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Central Banker Decrypts Blockchain Buzz, Jim Cunha of Boston Fed

This is our central banking perspectives, featuring guest Jim Cunha, SVP of the Treasury and Financial Services Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Cunha is a lifetime central banker, but not your typical one. For several decades at the Fed, his job has been overseeing financial rails that allow massive transactions to take place on a given day. In our exchange, he explains how the Fed may have missed the boat on the first dot.com boom-and-bust and how it led to giant networks like Facebook and Amazon that dominate our modern lives. These are tail end applications that […]

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Central Banker Decrypts Crypto, David Andolfatto of St. Louis Fed

Part of our central banking perspectives, with guest David Andolfatto, VP of Research at the St. Louis Federal Reserve, is a thought leader on cryptocurrency and the new market places popping around it. Central bankers have often been hesitant to speak about crypto, but David has been crypto-educator since 2014. His community policy briefings usually are usually packed to standing-room only. In this episode we discuss how central banks are not only warming up to blockchain but are now exploring use cases of blockchain. We talk about how blockchain is just like the economy of favors we use every day […]

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Hodling a Masterpiece|Artists Maria Tokareva and Sergey Gordienko

An up close and personal interview with award winning crypto artists Maria Tokareva and Sergey Gordienko, after Basel Art in Miami Beach. Their artwork has been featured by Forbes and lights up new tech events. Check out their story: -trial and tribulation of starting out as an artist -where blockchain can contribute to art ownership, attribution, and sharing artwork both in the physical realm and online. -channeling their crypto obsession into paintings -finding inspiration from others; leaning on family, a confidante, a network for support under a common purpose -how to network with artists, collectors, curators -other tips for aspiring […]

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Blossoming of Energy, Part II

This is part 2 in our coverage of Blossom, a St. Louis energy startup, cofounded by Washington University alumni Joe Gardner and Chris Mertens, two tinkerers who want to rethink the current energy business model. We spoke with the two following their partnership announcement with iNeighborhoods to allow city residents to exchange renewable energy. This is part of a smart cities initiative aimed to make urban centers more sustainable, economic viable, and inclusive. They call it: “Smart City Data Exchange – Connecting Neighborhoods Through Energy” Links: https://www.blossom-iot.com/ iNeighborhoods Innovation Districts https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smart-city-data-exchange-connecting-neighborhoods-through-energy-tickets-59248102670# —————– If you like A Bit Cryptic podcast and […]

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Blossoming of Energy, Part I

This is part 1 in our coverage of Blossom, a St. Louis energy startup, cofounded by Washington University alumni Joe Gardner and Chris Mertens, two tinkerers who want to rethink the current energy business model. They also want to restore power and control back to the consumer while preparing society for a renewable energy future. They talk us through: -how not getting the college internships led them to experiment and build smart gadget solutions for businesses and customers. -their fateful meeting with ex-Boeing engineers on an encryption that had broader implications for the exchange of data between sensors, between people, […]

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The Crypto Chick, Rachel Wolfson

After Basel Art Miami, we feature Rachel Wolfson, 10 year tech journalist, host of The Crypto Chick podcast show and Forbes contributor. Rachel has a knack for spotting tech and social movements. She shares with us the following: – why we’re seeing more real world blockchain solutions this year and why that matters for adoption -her recent interesting coverage: IBM partnering with Walmart on supply chain traceability; Propy making real estate property deals using smart contracts in a decentralized way; and Ripple funding university research programs to build the next generation of professionals and thought leaders. -the criteria for breaking […]

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Amazon Documentaries Are Rizqi

Alain and Jeff interview Calvin Tran, director of the Amazon documentary “Rizqi Presents: Blockchain.” In today’s episode we discuss: – A lot of people still think cryptocurrency and blockchain are the same thing (why haven’t people gotten this by now?) – How blockchain can dramatically stimulate developing economies by creating secure systems for real estate and land titles – How Blockstack, a blockchain name system to replace DNS, aims to create a decentralized internet – How alternative social networks end up getting filled with trolls and worse – It is uncertain how well decentralized companies will compete against centralized organizations […]

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Into the Crypto Trenches, Adrian Baschuk

Adrian Baschuk is a documentary filmmaker, award winning journalist and producer. His reporting career took him from Miami to various developing countries and conflict regions. Baschuk has previously reported from North Korea, disguised as a businessman. He shares with us how his media experience in rough terrains, coupled with a rebel spirit, preps him well in his production work for CNBC Crypto Trader. Our interview with Baschuk covers: -betting on tech builders, not crypto prices -witnessing Latin American economic crises informs his view on finance -staying true to the spirit of Bitcoin to empower and foster financial inclusion and access -producing top notch […]

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On Castles, Power, and Social Impact With Jeremy Gardner

We interview Jeremy Gardner, creator of Crypto Castle where tech never sleeps, founder of Distributed Magazine, the blockchain education network, Augur (a prediction market to bet on future events), and now launching a hybrid hedge fund for blockchain and social impact. In today’s episode we discuss: -How Miami is a hub for creating social impact in Latin America -Where crypto is headed in the future -Why nothing gets done in a bull market Interview by: Jeff Peterson Show notes by: Dang Du Links: Ausum.vc Twitter.com/Disruptepreneur Gonzogardner.com Follow A Bit Cryptic Podcast: Twitter.com/keepitcryptic Medium.com/@abitcryptic Facebook.com/abitcryptic Instagram.com/keepitcryptic Access premium content from us: […]

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Getting exponential under the archway

In this episode we speak with business and blockchain expert Brian Dixon, who is CEO of Off the Chain Capital, a company that manages blockchain assets portfolios. Brian is also COO of Capital Innovators, which is a tech accelerator helps startups being their ideas to market (invests in energy, consumer products, and tech). Brian has written two books on crypto: “Bitcoin Basics 101,” which breaks down blockchain into laymen terms, and “Blockparty on the Blockchain,” which is about the promising startups the blockchain space (and VCs investing into them) and Brian’s predictions on where the blockchain space is going in […]

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