Database

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. #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. #09: Databases on Blockchain with Pavel Bains (CEO Bluzelle)

This week, we speak to Pavel Bains, CEO of Bluzelle Networks. Bluzelle is a decentralized database using Blockchain technology. Bluzelle allows individuals to rent any spare computer storage space to application developers to earn cryptotokens.

Tune in to hear about:

  1. Pavel’s background, journey in Blockchain and why he moved from Canada to Singapore to start Bluzelle
  2. Bluzelle’s prior work with banks and insurance companies (including HSBC, OCBC, MUFG, AIA etc.) and how that lead to a focused effort on decentralised databases
  3. What is a decentralised database and how it different from decentralised file storage (examples of file storage projects include Filecoin, Storj and Sia)
  4. Tech stuff: where the data sits, how consensus is maintained
  5. Stakeholders in the ecosystem: producers and consumers (including how to become a producer/node)
  6. Why Bluzelle decided to have two tokens: BLZ and BNT
  7. Competition with the ‘traditional’ players like Amazon Web Services, IBM, Oracle etc and within the Blockchain space (BigChainDB)
  8. ICO journey: experiences and challenges
  9. Bluzelle’s roadmap (Alpha in June 2018 and beyond)
  10. Pavel’s outlook on the Blockchain space
  11. Projects Pavel is excited about/partnering with: Zilliqa, Sentinel Protocol, 0x