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Ep. #29: Regulations, Compliance, Security Tokens & Stablecoins with Patrick Tan (General Counsel, Compton Hughes)

In this epsiode, we speak to Patrick Tan (https://www.linkedin.com/in/patricktankoontat/), General Partner and Counsel at Compton Hughes. Patrick is a self professed ‘entrepreneur first and a lawyer second’. He has previously practiced law, founded companies and in his most recent role founded a Statistical Arbitrage Crypto Hedge Fund.

Tune in to this episode to hear about:

  • Patrick’s journey in the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency ecosystem
  • Regulatory environment in general – SEC, China, Malta, Gibraltar etc
  • Regulatory arbitrage
  • ETFs
  • How does a company approach an ICO from a legal perspective? An STO?
  • Patrick’s new venture: A Statistical Arbitrage Crypto Fund and his role as General Counsel
  • Strategies that his fund is deploying and what makes them unique
  • Process for client onboarding into a Crypto Fund in a compliant manner
  • Security tokens and Stablecoins: https://medium.com/predict/security-tokens-versus-stablecoins-2d33b91e2fd

Korean Ep. #1: How I became the top Korean YouTube influencer by ex-head of Coinsight, Dasom Song

We are excited to announce a release of the Korean podcast at Decrypt.Asia today!

Our first guest is Dasom Song, one of the top Korean YouTube influencers in the blockchain/cryptocurrency industry, an ex-head of Coinsight.

She shared her journey to become the top influencer and what triggered her interest in the blockchain space.

Key insights from this episode:

  • How I got into the blockchain rabbit hole
  • Be the ‘W’
  • The first view count of 50,000!!!
  • A note for the beginners
  • What I do as a YouTuber
  • My experience at Coinsight

Thanks for listening. For Korean interview enquiries, please email at [email protected]

About the host:

Yuree Hong is an entrepreneur, speaker, and blockchain tech researcher/trainer working actively in the blockchain industry; Founder and CEO of SHE Blockchainers and BlockRabbits.

Featured on Forbes, Yuree is a growth-oriented visionary with ten years experience in marketing covering APAC and the US. She founded SHE Blockchainers Asia in 2017 with her passion for female inclusion in the blockchain industry. She also runs BlockRabbits, a blockchain media specialised in marketing. She believes in the power of technology emergence in our daily life that transforms business models. She is passionate about working with tech startups, who can leverage her experiences from top brands to agencies. She worked at Korean Telecom, Brandtology (Microsoft, Citibank, Estee Lauder), Omnicom Media Group (Intel) and technology startups.

Ep. #26: Infinite cash, monetary policies and synchronicity with Andrew Pantyukhin Pt. 2/2 (CEO Tangem)

In the second part of the interview with Andrew Pantyukhin, we speak about certain topics that occupy a great deal of his mindshare beyond the company that he is trying to build (Tangem – https://tangem.com/)

Tune in to hear about:

  • Concept of money as a means of communication
  • Making cryptocurrencies ubiquitous – infinite cash for everyone (along the lines of Universal Basic Income)
  • Optimistic and pessimistic views how the world looks like in a few years
  • Subsistence economies and monetary policies
  • Synchronicity in the world
  • Why speculation in crypto could be a good thing?

Ep. #25: Banknotes for Cryptoassets with Andrew Pantyukhin Pt. 1/2 (CEO Tangem)

In this episode, we speak to Andrew Pantyukhin, the CEO of Tangem. Tangem is aiming to make cryptocurrencies more accessible to everyday individuals by allowing people to store them in smart and secure banknotes. These banknotes can then be used to purchase items or make transactions just like how we use banknotes today.

Andrew has held several roles in various tech businesses prior to founding Tangem. He is a product guy with background in technology and Venture Capital.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Andrew’s introduction, background and about early days of crypto
  • Projects Andrew was excited about in the relatively early days of crypto (21/earn.com – https://earn.com/ and ZCash – https://z.cash/)
  • What Tangem does
  • How does on acquire a Tangem Note and how to use it?
  • What does the customer journey look like for using a Tangem Note
  • Details about the Tangem note – Is the card reusable? How to top up the card? How much does Tangem Note cost to the distributor and customer?
  • Tangem’s business model
  • Tangem’s roadmap and ambitions
  • Website: https://tangem.com/ 

Ep. #22: Cryptocurrency Exchange & P2P Marketplace with Rahul Raj (CEO Koinex)

Our guest for this episode is Rahul Raj, CEO and co-founder of Koinex (https://koinex.in/). Koinex is one of India’s leading cryptocurrency exchanges and peer to peer marketplaces which is backed by leading investors such as Pantera Capital (https://www.panteracapital.com/) and Beenext (https://www.beenext.com/).

