Cryptoinvesting

Ep. #45: Smart contracts on Bitcoin with Diego Zaldívar (Rootstock)

We speak to Diego Gutiérrez Zaldívar, CEO and co-founder of Rootstock or RSK (https://www.rsk.co/) and RIF Labs (https://www.rifos.org/). Rootstock, most famously, is known for putting smart contract functionality on the Bitcoin Blockchain.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Diego’s interesting background and how he got into crypto
  • What Rootstock is and the concept of Merge Mining?
  • How Rootstock helps the Bitcoin miners by generating additional returns for them (related to the concept of Merge Mining)?
  • Why should DApps build on RSK?
  • What is RIFOS and how did it come about?
  • Why is RIFOS important – note, it integrates things like storage, name service, data feeds, etc to make it easier to develop DApps
  • Rootstock’s plans in Asia
  • Diego’s mantra for surviving in crypto – The rougher the weather is, the calmer you have to be

Ep. #44: Stablecoin adoption through E-Commerce with Dan Shin (Terra)

We speak to Dan Shin, Co-founder of Terra (https://terra.money/). Prior to Terra, Dan is most notably known for being the Founder and Chairman of TMON (http://www.tmon.co.kr). TMON or Ticket Monster is a Unicorn out of South Korea which was started in 2010 and had a mobile first approach to e-commerce.

Now Dan is launching a stable coin that aims to drive adoption through his experience and networks in the e-commerce industry.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Going on the mainnet and what that’s like (funnily, we spoke a couple of hours after Terra hit mainnet)
  • Different kinds of stable coins why Terra took the algorithmic route
  • How Terra is trying to drive REAL ADOPTION
  • How Terra maintains price stability and the role that Luna token plays in that
  • What is Seigniorage and how Terra is benefiting from it
  • Go-to market strategy through Terra Alliance comprising Carousell (https://sg.carousell.com/), Qoo1o (https://www.qoo10.sg) etc. + incentives to use Terra
  • How the user journey for using Terra token would look like on e-commerce platforms
  • Tech aspects – Building on Tendermint (https://www.tendermint.com/), on boarding validators
  • Dealing with Regulatory aspects including the failed Basis project (https://www.basis.io/)
  • Partnerships with Tomochain (https://tomochain.com/), Klaytn (https://www.klaytn.com/) etc

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. #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. #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)

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/