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

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

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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 took place between early 2018 and summer 2019.


How Cosmos Enables the Internet of Blockchains - Brian Fabian Crain, Co-Founder & CEO Chorus One, Co-Host at Epicenter
Mar 27, 2019 • 46 min
Brian Fabian Crain speaks about building Chorus One and the podcast Epicenter, one of the first podcasts in the crypto and blockchain space, the hallmarks of a good podcast about technology, his beginnings in the blockchain space at Monax, Tendermint, and…
“Blockchain is Successful When People Don’t Know They’re Using It” - Johannes Schweifer, Co-Founder & CEO, CoreLedger
Mar 20, 2019 • 51 min
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 regulatory aspects, why you can’t…
How a Blockchain Venture Studio Works - Mervyn G. Maistry, CEO & Founder, Konfidio and Kintaro Capital
Mar 13, 2019 • 57 min
Mervyn Maistry speaks about founding and running Konfidio, a venture studio in Berlin, blockchain uses cases that are ready today, why blockchain technology is a seminal technology, the meaning and merit of decentralization, misconceptions about…
Why New Technologies Need Sharper Critical Thinking - Andrea Bauer, Founder & Senior Advisor, BEAM Innovation Studio
Mar 5, 2019 • 53 min
Andrea Bauer speaks about spotting waves of change as an innovation consultant, research through discussion, applying critical thinking to new technologies, how technologies introduce conflicts, possible side effects of blockchains, the evolution of trust…
Why You Need Digital Identity Before Anything Else - Daniel Gasteiger, Founder & CEO, Procivis
Feb 26, 2019 • 43 min
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 financial center in Zurich, his transition…
Why the Blockchain Space Needs Better Access - Alexis Gauba, she(256), Mechanism Labs
Feb 19, 2019 • 37 min
Alexis Gauba speaks about co-founding she(256), mentoring and teaching blockchain literacy, starting points for people with an interest in blockchain technology, how students can make the best of the available programs in blockchain education, teaching…
Why Good Content is King in Blockchain PR - David Wachsman, Founder and CEO, Wachsman
Feb 12, 2019 • 39 min
David Wachsman speaks about founding and running Wachsman, the role of public relations and the media in the blockchain space, misconceptions clients have about PR and communications, ways to tell stories about blockchain projects to get attention, the…
How Skin in the Game Leads to Truth - Preethi Kasireddy, TruStory
Feb 5, 2019 • 28 min
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 information we consume leads to…
“Crypto Means Cryptography” - Jan Camenisch, Head of Research at Dfinity
Jan 29, 2019 • 40 min
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 research questions in the blockchain…
“This Is What the Blockchain Is and How It Can Change Your Life” - Niloo Ravaei, Blockgeeks
Jan 22, 2019 • 57 min
Niloo Ravaei speaks about learning and teaching skills of developing blockchain applications, stories that draw people into the blockchain space, why blockchain technology empowers people, examples where token economics creates incentives, combating…
How to Build on Bitcoin - Lucas Betschart, 21 Lectures, Bitcoin Association Switzerland
Jan 15, 2019 • 49 min
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 ideology and commercial software…
How Blockchain Technology Could Keep Humanity Human - Anne Connelly, Singularity University
Jan 8, 2019 • 53 min
Anne Connelly speaks about using blockchain technology to make a social impact and why very few projects actually use the technology in practice, teaching blockchain technology to executives at Singularity University, stories and tools to convince people…
Just Keep Your Head Down and Build - Jason Goldberg, Open Simple Token (OST)
Jan 1, 2019 • 44 min
Jason Goldberg speaks about building OST, how apps with millions of users can tokenize, how market conditions affect blockchain adoption, unrealistic assumptions and anti-narratives in the crypto space, advantages for software companies to build token…
How Blockchains Could Create Community Consciousness - Toni Lane Casserly, Cultu.re
Dec 25, 2018 • 56 min
Toni Lane Casserly speaks about her project Cultu.re and her goal to create a new notion of community, how identity could be the foundation for a new form of governance, the role of the media and why much of crypto and blockchain coverage is advertising…
Why Some Blockchain Ideas Can’t Wait - Aparna Krishnan, Mechanism Labs
Dec 18, 2018 • 43 min
Aparna Krishnan talks about her research company Mechanism Labs, mentoring women in blockchain at She(256), dealing with the bro culture in the blockchain space, her experience growing up under Internet censorship and how it shaped her interest in…
Why Blockchains Empower a New Social Contract for the Digital Age - Don Tapscott, Blockchain Research Institute
Dec 11, 2018 • 35 min
