Crypto

Ep. #33: Fireside chat with Michael Arrington (Partner at Arrington XRP Capital)

We speak to the former founder of TechCrunch and CrunchFund, Michael Arrington on the sidelines of the #BinanceBlockchainWeek in Singapore.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Background, how he got into crypto and what that journey’s been like
  • Thoughts on Singapore!
  • Investment thesis
  • Thoughts on different kinds of founders and what he looks out for
  • Thoughts on the dot-com bubble and lessons to be learnt for crypto-investments

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. #30: Cryptocurrency/Blockchain Fund with Czhang Lin (MD JRR Crypto)

In this episode, we speak to Czhang Lin who is the Managing Director at JRR Crypto. JRR Crypto is a Swiss Cryptocurrency/Blockchain Fund with a Chinese team which invests in both Crypto projects and the Crypto Ecosystem. They are the second biggest equity shareholder in the Crypto Exchange with one of the highest trading volumes – Binance!

Czhang is a Taiwanese Canadian who grew up in Poland and took his family business public on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. He is an alumnus of INSEAD and Tsinghua University.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Czhang’s very interesting background and how he got involved in Crypto/Blockchain
  • JRR Crypto – structure of the fund, investment thesis, areas of focus etc
  • Crypto ecosystem investments (70% of portfolio): Incubation, Consultancy, Investment banks, Media, Exchanges, Wealth Management, Fund of Funds
  • Crypto projects reperesent 30% of portfolio
  • JRR is the 2nd biggest equity shareholder in Binance
  • Quick overview of the Chinese Crypto/Blockchain ecosystem
  • Reason for the success of the Chinese Exchanges (OKEx, Huobi etc)
  • JRR’s acceleration arm: Super advisor (light involvement) and Co-founder (heavy involvement)
  • JRR’s roadmap
  • Views on a dual token system (utility + security tokens)

Korean Ep. #3: Quality storytelling by content curation optimization by Yoon Kim, Founder of Starfeed

In our 3rd episode (Korean), we invited Yoon Kim, a founder of Starfeed, a blockchain content curation media in South Korea.

Yoon shares about the importance of quality storytelling around the blockchain and cryptocurrency content publishing and his vision in building a trustworthy network of people and organizations in the industry.

Key insights from this episode:

  • Too many cryptocurrencies and blockchain content…how can I help curate the most useful content?
  • About blockchain content curation media
  • Quality storytelling, how can you define it?
  • Now and the future; Collective expert knowledge-based curation, and data analysis
  • How do we monetize it?
  • Our network bridging people and organizations

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

About the host:

Featured on Forbes and CNBC, Yuree is a growth-oriented visionary passionate about the future of decentralised network and alternative financing methodologies. She founded Ampliv, deep tech communications consultancy and SHE Blockchainers, the first women in blockchain initiative in Asia in 2017.

Yuree has ten years of working experience in APAC and the US. Her key skillset covers tech startup marketing and communications, blockchain tech research and training, and tokenisation consulting. She founded SHE Blockchainers Asia in 2017 with her passion for female inclusion in the blockchain industry. Ampliv is where the deep tech involving blockchain meets alternative financing methodologies and currently has a multimedia knowledge sharing platform Ampliv.io and Ampliv TV, YouTube channel. She is passionate about working with tech startups, who can leverage her experiences from top brands to the ground. She worked at Korean Telecom, Brandtology (Microsoft, Citibank, Estee Lauder), Omnicom Media Group (Intel, Visa) and technology startups.

She’s born in South Korea and lived in Australia, UK & Singapore. She’s a learning geek and very curious person.

Follow her on Twitter @yureehong17

Korean Ep. #2: From ‘0’ to the largest crypto asset management app in Korea, by Kain Seo, CSO and Co-founder of Coin Manager

In our Korean podcast 2nd episode, we interviewed Kain Seo, CSO and Co-founder of Coin Manager, the largest crypto asset management app in South Korea.

Kain shared about his journey in developing a crypto asset management app from ‘0’ to the largest user base in South Korea and his perspectives around the cryptocurrency and its service providers in South Korea.

