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#217 Andrew Trask: OpenMined – A Decentralised Artificial Intelligence Platform
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) A significant part of the modern digital economy, is underpinned by machine learning models that are trained to perform tasks such as facial recognition, content curation, health diagnostics etc. Data to train machine learning models is the essential commodity of this century - a sentiment captured by epithets such as ""Data is the new oil"". Today's dominant AI paradigm has companies focus their efforts on gathering data from their users in order to train models and monetise usage of the model. This model has many consequences such as loss of privacy for the user, consolidation of data in a handful of large companies, low access to data for startups and a fundamental impossibility of collecting sensitive data such as markers for depression. Our guest, Andrew Trask, is building OpenMined - a platform that merges cryptographic techniques such as homomorphic encryption and multi-party computation and blockchain technology to create the ability to train ML models with private user data. OpenMined will allow AI companies of the future to develop models, have them trained on user data without compromising user privacy, and incentivise users to train their model. We walk through the OpenMined vision and its potential impact on AI business models and AI safety Topics discussed in this episode: - Challenges with the current AI paradigm - OpenMined's vision to allow training of AI models with private user data - How OpenMined works under the hood - Applications enabled by OpenMined - Current state and OpenMined hackathon Links mentioned in this episode: - OpenMined hackathon: http://hackathon.openmined.org/ - OpenMined website: https://openmined.org/ This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/217 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/m5p5UFAboqc - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-217 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#216 Brian Platz & Flip Filipowski: FlureeDB – A Scalable Blockchain-Based Graph Database
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Blockchain technologies are changing the way we think about data archival and storage. For instance, most database systems can only capture the current state of a data set. This means we must rely on secondary backup systems to ensure historical data can remain accessible, a stark contrast from what the most basic of blockchains provide out of the box. Database systems that offer immutability and historical context for data would be greatly beneficial for companies as it would make internal and external audits much less costly and time-intensive. We're delighted to bring you an interview with Flip Filipowski and Brian Platz. Flip is a veteran entrepreneur whose career spans 50 years, having worked for and founded some of the world's largest software companies of the 80's and 90's. He is also the CEO of SilkRoad Equity and a Founding Partner of Tally Capital. Brian's background includes having founded A List Appart in 1994, which is among the oldest and most influential web development blogs, and SilkRoad Technologies. Flip and Brian join us to talk about their new company, Fluree. Their product, FlureeDB, is a scalable graph database which provides the benefits of blockchain technologies, such as immutability, replayability and fault tolerance. Currently, in development, the goal for FlureeDB is to support various consensus rules based on the network configuration: private systems, federated (or consortium) clusters, and fully decentralized public networks. Topics discussed in this episode: - Flip and Brian's respective backgrounds and entrepreneurial ventures - How blockchain will disrupt most major companies that exist today - FlureeDB and the problem it is trying to solve - How FlureeDB improves compliance procedures for enterprise - How FlureeDB can address some of the challenges ahead with regards to GDPR - FlureeDB's technical infrastructure and elementary components - The different consensus modes and scalability properties of FlureeDB - Why they chose to structure the company as a Public Benefit Corporation - FlureeDB's development roadmap Links mentioned in this episode: - Fluree Website: https://flur.ee/ - FlureeDB Whitepaper: https://flur.ee/assets/pdf/flureedb_whitepaper_v1.pdf - Blockchain, Meet Database: https://medium.com/fluree/blockchain-meet-database-5eecaa38a358 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#215 Elizabeth Rossiello: BitPesa – Building Financial Platforms for Frontier Markets
