Epicenter - Learn about Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Distributed Technologies

Epicenter - Learn about Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Distributed Technologies

Epicenter is a podcast about the technologies, projects & people driving decentralization and the global blockchain revolution.
Yaniv Tal: The Graph – A Marketplace for Web3 Data Indexes Based on GraphQL
Apr 16 • 73 min
We’re joined by Yaniv Tal, Project Lead at The Graph. The project aims to create a scalable marketplace for high-availability blockchain data indexes.
Simon de la Rouviere: Bonding Curves, Curation Markets, Token Curated Registries… and Art
Apr 10 • 81 min
We’re joined by Simon de la Rouviere, an independent researcher and blogger. In recent months, Simon’s research has focused on Token Curated Registries (or TCRs), and the economics of curation markets.
Ethan Buchman & Sunny Aggarwal: Cosmos – Launching the Internet of Blockchains
Apr 3 • 86 min
We’re joined by Ethan Buchman and Sunny Aggarwal of Cosmos. With its recent mainnet launch, we discuss how the network is running and address potential issues relating to governance and centralization of power.
Jackson Palmer: Dogecoin – wow! so meme. such community. very charity. much story.
Mar 27 • 81 min
We’re joined by Jackson Palmer, co-creator of Dogecoin. Though he has left the project, Jackson shares the story of how he created the most popular meme cryptocurrency as a joke.
Brian Hoffman & Washington Sanchez: OpenBazaar – Growing a Permissionless Marketplace
Mar 19 • 91 min
We’re joined by Brian Hoffman and Washington Sanchez of OpenBazaar. The project has grown to become a mature decentralized marketplace where people come together to buy and sell products and services anonymously with crypto.
Daniel Lehnberg & Michael Cordner: Grin – Cypherpunk Mimblewimble
Mar 12 • 81 min
We join Michael Cordner and Daniel Lehnberg, two of the core developers of the Grin blockchain. Grin is the cypherpunk instantiation of the Mimblewimble protocol which uses highly secure cryptography.
Amaury Séchet: Bitcoin Cash – Part 2
Mar 5 • 70 min
Amaury Séchet is the lead developer of Bitcoin ABC and one of the masterminds behind Bitcoin Cash, a fork of Bitcoin focused on on-chain scalability through enabling increased block sizes.
Amaury Séchet: Bitcoin Cash
Feb 28 • 80 min
Amaury Séchet is the lead developer of Bitcoin ABC and one of the masterminds behind Bitcoin Cash, a fork of Bitcoin focused on on-chain scalability through enabling increased block sizes.
Ben Goertzel: SingularityNET – The Global AI Network and Marketplace
Feb 20 • 83 min
We’re joined by Ben Goertzel, CEO of SingularityNET, a company building a marketplace for Artificial Intelligence which leverages blockchain.
Alexey Akhunov: Ethereum 1.x – BUIDLing Things One Step at a Time
Feb 13 • 80 min
We’re joined by Alexey Akhunov, an independent Ethereum researcher. Alexey leads TurboGeth and the state rent working group for the Ethereum 1.x project.
Christian Decker: Lightning Network – The Road to Scaling Bitcoin
Feb 7 • 81 min
We were joined by Blockstream core engineer Christian Decker to speak about the vision of the Lightning Network, how the project progressed in the last years and remaining obstacles to scaling Bitcoin.
Jameson Lopp: On Being a Professional Cypherpunk
Jan 29 • 85 min
We’re joined by Jameson Lopp. Jameson is known for his Twitter presence and his excellent writing. Over the years, He has written extensively about Bitcoin development, cryptocurrencies, and personal operational security.
Martin Köppelmann & Matan Field: How the dxDAO could become the world’s largest organization
Jan 24 • 89 min
We were joined by Martin Köppelmann, Founder of Gnosis, and Matan Field, Founder of DAOstack. We talked about the dxDAO, a DAO, which will manage the decentralized exchange protocol DutchX and could be the first DAO to get escape velocity.
Looking Back on 5 Years of Epicenter
Jan 15 • 55 min
This week, we look back on the early days of Epicenter and how the podcast has evolved over the years. We also answer your questions in our first ever AMA.
Joseph Lubin: ConsenSys – The Distributed Incubator which Jumpstarted the Ethereum Ecosystem
Jan 8 • 67 min
We’re joined by Joseph Lubin, Founder and CEO of ConsenSys. Since founding ConsenSys in 2014, the company has since grown to a distributed organization of over 1,000 people.
Andy Bromberg: CoinList – Capital Formation for the Crypto Industry
Jan 1 • 68 min
CoinList President and Co-founder Andy Bromberg joined us to discuss the history of CoinList, the state of token sales, the regulatory environment around token sales and the potential of security tokens.
Nadav Hollander: Dharma – A protocol for tokenized debt
Dec 25, 2018 • 63 min
We’re joined by Nadav Hollander, co-founder and president of Dharma, a decentralized protocol for bringing tokenized lending contracts to the ethereum blockchain.
David Andolfatto: The Impact of Central Bank Digital Currencies on the Banking Sector
Dec 18, 2018 • 78 min
We’re joined by David Andolfatto, VP of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In a recent paper, he explores the impact central bank digital currencies on the monopolistic banking sector.
James Prestwich: Summa One – Cross-chain Financial Instruments and Contracts
Dec 12, 2018 • 67 min
We’re joined by James Prestwich, co-founder and CEO at Summa. Summa designs and implements cross-chain financial contracts and recently executed the first dutch auction in which participants bought ethereum based NFTs trustlessly with bitcoin.
Nick Sullivan: Cloudflare – The Internet’s (De)centralized Security Blanket
Dec 4, 2018 • 80 min
We’re joined by Nick Sullivan, Chief Cryptographer at Cloudflare. They recently launched an IPFS gateway and features which allow users to have strong guarantees as to the integrity of the content.
