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BlockChannel, is a crypto show dedicated to educating the world on the power of blockchain based technologies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Handshake. Episodes whenever we feel like it - deal with it. Creator: Steven McKie.


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BlockChannel, is a crypto show dedicated to educating the world on the power of blockchain based technologies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Handshake. Episodes whenever we feel like it - deal with it. Creator: Steven McKie.




Episode 86: Becoming Impervious to Central Authorities, with Mike Carson

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie has a discussion with Mike Carson, one of the project developers behind Impervious. Impervious is a developer outfit trying to merge the bitcoin cypherpunk development ethos more deeply into the Handshake community. By supporting the adoption of Handshake through Beacon Browser, the Impervious Registry, and funding core development, Mike has done a lot for the community. We give him and the Impervious team the love they deserve, and discuss Mike's...


Episode 85: Even Domains are Bigger in Texas, with Nole Oppermann

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie heads down to Texas to talk to Nole Oppermann, right from the comfort of his downstairs office. With Handshake growing in popularity in various regions of the world, it would only make sense for Texas to have its own unique TLD. And, Nole is the proud owner/manager of .TX, and one of the main pioneers for Handshake in the Austin region. He gives us insights into building his community from scratch, and what he thinks about the greater HNS ecosystem....


Episode 84: Learning How to Shake On It, with Zach Brown

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie is joined by Zach Brown, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Shake. The Shake has become one of the most crucial repositories in the Handshake community for current network statistics, news, and educational resources. Zach lays down why he started The Shake, and we go in-depth on what's he's excited about in the greater Handshake community. Show Link(s): The Shake: Intro/Outro Music "Beauty Rains" by DWLLRS:...


Episode 83: Shaking Hands Across the Chasm, with Kiba Gateaux

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie sits down with Kiba Gateaux, another Handshake OG, developer, and longtime supporter. Kiba has worked on cross-chain initiatives, and was one of the first in the community to spearhead such efforts. Various aspects of the Handshake community are discussed, and we get a more personal understanding of who Kiba from the HNS community really is. Show Link(s): Handshake: Intro/Outro Music "Grateful" by Stevie Ray:...


Episode 82: Taking the Om Out of .Com, with Clay Collins

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie is back for his first ever solo show. With Demetrick and Petty busier than ever with their families, work, and other commitments, Steven is taking the reins over completely (they'll be back from time to time, though). Steven takes a seat with Clay Collins of crypto data providing platform Nomics, and the owner of the .C domain name. We discuss his firm, Handshake, and what his views are on the decentralized web. Show Link(s): Nomics:


Episode 81: Talking Shop and Shaking Hands, with HNSChat

On this episode of BlockChannel, Mckie and Dee are ditching the hand sanitizer and masks, and shaking hands again with our guest, Jordan Koch. Jordan is a self-taught IRC developer turned crypto-preneur works on HNSChat. HNSChat is a Handshake-native chat applications that allows TLD and SLD owner to join digital chat communities; enabling the ability to send HNS payments and engage directly with other owners of Handshake TLDs across the globe. Listen as the BlockChannel hosts dig out the...


Episode 80: Giving a Hand to the Future, with HandyOSS

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie and Dr. Petty are back, even though this episode was filmed in December before Christmas. We finally go in-depth with HandyOSS, the all-in-one suite for building on a cohesive DWeb enable stack. Alex Smith breaks down the HandyOSS teams motivations for building HandyHost (of which Steven McKie is also a part of), and details how and why these abstractions were necessary to bridge crypto to the future. Alex Smith is an ex-NASA/JPL engineer,...


Episode 79: Democracy Through Ethical Technology & Communication

On this episode of BlockChannel, Mckie and Dee return after almost an entire years hiatus. Life happens, but so does crypto. We return to our story with a hero and heroine by the names of Matthew Prewitt and Divya Siddarth, respectfully. They are policy and ethics researchers and practitioners working to implement democracy expanding technologies at scale with the help of crypto. Seemingly humanists at heart, these two explain their work at RadXChange, and some of their focuses while...


Episode 78: Learning to Swim in the Lightning Pool

On this episode of BlockChannel, Mckie and Dee invite back Olaoluwa Osuntokun, CTO of Lightning Labs, and technical advisor to Amentum Capital. Their team recently scaled bitcoin payments in a huge way, and have released the Lightning Pool, and a decentralized money market for Bitcoin to find a real-time lending rate. The Lightning Pool combines a myriad of technologies the Lightning engineering team and community have worked on, and allows Lightning to be more friendly for mainstream usage....


Episode 77: Decentralized Clouds and DWeb Namespaces, with David Vorick

On this episode of BlockChannel, Mckie and Petty go in deeper on the decentralized web with one of the storage related subject matter experts that started it all, David Vorick. If Juan Benet of Filecoin is Microsoft, then David is Steve Jobs to the Siacoin/Skynet ecosystem. Building a decentralized storage protocol can be done in a few ways; David’s team went the route of building their vision iteratively, in hopes the adoption would come. Their vision is now coming into fruition, and we...