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) The prospect of providing digital cross-border payments for the world's unbanked and underbanked population has always been one of the key use cases for Bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies can be seen as a way for people in developing countries to participate in the global financial market by allowing easy cross-border payments, cheap remittance transactions, and simplified lending options. We're pleased to be joined by Elizabeth Rossiello, CEO and Founder of BitPesa. BitPesa provides companies in frontier markets with the financial infrastructure to facilitate commerce and payments, where traditional financial markets are known to be fractured and expensive. As an early Bitcoin company founded in 2013, BitPesa is now present in a handful of African countries and provides essential financial services to businesses, allowing them to send and collect payments, and perform quick and affordable Forex trades. Topics discussed in this episode: - Elizabeth's journey to Bitcoin and BitPesa - BitPesa's vision and how it compares existing mobile money platforms present in Africa - BitPesa's offering and how it has evolved since the company was founded in 2013 - The primary pain points and barriers to doing business in developing African markets - Foreign exchange markets in Africa - The challenges and opportunities regarding blockchain adoption in African markets - The future of Bitcoin as a payment system Links mentioned in this episode: - BitPesa: http://bitpesa.com - Elizabeth Rossiello Describes How BitPesa Slashes International Payment Fees: https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2016/06/15/elizabeth-rossiello-describes-how-bitpesa-slashes-international-payment-fees/#20f138aa2a6d - BitPesa Founder Elizabeth Rossiello Keynotes at ConsenSys' Ethereal Summit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdGgR5HgNCk - Elizabeth Rossiello on Twitter: https://twitter.com/e_rossiello Sponsors: - Shapeshift: Buy and sell alt coins instantly and securely without a centralized exchange - http://epicenter.tv/shapeshift This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/215 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/8v4D9Y--3nw - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-215 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#214 Christopher Fabian & Shaun Conway: Unicef & Ixo: Towards More Transparent Humanitarian Projects
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCH: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (https://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) We're joined by Christopher Fabian, Co-founder of Unicef's Innovation Unit. We discuss how the global non-profit institution leverages innovative technology to solve real-world problems in humanitarian work. We explore the different applications of blockchain in the UN and Unicef, as well as the challenges we can anticipate when deploying these technologies in the developing world. Shaun Conway, Founder of Ixo Foundation, also joins the discussion as a startup working Unicef and talks about the value of a global reputation network for humanitarian projects. Topics discussed in this episode: - Chris' and Shaun's respective backgrounds - A bit of background on the UN and Unicef - Unicef's Innovation Unit and Venture arm - How Unicef evaluates the different technologies in the space (public, permissionned, etc.) - The challenges faced when deploying new technologies in the developing world - Unicef's recent experimentation with an Ethereum smart contract - Potential applications for blockchain at the UN and Unicef - Unicef's Venture arm and the types of projects in which they invest - Ixo Foundation, their collaboration with Unicef and the value of a Proof of Impact blockchain network Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#213 Tim Swanson: Busting the Great Wall of Hype
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) In the blockchain world, few people are as brave as Tim Swanson when it comes to busting hype. Tim's unbiased, honest, and sometimes controversial opinions provide a refreshingly realistic view of blockchain adoption and applications of this technology by people and businesses. Cutting through the hype, the over-sold press releases ad the blind optimism of a completely decentralized economy, Tim's insights provide a sobering look at the state of the blockchain. Topics discussed in this episode: - Tim's background and recent departure from R3 - The current state of the enterprise blockchain market - The state of Bitcoin in the context of the recent price increase - Tim's thoughts on the recent spike in ICO's - The rumors and concerns surrounding Bitfinex and Tether - The rise of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies as an asset class - Current problems in Bitcoin: governance and centralization of power - Tim's new project: Post Oak Labs Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#212 Adam Perlow & Asher Manning: Zen Protocol - A Decentralized Financial System
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) We were joined by Founder Adam Perlow and Developer Asher Manning of Zen, a public blockchain project focused on building a decentralized financial system. The core premise of Zen is that none of the public blockchain networks are focused on financial asset. Zen is aiming to fill that gap through a Bitcoin-like UTXO architecture that supports multiple asset and smart contracts to enforce complex ownership rules. We talked through their original design choices, their use of formal verification, connection to Bitcoin and vision for a fully decentralized financial system. Topics discussed in this episode: - Why existing public blockchains are ill-suited for financial instruments - Why Zen chose to use a Bitcoin-like UTXO architecture - How Zen uses formal verification to allow smart contracts without a virtual machine or needing gas - How the Active Contract Set reduces the burden on the miners - Walking through creating, trading and settling a call option on Zen - How Zen allows payments to be settled in Bitcoin - Getting data from the outside world with oracles - Zen's use of Proof-of-Work regulated by on-chain governance Links mentioned in this episode: - Zen Protocol - A Financial Engine: https://www.zenprotocol.com - Zen Protocol - Whitepaper: https://www.zenprotocol.com/files/zen_protocol_white_paper.pdf - Zen Protocol - Deck: https://www.zenprotocol.com/deck/zen_protocol_deck_en.pdf - Google Campus Presentation - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrTDSbPWd6g - Zen - Alpha Version: https://alpha.zenprotocol.com/ - Zen Protocol Founders Film - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOydLocpH4c - Oracles and Zen – Zen Protocol: https://blog.zenprotocol.com/oracles-and-zen-1596c6ba6df8 - Zen’s contract lifecycle – Zen Protocol: https://blog.zenprotocol.com/zens-contract-lifecycle-2eeb10057a6a Sponsors: - Shapeshift: Buy and sell alt coins instantly and securely without a centralized exchange - http://epicenter.tv/shapeshift This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/212 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/sQytlwkBZbc - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-212 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#211 Zoe Adamovicz: Neufund and the Case for Selling Equity on the Blockchain
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Neufund CEO Zoe Adamovicz joined us to discuss how Neufund is creating a platform to allow companies to sell tokens backed by actual company equity. Topics discussed in this episode: - Neufund's thesis of the revolutionary implications of token equity - The difference between ICOs and Equity Token Offerings (ETO) - Why from a regulatory perspective ETOs are uncomplicated - How Neufund's token Neumarks serves to build a community - How the Initial Capital Building Mechanism is bootstrapping the ecosystem - The long-term vision of creating a global stock market This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/211 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/Ow6OAP0nipI - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-211 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#210 Alex Morcos: Chaincode Labs and Why Bitcoin is Our One Shot at Creating Digital Gold
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Chaincode Labs Founder Alex Morcos joined us to discuss his journey, the role of the company in Bitcoin's development and the views that drive his work. Topics discussed in this episode: - Alex's background in high frequency trading as a founder of Hudson River Trading - How Alex first learned about Bitcoin - The vision of Chaincode Labs - Why Bitcoin represents our only chance of creating digital gold - Why Bitcoin's resistance to change is one of its core features - Why the NYA & SegWit2x approach was misguided - How getting consensus around a hard fork blocksize increase could work - Why Alex is not excited about the efforts to use blockchains in banks This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/210 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/y8Im8gS3u6o - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-210 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#209 Amrit Kumar & Xinshu Dong: Zilliqa – A Scalable Sharded Public Blockchain
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Scaling public blockchains such as Bitcoin and Ethereum is a long standing technical challenge. In this episode, we cover Zilliqa which has pioneered a design to scale public blockchain throughput with the number of nodes by sharding the blockchain. Sharding has been hitherto proposed as a scaling technique by Ethereum. Zilliqa is one of the first projects to propose a concrete design with an operational testnet processing a couple thousand transactions per second across several shards. Our guests, Xinshu Dong (CEO) and Amrit Kumar (Crypto Lead), walk us through the objectives, protocol design and fundraising structure of this innovative project. We also briefly cover Zilliqa's novel approach to designing a smart contract language and execution environment. Topics discussed in this episode: - Sharding as a scaling technique - Different kinds of sharding, including state sharding and non-state sharding - How Zilliqa works under the hood - consensus algorithms & transaction processing - Zilliqa's novel approach for a smart contract language - Details of a new cryptocurrency, Zillings Links mentioned in this episode: - Zilliqa Website: https://zilliqa.com/ - Zilliqa Blog: https://blog.zilliqa.com/ - Zilliqa Whitepaper: https://docs.zilliqa.com/whitepaper.pdf - Prateek Saxena and his research group at NUS Singapore: http://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/~prateeks/ This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/209 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/Dppk6n9LHBk - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-209 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#208 : Post DevCon3 Roundtable: State of Ethereum, Cosmos Retreat and Parity Hack
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) For the very first time, all three Epicenter hosts found themselves in the same location. After attending Ethereum's DevCon 3 in Cancun, we were at a Cosmos Retreat and discussed the conference, retreat, state of the Ethereum ecosystem and recent Parity hack. Topics discussed in this episode: - Recap of Ethereum's DevCon 3 conference - Current state of Ethereum - The most interesting new projects at DevCon - The post-DevCon Cosmos retreat - The internet of blockchain thesis - The case for blockchain's having sovereignty - The massive loss of funds due to Parity's flawed multisig contract - The pros and cons of an Ethereum hard fork Links mentioned in this episode: - Ethereum Developers Conference (Devcon3): https://ethereumfoundation.org/devcon3/ - Cosmos - Internet of Blockchains: https://cosmos.network/ - Many Chains One Ecosystem Slides: https://www.slideshare.net/SunnyAggarwal2/tendermintcosmos-many-chains-many-tokens-one-ecosystem - Many Chains One Ecosystem - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN_SAX73AMg&feature=youtu.be - Ethereum Client Bug Freezes User Funds as Fallout Remains Uncertain - CoinDesk: https://www.coindesk.com/ethereum-client-bug-freezes-user-funds-fallout-remains-uncertain/ - Parity Multi-Sig Wallets Deployed After 7/30 Issue : ethereum: https://www.reddit.com/r/ethereum/comments/7bchez/parity_multisig_wallets_deployed_after_730_issue/ - Security Alert – Parity Technologies: https://paritytech.io/blog/security-alert.html This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/208 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/yqwudN8Pg0U - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-208 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#207 Micah Winkelspecht: Gem – The Enterprise Platform That Powers Data-Driven Applications
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) We are joined by Micah Winkelspecht, CEO and Founder of Gem. What started as a Bitcoin API in 2014 has evolved into a leading provider of blockchain solutions for enterprise. Gem addresses the problem of digital data silos and the complexities they introduce when companies and individuals collaborate and share information. Their product, GemOS, provides a full-stack blockchain middleware platform which allows companies to build applications on top of blockchains protocols like Ethereum or Hyperledger Fabric. Topics discussed in this episode: - Micah's background and how he got involved in the Bitcoin space - How the company and product have evolved to support his original vision - How blockchain technologies are transforming process digitization - The siloed identity problem and what complexities it introduces for people and companies - How GemOS is addressing fundamental issues in health care and insurance - How blockchain technologies can support regulated industries - Micah's insights on creating awareness among enterprise clients - The importance of building ecosystems and network economies which enterprise can leverage Links mentioned in this episode: - Gem.co: http://gem.co Sponsors: - Shapeshift: Buy and sell alt coins instantly and securely without a centralized exchange - http://epicenter.tv/shapeshift This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/207 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/5dGQaMrgg_Y - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-207 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#206 Karl Kreder: Grid+ – Unlocking Direct Access to Wholesale Energy Markets
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Energy markets form a complex ecosystem of actors. Wholesale energy producers create energy through various means, grid operators transport electricity over long distances and deliver it to homes and businesses, who buy it from local utility companies. The utilities act as resellers in this scheme and take on much of the financial risk associated with selling a commodity which is consumed long before payment settlement from consumers. However, utilities have high operation and marketing costs and charge a high markup on the electricity they buy from wholesalers. Karl Kreder, Co-founder of Grid+, a Consensys project, joins us to talk about how blockchain technology can help disintermediate utilities and allow consumers buy electricity directly from producers. The Grid+ Agent is a hardware device which sits in your home, is connected to your energy meter and can interact with the power grid. The Agent has built-in logic allowing it to respond to your energy needs and predict usage. It is also equipped with a Trusted Execution Environment and a wallet which keeps private keys secure and can make near real-time payments to the network. Topics discussed in this episode: - Karl's background and how he became part of Consensys Energy - A high-level overview of the energy market and the different players in this ecosystem - Where lie the inefficiencies and how they can be improved - The challenges facing the energy market today - The Grid+ Agent and its functionality - How the Grid+ Agent works and how it interacts with the grid - Other potential applications for the Grid+ Agent - The economics of the Grid+ smart contract and how it handles risk - The Grid+ token sale Links mentioned in this episode: - Grid+: https://gridplus.io/ - Grid+ Whitepaper: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz90riPGRHquNDVXVE81RmppaUk/view - What is Grid+? - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwkjAXom_6U This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/206 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/u1M2N8N6kuw - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-206 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#205 Galen Wolfe-Pauly: Urbit - A Digital Republic Reinventing the Internet