Justin Drake: Ethereum’s Audacious Roadmap to Build a True World Computer
Nov 27, 2018 • 71 min
Ethereum Foundation Researcher Justin Drake joins us to discuss the roadmap to upgrade Ethereum and realize the scale and performance needed for a true world computer.
Brian Behlendorf: Hyperledger – From Blockchain Hype to Production Networks
Nov 20, 2018 • 81 min
We’re joined by Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger. With dozens of networks in production, and backed by companies like IBM, Hyperleger is the most widely used blockchain technology for permissioned networks.
Ben Sharafian & Stefan Thomas: Coil – A New Business Model for the Web
Nov 13, 2018 • 91 min
Coil Co-Founders Stefan Thomas and Ben Sharafian joined us to discuss the broken state of web monetization and why streaming payments to creators using ILP has a chance to change the course of the web.
Devcon4 Recap – From HODL to BUIDL
Nov 6, 2018 • 56 min
Just as the Devcon4 was wrapping up, we sat down at the Prague Congress Center to share our thoughts on the event, and how the Ethereum ecosystem has evolved since we last met in Cancun.
Gavin Wood: Substrate, Polkadot and the Case for On-Chain Governance
Oct 31, 2018 • 96 min
Former Ethereum CTO and Parity Founder Gavin Wood joined us to discuss the early days of Ethereum, how Parity came about, their new blockchain framework Substrate and the case for on-chain governance.
Monica Quaintance: Kadena – Public and Permissioned Blockchains that Scale
Oct 23, 2018 • 85 min
We’re joined by Monica Quaintance, Head of Engineering and Adoption at Kadena. The company is building a scalable platform and simplified smart contract language designed for business.
Kevin Owocki: Gitcoin – Aligning Incentives in Open-Source Development
Oct 17, 2018 • 71 min
We’re joined by Kevin Owocki, the Founder of Gitcoin, an Ethereum-based marketplace that leverages the open source community to incentivize and monetize development work.
Aleksandr Bulkin & Jake Brukhman: CoinFund – Crypto-Investing by Community Building
Oct 11, 2018 • 81 min
We are joined by Jake Brukhman, CEO, and Alexander Bulkin, Chief Alchemist, to discuss the latest thoughts on investing in the cryptocurrency space.
Arthur Breitman & Kathleen Breitman: Tezos – The Long Road Towards A Digital Commonwealth
Oct 5, 2018 • 89 min
We were joined by Tezos co-founders Arthur and Kathleen Breitman to discuss the Tezos vision, history and where the project is heading next.
Allen Day: Google’s Mission to Provide Open Datasets for Public Blockchains
Sep 26, 2018 • 68 min
We’re joined by Allen Day, Science Advocate at Google. Earlier this year, he and his team released both Bitcoin and Ethereum as public datasets in Big Query, Google big data IaaS offering.
Angela C. Walch: The Case for Treating Developers as Fiduciaries in Public Blockchains
Sep 19, 2018 • 72 min
We were joined by law professor Angela Walch to discuss her controversial ideas surrounding the role of trust in blockchain networks and why regulators should consider treating software developers as fiduciaries.
Ralph Merkle: Revolutionizing Democracy Using DAOs (rebroadcast)
Sep 12, 2018 • 76 min
The legendary scientist and cryptography pioneer joins us to discuss his paper on DAOs. It explores how a decentralized, transparent DAO making decisions using prediction markets could create more efficient democratic systems.
Glen Weyl: Radical Markets – Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society
Sep 5, 2018 • 59 min
Political Economist Glen Weyl joined us to discuss his new book ‘Radical Markets’, which explores how the structure of capitalism and democracy could be uprooted to lead to a more just society.
Clement Lessage & Federico Ast: Kleros – Crowdsourced Arbitration for Blockchain Applications
Aug 30, 2018 • 70 min
We’re joined by, Federico Ast and Clement Lessage, respectively CEO and CTO of Kleros. This dispute resolution layer provides smart contracts with a fast and secure process for arbitration.
Ryan Zurrer: Polychain – A Crypto Hedge Fund Success Story
Aug 22, 2018 • 87 min
We are joined by Ryan Zurrer, Principal and Venture partner, at Polychain capital. Polychain capital is a breakout crypto hedge fund with over $100 million in assets under management.
Uri Klarman: bloXroute – Layer-0 Scaling with the Blockchain Distribution Network
Aug 15, 2018 • 80 min
Founded by a team of researchers and systems designers from Northwestern and Cornel University, bloXroute is a layer-0 scaling solution which allows practically every blockchain network to “scale today.”
Ryan Selkis: Messari – Bringing Transparency and Self-Regulation to the Blockchain Industry
Aug 9, 2018 • 68 min
Messari CEO Ryan Selkis joined us to discuss how creating an open, distributed crypto data library will bring transparency to the industry.
Guy Zyskind: Enigma – Providing Scalable Privacy-Preservation to Smart Contacts
Aug 1, 2018 • 65 min
Enigma is a platform for scalable decentralized apps which preserves privacy. The Enigma network treats Ethereum smart contracts as “secret contracts” and can perform computations on encrypted data.
Martin Becze: Primea – The Next-Generation Blockchain Operating System
Jul 24, 2018 • 65 min
Martin Becze is a researcher at Dfinity working on a next-generation “Blockchain Operating System” called Primea - a continuation of his work on the eWASM project from his time at the Ethereum Foundation. Primea is an actor based IPC layer intended for…
Anthony Lusardi: Ethereum Classic Cooperative – Accelerating the Growth of ETC
Jul 17, 2018 • 64 min
We’re joined by Anthony Lusardi, Director of the Ethereum Classic Cooperative, an organization who’s goal is to promote the development and growth of the Ethereum Classic Network.
