After 2008, Greece, Cyprus, Venezuela, Brexit and more, people are worried about their paper based money sitting in a bank and not even earning interest. Vaultoro Is the first company in the world to offer its client a real-time Debit card and internet banking functionality using gold and without the need of a bank. It was around this time we had Joshua Scigala on our show the first time. You see, Vaultoro.com, is the first and longest running bitcoin / allocated gold exchange and recently they just closed funding round with one of fintech’s largest investors. I'm talking six figures holmes. TThe investment from FinLab AG into Vaultoro will enable them to scale fast. After all, their mission is to enable as many people as possible to secure their savings in assets away from the banking system before another major currency crisis. Yeah, we can dig it.
The Sweetbridge Foundation, a non-profit aiming to leverage blockchain technology to power the next generation of global supply chain networks, announced that blockchain expert Vinay Gupta joined its Advisory Group. Drawing upon his decades of experience in the cryptocurrency, technology, and financial services spaces, Gupta will advise the project in a number of strategic areas, including blockchain technology and business development. Gupta is best known for his work on the Ethereum blockchain, where he managed the initial launch of the project. Gupta also served as a strategic architect for ConsenSys. In addition, Gupta is a partner at Hexayurt Capital. Oh, and he has been on our show before and we love him. So it is only natural we get him back to discuss his new advisor position and the current landscape of crypto.
On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Corey Petty, and Dee sit down with Jonathan Chou from Bee Token. Jon is working with a word-class team of Silicon Valley engineers and designers on a AirBnB-esque service for the Ethereum public blockchain; complete with its own token, of course! We discuss his background, vision for the platform, and what lead up to its creation. At some point, McKie copies the voice of the pervert from Family Guy, the moviephone guys voice, and Dee pretends he’s DMX. It’s a fun candid discussion on a great use-case for Ethereum, one with a solid pedigree. Is this where finally token sales become Silicon Valley-ized? Let’s find out.
Official Website: http://thebeetoken.com
Intro/Outro Music “Chucky Brown” By Woody Allen:https://soundcloud.com/wk1812/chuck-brown
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Since token sales have become Ethereum’s first killer app, I’d argue that the Cofound.it token is the ERC20 token that has the highest current network usage value. Using the CFI token, Priority Pass makes it possible for blockchain projects to build communities and network effects on the Cofound.it platform.
Jan and I talk about how his background prepared him to lead Cofound.it, and why he’s motivated to make Cofound.it a platform that breaks down international boundaries to startup financing.
Meet Wayne. He is a long time listener of the network and active member of the Slack. He signed up to come on OWRD and clicked the "Just want to hangout with Dee" option in my scheduler. We had a good time, talked about good things. He expressed his affinity for Bitcoin and how it is intertwined with his affinity for Star Trek. We talked about the possibility of a new epoch in how we archive time. We talked the greater good. We even talked about one of my random ideas from my Idea Factory. Enjoy.
As many of you know, this week marked the first cross-chain atomic swap. This is an important step in a direction that allows users to conduct trustless, cross-chain, over-the-counter (“OTC”) trades without a third party. This disintermediates the exchange process between cryptocurrencies that support these swap transactions. We dive deep into this topic and invite Jimmy Song in the studio to chat current events. Jimmy is a Bitcoin Core Contributor and caught the Bitcoin bug back in 2011. He’s a contributor to CoinDesk and has a popular Bitcoin blog. He’s been teaching blockchain to engineers for over three years.
A quick mid-week roundtable as we discuss Coinbase adding vault services for Ether and Litecoin. Also, coming back to our show after a little over two years, Fereshteh is an advocate of Afghan women’s literacy and a true believer in women’s empowerment through education and technology. Her passion is to improve their technical literacy. Her goal with Code To Inspire is educating Afghan women with in-demand programming skills, and empower them to add unique value to their communities, and inspire them to strive for financial and social independence. Since the last time she was on the show, lots of new things have developed. Fereshteh will expand the program to serve 80 female students, ages 14 to 25, helping these young women enter a competitive job market with highly marketable computer skills. Power to the people!
Join us for a conversation with Doug Petkanics from LivePeer!
LivePeer is the video layer of the decentralized web3 stack. Yes, you read that correctly: 100% decentralized P2P video. Magic.
We get into the details of how the magic occurs and how the LivePeer token enables the economics that make decentralized video possible.
