Crypto

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

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. #16: Tokenised Index Fund with Aditya Mishra (COO ZenPrivex/108 Token)

Aditya Mishra is the Co-founder and COO of ZenPrivex. ZenPrivex is an umbrella company with different product offerings in the Blockchain and crypto space. One of their first products is the 108 token which is a token representing an indexed fund with the top 15 cryptocurrencies rebalanced on a monthly basis.

Prior to his journey in the Blockchain space, Aditya or Adi was involved in the secondary private equity markets.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Background of the team
  • Adi’s journey in blockchain and cryptocurrency
  • ZenPrivex – the parent company behind the 108 token. Other ventures include a research arm and a decentralised exchange on top of ZRX (“relayer”)
  • 108 token – tokenised fund holding the top 15 cryptocurrencies by market cap and rebalanced monthly
  • Why the name ‘108’ (https://108token.com/)
  • Investment concepts in the crypto space that investors should consider: supply adjusted market cap versus only considering circulating supply (https://onchainfx.com/)
  • Why Adi and his team decided to work on this project? Why the ZenPrivex decided to tokenise this index fund versus taking on USD/SGD (or fiat currency straight)?
  • Who should buy the 108 token? How to buy the 108 token?
  • How the 108 token could trade at a discount or premium to the underlying assets
  • Target clients for 108 tokens (including treasury management for companies who have done ICOs)
  • Things that Adi is excited about in the Blockchain space
  • Telegram, Blog

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. #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. #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. #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. #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. #02: ICO advisory with Sukrit Khatri (Kenetic Capital)

In this episode we speak to Sukrit Khatri, an ICO advisor with Kenetic Capital (a Hong Kong based ICO advisory firm as well as a Blockchain Venture Capital and Crypto fund). Sukrit tells us about his role, what a typical day for him looks like, how much cryptocurrency he holds and his outlook on the Blockchain space in general. We dive into the typical stages of an ICO and discuss about the criteria that Kenetic deploys prior to taking on new projects.

Sukrit’s LinkedIn profile