Evan Shapiro & Izaak Meckler: Coda – A Succinct Blockchain
Jul 12, 2018 • 53 min
O(1) labs is a pioneering company that uses zkSNARK technology in order to construct a cryptocurrency blockchain, called Coda, that solves the blockchain size scalability bottleneck.
Neha Narula: MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative – A Research-Driven Approach to Blockchain
Jul 4, 2018 • 75 min
Neha Narula, Director of the MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative, joined us to discuss the evolution of the DCI, their most important research items and the recent controversy around IOTA.
Eric Larchevêque: Ledger – How to Build an Industry-Leading Cryptocurrency Security Company
Jun 27, 2018 • 75 min
Eric Larchevêque joins us to discuss the meteoric rise of Ledger from a ten person team to now nearly 150 people on three continents. This fascinating discussion is a master class in product development, scaling at lightning speed, and staying true to…
Pamela Morgan: Cryptoasset Inheritance Planning
Jun 21, 2018 • 69 min
Lawyer Pamela Morgan joined us to discuss her new book “Cryptoasset Inheritance Planning”, a simple guide for cryptoasset owners to pass their holdings to their loved ones.
Grigore Rosu: The K Framework – A Framework to Formally Define All Programming Languages
Jun 12, 2018 • 88 min
We are joined by Grigore Rosu, Prof. of computer science at UIUC [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] for a deep dive into the K framework. The K framework is mathematic logic and language that enables language developers to formally define all…
Amrit Kumar & Dr.Ilya Sergey: Scilla – A Formal Verification Oriented Contract Language
Jun 6, 2018 • 71 min
We are joined by Dr. Amrit Kumar and Dr. Ilya Sergey to discuss Scilla, the smart contract language of the upcoming Zilliqa blockchain. In a previous episode, we’ve already covered the vision and technical approach of Zilliqa to solve the transaction…
Matan Field: DAOstack – An Operating System for Collective Intelligence
May 31, 2018 • 68 min
We’re joined by Matan Field, CEO of DAOstack, a new platform that aims to become the operating system for collective intelligence. DAOstack is building a toolset to allow decentralized governance and building self-organizing collectives at scale.
Luis Cuende: Aragon – Decentralized Governance and the Fight for Freedom
May 24, 2018 • 56 min
Luis Cuende joined us to discuss Aragon’s work on building decentralized governance tools and the crucial role they play in the fight for freedom.
Changpeng Zhao: The Meteoric Rise of Crypto Exchange Binance
May 16, 2018 • 81 min
Binance Founder Changpeng Zhao joined us to discuss how Binance grew to become the world’s largest crypto exchange in less than a year. We covered its journey, values and plans for the future.
Charles Hoskinson: Cardano – A Third Generation Smart Contract Blockchain
May 8, 2018 • 96 min
We are joined by Charles Hoskinson, the CEO of IOHK, who walked us through the plans and motivations for Cardano, a third generation blockchain system with an internal cryptocurrency called Ada. We talked extensively about the decentralized governance…
Humayun Sheikh & Toby Simpson: Fetch.ai – an intelligent learning blockchain network
May 2, 2018 • 65 min
We are joined by Humayun Sheikh and Toby Simpson, founders of the Fetch.ai project. This ambitious project seeks to create a self-learning blockchain network that fosters economic activity/combinations between off-chain AI agents. The fetch blockchain…
Karl Floersch: Plasma Cash and the Ethereum Roadmap
Apr 24, 2018 • 71 min
Ethereum Researcher Karl Floersch joined us to discuss Plasma Cash and the wider Ethereum roadmap.
Ajay Prakash & Gavin Brennen: Qubit Protocol – Quantum Computing & The Coming Threat to Crypto
Apr 17, 2018 • 73 min
We’re joined by Ajay Prakash and Gavin Brennen, founders of the Qubit Protocol, a decentralized blockchain-enabled governance protocol that is meant to select and fund the best startups in the quantum world. We discuss a recent paper which describes the…
Loong Wang & Taiyang Zhang: Republic Protocol – A Decentralized & Trustless Crypto Dark Pool
Apr 11, 2018 • 60 min
We’re joined by Taiyang Zhang and Loong Wang, who are respectively CEO and CTO of Republic Protocol. Republic operates as a decentralized dark pool for cryptocurrency trading pairs such as Ether, ERC20 tokens, and Bitcoin. Buy and sell orders remain…
Ryan John King: FOAM – A Geospatial Proof of Location Protocol for Blockchains and Dapps
Apr 4, 2018 • 58 min
We’re joined by Ryan John King, CEO of FOAM, a blockchain protocol which aims to offer secure location services independent of external centralized sources such as GPS. FOAM introduces a Proof of Location Protocol, which leverages long-range low-power…
Corey Todaro & John Bass: Hashed Health – Rebooting The Healthcare Industry
Mar 29, 2018 • 88 min
We are joined by John Bass and Corey Todaro, who are respectively CEO and CPO of Hashed Health, an innovation firm focused on accelerating the meaningful development of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies for the industry. Hashed Health works…
Peter Van Valkenburgh: Where US Cryptocurrency Regulation is Heading
Mar 21, 2018 • 70 min
CoinCenter Director of Research Peter Van Valkenburgh joined us to discuss the state of cryptocurrency regulation in the US and recent actions by SEC, CFTC, FinCEN and others.
