Tushar Agarwal

Ep. #13: Location Data Marketplace on Blockchain with Justin Mann (Co-founder Fysical)

Fysical is a location data marketplace which connects location suppliers i.e you and me to location buyers which could be marketing agencies, hedge funds, insurance companies amongst others.

Justin co-founded Fysical labs, from which Fysical has been spun out, in Boston in 2014. Fysical was accepted into the 500 startups accelerator in the summer of 2016. Sensing a big opportunity in Asia, Justin and his team moved to Singapore from Silicon Valley to build out Fysical.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Justin’s background and how Fysical came about
  • Why Fysical decided to relocate from Silicon Valley to Singapore
  • What is location data?
  • The problems with location data and location data marketplaces
  • What are the use cases presently and in the future – hedge funds, marketing firms, commercial real estate firms, smart cities, disaster recovery, health insurance companies
  • Who analyses the location data?
  • Role of the FYS token in the ecosystem
  • Fysical is live on the Ethereum main net – what that experience has been like
  • How users can get paid from their location data
  • Medium, Telegram and Twitter

Ep. #12: Insurance on Blockchain with Val Yap (CEO PolicyPal Network)

PolicyPal Network aims to leverage the Blockchain technology to make insurance more accessible for consumers by creating a peer-to-peer insurance platform. It also aims to cater to the needs of the crypto ecosystem by providing insurance services to Blockchain startups during their initial launch.

Our guest for today’s show is Val Yap, the Founder and CEO of PolicyPal and the PolicyPal Network based out Singapore. After graduating, she worked in varying capacities in the Financial Services industry including stints at Aberdeen Asset Management, PricewaterhouseCoopers and OCBC Bank. She was recently included in the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Finance and Venture Capital.

Tune in to hear about:

  1. Val’s background and how PolicyPal (‘traditional’ business) came about
  2. What PolicyPal does and how PolicyPal Network came about
  3. PolicyPal Network’s partnership with FWD insurance company  and new partnership with WeWork Asia
  4. The two products that PolicyPal Network is building – crypto protect insurance helping blockchain companies (wallets/exchanges etc.) and a P2P insurance marketplace
  5. Partnership with NEM and QTUM on the crypto protect insurance side
  6. Tech stuff – why they are building on Ethereum currently and why they’ll be launching their own blockchain network in the future
  7. Launch of PolicyPal’s testnet next month
  8. Some other interesting developments that are taking place at PolicyPal
  9. Importance of community in the cryptocurrency space
  10. Twitter, Telegram, Medium

Ep. #11: Authenticity of Products on Blockchain with Andrew Rasheed (CEO Devery)

Devery is an Australian company that has leveraged the Blockchain to create a product verification tool. It helps to ensure that the authenticity of products is maintained which allows e-commerce players as well as other businesses to ensure that their supply chain is secure. Devery recently concluded a successful ICO reaching their hard cap in 17 seconds after the lifting of the contribution caps.

Our guest for today’s show is Andrew Rasheed, Founder and CEO of Devery. Before founding Devery, Andrew was heavily involved in the e-commerce space. He was the founder of several e-commerce stores on Amazon and Shopify, and also created the first Ethereum-only online store, ethstall.com. Devery was created due to issues with counterfeiting and duplication that Andrew experienced and saw in the market during this period. He recognized that digital product verification would greatly reduce these problems and provide greater transparency and confidence to online shoppers.

Tune in to hear about:

  1. Andrew’s background and his side projects in the Blockchain space including a coniwatch touch bar for Mac users
  2. How Devery came about and the problems it solves?
  3. How Devery is creating the base protocol for third party verification services to build on top of their protocol and why Devery is taking this approach
  4. Role of the EVE token for multiple stakeholders in the ecosystem
  5. Bokky Token Transportation Protocol and how this allows users to interact with the application without incurring gas costs (the only other project using this Gaze Coin)
  6. How Devery plans to incentivise developers to build application on top of their protocol
  7. Devery’s work with the Tunisian Government and United Nations World Food Program
  8. Current developments and roadmap
  9. Devery’s involvement with the JD.com accelerator
  10. Andrew’s outlook on the Blockchain space – scalability and interoperability issues
  11. Medium, Twitter, Telegram

Ep. #09: Databases on Blockchain with Pavel Bains (CEO Bluzelle)

This week, we speak to Pavel Bains, CEO of Bluzelle Networks. Bluzelle is a decentralized database using Blockchain technology. Bluzelle allows individuals to rent any spare computer storage space to application developers to earn cryptotokens.

