#261 Ben Sharafian & Stefan Thomas: Coil – A New Business Model for the Web

#261 Ben Sharafian & Stefan Thomas: Coil – A New Business Model for the Web

The difficulties of compensating content creators for their work has been a driving force of the web for decades. It gave rise to advertising-driven tech giants like Google and Facebook and contributed to the decline of industries like music and publishing. Coil aims to change this and leverage blockchain and the Interledger Protocol to build a new business model for the web.

We were joined by Coil Founder and former Ripple CTO Stefan Thomas and Coil Co-Founder Ben Sharifian to discuss their ambitions to change how content is consumed and paid for.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • What web monetization is
  • The difference between web monetization and web payments
  • The negative effects of advertising-driven business models
  • What the Interledger Protocol (ILP) is
  • The current state of ILP
  • Why Stefan and Ben decided to leave Ripple and start Coil
  • The case for web monetization as an initial use case for Coil
  • The idea of users paying a fixed bandwidth per second to content creators
  • Possible user experiences that could be built on top of Coil
  • How to bootstrap Coil and get adoption

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The Crypto Show Dr. Craig S Wright & Daniel Krawisz On BCHSV Plus The POSM Algorithm

The Crypto Show Dr. Craig S Wright & Daniel Krawisz On BCHSV Plus The POSM Algorithm

Just days away from the BCH fork we talk with Dr. Craig S Wright about his thoughts on the fork and what he plans to do to maintain control. Craig also shares his thoughts on Bitcoin core, Lightning Networks and the origins of Bitcoin. Daniel Krawisz co-founder of Nakamoto Institute also sit’s in for commentary and his take on the POSM algorithm coined by Dr. Wright. (Proof Of Social Media) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXMCzhwm554We also attempt to discuss Dave Klienman who was also thought to be a „Satoshi“. Likewise we make an attempt at discussing the „Tulip Trust“https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/6309656/1/kleiman-v-wright/ https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2644014-Tulip-Trust-Redacted.htmld

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What Bitcoin Did #47 Adam Back on a Decade of Bitcoin

What Bitcoin Did #47 Adam Back on a Decade of Bitcoin

‚œThere are only going to be 21 million coins, there are billions of people in the world, some reasonable percentage of who might find it interesting to own a piece of Bitcoin.‘

‚“ Adam Back

Interview location: London

Interview date: Friday 9th Nov, 2018

Company: Blockstream

Role: CEO

The Bitcoin whitepaper has eight references for eight projects and technologies which enabled and inspired Satoshi Nakamoto to create Bitcoin. One of those references is for Adam Back’s Hashcash, a proof-of-work email anti-spam tool.

Adam’s credentials as an early Bitcoiner are second to none. Not only is he cited in the whitepaper but his contributions to the early discussions around the development of the protocol are documented at the Nakamoto Institute.

Adam is now CEO of Blockstream, a leading developer of Bitcoin technologies. From sidechains to Lightning to their satellite network, Blockstream building out the commercial infrastructure to take Bitcoin to every corner of the earth.

In this interview, Adam reflects on a decade of Bitcoin with me, comparing and contrasting the early days of with now and explains to me why the whitepaper was different from previous attempts at digital cash. We also discuss the launch of liquid, how sidechains work and what is coming up for Blockstream.

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The Tatiana Show World Crypto Con Las Vegas: Mike Cernovich

The Tatiana Show World Crypto Con Las Vegas: Mike Cernovich

At the beginning of November, Tatiana traveled to Las Vegas for the World Crypto Convention. There were a lot of interesting blockchain folks to talk to, but Michael Cernovich is a little different. For this segment, Tatiana is joined by Sasha Hodder, blockchain attorney and host of the Hodlcast podcast.

Cernovich is a controversial journalist, writer, and filmmaker. Michael has been on the activist scene for years, most recently in support of the 2016 Trump Election and he was instrumental in throwing of the Deploraball in DC. While some may not agree with his politics, most that meet him admit he is a „nice guy.“ We certainly found him to be kind and interesting, especially in his efforts to support Lyn Ulbricht by sharing the Change.org petition with his half a million Twitter followers. We were very excited to learn (and get an early preview) of his upcoming film „Hoaxed“ that exposes the media industry’s propaganda and the history of fake news.

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Mike Cernovichis a journalist, author, and filmmaker. Cernovichhas reported everywhere from protests on the streets to the White House. Congressman John Conyers resigned after Cernovich uncovered documents revealing a secret sexual harassment settlement. Cernovich’s latest film,Hoaxed, explores fake news, and will premiere on October 20th in Los Angeles.

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Distributed Dialogues EP #9 – The Devil’s Excrement

Distributed Dialogues EP #9 – The Devil’s Excrement

„Countries are moving towards knowledge as their main source of income because we can’t rely, as a mining country or an oil country, just on our natural resources. We need to definitely take into account how technology is going to be part of the new Venezuela that we’re going to rebuild once this ends.“

‚“Antonio Ledezma

Welcome to Season Two of Distributed Dialogues. This season was inspired by the Human Rights Foundation’s Oslo Freedom Forum, focusing on the intersection between human rights and decentralized technology. In each episode we’ll tell stories where basic human rights have been jeopardized, then present ways in which decentralized technology might serve as a tool for overcoming these challenges.

This episode is called ‚œThe Devil’s Excrement‘; in it, we bring you the reality of Venezuela’s authoritarian government, what life is like under the veil, and what promises crypto may hold to unlocking a brighter future.

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Let’s Talk Bitcoin! #381 Airdrops and Decentralization without Anonymity

Let’s Talk Bitcoin! #381 Airdrops and Decentralization without Anonymity

On Todays Episode of Let’s Talk Bitcoin…

Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murphy and Andreas Antonopoulos discuss the recent flurry of interest in Airdrops, their history and whether they actually work as advertised.

