Entrepreneurs

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. #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

Ep. #03: Wealth Management on Blockchain with Greg Van Den Bergh (CEO Bankorus)

In this episode, we speak to Greg Van Den Bergh, CEO of Bankorus. Bankorus is a China based Private Wealth Management platform powered by AI and built on the Blockchain. We discuss about Bankorus’ current business and what traditional and crypto High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) are thinking about crypto. In addition, we tackle topics such as custody, dive into Bankorus’ product offering and figure out why they are building their product on the NEM Blockchain.

Telegram: https://t.me/bankorus

Website: https://www.bankorus.com/

NEM Blockchain website: https://nem.io/

Bankorus will be a part of JD.com’s inaugural AI/Blockchain accelerator: https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/26/jd-coms-new-accelerator-focuses-on-blockchain-startups/ 

 

 

Ep. #01: Electricity on Blockchain with Martin Lim (COO Electrify Asia)

We speak to Martin Lim, COO of Electrify Asia, about his journey in the Blockchain ecosystem and how he is using the Blockchain technology to power a Decentralised Smart Contract Electricity Marketplace 2.0. He also sheds light on his learnings from a recently concluded very successful ICO raising 30m USD.

Visit Electrify Asia’s website: https://electrify.sg/

Follow Electrify’s developments on Telegram: https://t.me/electrifyasia

 

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