Technology

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. #17: Cryptocurrency Aggregator with Sharan Nair (SVP Marketing & BD CoinSwitch)

CoinSwitch is a Sequoia backed cryptocurrency aggregator. A cryptocurrency aggregator allows users to buy and sell multiple cryptocurrencies across various exchanges without creating multiple accounts while getting to choose the best prices across exchanges.

Sharan is currently the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at CoinSwitch. Prior to this role, he was the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Unocoin, one of India’s largest fiat to crypto exchanges.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Sharan’s background, his work with Unocoin  (a fiat to crypto exchange in India) and how he started working at CoinSwitch
  • CoinSwitch – is an exchange aggregator supporting 300 coins and 45000 exchange pairs where users do not need to create accounts at multiple exchanges and use the CoinSwitch platform to get access to best pricing
  • Current exchanges integrated on Coinswitch: ShapeShift, Bittrex, Changelly, KuCoin, Changer and Cryptopia
  • Roadmap: Integrate with IDEX, a decentralised exchange and the challenges with integrating with a decentralised exchange
  • End-to-end customer journey for using Coinswitch
  • Coinswitch’s business model
  • CoinSwitch’s customer base and its distribution across the globe
  • CoinSwitch’s roadmap
  • CoinSwitch’s value added services such airdrop tracker, tax calculator etc
  • Business risks for CoinSwitch
  • Sharan’s view on the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency ecosystem in India
  • Twitter

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. #13: Location Data Marketplace on Blockchain with Justin Mann (Co-founder Fysical)

Fysical is a location data marketplace which connects location suppliers i.e you and me to location buyers which could be marketing agencies, hedge funds, insurance companies amongst others.

Justin co-founded Fysical labs, from which Fysical has been spun out, in Boston in 2014. Fysical was accepted into the 500 startups accelerator in the summer of 2016. Sensing a big opportunity in Asia, Justin and his team moved to Singapore from Silicon Valley to build out Fysical.

Tune in to hear about:

  • Justin’s background and how Fysical came about
  • Why Fysical decided to relocate from Silicon Valley to Singapore
  • What is location data?
  • The problems with location data and location data marketplaces
  • What are the use cases presently and in the future – hedge funds, marketing firms, commercial real estate firms, smart cities, disaster recovery, health insurance companies
  • Who analyses the location data?
  • Role of the FYS token in the ecosystem
  • Fysical is live on the Ethereum main net – what that experience has been like
  • How users can get paid from their location data
  • Medium, Telegram and Twitter

Ep. #11: Authenticity of Products on Blockchain with Andrew Rasheed (CEO Devery)

Devery is an Australian company that has leveraged the Blockchain to create a product verification tool. It helps to ensure that the authenticity of products is maintained which allows e-commerce players as well as other businesses to ensure that their supply chain is secure. Devery recently concluded a successful ICO reaching their hard cap in 17 seconds after the lifting of the contribution caps.

Our guest for today’s show is Andrew Rasheed, Founder and CEO of Devery. Before founding Devery, Andrew was heavily involved in the e-commerce space. He was the founder of several e-commerce stores on Amazon and Shopify, and also created the first Ethereum-only online store, ethstall.com. Devery was created due to issues with counterfeiting and duplication that Andrew experienced and saw in the market during this period. He recognized that digital product verification would greatly reduce these problems and provide greater transparency and confidence to online shoppers.

Tune in to hear about:

  1. Andrew’s background and his side projects in the Blockchain space including a coniwatch touch bar for Mac users
  2. How Devery came about and the problems it solves?
  3. How Devery is creating the base protocol for third party verification services to build on top of their protocol and why Devery is taking this approach
  4. Role of the EVE token for multiple stakeholders in the ecosystem
  5. Bokky Token Transportation Protocol and how this allows users to interact with the application without incurring gas costs (the only other project using this Gaze Coin)
  6. How Devery plans to incentivise developers to build application on top of their protocol
  7. Devery’s work with the Tunisian Government and United Nations World Food Program
  8. Current developments and roadmap
  9. Devery’s involvement with the JD.com accelerator
  10. Andrew’s outlook on the Blockchain space – scalability and interoperability issues
  11. Medium, Twitter, Telegram

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. #07: Blockchain in Taiwan with Jon Jones (CEO/Founder Blockcamp, Blockcity and Taiwan Blockchain Alliance)

We get all the scoop of developments in the Blockchain space in Taiwan from Jon Jones. Jon is the founder of the Taiwan Blockchain Alliance and the CEO of Blockcamp, a Blockchain incubator and ICO consulting firm. In addition, he is also a co-founder at Blockcity, the largest Blockchain and fintech event in Taiwan. Finally, Jon is the President of the Taiwan chapter of the Government Blockchain Association, a non-profit that works for the advancement and adoption of Blockchain technology in the public sector.

In this episode, we discuss:

  1. How Jon landed up in Taiwan and how started the Taiwan Entrepreneur Club
  2. How that lead to Jon finding out about Bitcoin Ethereum and the Blockchain technology
  3. Blockcamp incubator – the kind of projects they take on and the projects they have worked with
  4. Blockcity event (Taiwan Blockchain festival) – participants, the projects that participated and topics discussed
  5. Views of the Government of Taiwan and how Jon is working together with one of the legislators from the Taiwan Government to speed up the process to create the right regulatory environment
  6. Taiwan as a strategic location for Blockchain projects (proximity to China)

Links to the projects run by Jon:

Blockcamp (LinkedIn)

Taiwan Blockchain Alliance (LinkedIn)

Jon’s LinkedIn

Ep. #06: (Educational) What is Blockchain in under 10 minutes

Based on the feedback from our listeners, we decided to do a short episode to talk about some of the basic attributes of the Blockchain technology and how it works. We try to keep this episode relatively simple and only focus on the oldest and perhaps most popular Blockchain – the Bitcoin Blockchain.

Ep. #05: Supply Chain on Blockchain with Sid Chakravarthy (Founder StaTwig)

We speak to Sid Chakravarthy, founder of StaTwig, which uses Blockchain and IOT to track the journey of perishable products such as food and vaccines across the supply chain. We speak to Sid about the problems that exist in the ‘cold’ supply chain, how his company is overcoming these problems and what his views are on the use of Blockchains by corporates.

In addition, we speak to Sid about how working with supply chains lead him to start working with insurance companies as well to better facilitate claims management and enable microinsurance. Tune in to also find out why StaTwig deploys a SaaS model and has not gone down the ICO route yet.

Projects mentioned in the interview:

  1. IOTA
  2. Cosmos
  3. Polkadot