Later: With smart contract based exchange EtherDelta suddenly the first decentralized exchange to settle with US regulators, the conversation turns to the place of decentralization and anonymity in truly disruptive projects.


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The Crypto Show In Las Vegas With Trace Mayer & Charlie Lee

The Crypto Show In Las Vegas With Trace Mayer & Charlie Lee

Trace Mayer joins the the show from Coin Agenda in Las Vegas right on the heels of Money 2020 where we caught up with Charlie Lee the creator of Litecoin.Trace covers all of his „Coined“ phrases and prediction tools he’s so well known for including an anecdote about Dash creator Evan Duffield.Charlie shares his thought’s on Litecoin as a test-bed for Bitcoin, Lightning Networks, BCash and much more.

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What Bitcoin Did #46 Francis Pouliot on the Network Effect of Money and Why Tokens Are Scams

What Bitcoin Did #46 Francis Pouliot on the Network Effect of Money and Why Tokens Are Scams

‚œHumanity needed to discover what is the best form of money.‘

‚“ Francis Pouliot

Interview location: Skype

Interview date: Wednesday 7th Nov, 2018

Company: Satoshi Portal & Bylls.com

Role: CEO

Crypto tokens have come under increasing scrutiny over a range of issues:

  • Are they unregistered securities?

  • Do they hold any intrinsic value?

  • Can they be a medium of exchange when prices are volatile?

  • Are they scams?

Francis Pouliet, CEO of Satoshi Portal, recently entered into a Twitter debate with Brave CEO and President, Brendan Eich over the BAT token. Francis questioned both the legality of the ICO and the added friction for users of the Brave browser when using BAT.

In this interview, I discuss the value of tokens with Francis, whether Brave should consider using Bitcoin, the network effect of money and why the value of all tokens will eventually go to zero.

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The Third Web #11 – An Emerging India

The Third Web #11 – An Emerging India

Recently I visited India representing the DFINITY Foundation. The trip was supported by upstart venture production and consulting group, Dunya Labs, and advocacy group, InCrypt. Those ten days altered my understanding of the way technology manifests products and the driving role the needs of high growth nations will have in defining the digital landscape of tomorrow.

In this episode, I’m joined by co-founder of Dunya Labs, Cathy Guo, and co-founders of InCrypt, Nitin Sharma & Sumukh Shetty. We examine the Indian startup, business and regulatory environments. We also look at the growth of telecommunications infrastructure alongside macro demographic trends and the unique business conditions they create.

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IncryptInvestment, community building, and policy research and advocacy Has produced study and guidance on regulation

Dunya LabsResearch ArmProduct specific researchInfrastructure team connecting applications to protocolsCommunity and incubation

Cathy’s BookEntrepreneurial philosophyCorporate responsibilityEmerging tech landscape in IndiaEmerging startup ecosystemThe way that Indian startups create social and economic value

How do you see blockchain technology being deployed in India?Low trust, high administrative friction in IndiaMiddlemen are a big problemDesire for transparency and automationMore data is moved through Indian infrastructure than the USBeginning with banks and private ledgersSupply chain, etc. basic pilots that we are used to seeing in the first phase of blockchain experimentationNext step is public blockchainThis is limited by the regulatory environmentLook at India for talent, users & capital

The 4g RolloutIndia is experiencing a leapfrog effect for technology rollout

Tech companiesIndian tech companies are moving from a service based model through a period of optimizing external business models for the Indian market to a native innovation model where they will begin exporting technologyThere are 18 tech companies valued at over USD1b It is important not to overestimate the Indian consumer baseThere is limited local market protectionismThere may be 1.3 billion people but the number of consumers of tech products may be 30-50 millionUsers can’t pay the way that they can in China or the USCompanies survive by being very leanTalent is cheaper, this makes it a good place to launchDeep tech is still limitedNeed funding and educational supportIf we compare the Indian market to where it was 10 years ago you see 10 – 100x growth but it is still an order of magnitude lower than China/USThere is a huge impact in reducing fees on increasing addressable marketAlmost 50% of Indians are under 30Little legacy infrastructure but high web and mobile penetration3 million software developers in India with a 50-70% increase in graduates yoy

LegacyPrimacy of agricultureFear of automation (computers)This has changed

What are the business models that will drive the next generation of Indian unicornsMany current unicorns are already expanding overseasEnterprised focussed, or SaaS companies can be based in india and address markets abroad – Zoho, FreshworksA new crop of SaaS companies are emerging with that modelThis allows the targeting of specific niches because of the lower cost of talentMany blockchain projects fit this model

Engineering EducationTheoreticalLack of innovation focusDesiged to pass you on to a services companyMOOCs and open source are enabling autodidacts and hackers to innovate Tertiary education is of variable quality Brain drain is a major problem

RegulationIndian government is pro-business and pro-innovationHas supported identity and digital payment work State and national government are experimenting with private blockchainPonzi schemes have damaged the support for public blockchainFear of capital flight

Bit Connect took USD3b equiv from India

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The Crypto Show With The Real Paul Puey & Fake Chuck Williams

The Crypto Show With The Real Paul Puey & Fake Chuck Williams

While in Las Vegas at World Crypto Con we were lucky enough to catch up with Paul Puey CEO and creator of Edge Wallet one of our favorites and the official wallet of The Crypto Show so please use the wallet.Joel Valenzuela also sits in with his witty impersonations of Chuck Williams the co-host of our show.Paul shares with us some of the hurdles of adding new coins to the Edge multi-coin wallet especially in regards to Monero’s new Bullet Proofs protocol. Paul is long time friend of the show and this episode was a lot of fun for us.

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