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Encrypted is a dedicated podcast to all things blockchain, cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology. Hosted by Ahmed Al-Balaghi, Aniket Jindal and Faisal Al-Hawi, they will break down the latest developments, events and trends in this rapidly evolving and exciting space. Involving a range of superb guests of likeminded innovators, practitioners and implementers in the space, they will take a closer look on the evolution of how blockchain is being implemented in a variety of fields. Being the first blockchain podcast in the Middle East, there will be a special focus on Emerging Market developments that will involve a range of special interviews and educational content. Whether you've bought bitcoin in 2009 or you've just started looking into this space, then this podcast is just for you.

Encrypted is a dedicated podcast to all things blockchain, cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology. Hosted by Ahmed Al-Balaghi, Aniket Jindal and Faisal Al-Hawi, they will break down the latest developments, events and trends in this rapidly evolving and exciting space. Involving a range of superb guests of likeminded innovators, practitioners and implementers in the space, they will take a closer look on the evolution of how blockchain is being implemented in a variety of fields. Being the first blockchain podcast in the Middle East, there will be a special focus on Emerging Market developments that will involve a range of special interviews and educational content. Whether you've bought bitcoin in 2009 or you've just started looking into this space, then this podcast is just for you.
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United Arab Emirates

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Encrypted is a dedicated podcast to all things blockchain, cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology. Hosted by Ahmed Al-Balaghi, Aniket Jindal and Faisal Al-Hawi, they will break down the latest developments, events and trends in this rapidly evolving and exciting space. Involving a range of superb guests of likeminded innovators, practitioners and implementers in the space, they will take a closer look on the evolution of how blockchain is being implemented in a variety of fields. Being the first blockchain podcast in the Middle East, there will be a special focus on Emerging Market developments that will involve a range of special interviews and educational content. Whether you've bought bitcoin in 2009 or you've just started looking into this space, then this podcast is just for you.

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@encrypt_d

Language:

English

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00971582062717


Episodes

#Ep. 54: Encrypted @ Gitex - The Future of Programmable Money

10/13/2019
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We are live! We held a live podcast at Gitex and discussed an awesome topic ‘The future of programmable money’! We had two great guests on the show: Gabriel Abed from Bitt.com and Aruba Khalid from the Dubai Future Foundation. In this episode, we discussed: * Why programmable money is important (04:17) * What is programmable money (06:32) * Money for the authorities: Is there an argument for separating political decisions from economic outcomes (09:47) * How Bitt.com have helped central...

Duration:00:49:40

#Ep. 53: How a young Chinese entrepreneur is building a crypto empire

10/7/2019
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Interested in hearing about how a young 27 year old is building a crypto empire? Ahmed is in one of his favourite places in the world, Shanghai, for the Shanghai Blockchain week. In this episode, he caught up with James Wo, CEO and Founder of Digital Finance Group. The two delve right in to talk about James’ incredible ventures as well as latest topics in the crypto world including: * Digital Finance Group’s $80 million venture fund which was raised from traditional capital in Shanghai...

Duration:00:22:40

#Ep. 52: The TikTok vs Baidu Court Case, Switzerland as a Blockchain Hub and why Homeschooling rocks!

9/29/2019
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Ahmed jetted off to China for the Shanghai Blockchain Week and in this episode, he is joined by an old friend of his, David Johnston. David is literally an OG in this space getting involved as early as 2012 and has contributed in more ways than one since joining. He is currently the Chairman of Factom and the Managing Director of Yeomans Global Capital. Ahmed reminisces the first time he and David first met, remembering a quote he would never forget; ‘Everything that can be decentralized...

Duration:00:32:27

#Ep. 51: Assessing token models: Why tokens are a unit of trust?

9/22/2019
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In this episode, Ahmed sits with Pranav Sharma, Founding Partner of Woodstock Fund. Woodstock Fund is a new and emerging crypto fund based out of India and Pranav delves into how their fund operates, in particular, their 3 core focuses, which include: Public decentralised ledger technology Decentralised finance Web 3.0 Pranav shares his experience of co-creating creative solutions in sales and distribution and how his learnings through creating this led him to create the fund he is running...