Don Tapscott speaks about his vision of a new social contract for the digital age, the coming transformation of physical assets into digital, why leaders of old paradigms are cynical about change, why privacy is not dead but the most important foundation…
Blockchain Identity and the Importance of Ethics - Monique Morrow, The Humanized Internet
Dec 4, 2018 • 55 min
Monique Morrow speaks about The Humanized Internet, self-sovereign electronic identity and credentials on the blockchain, her plans for a personal digital lockbox, ethics in technology, how she avoided the innovator’s dilemma as Services CTO of Cisco, why…
The Human Story Behind Blockchain Technology - Matthew Allen, Zurich Bureau Chief/Business Reporter at Swissinfo
Nov 27, 2018 • 57 min
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 avoiding writing about scams, filters to…
Why Crypto Funds Have to Become Tech Companies - Ryan Yi, CoinFund
Nov 20, 2018 • 69 min
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 generalized mining, how it aligns stakeholders…
Why China Will Be the World’s Largest Token Economy - Tony Tao, X-Order, Neo Global Capital
Nov 13, 2018 • 47 min
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 value by creating niche demand, the…
Why Blockchain Technology is Transformative and Irritating - Monty Munford, Mob76
Nov 7, 2018 • 29 min
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 UK and how Brexit affects them, the…
What Blockchains and Linux Have in Common - Phil Zamani, Aergo, Blocko
Oct 31, 2018 • 39 min
Phil Zamani speaks about his blockchain projects Aergo and Blocko, the blockchain ecosystem in South Korea, differences between open source in Linux and blockchain technology, why blockchain consortiums might fail, why there are still few production…
How Digital Scarcity Helps Artists and Creators - Eric Elliott, Author, Developer, Mentor
Oct 24, 2018 • 42 min
Eric Elliott speaks about creating the verifiable web with po.et, how fact-checking information has evolved since PGP, why we’re not in 1998 with blockchain technology but in 1968, why people don’t yet use decentralized applications and why that is OK for…
Why Executives Need Blockchain Literacy - Alison McCauley, Author of Unblocked
Oct 17, 2018 • 57 min
Alison McCauley speaks about writing her book “Unblocked: How Blockchains Will Change Your Business”, about the importance of blockchain literacy for executives, why blockchain communities need organizations on their side, how organizations can get…
The Antifragility of Cryptoassets - Alexander Bulkin, CoinFund
Oct 10, 2018 • 71 min
Alexander Bulkin speaks about combining social sciences with blockchain technology at CoinFund (which he co-founded), why crypto funds are becoming tech companies, the antifragility of cryptoassets, cryptoeconomic primitives and the challenges with…
Trent McConaghy - “Hey Zuck, Let’s Tokenize Facebook!” How Blockchains Could Stop People Farming
Oct 3, 2018 • 72 min
Trent McConaghy speaks about creating a data economy with Ocean Protocol, token engineering and design, bringing artificial intelligence to the blockchain, how Facebook could tokenize itself to melt into the user community, why AI researchers often miss…
Ryan Jesperson - How Blockchains Could Solve the Tragedy of the Commons
Sep 26, 2018 • 94 min
Ryan Jesperson speaks about his journey to becoming the president of the Tezos Foundation, his outlook for Tezos and its technological innovations. He explains Tezos’ on-chain governance and how it could solve the tragedy of the (digital) commons, how he…
Cedric Waldburger - Why Education Is the Killer App for Blockchain Technology
Sep 19, 2018 • 60 min
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 for blockchain technology, his motivation and approach to storytelling, differences between Dfinity and…
Joey Krug - Why Healthcare, Finance, Energy, Education, and Government Are Ripe for Disruption
Sep 12, 2018 • 55 min
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 less for projects, how incumbent…
Jesse McWaters - Why Blockchain Technology Might Become Less of a Binary Idea in the Future of Finance
Sep 5, 2018 • 42 min
Jesse McWaters speaks about analyzing the impact of blockchain technology on industry and society at the World Economic Forum, disruption vs. collaboration in the financial sector, why blockchain technology gives people a license to image a future without…
Peter Hody - How Journalists and the Financial Press Stay Objective About Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology
Aug 29, 2018 • 63 min
Peter Hody speaks about his work as a journalist covering the financial sector, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, vetting crypto and ICO stories, staying objective, the role of marketing and PR firms in the crypto space, the role of advertising…
Hubert Ritzdorf - Why Hacking Smart Contracts is Easier than Hacking Web Servers
Aug 23, 2018 • 47 min
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 hacking smart contracts is easier than…
Niklas Nikolajsen - Why Cryptoassets Will Soon Be Part of Every Bank’s Business
Aug 20, 2018 • 68 min
