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The Bitcoin Podcast

The Bitcoin Podcast Network is a collection of long form conversation format podcasts on bitcoin, blockchain, ethereum and everything in between. Shows include The Bitcoin Podcast, Announcements with Dr. Petty, On-Ramping with Dee, Not Another Bitcoin Podcast with Kenn Bosak, BlockChannel, and more.
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Jul 25, 2017

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.

protocol.ai
twitter.com/protocollabs
twitter.com/juanbenet
twitter.com/jesseclayburgh

polychain.capital
angel.co/polychain-capital
twitter.com/ryanzurrer

consensys.net
consensysmedia.net
https://itunes.apple.com//podcast/the-ether-review/id899090462?mt=2

Jul 19, 2017

David Sønstebø, co-founder of IOTA, discusses this next-generation post-blockchain platform designed to serve as the backbone for the Internet-of-Things (IoT).

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.

iota.org
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consensys.net
consensysmedia.net
https://itunes.apple.com//podcast/the-ether-review/id899090462?mt=2

IOTA Whitepaper

Jul 16, 2017

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.

Show Links:
District0x Website: http://Distrixt0x.com
District0x Slack: https://district0x-slack.herokuapp.com/

Intro/Outro Music: “Proud of Us” by Bugus https://soundcloud.com/bugus1/proud-of-us-prod-russ

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ZCash: https://z.cash
ZCash Foundation: https://z.cash/blog/announcing-the-zcash-foundation.html

TokenData ICO Analysis & Data: http://tokendata.io
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Jul 12, 2017

Xander Dunn and Richard Craib discuss Numerai, a new kind of hedge fund built by a network of data scientists.

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.

numer.ai
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twitter.com/richardcraib
itunes.apple.com//podcast/the-eth…id899090462?mt=2

Jun 27, 2017

In today’s discussion we look at the legality of raising money through token launches, the potential risks involved, and approaches to improving the safety of these new bearer assets. We also examine the term ICO in depth and find that terminology, while relevant is second to the nature of the offer and state of the project involved. Following the discussion is an interview With Peter Van Vaulkenburg recorded at Devcon 2, applying the Howy test to TheDAO.

weekinethereum.com

Jun 21, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie and Dee sit down with motivational speaker, rapper, YouTube star, Prince EA. Prince EA is known for being a lyrical poet of the spoken word, previously a rapper that performed with Grammy award winning artists like Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, DJ Khaled…he once even hugged Oprah. Amazing. So, we had to introduce him to crypto and have him help us on our mission to bringing crypto to the masses. We talk about crypto investing, societal impacts, how multiple implementations work for protocols, and more. You won’t want to miss this one! And yeah, we got Prince EA into crypto — YOU’RE WELCOME.

Show Links(s):
Prince EA: princeea.com
Prince EA YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/thamagicsho2003

Intro/Outro Music “Fortune” by G Yamazawa: Gyamazawa — Fortune

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ZCash: zcash.co

Jun 20, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dee, and Dr. Petty are joined by Dan Finlay from the Metamask team. Metamask is a chrome extension that enables you to access a variety of different ethereum related tokens in order to transact and interact with the web — with the additional capabilities of interfacing with the Ethereum public chain. Their plugin and service has exploded in popularity, and developers are using it to embed Ethereum related functionality into traditional webpages. These sorts of services are pivotal in bringing more adoption in the crypto space by simplifying interacting with these new complex networks of trust online; thankfully we picked Dan’s head accordingly and got the scoop on their vision and background. We also discuss ICOs, and potential alternative methods for raising that may be coming around the corner in the future to alleviate congestion on the network.

Show Links(s):
Metamask: http://metasmask.io

Intro/Outro Music “Coins” by Aubrey Gouch:https://soundcloud.com/aubreygouch/coin

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ZCash: http://zcash.co
ZCash Foundation: https://z.cash/blog/announcing-the-zcash-foundation.html

Jun 13, 2017

What?! Another Erik Voorhees podcast?!!!

In this, the sixty seventh episode of The Ether Review, we set out to understand Prism, Shapeshift’s new non-custodial synthetic asset built on the Ethereum network. In reviewing this episode I feel I was unsuccessful in achieving this. However, the peripheral conversation about Erik’s view of the space is extremely enlightening, especially writ large in his positioning of Shapeshift. The Bitcoin scaling debate, the future of digital assets, the financial world’s response — it’s all here.

Some of this interview was geared to fit Shapeshift’s messaging, not something you’ll hear on TER very often. None the less, it’s fun to hear such an astute thinker and communicator knock some soft ball questions out of the park.

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May 27, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie is completely solo; he sits down with Stephen and Russel from REX. REX is seeking to cater to the real estate market, using Ethereum and smart contracts to connect home buyers, vendors, and agents from all over the world. Real estate listings and buying homes can be a fairly complex process; their project aims to simplify this process, from listings, to escrow, to closing. These gentleman believe the real estate industry is ripe for a product like theirs. We agree.

