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Ep. #46: Sharding with Nick White (Co-founder Harmony Protocol)

Following our discussion with the Zilliqa team, we decided to speak to another Blockchain Protocol that is trying to solve the problem of Scalability through Sharding. Hear Nick White, one of the co-founders of Harmony, tell us about what is unique about their Project as well as the IEO that took place recently on the Binance Launchpad.

Tune in to hear about:

  • What is sharding?
  • Difference between Transaction Sharding and State Sharding
  • How does Harmony achieve State Sharing
  • How does the overall Harmony Network look like?
  • How does Staking work in the Harmony ecosystem, what are the rewards and what does it take to be validator?
  • Governance
  • What DApps are building on Harmony, what is the process to port over from Ethereum or another Blockchain to Harmony?
  • Binance token sale and roadmap
  • Plans for Asia

Ep. #45: Smart contracts on Bitcoin with Diego Zaldívar (Rootstock)

We speak to Diego Gutiérrez Zaldívar, CEO and co-founder of Rootstock or RSK (https://www.rsk.co/) and RIF Labs (https://www.rifos.org/). Rootstock, most famously, is known for putting smart contract functionality on the Bitcoin Blockchain.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Diego’s interesting background and how he got into crypto
  • What Rootstock is and the concept of Merge Mining?
  • How Rootstock helps the Bitcoin miners by generating additional returns for them (related to the concept of Merge Mining)?
  • Why should DApps build on RSK?
  • What is RIFOS and how did it come about?
  • Why is RIFOS important – note, it integrates things like storage, name service, data feeds, etc to make it easier to develop DApps
  • Rootstock’s plans in Asia
  • Diego’s mantra for surviving in crypto – The rougher the weather is, the calmer you have to be

Ep. #44: Stablecoin adoption through E-Commerce with Dan Shin (Terra)

We speak to Dan Shin, Co-founder of Terra (https://terra.money/). Prior to Terra, Dan is most notably known for being the Founder and Chairman of TMON (http://www.tmon.co.kr). TMON or Ticket Monster is a Unicorn out of South Korea which was started in 2010 and had a mobile first approach to e-commerce.

Now Dan is launching a stable coin that aims to drive adoption through his experience and networks in the e-commerce industry.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Going on the mainnet and what that’s like (funnily, we spoke a couple of hours after Terra hit mainnet)
  • Different kinds of stable coins why Terra took the algorithmic route
  • How Terra is trying to drive REAL ADOPTION
  • How Terra maintains price stability and the role that Luna token plays in that
  • What is Seigniorage and how Terra is benefiting from it
  • Go-to market strategy through Terra Alliance comprising Carousell (https://sg.carousell.com/), Qoo1o (https://www.qoo10.sg) etc. + incentives to use Terra
  • How the user journey for using Terra token would look like on e-commerce platforms
  • Tech aspects – Building on Tendermint (https://www.tendermint.com/), on boarding validators
  • Dealing with Regulatory aspects including the failed Basis project (https://www.basis.io/)
  • Partnerships with Tomochain (https://tomochain.com/), Klaytn (https://www.klaytn.com/) etc

Ep. #43: Crypto in India with the founders of Blockchained India

Given the recent conversations about the Government of India banning Crypto again (https://www.coindesk.com/indian-government-again-discussing-ban-on-cryptocurrencies-report), we decided to speak to the co-founders of Blockchained India (https://blockchainedindia.com/), an organisation trying to spread the word of crypto and drive conversations around crypto-regulations

Tune in to hear about:

  • How Blockchained India came about and how it’s structured
  • What are the chapters and what are their mandates
  • What is India DApp Fest and how that came about
  • Key projects based out India including Nuo (https://www.nuo.network/), InstaDApp (https://instadapp.io/), Matic (https://matic.network/)
  • Update on crypto regulations in India and the stance taken by the Government of India and Supreme Court of IndiaNotable things taking place in the Indian Crypto Ecosystem

FYI Blockchained India is also organising India Dapp Fest (https://www.indiadappfest.com/) which seems like a promising event

Ep. #42: Sandeep Nailwal from Matic Network (Scalability Solution)

In this episode, we speak top Sandeep Nailwal, Co-Founder and COO of Matic Network. Matic js one of the leading projects coming out of India and most notably, will be having its token sale on the Binance Launchpad (https://launchpad.binance.com/) in April 24, 2019

Tune in to hear about:

