#242 Neha Narula: MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative – A Research-Driven Approach to Blockchain

#242 Neha Narula: MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative – A Research-Driven Approach to Blockchain

When the Bitcoin Foundation fell apart and funding for Bitcoin core development was needed, the MIT founded the Digital Currency Initiative to step in. In the years since, the DCI has evolved into a vibrant center of cutting edge research on some of the most difficult challenges around blockchain technology.

DCI Director Neha Narula joined us to discuss the DCI’s position between academia and industry, their policy on conflicts of interest, and their most fascinating research topics.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • How her interest in distributed systems and scaling lead led her to the blockchain space
  • The mission and history of the MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative
  • How cryptocurrency might evolve over time as an academic field
  • The DCI’s project on digital fiat currency
  • How zkLedger could enable privacy-preserving auditing for distributed ledgers
  • Why sharding is unlikely to succeed in the short- and medium term
  • Why Neha is most optimistic about layer 2 approaches to scaling like lightning network
  • The story of discovering and writing about IOTA’s vulnerability
  • How DCI handles conflicts of interest and strives for neutrality

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The Tatiana Show – Hartej Shawney of Hosho & Connie Gallippi of BitGive & Christie Harkin of Bitcoin Magazine

The Tatiana Show – Hartej Shawney of Hosho & Connie Gallippi of BitGive & Christie Harkin of Bitcoin Magazine

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Topics Include:
— Cyber Security Solutions for blockchain technology
— Smart Contract Auditing
— Blockchain based charity
— PR best practices & crypto news

About the Guests:
Hartej Sawhney is the Co-Founder and President for Hosho and a frequent speaker at Blockchain and Fintech events. He is an advisor to Pink Sky Capital (Crypto Hedge Fund), Krypto.io, and BlitzPredict.io. He was formerly Co-Founder and CEO of Zuldi. Hartej graduated with a degree in Finance from Penn State University. Hartej is also a clothing designer, Indian classical musician, and art curator.
Connie Gallippi founded BitGive in 2013, the first Bitcoin 501(c)(3) nonprofit and pioneer organization, leveraging Bitcoin and Blockchain technology via practical applications for humanitarian work in the developing world. Connie speaks internationally and is an advocate for diversity and equal opportunity. Previously, Connie worked with nonprofits in California for 15 years in a variety of roles, she remains involved as a volunteer for several organizations. She holds a BS in Natural Resource Management from Virginia Tech.
Christie Harkin has been in the editing business for over 20 years. She is currently the managing editor at Bitcoin Magazine, the oldest and most established source of news, information and expert commentary on Bitcoin, blockchain technology and the digital currency industry. Since 2012, Bitcoin Magazine has provided analysis, research, education and thought leadership at the intersection of finance and technology.

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What Bitcoin Did #23 An Interview with Michael Sonnenshein

What Bitcoin Did #23 An Interview with Michael Sonnenshein

‚œThe taboo nature of the asset class has been shrugged off’Goldman Sachs invested with Digital Currency Group in Circle and as soon as they did that it provided enough cover for pretty much every other bank or financial institution to get involved in the space.‘

‚“ Michael Sonnenshein

Interview location: London, UKInterview date: Mon 18th Jun 2018

The institutional relationship with Crypto Assets has been one of light touch. Where banks had been dismissive of Bitcoin, but open to the opportunities with blockchain, the demand from institutional investors has contributed towards the changing banking narrative towards Crypto.

There is growing demand from institutional investors to hold Crypto Assets within their portfolio, yet these assets present new challenges from custody to regulation. Still, the need is driving forward a growing industry of solutions for those who want exposure to the market.

Institutions hold the capital but want to avoid the risk of handling the asset, but with companies such as XAPO and BitGo offering institutional custody solutions and the likes of Coinbase and Grayscale offering products which expose investors to the class without the headache of buying, selling and managing, institutions now have viable options to invest in the market.

The banking sector is adapting; Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have opened trading desks, and the crypto market has gone from enemy to friend. As Crypto Asset and blockchain innovation continues to move at pace, investors do not want to miss out on the opportunity within these market.

With over $1.5bn in crypto assets under management ($3bn before the crash in January), Grayscale is one of the leading companies providing products for institutional investors. Their range of Single Product Investment Trusts and Diversified Large Cap Fund allow institutional investors to place bets on the Crypto market without the risk of custody or challenges associated with buying and selling.

Michael Sonnenshein knows both sides of the market. His career started in the traditional banking sector as an analyst at Barclays before he moved to JP Morgan and then onto Grayscale in 2013, where he is now the Managing Director.