A fan of the show that joined the Slack, joined the conversation, and then listened to old episodes of ORWD (On-Ramping with Dee) to discover how a little bit more about he basics of bitcoin. He wanted to come onto ORWD to ask a few more questions and represent the beginner in the community that is at peak curiosity and ready to consume as much as possible about all things crypto.
The team behind the open-source, bitcoin-powered marketplace OpenBazaar has published the beta version of its forthcoming 2.0 release. Our guest this week, Brian Hoffman, who is also chief executive of OB1 (the startup behind the project), said that one of the goals for the 2.0 release was to make the user experience akin to popular e-commerce platforms like Etsy. Is it a success?
In today’s long overdue, landmark episode we are joined by an international panel of leaders in fin-tech and blockchain law:
The theme for the discussion was regulatory sandboxes — frameworks for enabling businesses to operate in a deregulated environment. The goal is to allow legislative bodies to develop an understanding of new businesses before regulating them. We have seen a successful example in the United Kingdom, but Australia’s efforts to replicate this have not been so successful. Claire Wivell explains why.
We follow this with a discussion of the unique environments of Australia, Mauritius, Singapore and Dubai. New Zealand unfortunately is not so interesting at this stage (both Alex Simms and myself have independently been involved in some interesting conversations since this episode was recorded so watch this space).
We conclude that a US regulatory sandbox is impossible due to the interaction of federal and state legislation and the complexity of their enforcement agencies. However, there is hope if a bright line can be defined between the regulation of custodial and non-custodial businesses
Katie is a crypto enthusiast form east coast, US. She goes to meetups, reads the articles, loves the space. She had a few minor questions, but for the most part it was a conversation among enthusiasts about the awesome that is Bitcoin...enjoy!
So what is Pally? It is the first decentralized social travel ecosystem in the world - using direct peer-to-peer payment. Which of course bring me to who is on the show this week. CEO bossmode of course. As CEO of Pally, Oliver is leading product vision and strategy. As a seasoned member of the Blockchain community, Oliver has been actively involved in the technology and is passionate around the prospects of applying blockchain technology.
In this pilot episode of An Ethereum Podcast, /u/Dunning_Krugerrands joins us for a wide ranging conversation about scaling, “Ethereum Killers,” how Vinay Gupta got him interested in Ethereum. Plus, we get an update on his classic “Ethereum FUD list of doom.”
UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar comes on our podcast to talk about his newest venture. In addition to being a crypto enthusiast and trader, he is now co-owner of The Legends Room, which is a world class Las Vegas gentlemen’s cabaret re-imagined using blockchain technology. That's right my friend, the world's first crypto gentlemen's club! As we have covered in previous episodes of this podcast, sex workers in the desert mecca of hedonism have been using bitcoin for several years, now businesses, including strip clubs, are implementing the cryptocurrency networks for anonymous transactions.
Ozzy "The BS Filter" is personally one of my favorite YouTubers in the crypto limelight. He has no chill and tends to go off on tangent rants like an angry old man. But, that's just Ozzy's gimmick. Talking smack is what Ozzy is best at. So, if you're not on the straight and narrow Ozzy will let you know! This man gets crypto and understands the impact yet to be felt by its technology. In this interview Ozzy blesses me with many knowledge bombs as well as personal advice. When Ozzy talks, I listen...
On this episode of Buy or Sell WTH we talk about what is "money", including the heated debate between gold and digital currencies. Jason, an institutional trader for over ten years, gives his take on the subject. And of course this episode includes a list of our buys for the week and a discussion about what made us interested in them.
150 episodes baby! Help us celebrate by joining us as we BS and reminisce on past episodes and how far both bitcoin and us, have come. Then we invite a Grammy Award winning musician in the studio to join us in the fun. RAC’s (real name André Allen Anjos) released his fifth LP titled EGO back in July and what makes this particular release so special is because he ended up releasing the 1st complete music album using the ethereum blockchain. But, let's be real, you can find plenty of articles online claiming “blockchain” will benefit artists. There are fewer with specifics on how.
On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie and Petty sit down with the founders of Cent.co, Max Brody and Cameron Hejazi. Cent, presently, is a Quora-like Q&A platform built on the Ethereum blockchain. Their service allows you to post questions with monetary bounties via Ethereum smart-contracts. By being a member of Cent, you can then answer questions, and in return received Ether for your valuable insights/contributions. Members of the site then vote on the various answers posted to each question bounty, and depending on your overall number of votes, you’ll receive a proportional share of the bounty. It’s a very straight-forward and simple platform that allows anyone to quickly start earning ETH with just a few clicks. Full disclosure: McKie is also an advisor for the Cent team.
