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Ep. 35 - How is Blockchain Changing Big Business?

9/19/2018
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Cryptocurrency: a new kind of Clubcard? As a traditional asset manager with an interest in new technology, Jonny Fry of Team Blockchain came to this ecosystem thinking (as many still do) that cryptocurrency and blockchain were somehow inextricably linked with Ponzi schemes, drugs and crime. But he came to realise; if you’re involved in nefarious activity, the last thing you’d want to get involved in is cryptocurrency. Where any transaction leaves an indelible digital footprint, that sits...

Duration:00:37:28

Ep. 34 - Could 'Find Engine' Zwoop Disrupt Amazon to Become the Consumer's Best Friend?

9/14/2018
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Zwoop: The new consumer champions, looking to make money out of the customer without cheating them, share the proceeds from their data, and blow Amazon out of the water! In today’s world of online shopping, the odds are very much stacked in favour of the retailer - never the consumer. There’s no doubt that e-commerce aggregators make shopping easier, rule our lives, influence our shopping habits; yet still all the current investment goes there – to make selling better and bigger, to...

Duration:00:26:57

Ep. 33 - From Grainy Snapshots to HD Video: Continuous, Transparent, Blockchain Audit

9/7/2018
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With regulators around the world scrambling to get to grips with Blockchain tech could the technology itself, and continuous audit, be part of the answer? When I spoke to Auditchain™ founder Jason Meyers this week, it felt a little like talking to blockchain royalty – at once removed anyhow Jason’s top team includes such luminaries as Dr.Stuart Haber, one of the co-inventors of Blockchain technology, who although cited three time by him denies he is Satoshi Nakamoto (but sometimes gets...

Duration:00:22:33

Ep. 32 - Reinventing Money: What Happens When the Gold Standard Collides with Crypto & Debit Cards?

8/29/2018
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What if your money was backed by real gold yet could be spent via an ordinary-looking debit card, same as any other. With much lower transaction costs than you're used to - by a factor of around 10. Plus you got a 'yield' too? We’ve featured asset-backed cryptocurrency raises before, including recently exploring the real estate space in episode 21 with Leaseum. This time, Cayman-domiciled Kinesis is drawing on decades with the Allocated Bullion Exchange, an Australian institutional...

Duration:00:17:02

Ep. 31 - Why We Need More Women in Blockchain - Meet the Crypto Diva!

8/23/2018
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If you want a thing to happen – get a woman in! Says the Crypto Diva! When Barry met Jillian Godsil, journalist, fintech expert, commentator and champion of Women in Blockchain, he described the meeting as a whirlwind that knocked him off his feet. Jillian is undoubtedly a force of nature – refreshingly upfront about how recently she’s moved into this space, but certainly making her mark ever since through sheer force of personality. This episode is less an interview, more a conversation...

Duration:00:26:00

Ep. 30 - Brains, Chains & AI - Can they ever work together?

8/17/2018
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This episode is less an interview, more a conversation between host Barry E James and someone steeped not in the world of Blockchain, but AI, chatbots and machine learning: Tania Peitzker founder and CEO of ‘Bots as a Service’ Billions of dollars have been invested in AI by Google, Amazon, Microsoft and others over the past thirty years. Tania believes it is inevitable that at some point, AI and Blockchain, ‘Brains and Chains’, will merge. Will it be Google or Apple et-al or led by...

Duration:00:45:50

Ep. 29 - The Pebble Token Disrupting Publishing & the Authors ICOing their Book

8/10/2018
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Amazon disrupted publishing in the first wave of the Internet. Could this behemoth now be and disrupted decentralised by pebbles on a Blockchain? Today’s interviewees are Josef Marc, whose background in digital media and interest in Bitcoin led him to investigate ways to make the technology work for others, and Sukhi Jutla, author of three books, two by ‘conventional methods’ and the latest, ‘Escape the Cubicle – Quit the Job You Hate, Create the Life You Love’, the first in the world to...

Duration:00:33:50

Ep. 28 - Cryptovalley: Switzerland Leads the world - So what about the UK?

8/2/2018
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On the UK: “I’d rather have the people, the talent, the results of the investment in my territory than the pure issuing of tokens” With a background in Law and Venture Capital, today’s guest Dr Guenther Dobrauz, member of PwC’s Global Legal Leadership Team, has strong belief in the ICO space, Switzerland as a thought-leader, and how regulation is key to getting this transformational ecosystem working to the benefit of all. He believes that Switzerland is leading the world in ICOs, with...

Duration:00:30:31

Ep. 27 - Can Goliath Banks Survive Their Dance With Destiny?

7/25/2018
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Banks v fintechs – the Blockchain battle of the brands All financial services companies will tell you they’re technology companies now. Today’s guest is Charlie Kerrigan, Banking Partner at CMS Law, who explains that this new ecosystem of Blockchain, ICOs and cryptocurrency is really capital raising by new routes. And everyone’s interested in using Blockchain technology to provide efficient, speedier payment services. He says that most banks in the market today already have...

Duration:00:10:03

Ep. 26 - Decentralised Verification & the Truth of Coherence – why facts need to work together

7/18/2018
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Solving an age-old problem – how can we ever be sure something is true? This problem becomes even more acute of a smart-contract relies on its being true. Could decentralised verification based on RDF be the answer? Today’s guest, Michael Hirn, began his own fascination with coding at the age of twelve; at high school he was already running a software services company; and now he is bringing trust and transparency to the token space with Rlay – a truly decentralised, incentivised rating...