Niklas Nikolajsen speaks about Bitcoin Suisse and its amazing journey, why “there will be no difference between crypto-finance and finance, it will only be finance”, his early cypherpunk days and Bitcoin evangelism, the importance of timing in…
Lars Thomsen - How a Futurist Looks at Blockchain Technology
Aug 16, 2018 • 46 min
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 technologies can do, how futurists work, why blockchains will be at the core of everything, why most companies…
Saifedean Ammous - Why Bitcoin is the Hardest Money We Ever Had
Aug 13, 2018 • 51 min
Saifedean Ammous speaks about his book “The Bitcoin Standard”, why thriving economies need hard money, the concept of time preference, comparisons between bitcoin and gold, what bitcoin could do for the world economy, how Austrian economics and bitcoin go…
Ron Resnick - Why Blockchain Standards Create New Business Models for Companies and Developers
Aug 9, 2018 • 57 min
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 Ethereum, why some companies “get”…
Daniel Doll-Steinberg - How Blockchain Technology Redefines Entrepreneurship
Aug 6, 2018 • 65 min
Daniel Doll-Steinberg speaks about how blockchain technology has changed entrepreneurship, London and Switzerland as blockchain hubs, the race of territories to become blockchain epicenters, advising companies to use blockchain technology, hedging legal…
Dolfi Mueller - A Recap of Zug’s Bitcoin Experiment and How it Energized Switzerland
Aug 2, 2018 • 31 min
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, learning lessons from the experiment, how banks (still) deal with Bitcoin companies, how the blockchain…
Luzius Meisser - Bitcoin’s Early Days and its Eternal September, Bitcoin Association Switzerland, and Why Regulation Kills Innovation
Jul 30, 2018 • 37 min
Luzius Meisser speaks about the early days of Bitcoin and the evolution of a thriving ecosystem in Switzerland, the professionalization of the ICO market, challenges in the foundation model for ICOs, the Swiss FINMA guidelines vs. other European…
John Hargrave - Marketing Basics for ICOs and Blockchain Projects
Jul 26, 2018 • 20 min
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 everywhere”, video vs. written content,…
Luis Cuende - How Digital Jurisdictions Help Us Escape 1984 and Take Back Control
Jul 23, 2018 • 44 min
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 manipulate citizens, how he explains…
Mathias Ruch - From Dot-Com Entrepreneur to Blockchain Investor and Enabler
Jul 19, 2018 • 65 min
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 blockchain technology presents the…
Tone Vays - Analyzing the Price of Bitcoin
Jul 16, 2018 • 79 min
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 make sense, ICOs (mostly why they…
Tom Lyons - How to Tell the Story of Blockchain Technology
Jul 13, 2018 • 56 min
Tom Lyons speaks about the importance of storytelling in the blockchain space, how to develop narratives for good stories about technology, how blockchain startups can go about communicating their projects, the meaning of “thought leadership”, how to…
Michael Sidler - How the Blockchain Disrupts Venture Capital
Jul 11, 2018 • 56 min
Michael Sidler speaks about how blockchain technology and ICOs impact venture capital, how he analyzes investment opportunities in the crypto and blockchain space, characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, why he prefers “movies to snapshots”, the…
Joe Lubin - The Future is Decentralized, and Why Decision-Making is a “Big, Fuzzy, Hairy, and Messy Thing”
Jul 9, 2018 • 16 min
Joe Lubin speaks about his vision for a decentralized world and the role Ethereum and ConsenSys play in it, what most people misunderstand about Ethereum, why it is hard to imagine what blockchain technology will do for us in 2025, why silos are coming to…
Thomas Naegele - A New Blockchain Law in Crypto Country Liechtenstein
Jul 9, 2018 • 59 min
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 scene in Liechtenstein, how…
Roger Wattenhofer - Science, Academia, and the Blockchain
Jul 6, 2018 • 78 min
Roger Wattenhofer speaks about how Bitcoin and blockchain technology entered academia, what we have learned in the ten years of the existence of blockchain technology, why the blockchain is an old idea, how companies collaborate with universities on…
Paul Meeusen - Putting Insurance on the Blockchain
Jul 4, 2018 • 40 min
Paul Meeusen speaks about bringing blockchain technology to the insurance industry, how a small insurance prototype on Ethereum led to a global initiative that involves the biggest insurance companies in the world, the ins and outs of running a blockchain…
Zhang Ruidong - China and the Blockchain
Jul 2, 2018 • 60 min
Zhang Ruidong speaks about blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation in China, the difficulty of censorship, how to make the “blockchain without cryptocurrency” mantra work, the situation of blockchain entrepreneurship in mainland China, why the…
Jack Tatar - The Rise of Cryptoassets
Jun 29, 2018 • 65 min
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 dipping their feet in the crypto waters,…
Adriano B. Lucatelli - Is The Real Value of Bitcoin Zero?