Intro/Outro Music “Sheep” by G Yamazawa: https://soundcloud.com/gyamazawa/sheep-feat-city-james?in=gyamazawa/sets/shouts-to-durham
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Ben is everyone's favorite crypto truck driver! Don't take my word for it, tune in and you'll find out for yourself. Due diligence, and what not... Ben is well known on FaceBook and still coming outta his YouTube shell. He creates content that is as informative as it is entertaining. The man knows how to make an audience laugh, while dropping knowledge bombs. Since Ben is a fan of Litecoin and speaks about it often, I invited him onto my show to pick his brain. Get ready to laugh as much as learn in this week's Not Another Bitcoin Interview with Ben Semchee!!! Please comment thoughts, thanks.
Meet Clark, an East Coast musician with a bitcoin itch that needs a scratch. As a musician, a professional musician, he has noticed the trend that musicians tend to be behind the 8-ball when it comes to technological trends. He left this talk knowing more about crypto than he did before the talk, which is the aim. Have a listen!
Lee Weiss of the US law firm BernsWeiss discusses the Coinbase/IRS dispute. The dispute began in November 2016, when the IRS summoned Coinbase to hand over data about all users who were active on the exchange from 2013 to 2015, with a view to investigating the tax compliance of individuals who have transacted in cryptocurrencies.
On behalf of one or more anonymous Coinbase users, BernsWeiss took the issue to court and was recently granted permission to argue against the summons, which among other things demanded access to users’ public and private keys. If complied with, this would effectively give the IRS access to all customer funds, making it a clear and easy target for hackers.
This is an unprecedented use of the John Doe summons procedure, which was intended for situations where the IRS has identified specific tax avoidance but can’t identify the specific parties who have engaged in that illicit conduct. If determined to be legal, this summons would set a precedent under which the IRS could demand the same from other exchanges. BernsWeiss intends to continue fighting this massive government overreach unless and until the IRS can identify a specific subset of taxpayers who it is reasonably certain are engaging in tax avoidance.
After the hearing, the government removed the request for private keys, now only requiring public keys. The IRS also voluntarily narrowed the scope of the summons to only cover individuals who engaged in virtual currency transactions in excess of $20,000 in a given year. This figure is likely arbitrary, and suggests that the government is simply trying to gather as much information as possible rather than engaging in a specific investigation.
This case illustrates the lack of understanding about these new financial instruments within government. With this summons, the IRS effectively places virtual currencies into the “inherently suspicious” tax avoidance category with things like large transactions, questionable tax shelters, and other mechanisms which are clearly designed to avoid taxes and typically don’t have a legitimate purpose — unlike cryptocurrencies.
This week we dive deep into Rivetz which secures your app with built-in hardware security, creating a decentralized & hardware-based cybersecurity ecosystem! In addition we analyze the recent Joe Rogan episode where gold bug Peter Schiff makes a fool of himself with his flibber flabber bitcoin argument. We go in!
So who is our guest this week? Steven Sprague, CEO of Rivetz Corp. and former president and CEO of Wave Systems Corp. For 14 years, is one of the principal industry evangelists for the application of trusted computing technology. Steven has a strong technical foundation in the principles, capabilities and business models of incorporating trusted hardware into everyday computing, and is skilled at translating these concepts into layman’s terms. Which is good, because a lot of this stuff goes over Marcello's head.
JP Richardson is the Chief Technical Officer of Exodus Wallet, which is quickly becoming my fav- next to Jaxx of course. In this interview JP and I shoot the shit and talk about his new Desktop wallet application Exodus. Don't get me wrong Exodus is a nice wallet, but I did have a few dislikes and JP heard em out. Some of the things I didn't agree with, most of them I understood the stance. Exodus is a noob in the space as far as the product, but the exp behind the wallet is extremely lengthy. When it comes to being your own bank, Exodus makes you the exchange as well. Buy, Trade, HODL!!!
The long awaited introduction to "Buy or Sell, What the Hell?!" This is the pilot episode of the new trading show on the network. If you like to trade then you'll like this show.
We partnered with Jason...meet Jason!
Prior to founding Jenkins Risk Management, Jason was Head of Rates Trading at CG Capital Markets. Before joining CG Capital, Jason spent almost a decade trading US Treasuries and building out a successful institutional analysis and fixed income trading business.