Cryptocurrency

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. #38: Crypto-investing with Roger Lim (NEO Global Capital)

Roger Lim is the Founding Partner at NEO Global Capital (NGC), one of the world’s largest and most successful cryptocurrency funds. He is advisor to some of the top crypto projects globally such as MultiVAC, Tomochain etc.

He was previously a VC and Angel Investor in the ‘traditional’ startup space before making the transition to crypto.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Roger’s background and how he got into crypto
  • How NGC came about
  • Details about the funds: fund structure, who are the LPs, time horizon, investment thesis
  • Portfolio construction for a crypto fund
  • Investment approach (including tackling a bear market)
  • Mental models and philosophies transferred from ‘traditional’ VC investing
  • Outlook for the crypto and blockchain ecosystem longer term

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Ep. #37: Using derivatives to take crypto mainstream with Darius and Joshua (QCP Capital)

In this episode, we speak to the co-founders of QCP Capital – Darius Sit and Joshua Ho. QCP Capital has quickly established itself as a leading prop trading shop and a go-to OTC agent for many in the Southeast Asian region and beyond.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Their varied backgrounds, how they got into crypto and how QCP capital came about (hint: it involves a lot of flying around the world to do arbitrage)
  • What is QCP Capital’s business and offering
  • Get a peek into some of the strategies that the smarter money is deploying (great for retail investors)
  • The huge uptick in OTC trades in 2018 despite the market going down 80-90%
  • How a crypto-banking layer has been formed on top of the traditional banking layer
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Impending Bakkt launch
  • Outlook on the crypto ecosystem and derivative instruments as a way to incentivise institutional players to build balance sheets in crypto

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Ep. #36: Tokenised Gold with KC Chng (Digix Global)

Kai is the Founder and CEO of Digix Global, the company that is tokenising gold and putting it on the Blockchain. Kai was previously an FX trader on Wall Street before getting into crypto in 2014. Digix Global holds the distinction of being the first token sale on the Ethereum Protocol 

Tune in to hear about:

  • Kai’s background and what made him get into crypto so early on
  • What Digix Global is trying to do
  • Coloured coins and early days of Digix
  • Experience of doing first token sale on Ethereum
  • DGX and DGD token including how the governance of the DAO would work Outlook on the crypto ecosystem including STOs and the #DeFi movement

    RAPID FIRE (thoughts on the 400k ETH locked up, Monetary Authority of Singapore, 1.25m Seed Funding)

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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. #34: Fireside chat with Anthony ‘Pomp’ Pompliano – Binance Blockchain Week 2019

Anthony is the Founder and Partner at Morgan Creek Digital. He also writes a popular daily newsletter analysing crypto news for institutional investors called Off The Chain (http://offthechain.substack.com)

Prior to founding his fund, Pomp spearheaded Growth and Product at Snapchat and Facebook respectively along with a 6 year stint as a Sergeant in the US army.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Background, how he got into crypto and what that journey’s been like
  • About Morgan Creek Digital, who are LPs, fund structuring etc
  • Investment thesis – Bitcoin, tokenised securities, infrastructure
  • Lessons from ‘traditional’ for crypto-investing
  • Thoughts on Stablecoins
  • How he grew his Twitter following

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. #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/).

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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)