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Galen Wolfe-Pauly, CEO of Tlon, the company behind Urbit, joined us to discuss one of the most radical and curious projects to come on the podcast. In development for 15 years already, Urbit aims to unravel the cloud computing paradigm that led to the creation of internet monopolies like Google and Facebook. Instead, in Urbit, each person has a personal server, a kind of digital sovereign entity, where applications are run, which leaves control and data in the hands of users. Galen joined us to discuss what the philosophy and ideas driving Urbit, how a radically different internet could look like and what our path is to get there. Topics discussed in this episode: - The 15 year long history and evolution of Urbit - Understanding Urbit through the metaphors of a personal server, a personal blockchain, a republic or an operating function - The main Urbit components Nock, Hoon and Arvo - How Galaxies, Stars and Planets create Urbit's hierarchy - The Urbit namespace and why it has value - How Urbit aims to radically reengineer how the internet works This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/205 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/DFeN-TKZor0 - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-205 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#204 Ben Bollen & Jason Goldberg: Simple Token - Bringing Tokens to Mainstream Consumer Applications
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) As the ICO boom continues to drive funding and interest in cryptocurrencies, mainstream consumer applications are increasingly looking towards tokenization. One of these was social network Pepo, founded by veteran entrepreneur and previous founder of fab.com Jason Goldberg. Faced with the difficulties of integrating blockchain, they decided to start Simple Token - a company focused on building easy solutions for mainstream applications to use blockchain. Simple Token CEO Jason Goldberg and Chief Technology Strategist joined us to discuss the case for branded token, Simple Tokens architecture and the balance between easy user experience and decentralization. Topics discussed in this episode: - Jason's long history as an entrepreneur and the turbulent story of fab.com - The perils of raising too much money - How the quest to tokenize social network Pepo lead to founding Simple Token - The opportunity in tokenizing mainstream consumer applications - How Simple Token uses Ethereum and sidechains to allow companies to issue branded tokens - How Simple Token backs branded tokens through a staking contract on Ethereum - The economics of Simple Token and upcoming ICO Links mentioned in this episode: - Simple Token | The Bridge between Cryptocurrencies and Consumer Apps.: https://simpletoken.org/ - Jason Goldberg - This Week In Startups: http://thisweekinstartups.com/jason-goldberg-pepo-simple-token/ - Simple Token Pitch Deck: https://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/GQe7YdnPI3woGf - Simple Token Technical Whitepaper: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwgf8QuAEOb7Z2xIeUlLd21DSjQ/view - On the Rebound from Epic Failure – Hacker Noon: https://hackernoon.com/on-the-rebound-from-epic-failure-88e77d2b39af - Simple Token Telegram Channel: http://t.me/simpletoken This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/204 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/c8swtDtappM - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-204 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#203 Fredrik Voss: Nasdaq – How Blockchain Technologies Will Transform Capital Markets
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Nasdaq is one of the largest and most well known financial institutions in the World. As the second-largest stock market by market capitalization, Nasdaq is also one of the leading software companies in capital markets, providing its Nasdaq Financial Framework to exchanges all around the globe. Fredrik Voss, VP of Blockchain Innovation at Nasdaq, joins us to discuss how Nasdaq is leveraging blockchain technologies to propel itself into the future. Having invested in Chain and Stratumn, Nasdaq is taking a very hands-on approach, building products which it integrates into the various software solutions they sell. Topics discussed in this episode: - A high-level overview of Nasdaq as a stock exchange and software company - Nasdaq's thesis regarding blockchain technologies - The potential challenges ahead - What blockchain technologies bring to regulators regarding oversight and auditing - Nasdaq's Venture Program and its investment thesis - Why Nasdaq chose to invest in Chain and Stratumn - Types of applications built in partnership with Chain and Stratumn - Fredrick's views on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) Links mentioned in this episode: - Why Nasdaq Is Even More Optimistic About Blockchain Than It Was 3 Years Ago: https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2017/02/21/why-nasdaq-is-even-more-optimistic-about-blockchain-than-it-was-3-years-ago/#109986f51a26 - Inside Linq, Nasdaq's Private Markets Blockchain Project: https://www.coindesk.com/hands-on-with-linq-nasdaqs-private-markets-blockchain-project/ - Nasdaq Executive Fredrik Voss Optimistic About Blockchain in Capital Markets: https://cointelegraph.com/news/nasdaq-executive-fredrik-voss-optimistic-about-blockchain-in-capital-markets - Fredrik Voss, Nasdaq Vice President – About Blockchain: http://www.finyear.com/Fredrik-Voss-Nasdaq-Vice-President-About-Blockchain_a35732.html Sponsors: - Shapeshift: Buy and sell alt coins instantly and securely without a centralized exchange - http://epicenter.tv/shapeshift This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/203 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/Zfx8_ycVkkg - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-203 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#202 Ari Paul: BlockTower Capital and the Cryptocurrency Opportunity
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) For many years, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies were regarded as little more than a nerdy curiosity by the financial world. But with the rise of Bitcoin and Ethereum, the process of cryptocurrencies becoming a recognized asset class has begun. One person at the forefront of this transformation is Ari Paul. Previously a portfolio manager at the University of Chicago's $8 billion endowment, he recently left to start the cryptocurrency hedge fund BlockTower Capital. He joined us for an insightful conversation about one of the biggest trends in the industry. Topics discussed in this episode: - Ari's background as a portfolio manager at the University of Chicago - The difficulties of investing in cryptocurrency for a large endowment - Why he started the cryptocurrency hedge fund BlockTower Capital - How to construct a cryptocurrency portfolio - The hedge fund vs the VC model in the cryptocurrency space - Why cryptocurrencies represent an exceptional investment opportunity - The operational complexities of running a crypto hedge fund - Why an avalanche of institutional money is entering the blockchain space Links mentioned in this episode: - The Cryptocurrency Investor Blog: https://thecryptocurrencyinvestor.com/ - How to Think About Investing in Cryptocurrency: Why Exceptional Opportunities Exist: https://thecryptocurrencyinvestor.com/2017/04/13/how-to-think-about-investing-in-cryptocurrency-part-1-of-4-why-exceptional-opportunities-exist/ - How to Think About Investing in Cryptocurrency: What needs to exist: https://thecryptocurrencyinvestor.com/2017/04/17/how-to-think-about-investing-in-cryptocurrency-part-2-of-4-what-needs-to-exist/ - Table Selection | The Cryptocurrency Investor: https://thecryptocurrencyinvestor.com/2017/08/01/table-selection/ - The Wall Street Moment | The Cryptocurrency Investor: https://thecryptocurrencyinvestor.com/2017/07/14/the-wall-street-moment/ - BlockTower Capital: https://blocktower.com/ - Twitter - Ari Paul: https://twitter.com/aridavidpaul This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/202 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/wiOC-_JW6Sw - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-202 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#201 Matt Kerner: Microsoft's Coco Framework – The Holy Grail for Enterprise
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Enterprise consortium blockchains have gained a lot of interest in recent months. And although we can see many applications for this particular type of network deployment, many questions remain to be answered before these systems can move to production. Issues related to scaling, network deployment, access controls and key management remain open at this point. With its deep roots in the enterprise, Microsoft hopes to have answers to these questions. Matt Kerner, Partner GM for Blockchains at Azure, joins us to discuss Coco Framework. Coco is an open-source system which promises to enable high scalability and offer confidentiality for enterprise blockchain consortiums. This novel framework leverages Trusted Execution Environments (TEE) to deliver blockchain networks with throughput comparable to database speeds. Topics discussed in this episode: - Matt's background and role at Azure - Azure's high-level thesis regarding blockchains - Coco Framework and how it fits in Microsoft's vision - The different components of Coco and its architecture - The role of TEE's in Coco - How Coco achieves confidential transactions - Identify management and network governance in Coco - How Coco fits into other blockchain initiatives at Microsoft - The framework's roadmap Links mentioned in this episode: - Announcing the Coco Framework for enterprise blockchain networks: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-microsoft-s-coco-framework-for-enterprise-blockchain-networks/ - Introducing the Coco Framework - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s6JMmGJ-dY - Coco Framework Whitepaper: https://github.com/Azure/coco-framework Sponsors: - Shapeshift: Buy and sell alt coins instantly and securely without a centralized exchange - http://epicenter.tv/shapeshift Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#200 Ciaran O'Leary: BlueYard - The Disruption of Venture Capital
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) In the past year, the first killer application of blockchain technology has emerged: venture funding. As blockchain-facilitated crowdfunding is disrupting venture capital at blistering speed, we are joined by Ciaran O'Leary, Founder and General Partner at BlueYard. BlueYard stands at the intersection of this transition. Structured as a traditional VC fund, its thesis focuses fully on the decentralized economy and it invests in tokens too. Ciaran joined us to discusses what blockchain means for VCs and its implications for BlueYard. Topics discussed in this episode: - Ciaran's journey as a VC - How the VC industry has been changing - Why he founded Blue Yard and its investment thesis - Value creation in a blockchain economy - Buying equity vs buying tokens - Why tokens and ICOs are erroding the distinction between hedge funds and VC funds - Best practices for running ICOs Links mentioned in this episode: - BlueYard Capital: https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmdvDZ4R8snjsRtEBXgURgiYoBbRYi55PqkThJqgm29BFh/ - BlueYard Investment Thesis: https://medium.com/@BlueYard/blueyard-thesis-cac357725ee6 - Filecoin Investment Article: https://medium.com/@BlueYard/filecoin-e95e5cc75122 - Protocol Labs Investment Article: https://medium.com/@BlueYard/protocol-labs-35ceff61b031 - Userfeeds & why the web needs a new information ranking system: https://medium.com/@BlueYard/userfeeds-why-the-web-needs-a-new-information-ranking-system-5bdab9f5e580 - OB1 & OpenBazaar – BlueYard Capital – Medium: https://medium.com/@BlueYard/ob1-openbazaar-2be35862e0bf Sponsors: - Shapeshift: Buy and sell alt coins instantly and securely without a centralized exchange - http://epicenter.tv/shapeshift Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#199 Peter Czaban: Polkadot – The Internet of Blockchain Networks
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Scalability and interoperability are two of the main issues facing blockchain protocols today. In a future in which entire industries and economies rely on distributed technologies, it is unclear how blockchain networks will support massive amounts of data, and exchange transactions in a trusted way. Peter Czaban, co-founder of Polkadot, joins us as we dive deep into the Polkadot Network. Polkadot is a heterogeneous multi-chain network, consisting of many connected chains (or parachains), all of which have their own set of features and characteristics. Transactions flow across chains, while Polkadot ensures the global security and consensus of the network, forming an ‘Internet of Blockchain networks’. Scalability is achieved through the parallel processing of transactions on the different parachains. Topics discussed in this episode: - Peter's background and his role at Parity technologies - What is the Polkadot project and what problems it is addressing - How Polkadot handles the issue of scaling - The different components of the Polkadot Network - The various players in the network - The consensus model used in Polkadot - The types of applications Polkadot would enable - The Web3 Foundation and its goals Links mentioned in this episode: - Polkadot Website: https://polkadot.io - Polkadot Pre-Sale Website: https://polkadot.network - Polkadot Community Chat: https://riot.im/app/#/room/#polkadot-trenches:matrix.org - Aura Consensus: https://github.com/paritytech/parity/wiki/Aura Sponsors: - Ledger: Industry standard security meets convenience and usability with the Nano S - http://epicenter.tv/ledger - Shapeshift: Buy and sell alt coins instantly and securely without a centralized exchange - http://epicenter.tv/shapeshift Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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#198 Nick Morgan: The DAO, the SEC and the ICO Boom
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Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Nick Morgan, a former attorney at the SEC, joined us to discuss their recent report on the DAO and what it means for the ICO boom. Topics discussed in this episode: - The history and mandate of the SEC - Nick's years as a trial attorney at the SEC - How the Howey Test is used to determine if something is a security - The application of the Howey Test to the DAO case - The weaknesses in their argument that token holders relied on the effort of others - Why the SEC did not prosecute the Slock.it founders - Why the SEC will likely focus on token sales involving fraud - How the SEC's limited resources will make it hard for it to impact the ICO boom - The implications of the SEC report for cryptocurrency exchanges Links mentioned in this episode: - SEC Press Release on The DAO: https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2017-131 - SEC Report on Investigation of The DAO: https://www.sec.gov/litigation/investreport/34-81207.pdf - Seven Takeaways from the DAO Report - Kyle Mitchell: https://writing.kemitchell.com/2017/07/25/DAO-Report-of-Investigation.html - EB134 – Emin Gün Sirer And Vlad Zamfir: On A Rocky DAO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON5GhIQdFU8 - Nicolas Morgan Website: https://www.paulhastings.com/professionals/details/nicolasmorgan - The DAO Report: Understanding the Risk of SEC Enforcement - CoinDesk: https://www.coindesk.com/dao-report-understanding-risk-sec-enforcement/ Sponsors: - Jaxx: Wallets that Unify the Blockchain Experience Across Devices - http://epicenter.tv/jaxx - Shapeshift: Buy and sell alt coins instantly and securely without a centralized exchange - http://epicenter.tv/shapeshift This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/198 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/HumhFOrus1g - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-198 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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