Rahul is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology and has dabbled in various startups and social entrepreneurship initiatives before starting Koinex.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Rahul’s background and intro
  • How Koinex (India’s first KYC compliant multi currency exchange) came about
  • Why Koinex initially decided to have only fiat to crypto pairs for all cryptocurrencies
  • Customer journey for transacting
  • Different steps involved in setting up a crypto exchange
  • Three important pillars of setting up an exchange: scalability, security, customer support
  • Other factors to consider while setting up an exchange: UI/UX, liquidity, ecosystem development
  • Building an exchange in house vs. using a white label solution/third party integrations – pros and cons
  • Where does an exchange source their crypto from?
  • How Koinex built liquidity on the platform
  • Highest daily trading volume that Koinex saw – USD 265m
  • Why BTC was trading at a premium in India
  • Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) current stance on crypto and way going forward
  • How the crypto-exchanges responded to the RBI directive
  • Koinex Loop (https://koinex.in/loop) – the crypto marketplace
  • Improvements of Koinex Loop over LocalBitcoin and LocalEthereum
  • Challenges with Koinex Loop as far as fiat is concerned
  • Koinex’s roadmap and plans beyond an exchange
  • Views on the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency ecosystem in India
  • Projects beyond Koinex that Rahul is excited about: Ethereum, BAT

Ep. #21: Blockchain Community/ Co-Living, Co-Working space with See Eun and Young Hoon (Co-Founders Nonce Community)

Our first guest for this episode is See Eun who was into breakdancing and danced professionally for more than 10 years. He served in the military, curated and wrote for a hip-hop blog and lead hip-hop education efforts before the Bitcoin bug bit him. He started ‘The Blockchainers”, the first Blockchain Cryptocurrency YouTube channel in Korea with his co-host Young Hoon who is the other guest on the show.

Young Hoon majored in math and computer science at the University of Oxford and upon graduation had short stints in McKinsey and Macquarie before also serving in the military in Somalia for a counter-piracy mission for the Korean army.

Together, they also started and currently run Nonce Community, an open-source co-working, co-living Blockchain/Cryptocurrency space based on Proof-of-Work. Nonce community started as a few people who worked in this ecosystem living together in a 3 bedroom apartment and has since grown to a whole building which can currently accommodate upto 100 Blockchainers.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Their fascinating background and what got them into crypto
  • First Korean Blockchain Youtube channel they started – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsH44G5T4hHXYrb1aGUB1Gw
  • Nonce Community – Blockchain community – co-living, co-working, open-source Blockchain community based on Proof-of-Work
  • How they went from a 3 bedroom apartment to a building that can accommodate a 100 people
  • Decentralised governance model for the community – decentralised way to make decisions including deciding who gets to stay
  • How the environment was like initially
  • An essay that inspired them (Tyranny of Structurelessness): https://www.jofreeman.com/joreen/tyranny.htm
  • Different verticals at Nonce Community: Tokeneconomics consulting, smart contract auditing, media and community management, fund and research arm
  • Studio Decentral (Media arm): http://www.studiodecentral.org/
  • See Eun’s views on the current perverse media model in the Blockchain/crypto ecosystem
  • Other resources mentioned: Epicenter Podcast (https://epicenter.tv/), Let’s talk Bitcoin (https://letstalkbitcoin.com/)
  • Gary Vee! – https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/
  • Fund – arbitrage, market making and ICOs – due diligence process and fund structuring
  • Research – Whitepaper.foundation
  • Scalability solutions and their trade-offs: Plasma, state channels and sharding
  • Thoughts on scalability through centralisation of block production
  • Thoughts on move from Proof of Work to Proof of Stake consensus mechanism
  • Store of Value vs Tokens of protocols becoming store of value
  • Bitcoin: Store of value vs medium of exchange
  • Using Blockchain and Cryptocurrency to help society and the planet

Ep. #20: Fintech/Blockchain Hub with Joe Seunghyun Cho (Founding CEO Lattice 80)

Our guest for this episode is Joe Seunghyun Cho. Joe has been a hedge fund manager and has run an asset management company before founding Lattice 80, one of the world’s largest fintech and blockchain hubs in Singapore. Joe has been a mentor to several young companies and regularly coordinates with the government and larger corporations to support the startup ecosystem.

Tune in to this episode to find out about:

  • Joe’s background
  • How Lattice 80, the world’s biggest fintech/blockchain hub by size, came about
  • Government involvement in building out the startup ecosystem and getting all stakeholders involved
  • Expansion of Lattice 80 beyond Singapore, with the ultimate vision to open Lattice 80 in 100 cities eventually
  • Value add beyond a co-working space by getting multiple stakeholders involved – startups, financial institutions / corporates, government, public
  • Evolution of fintech companies in Singapore
  • Kaya network: connecting all stakeholders locally physically and globally to collaborate and do business and reducing the time required to take care of legal and due diligence issues
  • Kaya network database and mini social database to eliminate travel costs
  • Utility of the Kaya token
  • Use of token beyond the Lattice 80
  • Why Kaya is being built on the NEM Blockchain
  • Diving in to a ‘staggered’ ICO
  • First few locations that Lattice 80 is going to focus on
  • Joe’s plans beyond the co-working space
  • Link to Lattice 80 website: http://www.lattice80.com/

Ep. #17: Cryptocurrency Aggregator with Sharan Nair (SVP Marketing & BD CoinSwitch)

CoinSwitch is a Sequoia backed cryptocurrency aggregator. A cryptocurrency aggregator allows users to buy and sell multiple cryptocurrencies across various exchanges without creating multiple accounts while getting to choose the best prices across exchanges.

