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The Blockchain and Us: Conversations about the brave new world of blockchains, cryptoassets, and the

63 EpisodesProduced by Manuel StagarsWebsite

Conversations and stories about the brave new world of blockchain technology, cryptoassets, and the token economy. This podcast is the follow-up project of Manuel Stagars' documentary film The Blockchain and Us (2017). The podcast includes 62 interviews with pioneers in the blockchain space that too… read more

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How Cosmos Enables the Internet of Blockchains - Brian Fabian Crain, Co-Founder & CEO Chorus One, Co-Host at Epicenter

March 27th, 2019


Brian Fabian Crain speaks about building Chorus One and the podcast Epicenter, one of the first podcasts in the crypto and blockchain space, the …

"Blockchain is Successful When People Don't Know They're Using It" - Johannes Schweifer, Co-Founder & CEO, CoreLedger

March 20th, 2019


Johannes Schweifer speaks about his company CoreLedger, the mechanics of tokenizing physical assets and overcoming the gap between physical assets and the digital world, current use cases of tokenized assets, legal and …

How a Blockchain Venture Studio Works - Mervyn G. Maistry, CEO & Founder, Konfidio and Kintaro Capital

March 13th, 2019


Mervyn Maistry speaks about founding and running Konfidio, a venture studio in Berlin, blockchain uses cases that are ready today, why blockchain …

Why New Technologies Need Sharper Critical Thinking - Andrea Bauer, Founder & Senior Advisor, BEAM Innovation Studio

March 6th, 2019


Andrea Bauer speaks about spotting waves of change as an innovation consultant, research through discussion, applying critical thinking to new …

Why You Need Digital Identity Before Anything Else - Daniel Gasteiger, Founder & CEO, Procivis

February 27th, 2019


Daniel Gasteiger speaks about his company Procivis, providing government services on blockchains, why it's too early to put personal information on blockchains, his blockchain co-working space Trust Square in the …

Why the Blockchain Space Needs Better Access - Alexis Gauba, she(256), Mechanism Labs

February 20th, 2019


Alexis Gauba speaks about co-founding she(256), mentoring and teaching blockchain literacy, starting points for people with an interest in blockchain …

Why Good Content is King in Blockchain PR - David Wachsman, Founder and CEO, Wachsman

February 13th, 2019


David Wachsman speaks about founding and running Wachsman, the role of public relations and the media in the blockchain space, misconceptions clients …

How Skin in the Game Leads to Truth - Preethi Kasireddy, TruStory

February 6th, 2019


Preethi Kasireddy speaks about the information problem on the Internet and how her company TruStory combats it, how messed up incentives lead to false information that hijacks our minds, why active participation in the …

"Crypto Means Cryptography" - Jan Camenisch, Head of Research at Dfinity

January 30th, 2019


Jan Camenisch speaks about being the Head of Research at Dfinity, how industrial research at a blockchain company differs from academic research, what it takes to build Dfinity into "The Internet Computer", important …

"This Is What the Blockchain Is and How It Can Change Your Life" - Niloo Ravaei, Blockgeeks

January 23rd, 2019


Niloo Ravaei speaks about learning and teaching skills of developing blockchain applications, stories that draw people into the blockchain space, why …

How to Build on Bitcoin - Lucas Betschart, 21 Lectures, Bitcoin Association Switzerland

January 16th, 2019


Lucas Betschart speaks about bringing more developers into the Bitcoin ecosystem, being the president of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland, the anatomy of Bitcoin open source projects, managing the tension between …

How Blockchain Technology Could Keep Humanity Human - Anne Connelly, Singularity University

January 9th, 2019


Anne Connelly speaks about using blockchain technology to make a social impact and why very few projects actually use the technology in practice, …

Just Keep Your Head Down and Build - Jason Goldberg, Open Simple Token (OST)

January 2nd, 2019


Jason Goldberg speaks about building OST, how apps with millions of users can tokenize, how market conditions affect blockchain adoption, unrealistic …

How Blockchains Could Create Community Consciousness - Toni Lane Casserly,

December 26th, 2018


Toni Lane Casserly speaks about her project and her goal to create a new notion of community, how identity could be the foundation for a new …