In this interview, we discuss the interest from institutional investors, the impact of the bear market on sentiment and how Grayscale handles custody for $1.5bn in assets under management.

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Let’s Talk Bitcoin! #372 Apocalyptic Bitcoin

Let’s Talk Bitcoin! #372 Apocalyptic Bitcoin

On Today’s Episode of Let’s Talk Bitcoin…

First: Andreas Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan and Adam B. Levine discuss how bitcoin could perform, and what challenges might arise in various apocalyptic or disruptive scenarios

Then: The gang zeros in on BIP176, an informal and already adopted move to standardize the „Bits“ unit, which represents 100 satoshis or 1/1,000,000th of a bitcoin.

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This episode featured music by Jared Rubens was edited by Matthew Zipkin, then Adam B. Levine

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The Crypto Show: Crypto For Cannabis A Reality In Las Vegas

The Crypto Show: Crypto For Cannabis A Reality In Las Vegas

While Crypto for Cannabis has been contemplated for a long time, in legal dispensaries anyway, it’s finally here. It is admittedly an awkward process through a token called „Tokes“ on the „Waves Platform“ and so far only available in one dispensary in Las Vegas.
However the effort to make that awkwardness a lot less awkward is taking place this week through an integration with the „Vaultlogic“ BTM.Michael Wagner with „TokesPlatform“at a fraction of the price and time delivers what some other platforms promised but have yet to finish.Michael talks about that integration in the first half of this episode.In the second half I talk with the store manager of this Las Vegas dispensary „Pisos“. Jeff Siebolt the Pisos manager discusses some of the hurdles in banking for the Cannabis industry and the leap Pisos is taking into the digital age by integrating Tokes.

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#241 Eric Larchevque: Ledger – How to Build an Industry-Leading Cryptocurrency Security Company

#241 Eric Larchevque: Ledger – How to Build an Industry-Leading Cryptocurrency Security Company

Before founding what is now one of the most successful companies in the cryptocurrency industry, Eric Larchevƒque and his co-founder opened La Maison du Bitcoin, a Bitcoin education center and co-working space in the second district of Paris. It was through chance encounters in this space that Leger was born in the basement of 35 rue du Caire, where the company also operated a Bitcoin exchange desk and a handful of crypto miners.

Eric Larchevƒque, CEO of Ledger, joins us again since his last appearance as a guest 200 episodes ago. We discuss the meteoric rise of Ledger from a ten-person team to now nearly 150 people across three continents. This fascinating discussion is a master class in product development, scaling at lightning speed, and staying true to your vision when everyone is pushing you to change course.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Eric’s background and how he became involved in the Bitcoin space
  • La Maison du Bitcoin and the early days of Ledger in Paris
  • The meteoric growth of Ledger and how the company managed to scale without imploding
  • The appointment of Pascal Gautier as President how to hire the right people when scaling fast
  • Ledger’s various funding rounds and lessons learned from working with corporate investors
  • The particularities of building products for the crypto community
  • Ledger’s product lineup (Nano S, Blue, and Vault) and target clients
  • The upcoming release of the revamped wallet app
  • Ledger Vault as a security solution for institutional investors
  • Ledger’s hardware technology and rock-solid approach to security

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The Tatiana Show – CoinDaddy & Chris Tse of CardStack

The Tatiana Show – CoinDaddy & Chris Tse of CardStack

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Topics Include:

— Decentralization and user-friendly solutions for crypto currencies

— Open Source and shared experiences
— Pop-culture, music and Bitcoin
— The art of ‚hodling‘ BitCoin

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CoinDaddy got his start in Cryptocurrency in 2013 as an investor and entrepreneur. In 2017 he decided to meme his way into celebrity status by donning a fake fur coat and making Bitcoin raps, music and becoming the official hype-man of Crypto. He received tremendous media coverage and has been featured in The New York Times, Business Insider, Bloomberg, CNBC, XXL Magazine, and more. He is currently working with CNBC to develop original Cryptocurrency programming.

Chris Tse is a technologist by trade, a designer in practice, and an entrepreneur at heart. Chris has been a designer and architect of „Digital Ecosystems“, from decentralized blockchain applications, to federated cloud-based platforms. He is also the Founding Director of the Cardstack project, leading the creation of the experience layer of the decentralized Internet that will serve as the onramp to blockchain-based economy for the mass market. Chris is the co-founder of Monegraph, where he leads the development of decentralized digital markets that span across the world of art, social media, and commerce. He also leads the technical team at Dot Blockchain Media, applying the open-sourced tools for orchestrating workflows and data flows between enterprise systems and distributed ledgers to the music industry and beyond.

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