Bob Summerwill: Sweetbridge – Rewriting the Operating System for the World Economy
Mar 17, 2018 • 67 min
We’re joined by Bob Summerwill, Community Ambassador at Sweetbridge, an ambitious project that aims to change the way global business operates at a fundamental level. While supply chains account for about two-thirds of the World’s GDP, value is trapped in…
Anson Zeall: Blockchain in Singapore and South East Asia
Mar 8, 2018 • 55 min
We were joined by Anson Zeall, who is one of the leaders of Singapore’s blockchain and FinTech community. We discussed how the Singapore ecosystem evolved, why it became a popular place to locate cryptocurrency project, its current regulatory framework.…
Jeff Garzik: Metronome – Of Bitcoin Satellites and Built-to-Last Chain-Hopping Tokens
Feb 27, 2018 • 72 min
Metronome is cryptocurrency that sits on top of existing blockchains and aims to allow tokens to easily move from one network to the other. A series of standard blockchain contracts allow for daily descending price auctions to occur automatically, and for…
Kyle Samani & Tushar Jain: Multicoin – Emerging Frameworks for Cryptoasset Investing
Feb 21, 2018 • 67 min
Multicoin Capital Founders Kyle Samani and Tushar Jain joined us to discuss the theses driving their investments in the land of tokens.
Amir Bandeali & Will Warren: 0x Protocol and the Decentralized Exchange Frontier
Feb 16, 2018 • 75 min
0x Co-founders Will Warren and Amir Bandeali joined us to discuss the decentralized exchange protocol 0x.
Greg Meredith & Nash Foster: RChain – The Scalable, Concurrent and Performant Blockchain
Feb 8, 2018 • 67 min
A fundamentally new kind of blockchain platform, RChain is rooted in a formal model of concurrent and decentralized computation.
Manuel Aráoz: Zeppelin and the Evolution of Smart Contract Development
Feb 1, 2018 • 64 min
Zeppelin CTO Manuel Araoz joined us to discuss smart contract security, the OpenZeppelin framework and their new project zeppelin_os.
Mance Harmon: Hashgraph – A Radically Novel Consensus Algorithm
Jan 25, 2018 • 72 min
Mance Harmon, CEO of the company behind Hashgraph, joined us to discuss the radically new consensus algorithm and how it compares to existing approaches.
Chris Burniske & Jack Tatar: Cryptoassets – The Rise of a New Asset Class
Jan 17, 2018 • 83 min
Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar joined us to discuss their book ‘Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond’
Andrew Trask: OpenMined – A Decentralised Artificial Intelligence Platform
Jan 11, 2018 • 60 min
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.…
Brian Platz & Flip Filipowski: FlureeDB – A Scalable Blockchain-Based Graph Database
Jan 3, 2018 • 66 min
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…
Elizabeth Rossiello: BitPesa – Building Financial Platforms for Frontier Markets
Dec 27, 2017 • 55 min
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…
Christopher Fabian & Shaun Conway: Unicef & Ixo: Towards More Transparent Humanitarian Projects
Dec 19, 2017 • 66 min
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…
Tim Swanson: Busting the Great Wall of Hype
Dec 13, 2017 • 59 min
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…
Adam Perlow & Asher Manning: Zen Protocol – A Decentralized Financial System
Dec 6, 2017 • 62 min
Adam Perlow and Asher Manning of Zen Protocol joined us to discuss how Zen aims to build a decentralized financial system combining smart contracts with a Bitcoin-like UTXO architecture.
Zoe Adamovicz: Neufund and the Case for Selling Equity on the Blockchain
Nov 28, 2017 • 59 min
With the meteoric rise of ICOs, the questionable incentives and regulatory pitfalls of such offerings are becoming abundantly obvious. Yet, raising money from a global crowd by selling tokens is here to stay. Neufund CEO Zoe Adamovicz joined us to explain…
Alex Morcos: Chaincode Labs and Why Bitcoin is Our One Shot at Creating Digital Gold
Nov 21, 2017 • 65 min
In the last few years, Chaincode Labs played one of the most active roles in the development of Bitcoin core. Its founder Alex Morcos joined us to talk about his own journey from high frequency trading to discovering Bitcoin and starting Chaincode. We…
Amrit Kumar & Xinshu Dong: Zilliqa – A Scalable Sharded Public Blockchain
Nov 14, 2017 • 73 min
Our guests, Xinshu Dong and Amrit Kumar, walk us through the objectives, protocol design and fundraising structure of Zilliqua, a new public blockchain which achieves scalability through sharding.
Post DevCon3 Roundtable: State of Ethereum, Cosmos Retreat and Parity Hack
Nov 10, 2017 • 68 min
The three Epicenter hosts discuss the Ethereum Developer conference, state of Ethereum ecosystem, Cosmos retreat and the Parity hack.
Micah Winkelspecht: Gem – The Enterprise Platform That Powers Data-Driven Applications
Nov 1, 2017 • 63 min
Micah Winkelspecht, CEO and Founder of Gem, joins us to talk about GemOS, a full-stack blockchain middleware platform that allows companies to build applications on top of blockchains protocols like Ethereum or Hyperledger Fabric.
Karl Kreder: Grid+ – Unlocking Direct Access to Wholesale Energy Markets
Oct 24, 2017 • 60 min
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…
Galen Wolfe-Pauly: Urbit – A Digital Republic Reinventing the Internet
Oct 18, 2017 • 64 min
Galen Wolfe-Pauly joined us to discuss Urbit, a radical project that aims to disrupt the clould computing paradigm and create a user-driven internet.
Ben Bollen & Jason Goldberg: Simple Token – Bringing Tokens to Mainstream Consumer Applications
Oct 11, 2017 • 73 min
Simple Token CEO Jason Goldberg and Chief Technology Strategist Ben Bollen joined us to discuss Simple Token and bridging mainstream consumer applications with cryptocurrencies.
Fredrik Voss: Nasdaq – How Blockchain Technologies Will Transform Capital Markets
Oct 4, 2017 • 56 min
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…
Ari Paul: BlockTower Capital and the Cryptocurrency Opportunity
Sep 26, 2017 • 73 min
Ari Paul, CIO of cryptocurrency hedge fund BlockTower Capital, joined us to discuss the cryptocurrency investment opportunity and how cryptocurrencies are on the cusp of becoming a recognized asset class.
