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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)

Ep. #24: Decentralized CryptoBanking with Alex Wearn (CEO Aurora/IDEX)

Aurora is a decentralized financial platform with IDEX, a hybrid decentralized exchange, as its first product. Subsequent products will include margin lending on the hybrid exchange and a stablecoin to support the Cryptocurrency bank (called Decentralized Capital)

Our guest for this episode is Alex Wearn, CEO of Aurora DAO. He has previously worked with IBM and Adobe and is a graduate of Kellogg School of Management.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Alex’s background, introduction and journey in crypto
  • What is Aurora? (Decentralised financial institution)
  • Problems with the current financial system that Aurora is trying to address
  • Concept of free banking
  • Bundling of stable coins: https://www.tokensets.com/
  • 1st product of Aurora ecosystem – IDEX which is a hybrid centralised/decentralised exchange
  • Decentralised aspect – custody and settlement
  • Centralised aspect – dispatch of trades to the blockchain
  • Liquidity providers / market makers on IDEX?
  • Key challenges during setting up IDEX and how they were overcome – acquisition of users, operating on Ethereum network
  • Fee structure on IDEX
  • ETH gas prices – https://ethgasstation.info/
  • Understanding Mempool (pending transactions) – https://99bitcoins.com/what-is-bitcoin-mempool/
  • Margin lending on IDEX
  • 2nd product of Aurora ecosystem – Cryptocurrency bank (Decentralised Capital)
  • Stablecoin (Boreals) and how it’ll work
  • AURA token – staking token of IDEX network
  • IDXM token – membership token (3 years of free trades) to bring forth revenues for the company
  • Daily trading volume – highest was about 20-25m, average is 3-7m
  • Aurora’s roadmap
  • Views on the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency ecosystem in general
  • Website: https://auroradao.com/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/Aurora_Dao
  • Discord: http://bit.ly/AuroraDiscord 

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. #19: Decentralised Service Marketplace with JP Thor (CEO CanYa)

Our guest for this show is JP Thor, CEO of CanYa, a global marketplace of peer-to-peer services with a cryptocurrency payment layer.

JP is a former Air Force pilot, an early Bitcoin adopter and a Blockchain ambassador. He serves as an advisor to multiple Blockchain startups including Loki and Trust Wallet.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Background and transition from being an air force pilot to the blockchain/cryptocurrency ecosystem
  • Why JP started a decentralised service marketplace
  • What does the customer journey look like as a service provider or user
  • Use of the token (CAN) on the platform and the tokeneconomics
  • How the hedged escrow function works to ensure that the service provider gets paid fairly and not be subject to price fluctuations
  • Thoughts on most people in the world not investing or buying cryptocurrency but getting into crypto by earning it
  • How CanYa plans to cope with the learning curve required for anyone to store crypto assets
  • Why CanYa took the strategy of being centralised in the beginning and over time move towards greater decentralisation – with the eventual goal to be a DAO (decentralised autonomous organisation)
  • How CanYa aims to achieve decentralisation over a period of time
  • How CanYa is developing infrastructure around having a decentralised marketplace as well
  • On-chain governance
  • Ethereum 2.0
  • Layer 1 vs Layer 2 discussion
  • Projects mentioned: Digix, Origin Protocol, uPort, OmiseGo, Humaiq, Trust wallet, Loom Network amongst others

Ep. #18: Data Provenance and Authenticity using Blockchain with Mike Davie (Founder Quadrant Protocol)

Mike Davie is the Founder of Quadrant Protocol, a Blockchain project that allows for easy access, creation and distribution of data.

Mike was a member of the Advanced Mobile Product Strategy Division at Samsung where he developed go-to-market strategies for cutting edge technologies created in the Samsung R&D Labs. Thereafter, he founded DataStreamX, an online marketplace for real time data allowing companies that produce data to easily monetize and distribute it and allowing data consumers to source their data requirements in one place.

With the emergence of the Blockchain technology, Mike sought to further improve what he was trying to do at DataStreamX and as a result, Quadrant Protocol was born.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Mike’s background and how Quadrant Protocol was born
  • What problems Quadrant Protocol is seeking to address
  • How Quadrant Protocol is a data stamping protocol and the value that brings
  • Different stakeholders in the Quadrant ecosystem and their roles (‘nurseries’ are where the data is born, ‘pioneers’ who create the data into products, ‘elons’ who can be innovative companies and individuals who try to create more value of the data products)
  • How the different stakeholders are incentivised in the ecosystem
  • Quadrant Protocol’s consensus mechanism (mix of Proof of Authority and Proof of Work)
  • Quadrant Protocol’s roadmap
  • Key things Quadrant is looking for – partnerships, data providers and data consumers
  • Major partnership with IMDA (Govt of Singapore) – https://medium.com/quadrantprotocol/singapores-info-communications-media-development-authority-imda-partners-with-datastreamx-and-be4b1ba94cd9
  • Quadrant Protocol website, Medium

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. #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