Duration:00:30:52

#Ep. 50: Special 50th episode - Everyone's an 'Economist'

9/10/2019
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It’s our 50th episode anniversary!!! In this episode, Nic and Ahmed are back to co-hosting together, and for this special milestone, we have a special topic in store. We are joined by Amin Elkholy, Siddiq Farid and Matt Hamilton to discuss all things economy, crypto, sound money, pending recessions, global reserve currency and much more! The first topic is all about crypto or fiat, examining traditional currencies and what sound money could look like in the future. Amin and Ahmed look from a...

Duration:01:11:28

#Ep. 49: 1 Ethereum address for every 110 people: Why adoption rates are super low in Crypto today!

9/1/2019
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Ahmed sits down with Fredrik Haga, co-founder of Dune Analytics to discuss crypto and blockchain adoption rates and exploring why these adoption rates are still so low today! Fredrik is focusing on making data on the blockchain more accessible to project founders, investors, and individuals by analysing and aggregating public blockchain data. The two talk about the right types of metrics needed to measure the right levels of adoptions and how to measure the success of a product and its...

Duration:00:18:27

#Ep. 48: Berlin Blockchain Week: Why is the Ex-CTO and Cofounder of Ethereum preaching Less Trust, More Truth?

8/25/2019
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Ahmed is in Berlin for Berlin Blockchain Week, and as part of this short Berlin Blockchain Week series, we are super excited to have Dr. Gavin Wood, who is the President and Founder of Web 3 Foundation and notably known for being one of the co-founders and Ex CTO of Ethereum. Ahmed dives into Gavin’s value system and tries to understand why he is pursuing the path he is currently on. Driven by curiosity, we learn that he helped to code the ideas that Vitalik drew up for Ethereum and is...

Duration:00:11:31

#Ep. 47: "Can't be evil" - Why we should care about Web 3!

7/28/2019
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Richard Muirhead is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Fabric Ventures. Our host Ahmed recorded this episode in sunny London at the Fabric Ventures office. With an established career in engineering, entrepreneurship and investing, Ahmed was intrigued to find out Richard’s core and to see what influenced him to become the person he is today. Richard shares parts of his childhood experiences when growing up and how his post-university experiences, particularly in building companies, has built...

Duration:00:39:18

#Ep. 46: Why this start-up is crucial for the Dubai Blockchain Strategy!

7/20/2019
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Richard Ma is the CEO of Quantstamp, one of the leading smart contract auditing firms in blockchain space In this episode, Ahmed and Nic speak to Richard to understand what on earth Quantstamp do and why their smart contract auditing solution is so crucial to the development of this space. Richard starts off with his background and how the idea of Quantstamp evolved. Using industrial techniques he picked up as an also trader, he and his co-founder wanted to apply those techniques to provide...

Duration:00:42:49

#Ep. 45: Bitcoin Satellites, Lightning Network & Bitcoin as a Store of Value!

7/13/2019
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Ahmed and Dr. Marwan Alzarouni from the Dubai Blockchain Center went to Singapore to attend and speak at the World Blockchain Forum. In this episode, Ahmed and the special co-host for this episode, Dr. Marwan, catch up with Samson Mow who is the CSO at Blockstream, a bitcoin infrastructure company. Having spent two years in China working for BTCC, Samson reminisces over his time in Shanghai and goes over what it's like working in a Chinese exchange in a relatively early period in the...

Duration:00:28:26

#Ep. 44: Venture as a stack: Why Web 3.0 needs a different kind of investor

7/7/2019
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Jamie Burke is a co-founder and CEO of Outlier Ventures, one of the leading European crypto VC incubators. Ahmed catches up with Jamie in London to learn more about Outlier Ventures, how they’re structured, their investment thesis and what makes them different as a VC investing in this space. Unlike other VCs, Outlier is funded by the capital of the co-founders, their team is mostly comprised of technical analysts and researchers in order to do a lot of applied learning as well as supporting...

Duration:00:44:35

#Ep. 43: Why design is crucial for blockchain and cryptocurrencies!

6/30/2019
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Asim Janjua, is the Director of Innovation and Design at Consensys in the Middle East. In this episode we look at blockchain from a design perspective and to answer the most crucial question: how does design intersect with blockchain? Asim walks us through deisgn thinking techniques and how we can use that for emerging technologies like blockchain and cryptocurrencies. He looks at it from two lenses: * Design as a problem solving tool to create new experiences and use cases * Design from a...