Jun 27, 2018 • 72 min
Adriano B. Lucatelli speaks about why he thinks the real value of Bitcoin is zero, different narratives of Bitcoin valuation, the comparison of Bitcoin to gold and fiat money, Austrian Economics and Bitcoin, dealing with criticism for his strong views,…
Anish Mohammed - From Cryptography to Token Economics
Jun 25, 2018 • 66 min
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 engineering, how the increasing…
Olga Feldmeier - The Bitcoin Queen and Her Mission to “Tokenize Everything”
Jun 22, 2018 • 89 min
Olga Feldmeier speaks about being called the “Bitcoin Queen” of Switzerland, making the jump from banking to cryptocurrencies, setting up cold storage in Switzerland, spearheading crypto regulation in Switzerland, what attracts her to Bitcoin, the…
Alexis Roussel - The UN, the Pirate Party, and Bitcoin
Jun 20, 2018 • 75 min
Alexis Roussel speaks about his journey from being a lawyer at the United Nations to starting the Swiss Pirate Party, how governments misunderstand digital technology, Bitcoin and Wikileaks, the early days of Bitcoin in Switzerland, money as information,…
Christian Decker - The World’s First Bitcoin PhD
Jun 18, 2018 • 47 min
Christian Decker speaks about writing the first PhD in the world about Bitcoin, his first Bitcoin meetups in 2009, changes in the crypto ecosystem since the early days, how it happened that a hacker stole almost 10,000 Bitcoins from his wallet, what the…
Steve Wilson - Why Blockchains Won’t Fix Digital Identity
Jun 15, 2018 • 113 min
Steve Wilson speaks about digital identity and why blockchains are unlikely to fix it, use cases of blockchain technology beyond cryptocurrency, why 80 percent of blockchain pilots might fail fast, why Bitcoin and blockchain technology captures people’s…
Jonas Schnelli - Making Bitcoin More User-Friendly
Jun 13, 2018 • 51 min
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 plans to make Bitcoin more…
Lidia Bolla - Cryptoasset Management in Switzerland
Jun 11, 2018 • 60 min
Lidia Bolla speaks about founding a blockchain investment manager, staying current on blockchain technology, perceptions of the traditional financial sector of cryptocurrencies, evaluating blockchain investments, skills for success in managing…
Rik Willard - The Promise of Blockchain Technology
Jun 8, 2018 • 66 min
Rik Willard speaks about the promise of blockchain technology to provide new forms of value for the unbanked, tokenized access to healthcare, digital art on the blockchain, New York as a hotspot for blockchain innovation, rolling out decentralized…
Alex Tapscott - Blockchain Revolution, Two Years Later
Jun 6, 2018 • 46 min
Alex Tapscott describes how the blockchain ecosystem has evolved, why companies should understand that blockchains revolutionize their business models, taking blockchain pilots to the next step, the Canadian blockchain scene, and when blockchain…
Mauro Casellini - Making Cryptocurrencies Bankable
Jun 3, 2018 • 36 min
Mauro Casellini speaks about how a bank could help make cryptocurrencies bankable, Bank Frick’s approach to security, cold storage, and helping the crypto industry with banking services. Among many other things, we discuss blockchain regulation in…
Trailer - The Blockchain and Us
May 28, 2018 • 0 min
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 pioneers, thought leaders and innovators in blockchain technology, cryptoassets, and the token economy. Feel…