Entrepreneurs

Ep. #48: Growing the Crypto Ecosystem with Ella Zhang (Binance Labs)

We managed to catch the very busy Ella Zhang, Head of Binance Labs, on the sidelines of a conference in Singapore to get all the scoop about Binance Labs, what her team has been up to and what they plan to achieve going forward.

Tune in to hear about:

Ep. #47: Layer 2 Scaling with Jack O’Holleran (CEO Skale Labs)

Following our discussion with Matic Network, we speak to the CEO of Skale Labs which is also trying to build a layer 2 solution to solve the problem of Ethereum Scalability.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Evolution of enterprise software – on-premises > cloud > open-source
  • Importance of community for open-source software
  • Implications of AWS going down and how Blockchain technology plays in ensuring 100% uptime
  • Ethereum Scalability
  • Why Skale Labs chose to go down the side-chain path
  • What is a network of side chains and what are elastic side chains?
  • Consensus mechanism for each of the network of side chains
  • Interactions between the side chains and the main chain
  • DApps building on Skale Labs and Skale Innovator Program
  • Plans for Asia
  • Competitive landscape for scalability projects

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. #35 Fireside chat with Ted Lin (Chief Growth Officer Binance)

We caught Ted Lin, the Chief Growth Officer at Binance, on the sidelines of the Binance Blockchain Week in Singapore recently. Prior to joining Binance, Ted has held several roles in sales and marketing across financial institutions and technology companies.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Background, how he got into crypto and Binance
  • His role as the Chief Growth Officer at Binance on the commercial, education and growth aspects
  • Thoughts on some key announcements from Binance – EUR, GBP fiat exchange, Binance DEX and Chain
  • Binance Academy
  • Growth of use cases for BNB

Ep. #32: Former builder of Internet and early Amazon employee – Jonathan Kochmer (APAC Head RChain)

In this episode, we speak to Jonathan Kochmer, who is the Founder of RChain Asia. Beyond his fascinating life story and career trajectory, he has in his own words:

  • helped create a new treatment for palliative care of mesothelioma (extending his father’s life several years);
  • had two original songs reach the top 40 on US AAA broadcast radio;
  • discovered a species; and
  • had the unusual honor of Jeff Bezos referring to him as “a genius… and a gentleman”.

Tune in to hear about:

  • His fascinating life story – he’s been an evolutionary biologist, helped to build out the internet, was one of the first 10 employees at Amazon.com, started a music record label and now works with a Blockchain project
  • We go deeper into each of the different phases and work in his life –
  • One of the last guides to the Internet written by Jonathan – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0963528106
  • How it was to work with Jeff Bezos in the early days of Amazon, what the recruitment process was like
  • Parallels between the Internet and Blockchain technology in terms of user adoption

Quick note: Around the 42nd minute mark, Jonathan mentions that he thinks that mass Blockchain adoption is one month away. He meant one year away.

Ep. #31: Top 10 DApp on Ethereum with Co-Founder of Etheremon (Nedrick Ngo)

In this episode, we speak to the co-founder of the very popular game and one of the top DApp on the Ethereum Network – Etheremon (https://www.etheremon.com/).

Tune in to hear about: