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250: Unlocking On-Chain Privacy - Exploring 'Private POI' and the Railgun Privacy System with Kieran Mesquita

In this landmark 250th episode, we dive deep into the realm of on-chain privacy, secure transactions, and the evolving landscape of crypto with Kieran from Railgun. The conversation starts by unraveling the concept of 'private POI' (Proof of Innocence), a powerful tool enabling users to engage with systems anonymously, preventing unauthorized access and abuse. Kieran guides us through the intricate workings of 'private POI' and sheds light on how it aligns with Railgun's commitment to uncompromising on-chain privacy. Real-world instances of Railgun's application in both payroll and trading are shared, illustrating its capability to facilitate transactions without compromising user information. As the discussion unfolds, Kieran emphasizes the importance of privacy education and highlights the need for continuous contribution to, or benefit from, Railgun's evolving privacy features. The episode concludes with a glimpse into the future as Kieran outlines his ongoing efforts in researching and developing Railgun protocols. The focus remains on enhancing user experience and tool development, offering a promising look into the next chapter of Railgun's journey in shaping the future of decentralized privacy. This episode not only provides a deep dive into the technical aspects of 'private POI' and Railgun but also sets the stage for the future developments that will shape the narrative of decentralized privacy in the cryptocurrency industry.


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249: Democratizing DeFi: The Bracket Labs Vision Unveiled with Pelli Wang and Michael Wasyl

Bracket Labs' founders, Michael Wasyl and Pelli Wang, take center stage to share their mission of democratizing decentralized finance (DeFi). Pelli, with a background in traditional finance and crypto incubation, and Michael, seasoned in financial analytics at Bloomberg, discuss their journey and the genesis of Bracket Labs. The duo unveils their ambitious plans for crypto volatility products, aiming to fill gaps in the market and make DeFi more accessible. They introduce Bracket X, a tool enabling leverage positions on blue-chip assets, and explore the concept and benefits of crypto perpetuals for extended leverage. The conversation delves into the challenges and potential of the crypto market, new product developments, and the necessity for better user experience and security features in DeFi. The team discusses regulatory concerns, emphasizing the delicate balance between fostering innovation and ensuring compliance. Michael details Bracket Labs' commitment to security, transparency, and their tech stack, highlighting future plans and developments, including the upcoming launch of Passage. The episode concludes with insights into courage, transparency, and the pivotal role of blockchain in shaping the future. Join us for a deep dive into the evolving landscape of DeFi with Bracket Labs' visionary founders.


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248: Revolutionizing Entertainment: The Power of Digital Collectibles with Hiram Vazquez

In this episode, we have a captivating conversation with Hiram Vazquez, the founder and CEO of LALA. LALA is leading the charge in transforming the entertainment industry by redefining the fan experience through digital collectibles. Join us as we delve into the world of NFTs, exploring how LALA's innovative offerings set them apart in a rapidly evolving market. We uncover how LALA is rewriting the revenue model for the entertainment sector, and gain exclusive insights into their exciting projects. Hiram shares real-life examples of how fans can earn from their favorite movies and TV shows and discusses his inspiring entrepreneurial journey from venture capital to leading a groundbreaking digital collectibles platform. We also explore the challenges he's overcome, the future vision for LALA, and the evolving landscape of blockchain, NFTs, and the entertainment industry. Don't miss this episode to discover the endless possibilities of fan engagement and revenue sharing in entertainment with LALA's visionary CEO, Hiram Vazquez.


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247: Navigating the World of Cryptocurrency with Dr. Tonya M. Evans

In this episode of "The Blockchain Show," we delve into the ever-evolving world of cryptocurrency with an exceptional guest, Dr. Tonya M. Evans. Driven by her mission to transform the crypto-curious into the crypto-confident, Dr. Evans brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. As a distinguished law professor, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host, she has emerged as a trusted voice in the cryptocurrency landscape. Our conversation takes us on a journey through various facets of the crypto universe. Dr. Tonya M. Evans unravels common myths, offers practical insights for newcomers to the space, and discusses the legal and regulatory considerations essential for investors and businesses. With her unique perspective, she also shares her valuable experience, including an interview with Mark Wetjen, head of regulatory & policy strategy at FTX, conducted just days before its high-profile collapse. Furthermore, Dr. Evans sheds light on her advisory role to the United States government regarding intellectual property law issues related to NFTs and blockchain technology. Her wisdom and clarity serve as a guiding light in the ever-changing landscape of blockchain and cryptocurrency. Don't miss this enlightening episode that aims to empower and educate both crypto-enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Episode Highlights: - Debunking common myths surrounding cryptocurrency. - Legal and regulatory considerations for investors and businesses. - Dr. Tonya M. Evans' advisory role to the U.S. government on NFTs and blockchain technology. - Empowering the crypto-curious to become crypto-confident. Join us in this enlightening conversation with Dr. Tonya M. Evans, a trailblazer in the crypto and blockchain space, as we navigate the intricate terrain of cryptocurrency and blockchain innovation. Links mentioned in the episode: DigitalMoneyDemystified.comTechIntersectPodcast.com


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246: Unlocking Crypto Liquidity with Machine Learning: Brad Chase, Head of Liquidity Products at Ripple

In Episode 246 of The Blockchain Show, we sit down with Brad Chase, the Head of Liquidity Products at Ripple, a pioneering enterprise crypto solutions provider. Brad takes us on a journey through the intersection of machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and the crypto industry, shedding light on how Ripple leverages these cutting-edge technologies to build liquidity products that facilitate seamless transactions for hundreds of customers, amounting to billions of dollars. Brad shares insights into his pivotal role in developing Ripple's Liquidity Hub, a platform that enables businesses to access crypto liquidity on-demand through smart order routing from market makers, exchanges, and OTC desks across various crypto assets. Discover how AI and machine learning are revolutionizing Ripple's On-Demand Liquidity services, elevating their capacity to cater to a rapidly growing market. Throughout the episode, Brad also offers his perspective on the institutional adoption of crypto and unveils Ripple's main priorities and exciting upcoming announcements. If you're intrigued by the transformative power of AI and its impact on the crypto landscape, this episode is a must-listen. Listeners interested in the future of liquidity solutions, AI-driven advancements in the crypto industry, and Ripple's strategic direction will find this conversation with Brad Chase highly informative and enlightening. Guest Speaker Profile: Brad Chase - As the Head of Liquidity Products at Ripple, Brad is at the forefront of driving innovation in the world of crypto liquidity. With a passion for machine learning and AI, he spearheads the development of groundbreaking liquidity solutions that empower businesses worldwide. Brad's expertise and leadership have been instrumental in establishing Ripple as a trailblazing enterprise crypto solutions provider.


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245: Transforming Financial Inclusion: Sherry Jiang on Decentralized Finance and Bluejay's Mission

In this episode of The Blockchain Show, we are joined by Sherry Jiang, a former product manager at Google and Amazon and the founder of Bluejay Finance. Sherry shares her inspiring journey from the tech giants to the world of decentralized finance and how Bluejay Finance is leveraging DeFi to provide financial services to under-banked populations in Asia. Throughout the conversation, Sherry sheds light on the challenges women face in the decentralized finance space and the importance of creating a more inclusive industry. She also discusses the unique advantages that decentralized finance brings to communities, breaking barriers and enabling financial inclusion in Asia. As a thought leader in the blockchain space, Sherry provides valuable insights into the future of decentralized finance and its impact on traditional financial institutions. She explores the potential for collaboration between the two worlds and shares real-world examples of how Bluejay Finance is improving financial access and empowering individuals through their innovative DeFi solutions. Join us as we delve into the world of decentralized finance with Sherry Jiang, uncovering its transformative potential, and exploring the ways it is reshaping the global financial landscape while improving the lives of individuals worldwide.


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244: Unleashing the Power of Web3 Gaming: A Conversation with Michael Sanders / Horizon Blockchain Games

Join us on episode 244 as we delve into the exciting world of blockchain gaming with our special guest from Horizon Blockchain Games. Backed by industry giants like Brevan Howard Digital and Ubisoft, Horizon is at the forefront of revolutionizing the gaming ecosystem. Our guest, Michael Sanders, co-founder of Horizon Blockchain Games, will take us on a journey through the potential of web3 and its impact on the gaming industry. Michael is a dynamic storyteller who has a unique ability to connect the dots and make complex concepts understandable. His passion for blockchain technologies sparked in 2010, and since then, he has immersed himself in the industry as an investor in cryptocurrencies and related startups. With a diverse background, including co-founding a clean energy startup, serving as VP of an advertising agency, and even exploring transformational dance and sound therapy, Michael brings a breadth of experience to the table. He is also an accomplished author, known for his best-selling book, Ayahuasca: An Executive's Enlightenment. Living a life of love, openness, and play, Michael is dedicated to infusing web3 and the emerging dimension with these same values. Horizon Blockchain Games is a video game studio and blockchain infrastructure company that is paving the way for seamless integration and development in the blockchain gaming space. With their recent Series A funding round, led by Brevan Howard and Morgan Creek, and participation from Ubisoft and Take-Two Interactive Software, Horizon is positioned as a leading force in the industry. With their all-in-one web3 developer platform and smart wallet called Sequence, Horizon is fast-tracking the process of developing web3 games on blockchain-compatible platforms like Ethereum. We'll explore the benefits of blockchain technology for gaming and how web3 has the power to shape the future of the industry. Discover the challenges and opportunities in developing web3 games, as well as the shift from play-to-earn to play-and-earn models. Horizon's proof-of-concept technology and tangible gaming experiences showcase the unique possibilities that blockchain and web3 technologies bring to the table. Don't miss this captivating conversation as we discuss the gaming and web3 outlook, including what's currently available in the market. Join us as we dive into the world of blockchain gaming and uncover the exciting innovations that Horizon Blockchain Games has to offer. Tune in to The Blockchain Show and embark on a fascinating exploration of the future of gaming with Horizon Blockchain Games and their visionary co-founder, Michael Sanders.


