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Ep. #47: Layer 2 Scaling with Jack O’Holleran (CEO Skale Labs)

Following our discussion with Matic Network, we speak to the CEO of Skale Labs which is also trying to build a layer 2 solution to solve the problem of Ethereum Scalability.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Evolution of enterprise software – on-premises > cloud > open-source
  • Importance of community for open-source software
  • Implications of AWS going down and how Blockchain technology plays in ensuring 100% uptime
  • Ethereum Scalability
  • Why Skale Labs chose to go down the side-chain path
  • What is a network of side chains and what are elastic side chains?
  • Consensus mechanism for each of the network of side chains
  • Interactions between the side chains and the main chain
  • DApps building on Skale Labs and Skale Innovator Program
  • Plans for Asia
  • Competitive landscape for scalability projects

Ep. #46: Sharding with Nick White (Co-founder Harmony Protocol)

Following our discussion with the Zilliqa team, we decided to speak to another Blockchain Protocol that is trying to solve the problem of Scalability through Sharding. Hear Nick White, one of the co-founders of Harmony, tell us about what is unique about their Project as well as the IEO that took place recently on the Binance Launchpad.

Tune in to hear about:

  • What is sharding?
  • Difference between Transaction Sharding and State Sharding
  • How does Harmony achieve State Sharing
  • How does the overall Harmony Network look like?
  • How does Staking work in the Harmony ecosystem, what are the rewards and what does it take to be validator?
  • Governance
  • What DApps are building on Harmony, what is the process to port over from Ethereum or another Blockchain to Harmony?
  • Binance token sale and roadmap
  • Plans for Asia

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. #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. #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)