Matt Kerner: Microsoft’s Coco Framework – The Holy Grail for Enterprise
Sep 19, 2017 • 69 min
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…
Ciaran O’Leary: BlueYard – The Disruption of Venture Capital
Sep 13, 2017 • 68 min
Ciaran O’Leary, General Partner of VC fund BlueYard, joined us to discuss BlueYard’s approach for investing in the blockchain economy and the current disruption of the VC industry.
Peter Czaban: Polkadot – The Internet of Blockchain Networks
Sep 5, 2017 • 73 min
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.
Nick Morgan: The DAO, the SEC and the ICO Boom
Aug 29, 2017 • 64 min
In the current ICO boom, few things cause as much concern as the uncertain regulatory environment. Many do expect that at least some token sales will be considered unlicensed sales of securities and that action by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC)…
Dan Larimer: EOS – The Decentralized Operating System
Aug 23, 2017 • 73 min
Dan Larimer joined us to discuss his latest project EOS, which aims to create a decentralized operating system and solve the scalability problems of current blockchain technology.
Arthur Falls: From Lobster Fishing to Blockchain Podcasting
Aug 17, 2017 • 72 min
Prior to hosting his ground breaking podcasts Beyond Bitcoin and The Ether Review, Arthur Falls had left his home country of New Zealand to fish lobster off the coast of Maine. Like many people in the blockchain space, his unlikely journey into the world…
Loi Luu: KyberNetwork – Towards Truly Decentralized Crypto-Asset Exchanges
Aug 9, 2017 • 59 min
We’re joined by Loi Luu, Co-founder of KyberNetwork. This new decentralized exchange protocol, built on Ethereum, aims to match buyers with reserve operators, who create liquidity for crypto-asset pairs. Trades occur instantaneously and without the need…
Eyal Hertzog: Bancor and the Rise of User-Generated Currencies
Aug 4, 2017 • 72 min
Bancor Co-Founder Eyal Hertzog joined us to explain how Bancor makes trading the long tail of assets more efficient and how this will enable user-generated currencies at scale.
Dave Collins & Jake Yocom-Piatt:: Decred – A Hybrid Approach to Blockchain Governance
Jul 26, 2017 • 69 min
Dave Collins and Jake Yocom-Piatt join us to talk about Decred, a cryptocurrency which introduces an innovative system of community-based governance into its blockchain.
Aviv Zohar & Yonatan Sompolinsky: Of Spectre & Ghosts – Radical Ideas to Scale Blockchain Tech
Jul 19, 2017 • 69 min
Hebrew University academics Aviv Zohar and Yonatan Sompolinski joined us to discuss their radical proposals for how to scale blockchain technology.
Richard Craib: Numerai – A Revolutionary Hedge Fund Built on Blockchain and AI
Jul 11, 2017 • 71 min
Numerai Founder Richard Craib joined us to discuss how Numerai combines AI and blockchain to build a hedge fund that crowdsources its portfolio management and thus creates network effects.
Erik Voorhees: Prism – The World’s First Portfolio Market Platform
Jul 4, 2017 • 61 min
Shapeshift CEO Erik Voorhees joined us to discuss their new platform Prism. Prism allows users to create a collateralized portfolio of digital assets purely using Ethereum smart contracts.
Jimmy Song: A Fork in the Road for Bitcoin?
Jun 27, 2017 • 66 min
Bitcoin Developer and Principal Architect at Paxos, Jimmy Song, joins us to discuss the different scalability proposals for which miners are currently signaling their support. Will one of these proposals gain majority support, allowing for the network to…
William Mougayar: Unpacking Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) and Token Sales
Jun 20, 2017 • 72 min
Investor and Author William Mougayar joined us to unpack token sales / ICOs and understand what is driving the current explosion of interest.
Alex Leverington & Julian Zawistowski: Golem – The Worldwide Decentralized Supercomputer
Jun 14, 2017 • 65 min
With most of the world’s computing power concentrated in Internet companies’ data centers, the Internet has become a very centralized place. We’re joined by Julian Zawistowski and Alex Leverington, CEO and P2P engineer at Golem. We discuss how Golem hopes…
Siân Jones: An Enlightened Approach to Blockchain Regulation in Gibraltar
Jun 7, 2017 • 72 min
Our regulatory expert Siân Jones joined us to discuss her work on a regulatory framework for distributed ledger technology (DLT) for Gibraltar. We discuss how the framework differs from other efforts and aims to attract rather than curtail blockchain…
Brendan Eich: Brave – Reinventing the Monetization of Content and Attention
May 30, 2017 • 61 min
We’re joined by Brendan Eich, Founder, and CEO of Brave. As an early Internet pioneer, Brendan created Javascript, and helped found the Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation. Brave is a new desktop and mobile browser which blocks ads and tracking by…
Fred Ehrsam & Trent McConaghy: IPDB – The Interplanetary Database and its Applications in AI
May 23, 2017 • 95 min
We’re joined by Trent McConaghy, CTO and Co-founder of BigchainDB and Ascribe, and Fred Ehrsam, former Co-founder at Coinbase. We have a fascinating discussion about the intersection of AI and blockchain technologies. We also discuss the public…
Alex Van de Sande & Nick Johnson: ENS – A Global Naming System for Ethereum
May 16, 2017 • 73 min
We’re joined by Alex Van de Sande and Nick Johnson to discuss their approach to creating an open, secure and decentralized naming system for the Ethereum Network. The Ethereum Naming System allows users to register .eth domain names, and map those names…
Peter Van Valkenburgh: Towards Sound Bitcoin Policy
May 9, 2017 • 70 min
Coin Center Director of Research Peter Van Valkenburgh joined us to discuss the most important policy issues facing Bitcoin and other open blockchain networks.
Carl Bennetts & Jarrad Hope: Status – The Mobile Ethereum Client
May 2, 2017 • 56 min
Jarrad Hope and Carl Bennetts, join us to discuss Status, a mobile Ethereum client which aims to turn the standard wallet experience on its head. Through its familiar messaging interface and elegant design, users can chat and send Ether directly in the…
Mano Thanabalan: Otonomos – Simplifying Incorporation and Automating Corporate Governance
Apr 25, 2017 • 63 min
Manu Thanabalan, CTO of Otonomos, joins us to discuss how his company is leveraging smart contracts to accelerate incorporation and automate corporate governance. By leveraging blockchain technologies, day-to-day governance mechanisms and standard…
Thomas Voegtlin: Blocksize, Bitcoin Unlimited, ASICBoost and Activating SegWit
Apr 18, 2017 • 64 min
Electrum Developer Thomas Voegtlin joined us to discuss the state of the Bitcoin scaling debate. We discussed Bitcoin Unlimited, ASICBoost, SegWit activation without miner support and how a Bitcoin fork could play out.
Gilles Fedak: iExec – Blockchain-Based Fully Distributed Cloud Computing Infrastructure
Apr 11, 2017 • 67 min
Gilles Fedak, a researcher Inria, joins us to discuss iExec, a new project which aims to build a high-performance distributed cloud infrastructure marketplace. iExec utilizes Ethreum to organize a peer-to-peer marketplace of computing resources, allowing…
Christian Reitwiessner & Jason Teutsch: TrueBit – Scalable Off-Chain Computations for Ethereum
Apr 4, 2017 • 63 min
We’re joined by Jason Teutsch and Christian Reitwiessner, the co-authors of a visionary whitepaper which describes Truebit. This protocol would allow complex computations to be executed on off-chain systems while being validated by Ethereum miners. The…
Adam B. Levine: Building a Blockchain Podcast Network
Mar 28, 2017 • 68 min
We’re joined by Adam B. Levine the founder and host of Let’s Talk Bitcoin! Adam reflects on his signature show and the network he created in 2014. He discusses the future of the network and makes an announcement live on the show, which even takes us by…
Miguel Vias: XRP’s Future for Cross-Border Payments
Mar 21, 2017 • 61 min
For a long time the native asset of the Ripple network XRP was the cryptocurrency with the second biggest market cap. But with much of the supply controlled by Ripple, it remained surrounded by controversy. Still, XRP remains an interesting asset to…
Carsten Stöcker: How Blockchains Will Power the Energy Grids of Tomorrow
Mar 14, 2017 • 65 min
Carsten Stöcker, Senior Manager Machine Economy & Blockchain at Innogy, shares his vision for how blockchains will serve as the transactional fabric for tomorrow’s smart grids. In this new paradigm, energy is locally produced and blockchains provide the…
Olaf Carlson-Wee: Polychain Capital – The Rise of Protocol Tokens
Mar 7, 2017 • 67 min
Polychain Founder and CEO Olaf Carlson-Wee joined us to talk about Polychain Capital, a new hedge fund focused solely on investing in cryptocurrencies and protocol tokens.
Peter Rizun: A Bitcoin Fee Market Without A Blocksize Limit
Feb 28, 2017 • 69 min
Dr. Peter Rizun joined us to discuss why a fee market in Bitcoin would exist even without a blocksize limit and his argument for Bitcoin Unlimited.
Vitalik Buterin: DAO Lessons, Casper and Blockchain Interoperability
Feb 21, 2017 • 67 min
Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin joined us once again to discuss the state of Ethereum and the efforts to innovate the protocol. We covered the takeaways from the DAO fork, switching to the proof-of-stake system Casper and how to think about blockchain…
Jae Kwon: Cosmos – The Internet of Blockchains
Feb 14, 2017 • 73 min
We’re joined by Jae Kwon, CEO and Founder of Tendermint, the team which will soon launch the Cosmos Network. Cosmos aims to build the internet of blockchains: A global network of blockchains, connected through hubs that allow trustless token transfer. Jae…
Silvio Micali: Algorand – A New Scalable and Secure Approach to Byzantine Fault Tolerant Consensus
Feb 8, 2017 • 78 min
We’re pleased to be joined by Professor Silvio Micali, a computer scientist at MIT, who is known for his work in many of the technologies blockchains rely on today. Prof. Micali describes the concept of Algorand, an alternative approach to proof of work…
Rick Dudley: The Future of Ethreum as a Strongly Typed Proof-of-Stake Blockchain Network
Jan 31, 2017 • 55 min
We’re joined by Rick Dudley, an opinionated and passionate blockchain developer who is actively involved in multiple projects. He works as a DevOps at Monax, works closely with Vlad Zamfir on implementing Casper in Ethereum, is a leading member of the…
Peter Harris: Democratizing the Music Industry with the Streaming Music Cooperative Resonate
Jan 24, 2017 • 61 min
After the successful Ethereum crowdfunding campaign, musician and web developer Peter Harris saw a path to creating a fair, decentralized music streaming platform. Out of that Resonate was born. Peter joined us to discuss why the dysfunctional structure…
Andrew Clifford & G. Andrew Stone: Bitcoin Unlimited
Jan 17, 2017 • 64 min
Years into the controversy around how to scale Bitcoin, there have been many challengers to Bitcoin core’s dominance. After XT, Classic and others have faded, Bitcoin Unlimited has been gaining traction and emerged as plausible new way forward. Bitcoin…
Wrapping Up The Year and Looking Ahead at What’s to Come
Jan 9, 2017 • 72 min
It’s been an eventful year in the blockchain space, for the Epicenter podcast, and its hosts. Brian, Meher and Sebastien look back on 2016 and provide a few personal updates, give their thoughts and insights on how the space evolved, and make predictions…
Ari Juels: Authenticated Data Feeds and Criminal Smart Contracts
Jan 3, 2017 • 60 min
Ari Juels, a Professor at Cornell Tech and former Chief Scientist of RSA, joins us to discuss his work on Authenticated Data Feeds for Smart Contracts. These ‘Town Crier’ feeds would act as bridges between smart contracts and websites, srapping data over…
Roger Ver: Bitcoin, Liberty and the Scalability Roadblock
Dec 27, 2016 • 69 min
Roger Ver is one of the earliest Bitcoin investors and evangelist. We discusses his impassioned vision for how Bitcoin can help liberty and the current issues on the best way of scaling Bitcoin.
