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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)

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