Tune in to hear about:

  1. Pavel’s background, journey in Blockchain and why he moved from Canada to Singapore to start Bluzelle
  2. Bluzelle’s prior work with banks and insurance companies (including HSBC, OCBC, MUFG, AIA etc.) and how that lead to a focused effort on decentralised databases
  3. What is a decentralised database and how it different from decentralised file storage (examples of file storage projects include Filecoin, Storj and Sia)
  4. Tech stuff: where the data sits, how consensus is maintained
  5. Stakeholders in the ecosystem: producers and consumers (including how to become a producer/node)
  6. Why Bluzelle decided to have two tokens: BLZ and BNT
  7. Competition with the ‘traditional’ players like Amazon Web Services, IBM, Oracle etc and within the Blockchain space (BigChainDB)
  8. ICO journey: experiences and challenges
  9. Bluzelle’s roadmap (Alpha in June 2018 and beyond)
  10. Pavel’s outlook on the Blockchain space
  11. Projects Pavel is excited about/partnering with: Zilliqa, Sentinel Protocol, 0x

Ep. #08: Decentralised Autonomous Organisations with Josh Zemel (DAOstack)

In this episode, we speak to Josh Zemel from DAOstack. DAOstack is looking to be the tech behind Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) – think of a company without a management team or directors where multiple stakeholders can collaborate, take decisions, allocate capital and bring projects to fruition.

Tune in to hear about:

  1. A philosophical take on Blockchain and DAOs – how it can lead to greater coherence in organisations
  2. What is a DAO
  3. Immensity of the governance problem and how DAOstack is addressing it
  4. Holographic consensus mechanism and how the DAOstack governance mechanism works including the role of the token
  5. DAOstack’s tech stack (libraries of smart contracts for governance, Dapps etc.)
  6. Regulatory aspects to consider in a DAO
  7. Details about their upcoming token sale

Projects and other resources mentioned in this episode:

  1. Vitalik’s blog on how coin holder voting leads to a plutocracy: https://vitalik.ca/general/2018/03/28/plutocracy.html
  2. Aragon
  3. Matan Field’s ETHCC keynote

DAOstack’s social media presence: Telegram, Twitter, YouTube, Medium

Ep. #07: Blockchain in Taiwan with Jon Jones (CEO/Founder Blockcamp, Blockcity and Taiwan Blockchain Alliance)

We get all the scoop of developments in the Blockchain space in Taiwan from Jon Jones. Jon is the founder of the Taiwan Blockchain Alliance and the CEO of Blockcamp, a Blockchain incubator and ICO consulting firm. In addition, he is also a co-founder at Blockcity, the largest Blockchain and fintech event in Taiwan. Finally, Jon is the President of the Taiwan chapter of the Government Blockchain Association, a non-profit that works for the advancement and adoption of Blockchain technology in the public sector.

In this episode, we discuss:

  1. How Jon landed up in Taiwan and how started the Taiwan Entrepreneur Club
  2. How that lead to Jon finding out about Bitcoin Ethereum and the Blockchain technology
  3. Blockcamp incubator – the kind of projects they take on and the projects they have worked with
  4. Blockcity event (Taiwan Blockchain festival) – participants, the projects that participated and topics discussed
  5. Views of the Government of Taiwan and how Jon is working together with one of the legislators from the Taiwan Government to speed up the process to create the right regulatory environment
  6. Taiwan as a strategic location for Blockchain projects (proximity to China)

Links to the projects run by Jon:

Blockcamp (LinkedIn)

Taiwan Blockchain Alliance (LinkedIn)

Jon’s LinkedIn

Ep. #06: (Educational) What is Blockchain in under 10 minutes

Based on the feedback from our listeners, we decided to do a short episode to talk about some of the basic attributes of the Blockchain technology and how it works. We try to keep this episode relatively simple and only focus on the oldest and perhaps most popular Blockchain – the Bitcoin Blockchain.

Ep. #05: Supply Chain on Blockchain with Sid Chakravarthy (Founder StaTwig)

We speak to Sid Chakravarthy, founder of StaTwig, which uses Blockchain and IOT to track the journey of perishable products such as food and vaccines across the supply chain. We speak to Sid about the problems that exist in the ‘cold’ supply chain, how his company is overcoming these problems and what his views are on the use of Blockchains by corporates.

In addition, we speak to Sid about how working with supply chains lead him to start working with insurance companies as well to better facilitate claims management and enable microinsurance. Tune in to also find out why StaTwig deploys a SaaS model and has not gone down the ICO route yet.

Projects mentioned in the interview:

  1. IOTA
  2. Cosmos
  3. Polkadot

Ep. #04: Professional Social Network on Blockchain with Gaurang Torvekar (CEO Indorse)

In this episode, we speak to Gaurang Torvekar, founder of two Blockchain start-ups, Attores and Indorse. He is also one of the organisers of the Singapore Ethereum meetup, one of largest in the world after London and New York.  Gaurang’s first start-up is Attores, a Smart Contract as a Service platform which eventually lead him to co-found Indorse, a professional social network on the Blockchain, along with his partner, David Moskowitz (successfully sold Coin Republic).

We talk to Gaurang about his journey in the Blockchain ecosystem, how he signed his prenup on the Blockchain for fun, the companies he has co-founded and the growth of the Singapore Ethereum meetup over the last few years.

Projects mentioned in this episode:

  1. Civic
  2. IPFS
  3. BigChain DB
  4. Airbitz/Edge
  5. Earn.com
  6. Otonomos
  7. Digix