Why Some Blockchain Ideas Can't Wait - Aparna Krishnan, Mechanism Labs

December 19th, 2018


Aparna Krishnan talks about her research company Mechanism Labs, mentoring women in blockchain at She(256), dealing with the bro culture in the …

Why Blockchains Empower a New Social Contract for the Digital Age - Don Tapscott, Blockchain Research Institute

December 12th, 2018


Don Tapscott speaks about his vision of a new social contract for the digital age, the coming transformation of physical assets into digital, why …

Blockchain Identity and the Importance of Ethics - Monique Morrow, The Humanized Internet

December 5th, 2018


Monique Morrow speaks about The Humanized Internet, self-sovereign electronic identity and credentials on the blockchain, her plans for a personal …

The Human Story Behind Blockchain Technology - Matthew Allen, Zurich Bureau Chief/Business Reporter at Swissinfo

November 28th, 2018


Matthew Allen speaks about his work as a business reporter in the Swiss crypto and blockchain space, fascinating angles of crypto projects in the press, how human stories trump tech stories, how he makes sure he's …

Why Crypto Funds Have to Become Tech Companies - Ryan Yi, CoinFund

November 21st, 2018


Ryan Yi speaks about conducting investment research and due diligence at CoinFund, metrics he looks at in new investments, financial models for valuing tokens and projects no tokens, the concept and facets of …

Why China Will Be the World's Largest Token Economy - Tony Tao, X-Order, Neo Global Capital

November 14th, 2018


Tony Tao speaks about his blockchain research and investment company X-Order, the beginnings of Bitcoin in China, how complexity theory explains tokenomics, how data influences venture capital, how blockchains create …

Why Blockchain Technology is Transformative and Irritating - Monty Munford, Mob76

November 7th, 2018


Monty Munford speaks about his work as a tech advisor and writer, his adventures at the Malta Blockchain Summit interviewing John McAfee, how blockchain companies can improve their stories, blockchain companies in the …

What Blockchains and Linux Have in Common - Phil Zamani, Aergo, Blocko

October 31st, 2018


Phil Zamani speaks about his blockchain projects Aergo and Blocko, the blockchain ecosystem in South Korea, differences between open source in Linux …

How Digital Scarcity Helps Artists and Creators - Eric Elliott, Author, Developer, Mentor

October 24th, 2018


Eric Elliott speaks about creating the verifiable web with, how fact-checking information has evolved since PGP, why we're not in 1998 with …

Why Executives Need Blockchain Literacy - Alison McCauley, Author of Unblocked

October 17th, 2018


Alison McCauley speaks about writing her book "Unblocked: How Blockchains Will Change Your Business", about the importance of blockchain literacy for …

The Antifragility of Cryptoassets - Alexander Bulkin, CoinFund

October 10th, 2018


Alexander Bulkin speaks about combining social sciences with blockchain technology at CoinFund (which he co-founded), why crypto funds are becoming …

Trent McConaghy - "Hey Zuck, Let's Tokenize Facebook!" How Blockchains Could Stop People Farming

October 3rd, 2018


Trent McConaghy speaks about creating a data economy with Ocean Protocol, token engineering and design, bringing artificial intelligence to the …

Ryan Jesperson - How Blockchains Could Solve the Tragedy of the Commons

September 26th, 2018


Ryan Jesperson speaks about his journey to becoming the president of the Tezos Foundation, his outlook for Tezos and its technological innovations. …

Cedric Waldburger - Why Education Is the Killer App for Blockchain Technology

September 19th, 2018


Cedric Waldburger speaks about being part of the team that later became Dfinity, leading growth at the company, why education might be the killer app …

Joey Krug - Why Healthcare, Finance, Energy, Education, and Government Are Ripe for Disruption

September 12th, 2018


Joey Krug speaks about evaluating investments at Pantera Capital, why healthcare, finance, energy, and government are ripe for disruption, why too much money is bad for entrepreneurs, why location matters for funds but …

Jesse McWaters - Why Blockchain Technology Might Become Less of a Binary Idea in the Future of Finance

