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Crypto Stories: Jillian Carlson and Lily Liu on Emerging Markets, Token Business Models, and Self-ICOs

9/17/2018
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Erik and his co-host Tony Sheng are joined by two special guests for this episode. Lily Liu (@calilyliu) is co-founder of Earn.com which was sold to Coinbase. Jillian Carlson (@_jillruth) is a consultant to projects both big and small in the space. Co-host Tony Sheng (@tonysheng) leads product at Decentraland. He also publishes analyses on the business and strategy of crypto at tonysheng.com and is one of Village’s Network Leaders. Erik starts by asking what each of Lily and Jillian are...

Duration:01:08:34

Fintech Fridays: Transforming Web Security with Mahmoud Abdelkader and Ross Fubini

9/14/2018
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Mahmoud "Rusty" Abdelkader (@mahmoudimus), CEO of Very Good Security and Ross Fubini (@fubini), partner at Village Global, join Erik on this episode to talk security on the web and Mahmoud's company Very Good Security. Mahmoud explains what he and his team is trying to do at Very Good Security and how they hope to transform the way web apps are secured. Ross has known Mahmoud for a while now and explains why he decided to invest in Mahmoud and his company. They run through the unique aspects...

Duration:00:36:52

Health Stories: Hard-Won Lessons From The Healthcare Ecosystem with Liz Rockett, Jared Seehafer, and Ryan Panchadsaram

9/12/2018
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Three exciting guests join Erik to reveal what having been in the healthcare ecosystem has taught them that the average tech investor doesn't know: - Liz Rockett (@liz_rockett), investor at Kaiser Permanente Ventures. - Ryan Panchadsaram (@rypan), investor at Kleiner Perkins and former US deputy CTO. - Jared Seehafer (@seehafer), co-founder of Enzyme and Village Network Leader Erik starts by asking each of them to describe their view on the healthcare industry from their unique individual...

Duration:00:51:51

Crypto Stories: The Bull Case For Ethereum with Spencer Noon, Cyrus Younessi and Tony Sheng

9/10/2018
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The guests on today’s episode are Spencer Noon (@spencernoon), an investor at Doggie Tail Crypto Capital and Cyrus Younessi (@cyounessi1), Director of Research and Trading at Scalar Capital. Co-hosting today’s episode is Tony Sheng (@tonysheng) who leads product at Decentraland. He also publishes analyses on the business and strategy of crypto at tonysheng.com and is one of Village’s Network Leaders. Spencer and Cyrus start out by laying out the theses underlying their bullishness on...

Duration:01:04:41

Fintech Fridays: Ali Hamed on Lending, Crypto and Venture Capital

9/7/2018
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Erik and co-host for this episode Ash Fontana (@ashfontana) of Zetta Venture Partners interview Ali Hamed (@AliBHamed), investor at CoVenture. Ali gives us a primer on the online lending space and compares and contrasts it to offline lending. He explains why payday lenders with astronomical APRs actually have small margins. He also talks about how government can improve the regulatory environment to allow for more disruption of traditional lending and help new companies get a foothold. They...

Duration:01:09:34

Request For Startups: Digital Health

9/5/2018
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Joining Erik for this episode are Robert Mittendorff (@doctorrem), partner at Norwest Venture Partners, and Ambar Bhattacharyya (@AmbarBh), managing director at Maverick Ventures. In a continuation of the Requests for Startups series, Erik asks Robert and Ambar what they would like to see built in the digital health space. They discuss which spaces are underdeveloped and are ripe for opportunities versus which spaces don't have room for new entrants. The unique nature of the regulatory...

Duration:01:18:47

Crypto Stories: Headwinds in Crypto and Distributed Global's Investment Strategy with John Cheeseman and Herve Bizira

8/31/2018
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On this episode Erik talks to Jonathan Cheeseman (@JonathanCheesm4), Chief Market Strategist at Distributed Global and Herve Bizira (@hibizira), CTO of Distributed Global. They talk about crypto markets and the funds that have been created to take advantage of a new investment opportunity. John and Herve explain what they are trying to do at Distributed Global and the unique combination of tech and finance they use to evaluate crypto assets at the micro and macro level. They explain what...

Duration:01:20:14

Crypto Stories: "Explain Generalized Mining Like I'm Five" with Andrew Cronk (Follow-Up Bonus Episode)

8/31/2018
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Andrew Cronk (@ajcronk), partner at Figment, joins Erik again for this bonus episode going into generalized mining. Andrew contrasts sending someone money via PayPal with sending someone money via a decentralized network. He talks about whether firms with different approaches in the space can co-exist and what it means to be a validator. He discusses why it's important for a firm to be an active participant in a network. Andrew also explains how and why they've set up Figment to be itself a...

Duration:00:18:55

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Distributed Computing with Dani Grant, Dan Desjardins, Chandler Song and Greg Osuri

8/31/2018
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This episode of Venture Stories is co-hosted by Dani Grant (@thedanigrant), analyst at USV. She talks with three leaders in the distributed computing space: - Dan Desjardins, CEO of Distributed Compute Labs - Chandler Song (@chandlersyf), founder and CEO of Ankr Network - Greg Osuri (@GregOsuri), founder of Akash Network and CEO of Overclock Labs They talk about what distributed computing is, why it has so much potential and why this is an exciting time to be involved in the space. The...

Duration:00:38:52

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Privacy Coins with Elena Nadolinski and Avichal Garg

8/31/2018
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Elena Nadolinski (@leanthebean), an engineer interested in the privacy space, and Avichal Garg (@avichal), Managing Partner at Electric Capital, join Erik on this episode to discuss privacy coins. They break down what a privacy coin is and why privacy is important in crypto. They talk about the three main privacy coins: Monero, Zcash and Grin — and discuss why it's important or not to have an auditable record of transactions, whether people will pay taxes, and whether the government will be...