Show Link(s):
REX: www.rexmls.com/
REX Blog: blog.rexmls.com/

Intro/Outro Music “#FinesseLove” by The Outsiders (prod. by Faruhdey): Outsidersox — Finesselove

Show Sponsor(s):
ZCash Co: z.cash
ZCash Foundation: https://z.cash/tag/foundation.html

May 22, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie and Dee sit down and chat with Luis Cuende of Aragon. Luis discusses his many tech-related accomplishments leading up to the creation of Aragon, as well as his vision for future of the platform. He gives us opinions on a few other Ethereum projects he has his eyes on, as provides us with advice to share with other budding developer/entrepreneur hybrids like himself.

Show Links:
Aragon Project: aragon.one/

Intro/Outro Music "Na'Wow" by Umai: Thebaygerian – Nawow-prod-by-trapmoneybenny

Show Sponsor(s): ZCash

ZCash Blog:z.cash/blog/
ZCash Foundation:z.cash/blog/announcing-the-zcash-foundation.html

Apr 28, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dee and Dr. Petty are joined by John Lilic of ConsenSys. John’s role has been busy working to proliferate their vision for Ethereum everywhere, all over the globe across various enterprise sectors. They’ve been very successful thus far (have you seen the price of ETH? lol jk); so John fills us in our their vision for ensuring as the Ethereum ecosystem matures, no one is left behind. Very eye opening discussion on just how far ConsenSys is going to embed Ethereum, everywhere.

Show Links(s):

ConsenSys: consensys.com

Intro/Outro Music “Coffee” by Masego/Medasin: Officialmedasin — Coffee-ft-masego

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Gnosis Prediction Market: gnosis.pm

Apr 20, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dee and Dr. Petty put on their hella skeptical caps, and sit down with Galen and Curtis from the Urbit project. Urbit claims/seeks to be a “virtual land in the clouds” that will enable siloed, encapsulated computing environments for users. They believe in a new type of digital freedom; and even the mere mention of freedom gets out American blood boiling with excitement 🇺🇸, so of course had to chat and get an in-depth breakdown into crazy new adventure they’re embarking on. Confused? We we’re, but we’re onboard now. Hopefully you will be too.

Support the Show! ETH Donation Address: 0xa368e33E927D825F5FD05463E6A781414672251c

Show Links:

Urbit Website: https://www.urbit.org/
Urbit Blog: https://www.urbit.org/blog/
Ethereum: http://ethereum.org

Intro/Outro Music “The Feeling” by Aaron London & Boadi: https://soundcloud.com/boadimusic/the-feeling-prod-by-aaron-london-boadi-1

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Gnosis Prediction Market: http://gnosis.pm

Apr 14, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dee and Dr. Petty finally get a chance to have a chat with Jarrad Hope and Carl Bennetts of Status. After many reschedules due to their non-stop hustling the past few months since the announcement of their project — we got the scoop. We get an inside look into how Jarrad and Carl met, insights on the projects, and their vision for the platform in the future. Messaging applications are all the rage lately, and by embedding decentralization applications (DApps) into the heart of the experience, you get whole new type of platform — and we think that’s going to game changing for Ethereum.

Support the Show! ETH Donation Address: 0xa368e33E927D825F5FD05463E6A781414672251c

Show Links:

Status.im: status.im
Status Blog: blog.status.im/
Status Slack: slack.status.im/

Into/Outro Music “You Really Helped Me” by Faruhdey: Faruhdey — You-really-helped-me

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Gnosis Prediction Market: gnosis.pm

Apr 12, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie and Dee & Dr. Petty are joined by Jake Brukhman of Coinfund. Jake is a crypto nerd (an honorable title) with a mission to bring sound investment practices to interested investors/technologists/tech junkies like yourself. He walks us through his credentials, then breaks down his plans for CoinFund going forward into the picture; as well as his personal perspectives for the future of the crypto space.

Support the Show! ETH Donation Address: 0xa368e33E927D825F5FD05463E6A781414672251c

Show Links:

CoinFund Website: http://coinfund.io
CoinFund Medium: https://medium.com/@coinfund_io

Intro/Outro Music “Have to Go” by Faruhdey: https://soundcloud.com/faruhdey/have-to-go?in=faruhdey/sets/shirley

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Gnosis Prediction Market: http://gnosis.pm

Apr 3, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dee and Dr. Petty sit down with Shawn Wilkinson of Storj. Storj is a decentralized cloud storage provider that was created back in 2014. Since its inception, Storj has been hard at work on creating “cloud farms” of user submitted disk storage, where individuals who “rent’ out their additional disk space can receive monetary incentives for supporting the network. Originally built on XCP (Counterparty), Storj now plans to make a migration away from the now abandoned project (XCP is platform created originally on the bitcoin blockchain), and move their token and service over to Ethereum, to leverage its smart contracting capabilities, and reduced fees.