Duration:00:37:18

#Ep. 42: Facebook's Libra: The good, the bad & the ugly

6/23/2019
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Gabriel Abed Is the Founder of Bitt, a company known for inventing central bank digital currencies. In this special episode, Ahmed and Gabriel take a deep dive into Libra, Facebook’s recently announced cryptocurrency that they will be launching in 2020. Everything you need to know about Libra such as what it is, the economics behind it, how it will work and also the Libra Foundation are all discussed and explained. More importantly they discuss what Libra means for: • Common users • Central...

Duration:00:38:33

#Ep. 41: Education 3.0: Why the education industry is ripe for blockchain?

6/16/2019
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Almost everyone in the world has or will eventually be bestowed with a grade, certificate or honour that will at some future point need verification. Today's episode has both Nic and Ahmed interacting with Educhain CEO Mark Balovnev on how to build scalable academic passporting systems. Focusing on interfaces to access documents and wallets for sharing with other gateways and portals. Mark talks about how sentiment has changed over the last 3 years, why industry is adopting the technology...

Duration:00:33:47

#Ep. 40: Du: Leading UAE telco operator leveraging blockchain technology

6/8/2019
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Faisal, finally back on the show, joins Ahmed to welcome a new guest, Fatma Elsafty, who is the Blockchain Technology Manager at Du, which is one of the leading telecom operators in the UAE. Fatma, in charge of driving Du’s blockchain programs, walks us through why Du are focusing their time and efforts on using blockchain technology and what they are actually building for their diverse customer base. One of their main products is the Blockchain Platform as a Service (BPaas) which helps...

Duration:00:29:05

#Ep. 39: Tezos: Past, Present and Future. With Hubertus Thonhauser

5/26/2019
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In this episode, Ahmed and Nic speak to Hubertus Thonhauser, Founding Partner of Enabling Future and a Board Member of the Tezos Foundation. Hubertus, who was part of the Tezos Foundation board transformation and is currently very active on Tezos operations, speaks to us about how he became involved in the project and gives a rundown on the early days of Tezos, its present status and also the future outlook. He shares why Tezos was initially created, how they completed a mega crowdsale and...

Duration:00:49:42

#Ep. 38: How a Dubai family office partnered with Techstars and ventured into blockchain? With Gary Sheynkman

5/17/2019
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In this episode, Ahmed and Nic speak with Gary Sheynkman, an Investment Partner at Ginco Investments and the Corporate Lead for Techstars Dubai. We find out what Ginco Investments is, their role in the entrepreneurship ecosystem and their enterprise-focused investment thesis. Being the first Emirati family to operate a pure play early-stage VC, they have also ventured into the blockchain space. We dig deep into the different investments they have made, in particular, their blockchain...

Duration:00:40:35

#Ep. 37: How are lawyers creating, building and using smart contracts?

5/12/2019
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In this episode, Ahmed and Nic speak with two amazing lawyers who are actively leveraging smart contracts for their current line and future line of work. We have Mark Beer, President of the International Association for Court Administration and a lawyer turned tech entrepreneur Alessandro Palombo, CEO, and Co-founder of Jur joining us in episode 37 of Encrypted. We talk extensively about what smart contracts really are, the roles they play in the future in both codifying principles and...

Duration:01:03:41

#Ep. 36: What the Stake? All you need to know about Staking and PoS networks!

5/2/2019
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Staking. Generalised Mining. Proof of stake. What are all these??? In this episode, Ahmed speaks to Tim Ogilvie, CEO of Staked which recently raised $4.5 million from investors such as Coinbase and Pantera to build a staking as a service platform for institutional investors. We cover the difference between proof of work and proof of stake, different implementations of proof of stake (POS, DPOS etc), the roles of staking services/node operators, opportunities it presents, and related...

Duration:00:27:05

#Ep. 35: Building enterprise blockchain adoption in the Middle East with Jibrel Network

4/23/2019
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In this episode, we speak to Talal Tabbaa, Co-founder and COO of Jibrel Network. Ahmed also welcomes a new guest host on the podcast, Nicholas Watson Managing Director of Naseba. We cover examples of winning, implementing and managing digitization of sukuks (Islamic bonds) and fiat. We also take some time to answer the question...What does Enterprise really mean? as well as looking at how to tackle the Middle Eastern enteprise space, especially when it comes to blockchain! We hope you...

Duration:00:52:58