Duration:00:37:15

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Valuing Crypto Assets with Arianna Simpson and Travis Kling

8/31/2018
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Arianna Simpson (@AriannaSimpson), VC and managing director at Autonomous Partners and Travis Kling (@Travis_Kling) of Ikigai Asset Management join Erik on this episode. Arianna starts by explaining her post about false precision and why you don't want to be "very precisely wrong." They talk various models and calculations and how to value different crypto assets. They also talk about Bitcoin maximalists, what the landscape of crypto networks looks like, and whether the huge trades made in...

Duration:00:32:13

Crypto Stories: Bitcoin For Beginners with Michael Goldstein

8/31/2018
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Michael Goldstein (@bitstein), president of the Nakamoto Institute and co-host of the Noded Podcast, joins Erik on this episode. Between him and Erik they break down some of the basic concepts around Bitcoin and explain why it's important in general. Michael explains why he's keen to feast on the tears of nocoiners and breaks down a number of the common misconceptions about Bitcoin. He also talks Austrian economics and potential roadblocks for Bitcoin. Thanks for listening — if you like what...

Duration:01:08:34

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Crypto-Native Funds with Andrew Cronk, Jake Brukhman and Meher Roy

8/31/2018
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Erik's guests for this episode are: - Andrew Cronk (@ajcronk), partner at Figment - Meher Roy (@MeherRoy), co-founder of Chorus One - Jake Brukhman (@jbrukh), founder of CoinFund They talk about a number of interesting topics, including the unique way that an investment firm participates in the growth of a company in the crypto world and why it's more important to be a network participant than just a funder. The four of them go through what a validator is and what being one entails. They...

Duration:01:06:43

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Zero-Knowledge Proofs with Elena Nadolinski and Howard Wu

8/31/2018
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Elena Nadolinski (@leanthebean), an engineer interested in the privacy space, and Howard Wu (@1HowardWu), co-founder of Dekrypt Capital, talk to Erik on this episode about zero-knowledge proofs and privacy. They talk about why privacy is important in general and the benefits of privacy in the crypto world. They explain what a zero-knowledge proof is and Howard talks about some of the more recent developments in cryptography. They get into how ZKPs are being used today and the promise they...

Duration:00:40:35

Crypto Stories: A Primer on the Layers of BTC and Lightning with Nik Bhatia

8/31/2018
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Nik Bhatia (@timevalueofbtc), writer and Bitcoin thinker, joins Erik and co-host Myles Snider of Multicoin Capital on this episode to talk layers of Bitcoin and the Lightning network. Nik explains how he got his start in the Bitcoin world from traditional finance. They explain the various layers of money and Bitcoin. They also talk about whether there will be fractional reserve ownership of Bitcoin, whether Bitcoin banks might exist someday and when a Bitcoin ETF might make an appearance....

Duration:00:56:20

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Consensus Protocols with Aparna Krishnan and Haseeb Qureshi

8/31/2018
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In this episode Erik talks to Aparna Krishnan (@aparnalocked), co-founder of Mechanism Labs and Haseeb Qureshi (@hosseeb), GP at MetaStable Capital. They discuss a number of themes around Aparna's research paper, talk about what it means to find consensus, and they go through the various protocols that exist now to try and do that. They also talk about what kinds of applications these various protocols could have. They explain what a block is, what proof of work and proof of stake mean, and...

Duration:01:01:55

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Token-Curated Registries with Ameen Soleimani and Jehan Tremback

8/31/2018
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In this episode Erik and co-host Miles Snyder of Multicoin Capital talk to Ameen Soleimani (@ameensol), CEO at SpankChain, and Jehan Tremback (@JTremback), founder of Althea Mesh. Ameen is one of the inventors of a token-curated registry. He discusses what a token-curated registry is, what the current use cases for them are and what they could possibly be in the future. They talk about AdChain and the problem of advertising fraud online. The three of them discuss the "chicken and egg"...

Duration:00:37:24

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Identity on the Blockchain with Dandelion Mane

8/31/2018
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Dandelion Mane (@decentralion), founder of SourceCred, joins Erik on this mind-expanding episode about identity. Dandelion explains how they came upon the idea for a decentralized reputation system and how it could change how people live — both online and in the real world. Dandelion explains some potential improvements that could be made to online communities to improve the level of discourse and avoid the outrage mobs that are currently too prevalent in those communities. They also talk...

Duration:00:50:56

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Generalized Mining with Nicholas Chirls and Joe Lallouz

8/31/2018
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Erik is joined by Nicholas Chirls (@nchirls), partner at Notation Capital, and Joe Lallouz (@JoeLallouz), entrepreneur, angel, and founder of Grand St. They explain how they got their start in the space and the genesis of their respective firms. They talk about generalized mining and how a firm might get into mining. They discuss the various crypto networks and talk about how the way an investment firm provides value to a crypto company has changed. Nicholas and Joe also talk about...

Duration:00:50:36

Crypto Stories: A Primer on Stablecoins with Haseeb Qureshi and Myles Snider

8/29/2018
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Erik's co-host for this episode is Myles Snider (@myles_snider), research associate at Multicoin Capital. They talk to Haseeb Qureshi (@hosseeb) who is a GP at MetaStable Capital. They discuss where stablecoins are now and envision what they could be in the future. They compare and contrast stablecoins and fiat and explain why someone would hold a stablecoin that's indexed to fiat. They talk about some of the applications for stablecoins and the different kinds of stablecoins. The trio also...

Duration:01:07:37