Support the Show! ETH Donation Address: 0xa368e33E927D825F5FD05463E6A781414672251c

Show Link(s):

Storj: storj.io
Ethereum: ethereum.org
CounterParty: counterparty.io/
Swarm: swarm-gateways.net/bzz:/theswarm.eth/

Intro/Outro Music “Wait Luther by Faruhdey: Faruhdey — Wait-luther-outro

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Gnosis PM: gnosis.pm

Mar 21, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dee and Dr. Petty are joined by Richard Craib. Richard is the mind behind “Numerai”; an AI-based hedge fund that feeds off of data science and machine-learning modeling. Models that are used on Numerai for algorithmic trading are submitted by users (Data Scientists) on the platform, where they are rewarded “Numeraire” tokens for successful modeling. Numeraire is not a currency in itself; the tokens are used for Data Scientists to essentially “bet” on their own machine learning models and how well they’d actually perform on a live market with real money. This form of “staking” allows the scientist to essentially receive a dividend of sorts for their successful modeling. As the success of Numerai grows, so will the overall proportion of funds being paid off to data scientists.

This project is made possible my utilizing the Ethereum public chain; we believe it’s a ground-breaking concept, one that hopefully is replicated across other hard sciences. Dive in and keep an open-mind!

Support the Show! ETH Donation Address: 0xa368e33E927D825F5FD05463E6A781414672251c

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Intro/Outro Music “Comeback” by Umai: Thebaygerian – Comeback-1

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Mar 18, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dee, and Dr. Petty sit down with Vlad Zamfir in their studio (not really, but if ETH keeps going up, maybe). The topic of the show revolves around Vlad Zamfir, his background, brief history -- and discussions around his research for the Ethereum Foundation for Proof of Stake. Vlad also shares his thoughts on the current scaling debate occurring in Bitcoin, and his opinions on PoW (spoilers: he doesn't like).

Show Links:

Ethereum Foundation: www.ethereum.org/foundation
Vlad's Blog: https://medium.com/@Vlad_Zamfir
Vlad's Twitter: twitter.com/VladZamfir

Intro/Outro Music "C'est La Via" by Umai

Show Sponsor(s):
CryptoDex: www.cryptodex.io/

Mar 7, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie and Petty interview Ryan Shea, Co-Founder of Blockstack. Blockstack is a decentralized web browsing experience brought to you by the power of blockchain technology. Ryan and his other Co-Founder, Muneeb Ali, both share a vision of a decentralized web; one where individuals control the data that encapsulates their private identities. Learn how they plan to create this system with Blockstack, and how they grew to begin this great venture.

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Intro/Outro Music by Umai: Thebaygerian – 002-chief-umeh-x-typicalshit

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Cryptodex: cryptodex.io

Feb 22, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dee, and Petty speak with George Li and Patrick Long of WeTrust.io in this jam packed double-header. George and Patrick fill us in on their impressive educational backgrounds, where their idea for WeTrust originated from, their upcoming token launch, P2P lending, and much more. If you're curious how P2P technologies like Ethereum can enable next generation low-cost financial services, this is the episode for you. And, if it's not, it should be.

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Intro/Outro Music "Forecast" by Umai: Thebaygerian – Forecast-prod-by-ayok-kids

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Cryptodex: cryptodex.io

Feb 20, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie and Dee sit down with Vaughn McKenzie of Jaak.io. Jaak is an upcoming content and media rights management platform built on top of various Ethereum technologies. Vaughn believes technology to more adeptly get creators paid for the digital works is a major need for the entertainment industry. Listen as he tells us his first ventures in entrepreneurship, his vision for smart content, and Jaak.io in the future.

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Feb 17, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, Mckie and Dee sit down with James Wo, President of Huiyin Blockchain Ventures (HBV). HBV is a venture capital firm under their China based parent company, Huiyin Group. They've secured $80million to begin investing in bitcoin, ethereum, and other blockchain-based technologies, with hopes to accelerate bitcoin adoption in and outside of China. James gives us insights into HBV's vision for companies they wish to invest in, investments they've made thus far, and his thoughts on bitcoin in general. There are some great insights on the Chinese perspective of bitcoin, a very educational episode.

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Feb 8, 2017

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dee and Dr. Petty hangout and chat with Marco Cuesta of FirstBlood.io. FirstBlood is a P2P betting platform for e-sports that is built on Ethereum smart contracts. Marco and his team are looking to bring e-sports straight to the 22nd century, and make it easy to bet (legally) with your friends in your favorite games like DOTA and Counter-Strike. Hangout with us as we learn the ins and out on bringing more diverse communities to the Ethereum ecosystem.


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