passion for tech and crypto led him to a profession in the industry, to which he currently still does. He's a trader and sports gambler at night but by day he is the tech support you hope your ticket goes to. Working for an exchange gives Maak a different POV of the industry, and I had to have him on to talk about it! Besides the trading, betting and tech support work Maak also does DIY mining from home. This makes for an awesome conversation, and you're in for a treat. Plus we hit the buzzword of the week "scams", so please join us and press PLAY!