Duration:00:16:01

Ep. 25 - Would You Put Your House on a Blockchain (along with Global Trade)?

7/13/2018
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According to Don Tapscott, Co-founder and Executive Chairman at Blockchain Research Institute, Sweetbridge is "truly a pioneer of this next era of the digital revolution". As he goes on to say, they certainly have a bold vision to improve the way we do business, and make global commerce more accessible for everyone. So via a recent TeamBlockchainMasterclass event at CMS, I took the opportunity to explore that vision with Alastair Band of Sweetbridge, who're looking to create a...

Duration:00:14:15

Ep. 24 - No Longer Elusive: Utility Tokens, Security & Other Tokens?

7/5/2018
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It's entirely possible to run an ICO for a Utility token in the UK In a surprising clear and illuminating interview with an ex FCA member and regulation lawyer we clear away the fog of war created by the SEC around the different types of tokens. This week’s fascinating interviewee is regulation lawyer Sam Robinson, who brings eighteen years’ experience starting with the FSA, and now specialising in FinTech, for the world’s 6th largest law firm (by lawyer headcount, and 6th largest in the...

Duration:00:17:32

Ep. 23 - Lithuania in the Race for Tokenized Securities - with DESICO

6/28/2018
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The rise of ICOs brings a new and yet more powerful form of crowdfunding. So with a solid background in crowdfunding, having founded the p2p platform Finbee and enjoyed a career in building and investing in fintech startups for consumers, Laimonas Noreika, Co-Founder and CEO of DESICO, is ideally-placed to analyse why investors are seeking out ICOs so keenly, to give advice to entrepreneurs looking at starting a project, and to comment on where he believes the sector is heading. In...

Duration:00:22:38

Ep. 22 - New Tools as the ICO Process Starts to Mature

6/22/2018
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99% of people looking to launch an ICO haven’t done so before. Many others have so why not tap into that knowledge and experience? As we keep finding out at ICOrad.io, lots of teams end up inventing and re-inventing some of the same wheels in this all-new world of crypto-economics, where so few people can justifiably call themselves ‘experts’. Today’s guest is looking to change some of that! Mark Kirby has a background in both supply chain logistics and high-net-worth investment,...

Duration:00:18:37

Ep. 21 - How Cryptocurrency Now ‘Clicks’ with Bricks

6/14/2018
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What happens when a team already expert in traditional investment management in the real estate market creates new coins backed by those assets. The world is about to find out! In this episode, Barry E James talks to Lior Abehassera, Co-Founder and Head of Investor Relations, and David Dahan, Chief Investment Officer Real Estate, about how they came to this point, and where this is all going in the future. With a combined background in investment banking, equity derivatives, financial...

Duration:00:32:50

Ep. 20 - Blockchain, ICOs & Tokens: Going Mainstream with CITY A.M. CryptoInsider

6/7/2018
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A New Showcase for Blockchain, ICOs & Tokens Interpreting the ICO world for the uninitiated, thanks to CITY A.M.’s CryptoInsider Those of us steeped in the world of ICOs, cryptocurrency and tokenisation can sometimes forget that the very people we want to engage with, our potential investors and advocates, are not always coming from the same landscape, or have the same level of involvement. Fortunately there are people who are new to all this but are starting to find their way through it,...

Duration:00:11:54

Ep. 19 - How Tax Shines a New Light on ICOs & how very different an animal they are!

6/1/2018
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In this episode, Barry E James interviews Ben Brown, Tax Partner at DLA Piper, on tax and ICOs - and how they shine a light on how very different an animal they are! So much so that, like the duck-billed platypus when it was discovered, they defy categorisation and force a complete re-think - for the UK’s HMRC and regulators around the world. People are generally very familiar with the tax treatment of traditional financing methods, including currencies, and with the way companies generally...

Duration:00:14:25

Ep. 18 - Blockchain Cutting Out The Middleman, Creating Trust and so Extending Reach

5/24/2018
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Blockchain technology is unstoppably rolling out across just about every industry, not just (as some predicted) the world of financial services, but anywhere with a community of users. Blockchain is technology that cuts out the middleman. It creates trust - by making everything verifiable - between parties who don’t need to even know one another so expanding reach while slashing friction and cost. So any industry that can harness powerful attributes is ripe for disruption. What it does...

Duration:00:21:03

Ep. 17 - Can blockchain help rebuild trust - Helping the best to be found and the not so good to be found out?

5/17/2018
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Around 50% of all enquiries about cosmetic surgery come to nothing. Trust between practitioners and consumers in this field is, basically, broken. How could blockchain help rebuild trust is a question addressed by this week’s interviewee, Richard Crawford-Small? Because when people think about cosmetic surgery, they usually think about the negatives, the extreme cases, the Michael Jacksons. They wonder whether they can trust the online reviews, the ‘before and after’ photographs - are they...

Duration:00:25:27

Ep. 16 - Red-Flags, Scams, Bad ICOs - and How to Avoid Them!

5/11/2018
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The tables are well and truly turned as Blockchain Radio's Pierre Bourque interviews Barry James about scams, bad ICOs, red flags and what we should do about them! Also: How blockchain changes what is possible - in the digital realm and beyond. Life at the leading edge, and why we are now with blockchain where we where with internet technology 20 years ago - a game changer for us all, that's happening fast. The Wild Wild West frontier of our time and how it works. Why it's really...

Duration:00:27:03