Episode 76: DeFi Know How, with Kevin Zhou

On this episode of BlockChannel, Mckie and Dee have a sit-down with McKie's trading/fund mentor Kevin Zhou of Galois Capital. We catch up on what's new an DeFi, what sort of wins Kevin's team has been making in the markets, and some general insights you'll definitely find useful. A repeat guest, Kevin is always full of fresh knowledge to help you grow on your trading journey. Show Link(s): Galois Capital: Intro/Outro Music “Field Test” by Terrell Morris:...


Episode 75: A Cultural Exchange of Value, with Foundation

On this episode of Blockchannel, Mckie and Dr. Petty finally have another discussion about NFTs, it's been a couple of years...and finally that narrative has reached maturity. We take this resurgence in the non-fungible narrative to speak to Kayvon and Matt from the Foundation team. They're building a "cultural stock exchange of value", and if that sounds obscure and futuristic, that's because it is. And, we think it's the future, after this, you may too. Show Link(s): Foundation Exchange:...


Episode 74: How to Not DeFi the Law, with Alexander Lindgren

On this episode of Blockchannel, Mckie and Dr. Petty begin the new season with some legal disclaimers and warnings on how to best think about DeFi, with crypto lawyer Alexander Lindgren. We go over some common cases and assumptions/misconceptions on the legality of custody, and other common red flags to avoid when building a project that's built around composability and potential asset risk. Show Link(s): LLOY Law: Intro/Outro Music “Pajamas” by BrockBeats:...


Episode 73: Aiming for Mature Markets, with Three Arrows Capital

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie and Dee get the lowdown on how mature crypto markets have become from Kyle Davies of Three Arrows Capital. Kyle is a veteran hedge fund manager with prior experience in the forex markets before making his big break into crypto a few years ago. His insights provide us a clearer lens into how to scale our mental model of emerging derivatives and option markets surrounding the launch of professional trading platforms such as Deribit. We also make fun of...


Episode 72: Bitcoin and American Values, with Nic Carter

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dee and Dr. Petty have an astute conversation with Nic Carter, GP of Castle Island Ventures and Twitter renowned Bitcoin enthusiast. We like the way Nic thinks about dollarization, governance, and how they coincide with certain aspects of bitcoin, such as its distribution, to better understand its tech and where its going in the future. This episode is a tad longer than usual, but we think you'll enjoy the lack of brevity in this one. Show Link(s):...


Episode 71: Crossing the River of Ethereum Governance, with Hudson Jameson

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dee and Dr. Petty finally get a chance to sit with one of their favorite members of the Ethereum Foundation, Hudson Jameson. As one of the main managers of the EIP process as an active DevOps manager at the Ethereum Foundation, Hudson has a very high-touch role in managing and interpreting the emergence of developer consensus around the Ethereum protocol. Governance can be a complex topic, and one that is often misunderstood since decentralized...


Episode 70: Bitcoin, Handshake and Africa, with

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie and Dee have a conversation on the history of creating a P2P bitcoin merchant exchange with Chris Maurice. He's been boots on the group helping to establish bitcoin dominance in Africa with his firm YellowCard. He breaks down what it takes to build a crypto business in Africa as a humble man from Alabama, his thoughts on growing Handshake in Africa, and how his firm helps to aid in crypto adoption. Show Link(s): YellowCard Website:


Episode 69: The Evolution of Mix Tapes, with Audius

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dr. Petty and Dee finally may have found someone who can bring crypto + music & audio to the masses. We're joined by Roneil Rumburg, CEO of Audius, and an all around incredibly nice guy. He's sharp: he understands Ethereum; he built on Bitcoin back in the day; and is familiar with the music industry. His team realizes the barriers that stand between Audius, and mass adoption - and we think he just might succeed. We discuss the platform, his vision for...


Episode 68: The Future of Streaming Value, with Sablier

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie, Dr. Petty and Dee are back with a new season, with fresh new faces and guests. To start off this season, we spoke to Paul Berg, CEO and Co-Founder of Sablier Finance. Many have sought to scale Ethereum transactions off-chain, with the use of Roll-ups/Plasma/State Channels, but Paul's team took a different approach. They're building an on-chain protocol for real-time payments; one that's lean, extendable, and a great PoC into how the future of real-time...


Episode 67: Inside the Mind of a Crypto Journalist, with Leigh Cuen

On this episode of BlockChannel, McKie and Dr. Petty become journalists, for just this one time, as we interview a journalist from the industry who's quickly made a name for herself, Leigh Cuen. Leigh is a reporter from Coindesk and with a colorful past as a journalist with a broad range of focuses. She walks us through her process on how she seeks to provide objective truth and value into her reporting; as well as sharing valuable insights into how you should frame your perspective with...