Sharan is currently the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at CoinSwitch. Prior to this role, he was the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Unocoin, one of India’s largest fiat to crypto exchanges.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Sharan’s background, his work with Unocoin  (a fiat to crypto exchange in India) and how he started working at CoinSwitch
  • CoinSwitch – is an exchange aggregator supporting 300 coins and 45000 exchange pairs where users do not need to create accounts at multiple exchanges and use the CoinSwitch platform to get access to best pricing
  • Current exchanges integrated on Coinswitch: ShapeShift, Bittrex, Changelly, KuCoin, Changer and Cryptopia
  • Roadmap: Integrate with IDEX, a decentralised exchange and the challenges with integrating with a decentralised exchange
  • End-to-end customer journey for using Coinswitch
  • Coinswitch’s business model
  • CoinSwitch’s customer base and its distribution across the globe
  • CoinSwitch’s roadmap
  • CoinSwitch’s value added services such airdrop tracker, tax calculator etc
  • Business risks for CoinSwitch
  • Sharan’s view on the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency ecosystem in India
  • Twitter

Ep. #15 Crypto investing mental models and frameworks with Meher Roy Pt. 2/2 (Host of Epicenter and Co-founder Chorus One)

Meher is a fellow podcaster and host of Epicenter, one of the most well respected Blockchain podcasts in the industry with guests such as Vitalik Buterin, Adam Back, Gavin Andresen, Ralph Merkle regularly featuring on his show. He has also recently started a new company called Chorus One where his company is building validator nodes for Proof of Stake Blockchain networks such as Cosmos.

Meher is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology or IIT and worked in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry prior to making a switch to the Blockchain world.

Tune in to hear about:

  • His mental models and philosophies behind investing
  • Strategy – identify investments that may grow 10x over 10 years with relatively high odds and 100x over 10 years but with relatively lower odds
  • Strategy – identifies fundamentally good projects and holds them long term
  • How to identify these investment opportunities that one can hold for 10 years
  • How he held Ether through the DAO and Parity hacks
  • Strategy – try to find opportunities through identifying what the key problems that exist today (e.g. scalability, smart contract safety) and find good projects that are addressing those
  • However, the projects that may ‘win’ may not necessarily be the inventors of that technology which leads to further complexity
  • How to determine ticket size or position sizing
  • Books mentioned – Fortune’s formula
  • What Meher’s personal portfolio looks like currently
  • Meher’s outlook on the Blockchain ecosystem in general

Link to Epicenter Podcast: https://epicenter.tv/

Youtube link to Epicenter podcast: https://www.youtube.com/user/epicenterbtc

Link to his new company: http://chorus.one/

Ep. #14: Crypto Twitter, Bitcoin and Proof of Stake Nodes with Meher Roy Pt. 1/2 (Host of Epicenter and Co-founder Chorus One)

Meher is a fellow podcaster and host of Epicenter, one of the most well respected Blockchain podcasts in the industry with guests such as Vitalik Buterin, Adam Back, Gavin Andresen, Ralph Merkle regularly featuring on his show. He has also recently started a new company called Chorus One where his company is building validator nodes for Proof of Stake Blockchain networks such as Cosmos.

Meher is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology or IIT and worked in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry prior to making a switch to the Blockchain world.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Crypto Twitter and why he went off Twitter
  • His background and journey in the Blockchain space
  • How he came across Bitcoin in 2012, was unsuccessful in being able to purchase it
  • The thesis that made him purchase Bitcoin in 2013/14 and how that thesis has turned out wrong
  • The power of compound interest
  • First alt coin he purchased – Ether in 2015
  • His company (Chorus One) and what they are trying to do – Proof of Stake (PoS) validator node for the Cosmos project
  • How validation in PoS networks is the beginning of the fixed income in the cryptocurrency market
  • What will be the total size of the staking market and what percentage of the tokens would Chorus One look to be staked with them
  • What would be the differentiators for validator nodes to capture a greater market share
  • How PoS can lead to greater ‘centralisation’ but why that’s not necessarily a bad thing

Link to Epicenter Podcast: https://epicenter.tv/

Youtube link to Epicenter podcast: https://www.youtube.com/user/epicenterbtc

Link to his new company: http://chorus.one/