Key insights from this episode:

  • From ‘0’ to the largest crypto asset management app in Korea
  • What is Coin Manager?
  • Our diverse collaboration model from multiple angles
  • What is crypto wallet, and who is it for?
  • What matters to us the most
  • Deep dive into the secure, decentralized crypto wallet
  • Macro perspectives on the blockchain industry in South Korea

About Kain Seo

Kain is chief strategy officer (CSO) and co-founder in CoinManager, No.1 blockchain wallet and portfolio tracker in Korea. Prior to launching CoinManager, he founded/worked in various Korean IT start-ups for 9 years. He is specialized in connecting UX-Product-Business strategy with the customer needs, that is what he wants to do in Blockchain industry.

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

About the host:

Featured on Forbes and CNBC, Yuree is a growth-oriented visionary passionate about the future of decentralised network and alternative financing methodologies. She founded Ampliv, deep tech communications consultancy and SHE Blockchainers, the first women in blockchain initiative in Asia in 2017.

Yuree has ten years of working experience in APAC and the US. Her key skillset covers tech startup marketing and communications, blockchain tech research and training, and tokenisation consulting. She founded SHE Blockchainers Asia in 2017 with her passion for female inclusion in the blockchain industry. Ampliv is where the deep tech involving blockchain meets alternative financing methodologies and currently has a multimedia knowledge sharing platform Ampliv.io and Ampliv TV, YouTube channel. She is passionate about working with tech startups, who can leverage her experiences from top brands to the ground. She worked at Korean Telecom, Brandtology (Microsoft, Citibank, Estee Lauder), Omnicom Media Group (Intel, Visa) and technology startups.

She’s born in South Korea and lived in Australia, UK & Singapore. She’s a learning geek and very curious person.

Follow her on Twitter @yureehong17

Ep. #28: Hedera Hashgraph, a novel Consensus mechanism with Edgar Seah (APAC Head Hedera)

The Hedera Hashgraph platform provides a new form of distributed consensus – it is a fast, secure, fair ‘Blockchain’ with a novel Governance mechanism. In this episode, we speak to the APAC Head of Hedera, Edgar Seah. Edgar has a very eclectic background with stints in Investment Banking, NGOs and corporates aroud the globe. Tune in to hear about:
  • Edgar’s background and how ended up as Hedera Hashgraph’s Asia’s head
  • History of Hashgraph (consensus mechanism)
  • Hashgraph is leveraged in a private manner by a company called Swirlds and in a public manner by Hedera
  • Background on Swirlds and Enterprise clients on Swirlds (e.g. Credit Union Consortium)
  • Motivation behind creating a public ledger in addition to the private ledger
  • Properties of Hashgraph – Speed, Security (aBFT – Asynchronous Byzantine Fault Tolerance), Fairness
  • Governance and a deep dive into how Hedera is trying to solve this problem – Council Governance (off-chain governance) and Consensus Model (on-chain governance)
  • Discussion and views on the claim that Hedera is a private Blockchain and not a public one
  • Regulatory compliance and the path Hedera is taking to achieve mainstream adoption
  • Hedera Hashgraph’s roadmap and the 20 or so projects building on top of it etc
  • Specific areas of focus in Asia
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/hashgraph
  • Website: https://www.hedera.com/
  • Hedera 18 Hackathon website: https://www.hedera18.com/

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. #23: Android AppStore adopting Cryptocurrency with Tiago Alves (VP APAC AppCoins)

AppCoins (https://appcoins.io/) is a blockchain-based open-source protocol for the App Economy supported by the Aptoide App Store (http://www.aptoide.com/). It proposes to move to the blockchain three of the most critical flows of App stores: (i)advertising, (ii) in-app purchases and (iii) developer’s reputation.

Our guest for this show is Tiago Alves, the VP Asia Pacific of AppCoins. Tiago has held several roles in the Telecommunications industry mainly in Portugal before taking up a role as Aptoide’s/AppCoins’ VP of APAC.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Tiago’s background and intro
  • What is Aptoide? (Android App Store)
  • What are the App Stores beyond Google Play on Android Phones today?
  • The problems for smaller App Stores today – payments (lack of ability to monetise in-app purchase)
  • Appcoins – reducing the cut from in-app purchases from 30% (for Google Play Store) to 15%
  • 5B fine for Google in the EU recently
  • Other problems – advertising inside App Stores, Application approvals and security
  • Solution – reward users in Appcoins for getting exposed to ads, sharing of information about viruses and malware to make apps more secure
  • How Aptoide’s current business is going to be affected and how dies it affect the various investors involved
  • How the native token works
  • How does the platform look like today?
  • Roadmap
  • Development of the AppStore Foundation
  • Telegram: https://t.me/appcoinsofficial
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/AppCoinsProject

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