Ned Scott: Steem – The Blockchain-Based Social Media Platform
Dec 21, 2016 • 61 min
Ned Scott, Co-Founder and CEO of Steemit, joined us to discuss the blockchain-based social media platform that rapidly built a vibrant community of contributors since launching this year. We covered the complex architecture of Steem with its various…
Marley Gray: Project Bletchley – Microsoft’s Blockchain 3.0 Architecture
Dec 13, 2016 • 65 min
Marley Gray, Principal Program Manager Blockchain at Microsoft, joins us to talk about Microsoft’s approach to blockchain architecture. With enterprise in mind, Bletchley introduces the concept of “Cryptlets”, the core building blocks for introducing a…
Brian Behlendorf: How Hyperledger is Developing Foundational Blockchain Technology
Dec 5, 2016 • 66 min
Hyperledger Executive Director and internet pioneer Brian Behlendorf joined us to discuss why blockchain technology needs an open-source, collaborative approach to developing its foundational technology.
Anuj Das Gupta & Richard Caetano: How Stratumn Secures Processes
Nov 29, 2016 • 68 min
Stratumn CEO Richard Caetano and Head of Research Anuj das Gupta joined us to discuss their work to bring security and integrity to processes. We covered the philosophy behind the company and why they use cryptography and other technologies coming out of…
Mona El Isa & Reto Trinkler: The Polkadot Protocol – One Blockchain to Connect Them All
Nov 22, 2016 • 55 min
Melonport, a team based out of Zurich, has taken up the challenge of deploying the Polkadot network and also building decentralized asset management software on the same network. In this episode we converse with Mona El Isa and Reto Trinkler, co-founders…
Dominic Williams & Tom Ding: DFINITY – The Quest for a Decentralized Cloud
Nov 14, 2016 • 71 min
String Labs founders Tom Ding and Dominic Williams joined us to discuss their project DFINITY, a next-generation blockchain network. Through leveraging technological advances, DFINITY aims to deliver an infinitely scalable decentralized cloud that will be…
Leanne Kemp: Everledger – Detecting Diamond Fraud and Theft
Nov 7, 2016 • 67 min
As is the case with most luxury goods, the diamond industry is faced with the issues of theft, fraud, and counterfeiting. Leanne Kemp, CEO of Everledger, joins us to explain how her company is using advanced geological techniques, and blockchains, to…
Mike Hearn & Richard Gendal Brown: Corda – A Distributed Ledger for Financial Services
Oct 31, 2016 • 81 min
Greg Meredith: Synereo – Rebuilding the Attention Economy from the Ground Up
Oct 25, 2016 • 67 min
As content becomes more and more abundant and immediately available at our fingertips, our limited attention is a barrier for those whose business it is to attract and harness it. In this context, large (social) media companies understand that attention…
Alex Wearn: Decentralized Capital and Government Currencies on Ethereum
Oct 17, 2016 • 61 min
A topic which is often discussed is the limited use of Ethereum applications without stable cryptocurrencies. Decentralized Capital is addressing this by issuing fiat-pegged tokens on Ethereum that are backed by bank deposits. CEO Alex Wearn joined us to…
Tuur Demeester: Investing in Bitcoin
Oct 10, 2016 • 76 min
In 2012, a year after discovering Bitcoin in Argentina, Dutch economist Tuur Demeester became one of the first people to advocate investing in Bitcoin to a mainstream audience. Tuur joined us to discuss his thesis for investing in Bitcoin and how it has…
Ian Grigg: Ricardian Contracts and Digital Assets Prehistory
Oct 3, 2016 • 87 min
Before 2013 few people paid attention to Bitcoin and blockchain, yet even back in the 1990s a vibrant group of prioneers pursued the vision of financial cryptography and digital cash. One of these was financial cryptographer and software developer Ian…
Devcon 2 and the State of Ethereum
Sep 26, 2016 • 73 min
Last week the biggest blockchain-focused developer conference took place in Shanghai, China: Ethereum’s DevCon 2. Epicenter show host Meher Roy was at the conference and brought back his impressions and insights for a comprehensive discussion of the…
Lukas Abegg: Smart Contracts and the Law
Sep 19, 2016 • 61 min
That blockchains represents a fundamental technological revolution has become widely accepted. What is still more nebulous, but could turn out just as disruptive is how smart contracts while transform the legal system and our understanding of what…
Kyle Torpey: Diving Into Bitcoin – The Debates, the Issues and What’s to Come
Sep 12, 2016 • 67 min
We’re joined by Kyle Torpey, a freelance writer, and journalist who writes for a number of publications in the blockchain space including Bitcoin Magazine, Coin Journal, and others. Know for his well-written articles and in-depth reporting on the…
Sarah Meiklejohn: Anonymity, Central Bank Cryptocurrencies and the Academic View on Bitcoin
Sep 5, 2016 • 67 min
With academic research on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies still in its infancy, Sarah Meiklejohn’s track record of publications in the area stands out. The UCL computer science professor has explored topics ranging from anonymity in Bitcoin to how a central…
Ryan X. Charles: Allowing Content Creators to Own and Monetize Content with Yours
Aug 29, 2016 • 67 min
In the last 20 years, content publishing platforms have proliferated to an almost insane number. There are countless places where people and companies can post articles, blogs, videos, photos, live content and so on. Despite this diverse offering, little…