  • Sandeep’s story and how Matic came about
  • Digging into Scalability at the Layer 1 (Sharding) and Layer 2 solutions (state channels and sidechains/plasma)
  • Where does Matic fit into the picture? Digging deep into sidechains, plasma including the difference between the two
  • How does Matic’s consensus mechanism work
  • USABILITY – big focus for Matic and how they’ve leveraged Wallet Connect (https://walletconnect.org/) – open protocol for connecting Wallets to Dapps
  • Kind of DApps Matic foresees being built on their platform and some existing partnerships including with Decentraland (https://decentraland.org/)
  • The very frustrating and difficult journey of being one of the first few projects coming out of India especially from a fundraising perspective
  • What that means for Indian entrepreneurs working in this space

Ep. #41: Jason Fang from Sora Ventures at Deconomy 2019

Following our interview with #Hashed from Korea, we speak to another Asian Fund Manager – Jason Fang from Sora Ventures who shuttles between Hong Kong and Shanghai. Fascinating insights about how he went about setting up his fund and what’s happening in China

Tune in to hear about:

  • His background and starting his career at Fenbushi Capital
  • Interest in crypto from Family Offices in Asia and fundraising efforts in crypto
  • Transition from primary into secondary markets in late 2018/2019
  • Structuring of the fund
  • Investment thesis and portfolio construction
  • Focus – Gaming, Entertainment, Incubation of one project every year
  • Concept of sidepockets in hedge funds to do illiquid investments
  • What’s happening in China?
  • What the brand Sora Ventures stands for?
  • Work with https://alphaslot.io and https://mith.io

Ep. #40: Baek Kim from #Hashed (Crypto fund in Korea) at Deconomy 2019

We record this episode in an empty locker room that we found on the sidelines of Deconomy 2019 (a Crypto and Blockchain conference in Seoul, South Korea). We speak to Baek Kim who is an Investor at one of the most widely known crypto funds globally, #Hashed.

In this episode, we are also joined by John Riggins who heads up BTC Media’s (https://b.tc/) Asia efforts and who will be a regular host on the Decrypt Asia podcasts.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Baek’s background, how he got into crypto and how Hashed came about
  • Involvement with Kakao’s Blockchain subsidiary called GroundX and their Blockchain called Klaytn (https://www.klaytn.com/)- note Kakao has 50m+ users for their banking, mobility, beauty verticals with more than 95% penetration rate in South Korea (total population of South Korea around 52m)
  • Involvement with the hugely successful messaging app Line’s Blockchain initiative called Link (https://link.network/)
  • Difference in #Hashed’s strategy in Asia and USA
  • Fund structure of #Hashed and investment strategy
  • Key priorities and goals of #Hashed in the near term
  • Thoughts on where the industry is headed

Ep. #39: Zilliqa – The Sharded Blockchain with Xinshu Dong (CEO Zilliqa)

In this week’s episode, we speak to Xinshu Dong, the CEO of much talked about Blockchain protocol Zilliqa. Tune in to hear about:

• Xinshu’s background, how Zilliqa came about and the backstory behind how the name came about
• What sharding is and why this method was chosen to solve the problem of scalability
• How Zilliqa stands relative to its competitors such as Ethereal, Dfinity and Algorand
• Zilliqa’s network design and sample transaction
• Discussions around the recent main net launch including performance, who is building on Zilliqa and how to port over to Zilliqa
• General outlook on the Blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystem

Ep. #38: Crypto-investing with Roger Lim (NEO Global Capital)

Roger Lim is the Founding Partner at NEO Global Capital (NGC), one of the world’s largest and most successful cryptocurrency funds. He is advisor to some of the top crypto projects globally such as MultiVAC, Tomochain etc.

He was previously a VC and Angel Investor in the ‘traditional’ startup space before making the transition to crypto.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Roger’s background and how he got into crypto
  • How NGC came about
  • Details about the funds: fund structure, who are the LPs, time horizon, investment thesis
  • Portfolio construction for a crypto fund
  • Investment approach (including tackling a bear market)
  • Mental models and philosophies transferred from ‘traditional’ VC investing
  • Outlook for the crypto and blockchain ecosystem longer term

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Ep. #37: Using derivatives to take crypto mainstream with Darius and Joshua (QCP Capital)

In this episode, we speak to the co-founders of QCP Capital – Darius Sit and Joshua Ho. QCP Capital has quickly established itself as a leading prop trading shop and a go-to OTC agent for many in the Southeast Asian region and beyond.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Their varied backgrounds, how they got into crypto and how QCP capital came about (hint: it involves a lot of flying around the world to do arbitrage)
  • What is QCP Capital’s business and offering
  • Get a peek into some of the strategies that the smarter money is deploying (great for retail investors)
  • The huge uptick in OTC trades in 2018 despite the market going down 80-90%
  • How a crypto-banking layer has been formed on top of the traditional banking layer
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Impending Bakkt launch
  • Outlook on the crypto ecosystem and derivative instruments as a way to incentivise institutional players to build balance sheets in crypto

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