September 5th, 2018


Jesse McWaters speaks about analyzing the impact of blockchain technology on industry and society at the World Economic Forum, disruption vs. …

Peter Hody - How Journalists and the Financial Press Stay Objective About Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology

August 29th, 2018


Peter Hody speaks about his work as a journalist covering the financial sector, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, vetting crypto and ICO …

Hubert Ritzdorf - Why Hacking Smart Contracts is Easier than Hacking Web Servers

August 23rd, 2018


Hubert Ritzdorf speaks about automatic auditing of smart contracts, why almost all smart contracts have bugs, specs of smart contracts, the hacks of the Parity wallet, skills necessary to hack smart contracts, why …

Niklas Nikolajsen - Why Cryptoassets Will Soon Be Part of Every Bank's Business

August 20th, 2018


Niklas Nikolajsen speaks about Bitcoin Suisse and its amazing journey, why "there will be no difference between crypto-finance and finance, it will …

Lars Thomsen - How a Futurist Looks at Blockchain Technology

August 16th, 2018


Lars Thomsen speaks about how crypto and blockchain technology entered his work as a futurist, why it takes a long time to understand what new …

Saifedean Ammous - Why Bitcoin is the Hardest Money We Ever Had

August 13th, 2018


Saifedean Ammous speaks about his book "The Bitcoin Standard", why thriving economies need hard money, the concept of time preference, comparisons …

Ron Resnick - Why Blockchain Standards Create New Business Models for Companies and Developers

August 9th, 2018


Ron Resnick speaks about leading the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), how he goes about creating standards, specs and certifications for blockchain applications, why companies join and what they plan to do with …

Daniel Doll-Steinberg - How Blockchain Technology Redefines Entrepreneurship

August 6th, 2018


Daniel Doll-Steinberg speaks about how blockchain technology has changed entrepreneurship, London and Switzerland as blockchain hubs, the race of …

Dolfi Mueller - A Recap of Zug's Bitcoin Experiment and How it Energized Switzerland

August 2nd, 2018


Dolfi Mueller speaks about the Bitcoin experiment at the city of Zug in Switzerland and how it energized the local government and an entire region, …

Luzius Meisser - Bitcoin's Early Days and its Eternal September, Bitcoin Association Switzerland, and Why Regulation Kills Innovation

July 30th, 2018


Luzius Meisser speaks about the early days of Bitcoin and the evolution of a thriving ecosystem in Switzerland, the professionalization of the ICO …

John Hargrave - Marketing Basics for ICOs and Blockchain Projects

July 26th, 2018


John Hargrave speaks about marketing basics for ICOs and blockchain companies, email lists, misconceptions of blockchain entrepreneurs about communications, creating good marketing content, "create once, use …

Luis Cuende - How Digital Jurisdictions Help Us Escape 1984 and Take Back Control

July 23rd, 2018


Luis Cuende speaks about the inspiration for his startup Aragon, raising over $100 million in his ICO, how he plans to create a digital jurisdiction that isn't bound to the borders of a single country, how governments …

Mathias Ruch - From Dot-Com Entrepreneur to Blockchain Investor and Enabler

July 19th, 2018


Mathias Ruch speaks about beginning his career in the dot-com boom, becoming an investor, enabler and facilitator of the blockchain ecosystem in Switzerland, leading the Blockchain Taskforce of the Swiss government, why …

Tone Vays - Analyzing the Price of Bitcoin

July 16th, 2018


Tone Vays speak about his approach to technical analysis of the bitcoin price, why other cryptoassets can't reach Bitcoin, relevant time frames for analyzing the bitcoin price, which companies in the blockchain space …

Tom Lyons - How to Tell the Story of Blockchain Technology

July 13th, 2018


Tom Lyons speaks about the importance of storytelling in the blockchain space, how to develop narratives for good stories about technology, how …

Michael Sidler - How the Blockchain Disrupts Venture Capital

July 11th, 2018


Michael Sidler speaks about how blockchain technology and ICOs impact venture capital, how he analyzes investment opportunities in the crypto and …

Joe Lubin - The Future is Decentralized, and Why Decision-Making is a "Big, Fuzzy, Hairy, and Messy Thing"