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243: Unlocking the Power of Data: Exploring Fluree's Blockchain-based Data Management with Brian Platz

In this episode, we dive into the world of data management and the power of blockchain technology with our special guest, Brian Platz, CEO and co-founder of Fluree. Fluree is a web3 company that has developed an innovative graph ledger database and data pipeline toolset for trusted and secure data management. In today's fast-paced business environment, data has become the new oil, and Fluree is at the forefront of leveraging blockchain technology to harness its potential. With their decentralized and trusted data storage capabilities, Fluree enables developers to store and manage data in a format that is crucial for the success and longevity of their clients' businesses. Join us as Brian Platz shares his valuable insights on various topics, including his takeaways from Fluree's recent Series A funding round. Discover why blockchain-based solutions remain essential for the future of business, even as the initial buzz has subsided. Brian will also delve into how Fluree's data-centric architecture provides access to clean and linked data, catering to a diverse range of data consumers. Don't miss this insightful conversation with Brian Platz as we explore the intersection of blockchain and data management, and uncover the potential it holds for businesses in today's digital landscape. Fluree homepage: Light Overview (PDF): Architecture Overview:


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242: Exploring the Power of Personalized Financial Technology with Emmanuel Daniel

Join us for an enlightening conversation on The Blockchain Show as we dive into the fascinating world of emerging Fintech and its transformative effects on the world. In this episode, we have the privilege of hosting award-winning global thought leader, Emmanuel Daniel, as he shares his insights on the "Financialization of Everything" and the profound influence of personalized financial technology, including cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Emmanuel, with his wealth of experience founding and running TAB Global, a prominent media, research, and consulting house, brings a unique perspective on how financial technology is reshaping the roles of institutions and markets. Drawing from his extensive network of leaders in banking and finance, Emmanuel offers valuable insights into the disruptive forces driving change and points global society in an entirely new direction. Having won the Citibank Excellence in Business Journalism for Asia, Emmanuel's expertise is unparalleled. His upcoming book, tentatively titled "The Winning Civilization," delves deeper into the financially driven changes explored in his previous acclaimed work, "The Great Transition" (2022). Tune in to discover the profound impact of highly personalized financial technology, the truth behind financial inclusion, the future of central bank digital currencies, and the pivotal role of decentralized finance in paving the way for cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Emmanuel also discusses how dysfunctional economies shape the future of global trade, the intricate relationship between public perception and the next financial crisis, the weaponization of money, and the reality behind the Chinese boogeyman myth. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights from Emmanuel Daniel as he reveals the intricacies of financial transactions and shares his vision for preparing an unexpected future. Join us as we explore the dynamic intersection of finance, technology, and society on The Blockchain Show.


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241: Beyond Cryptocurrency: Exploring the World of Enterprise Blockchain with Neeraj Srivastava / DLT Labs

Neeraj Srivastava is Co-Founder and CTO of DLT Labs, a global leader in enterprise blockchain solutions. Join us as Neeraj shares his journey from financial cryptography to pioneering blockchain technology. Gain insights into DLT Labs' successful implementation of blockchain solutions, including their groundbreaking work with Walmart Canada. Discover the concept of enterprise blockchain, the benefits of smart contracts, and how blockchain has played a pivotal role in overcoming distribution challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Get ready to be inspired by Neeraj's vision for the future and the transformative potential of blockchain across various industries.


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240: Creating Decentralized Ecosystems with DGT Network / Alexander Khvatov

In this episode, we chat with Alex Khvatov, the CEO of DGT Network, as he shares how their company is empowering enterprises to build open and decentralized ecosystems with retained governance and control. Alex discusses how DGT addresses the issue of inadequate Web3 infrastructure through flexible tokenization, decentralized identity, and interoperability, as well as embedded real-world information. Through their innovative approach, DGT is creating a new standard for decentralized ecosystems that can revolutionize the way we interact with the digital world. Tune in to hear more about their vision for the future of Web3 and how they are making it a reality.