July 9th, 2018


Joe Lubin speaks about his vision for a decentralized world and the role Ethereum and ConsenSys play in it, what most people misunderstand about …

Thomas Naegele - A New Blockchain Law in Crypto Country Liechtenstein

July 9th, 2018


Thomas Naegele speaks about Liechtenstein's new blockchain act, how the country plans to become a global blockchain and crypto hub competing with Malta, Gibraltar, Singapore, Bermuda and Cayman, the blockchain startup …

Roger Wattenhofer - Science, Academia, and the Blockchain

July 6th, 2018


Roger Wattenhofer speaks about how Bitcoin and blockchain technology entered academia, what we have learned in the ten years of the existence of …

Paul Meeusen - Putting Insurance on the Blockchain

July 4th, 2018


Paul Meeusen speaks about bringing blockchain technology to the insurance industry, how a small insurance prototype on Ethereum led to a global …

Zhang Ruidong - China and the Blockchain

July 2nd, 2018


Zhang Ruidong speaks about blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation in China, the difficulty of censorship, how to make the "blockchain without …

Jack Tatar - The Rise of Cryptoassets

June 29th, 2018


Jack Tatar speaks about his book "Cryptoassets" (written with Chris Burniske), why the real value of bitcoin is not zero (answering to Adriano Lucatelli), the real value of the crypto ecosystem, financial companies …

Adriano B. Lucatelli - Is The Real Value of Bitcoin Zero?

June 27th, 2018


Adriano B. Lucatelli speaks about why he thinks the real value of Bitcoin is zero, different narratives of Bitcoin valuation, the comparison of …

Anish Mohammed - From Cryptography to Token Economics

June 25th, 2018


Anish Mohammed speaks about his career as a cryptographer, the brilliance of Bitcoin, tokenizing transport, the mechanics of token economics, benefits of tokeninzation in developing and developed countries, token …

Olga Feldmeier - The Bitcoin Queen and Her Mission to "Tokenize Everything"

June 22nd, 2018


Olga Feldmeier speaks about being called the "Bitcoin Queen" of Switzerland, making the jump from banking to cryptocurrencies, setting up cold …

Alexis Roussel - The UN, the Pirate Party, and Bitcoin

June 20th, 2018


Alexis Roussel speaks about his journey from being a lawyer at the United Nations to starting the Swiss Pirate Party, how governments misunderstand …

Christian Decker - The World's First Bitcoin PhD

June 18th, 2018


Christian Decker speaks about writing the first PhD in the world about Bitcoin, his first Bitcoin meetups in 2009, changes in the crypto ecosystem …

Steve Wilson - Why Blockchains Won't Fix Digital Identity

June 15th, 2018


Steve Wilson speaks about digital identity and why blockchains are unlikely to fix it, use cases of blockchain technology beyond cryptocurrency, why …

Jonas Schnelli - Making Bitcoin More User-Friendly

June 13th, 2018


Jonas Schnelli speaks about his work as a Bitcoin Core Developer, why Bitcoin is convincing from a technical point of view, what challenges lie ahead, and whether or not it‘ll be able to replace national currencies, his …

Lidia Bolla - Cryptoasset Management in Switzerland

June 11th, 2018


Lidia Bolla speaks about founding a blockchain investment manager, staying current on blockchain technology, perceptions of the traditional financial …

Rik Willard - The Promise of Blockchain Technology

June 8th, 2018


Rik Willard speaks about the promise of blockchain technology to provide new forms of value for the unbanked, tokenized access to healthcare, digital …

Alex Tapscott - Blockchain Revolution, Two Years Later

June 6th, 2018


Alex Tapscott describes how the blockchain ecosystem has evolved, why companies should understand that blockchains revolutionize their business …

Mauro Casellini - Making Cryptocurrencies Bankable

June 3rd, 2018


Mauro Casellini speaks about how a bank could help make cryptocurrencies bankable, Bank Frick's approach to security, cold storage, and helping the …

Trailer - The Blockchain and Us

May 28th, 2018


Hello and welcome to The Blockchain and Us. I'm your host, Manuel Stagars, and I'm very excited to announce this new podcast with interviews with …

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