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239: Ari Navarro / VSA Partners - Unearthing Unique Opportunities in Crypto

Ariadna Navarro is the Chief Strategy Officer at VSA Partners. Ariadna's expertise lies in brand and innovation strategies for crypto and other fintech industries. She oversees a team of 18 strategists at VSA, where she uses analytics, experience design, innovation, and brand and business strategy to find unique opportunities for clients from IBM to AT&T. Recently, VSA was named the premiere creative partner for the Creator Fund of Ripple, a $250 million commitment to help indie creators bring their NFT projects to market on the XRP Ledger. VSA has worked with some of the world's top brands, including Google, Nike, IBM, and Pepsi. During the show, Ariadna discusses topics such as what drives NFT prices, blockchain's branding problem, and crypto trading addiction. Ariadna's journey from heading up strategy at Interbrand to her current role at VSA is also explored. Originally from Venezuela, Ariadna has made New York her home for a very long time. Her passion for portfolio strategy, brand strategy, and solving problems makes this episode a must-listen for anyone interested in the evolving world of blockchain and fintech.


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238: Centre Consortium / Kim Hamilton Duffy

Kim Hamilton Duffy is Centre’s Director of Identity and Standards. The Centre Consortium, an independent standard-setting body for the crypto ecosystem created by Coinbase and Circle. Centre launched an innovative set of decentralized identity protocols, called Verite, to address this question of how to protect our digital identities. Verite is designed to give people and organizations direct control over how, when, and where their personal information is shared in the crypto economy. The standards can protect individuals’ digital identities for new blockchain-based apps in the next era of the internet. Algorand, Alkemi, Block, Coinbase, Circle, Compound Labs, ConsenSys, Espresso Systems, FTX, Hedera Hashgraph, Ledger, MetaMask Institutional, Phantom Technologies, Solana Foundation, Spruce, and Stellar Development Foundation have already committed to collaborating on shared decentralized identity standards using Verite.


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237: Ganesh Swami / Covalent - Blockchain Visibility

Ganesh Swami is the CEO and co-founder of Covalent - a Web3 data analytics company offering a unified API that brings visibility to billions of blockchain data points. His focus with Covalent is to provide the richest and most robust data infrastructure requiring no code and is easy to use – for the entire blockchain ecosystem. In this episode we discuss the following:


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236: Matt Wisniewski / Satellite IM - Ownership of Your Digital Identity

Matt Wisniewski is CEO of Satellite IM, a fully-integrated decentralized messaging platform addressing today’s data ownership and privacy issues. Unlike the current popular instant messaging apps, Satellite IM allows people to chat in a decentralized and peer-to-peer manner, without the need for intermediaries storing or tracking users’ data. Amidst ongoing data abuses by big tech companies, and the lack of a strong federal data privacy law, Satellite IM is taking the important step of returning data privacy to users so they can communicate, share assets, and more in an off-line, serverless, and encrypted way.


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235: Alexander Tkachenko / VNX - Creating a Gold Standard in Crypto

Alexander Tkachenko is Founder and CEO of VNX. Alexander is also the Founder of 2BE.LU, a Luxembourg-based VC fund, serves as co-Chair of the VC club at Luxembourg’s PE/VC association, and as an Executive Council member at Digital Banking and Fintech Cluster in the Luxembourg Banking Association. VNX is the first European regulated investment platform for tokenized precious metals. It recently launched its VNX Gold token (VNXAU), which represents a stake in a physical gold bullion certified by the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA).


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234: Steven Walbroehl Returns

Steven Walbroehl is Chief Technology Officer / Chief Security Officer and cofounder of Halborn, a cybersecurity organization specializing in blockchain companies. Steven is also a course author of SANS SEC554: Blockchain and Smart Contract Security and co-author of SEC556: IoT Penetration Testing. We cover the 2022 Blockchain Security Summit as well as Blockchain and Cyber Crime issues today and in the future.


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233: Micah Fraim / Navigating Crypto Taxes

Micah Fraim is a cryptocurrency tax expert and author. He founded his CPA firm in 2013. In this episode Micah shares his expertise on how crypto is currently taxed, tax planning and preparation for cryptocurrency investors. More importantly, he explains how to stay compliant with ever-changing crypto regulations while still paying as little as possible on your taxes.


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232: Phillip Shoemaker /

Phillip Shoemaker is the Executive Director at and former Apple App Store Director. is a non-profit organization pioneering pseudonymous on-chain identity verification for Web3. They provide an open-source, decentralized platform that offers developers permissionless authentication and verification while allowing consumers to control their own data.


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231: Jim Dolbear from xx network and Elixxer

The xx network is a fast, scalable blockchain that allows developers to deliver dapps that are secure and private thanks to their privacy protecting layer. We're talking quantum computer resistant cryptography. The Elixxer messaging app is built on the xx network and likewise provides ultimate privacy and security. Jim Dolbear is the Co-Founder of xx network and the Chief Strategy Officer at Elixxer.