Russell McLernon & Stephen King: RexMLS – Disrupting Real Estate with a Decentralized MLS
Aug 22, 2016 • 62 min
One of the sectors which is ripe for disruption is the real estate industry. In the US for instance, a handful of historic and very powerful players operate what is known as MLS, or Multiple Listing Services, and hold unofficial monopolies on residential…
Alex Chepurnoy & Charles Hoskinson: IOHK, Scorex and the Case for Ethereum Classic
Aug 15, 2016 • 76 min
From BitShares to his central role during the inception of Ethereum Charles Hoskinson has continually influenced key projects in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. After departing the Ethereum project in 2014, he has recently stepped back into the…
Joey Krug: Augur – A Decentralized Crowdsourced Prediction Market Built on Ethereum
Aug 9, 2016 • 66 min
Prediction markets are fascinating financial instruments which have proven to be accurate at making predictions on things like the outcome of elections, geopolitical events and sporting events. But in our heavily regulated financial world, they are the…
Claire Warren & Scott Farrell: DnA Contracts – Bringing Human Discretion to Smart Contracts
Aug 1, 2016 • 75 min
Blockchain smart contracts are self-executing contracts composed of computer code. These programs, which are executed by the entirety of the network, enforce the rules described within the code. Effectively, in this realm, code is law. And as we’ve seen…
Ralph Merkle: Revolutionizing Democracy Using DAOs
Jul 25, 2016 • 77 min
Legendary scientist and cryptography pioneer Ralph Merkle joined us to discuss his recent paper on DAOs. Merkle examined how the voting mechanisms in today’s democracies are flawed and how a decentralized, transparent DAO making decisions using prediction…
Manfred Karrer: Bitsquare – The Decentralized Open-Soure Cryptocurrency-Fiat Exchange
Jul 19, 2016 • 64 min
Exchanges are often criticized as a central point of failure of the cryptocurrency space. This isn’t without justification as, in recent years, we have seen a number of exchanges get hacked, robbed, or embezzled by their founders, which is far from…
Martin Köppelmann: Gnosis – The Ethereum Prediction Market
Jul 11, 2016 • 70 min
Few things arouse among free market believers and enthusiasts of decentralization as prediction markets do. By allowing people to bet on any range of outcomes they promise more efficient markets and better information. Few people have worked with as much…
Sergio Lerner: How RSK Will Bring Smart Contracts to Bitcoin
Jul 4, 2016 • 59 min
Security researcher and RSK co-founder Sergio Lerner joined us to discuss RSK (also Rootstock), the project to launch a turing-complete smart contract sidechain to Bitcoin. We talked about how he got into the industry, spending countless days analyzing…
Siân Jones: Regulatory Update – The Brexit, the EU and the DAO
Jun 27, 2016 • 68 min
With recent news surrounding The DOA and the Brexit vote causing a stir in the blockchain world and beyond, it seems like a regulatory update is due. So we called up our favorite regulatory affairs specialist Siân Jones to enlighten us on some of the…
Arthur Breitman: Tezos – A Self-Amending Crypto-Ledger
Jun 20, 2016 • 73 min
The lack of an explicit governance mechanism has created deep problems for Bitcoin. Ethereum, with the DAO-related soft/hard-fork discussions, may face similar challenges ahead. Yet, already in 2014 Arthur Breitman quietly started working on…
Stephen Palley: Lawmodynamics – How to Sue a DAO
Jun 12, 2016 • 70 min
For many the promise of decentralized applications and DAOs is to be beyond the limitations and rigidity of the existing legal system. There is no question that where DAOs can roam freely, innovation can accelerate. But can the law, courts and regulations…
Emin Gün Sirer & Vlad Zamfir: On a Rocky DAO
Jun 6, 2016 • 69 min
Raising $150m+ through its toke sale, ‘The DAO’ has become the most notable decentralized application to date. The ambitious goal of the project is to form an decentralized organizations that efficiently makes investment decisions and generates a return…
Julien Hamonic & Pascal Hamonic: Applying the Mechanisms of Thermoregulation to Cryptocurrencies
May 30, 2016 • 59 min
One of the problems often cited when talking about cryptocurrencies is their level of volatility compared to traditional fiat currencies. This makes most cryptocurrencies a poor instrument for storing value, and introduces complexities when making…
Stephan Tual: Building a Universal Sharing Network on Ethereum and a $150M DAO
May 23, 2016 • 78 min
In this episode we welcome back Stephan Tual, the COO of Slock.It, a German startup working at the intersection of the Internet of Things and the Ethereum blockchain. Slock.It’s small team also wrote the smart contracts that power ‘The DAO’, a…
Evan Schwartz & Stefan Thomas: Building the Internet of Payments with Interledger
May 16, 2016 • 62 min
One of the foundational problems in payment networks is that they are mostly uninteroperable. This problem exists at all levels, from consumer payment solutions like PayPal, to national and multi-national banks. This complexity is brought on by the…
Erik Voorhees: Fooling the Fox – The Story of the Shapeshift Hack
May 9, 2016 • 70 min
In the short history of the Bitcoin industry, there has been an impressive amount of high profile hacks, ranging from a few hundred thousand to many millions of dollars. In all of these, customers, Bitcoin users, where robbed of their funds because poor…
The Far Future in Front of Us
May 2, 2016 • 57 min
As the blockchain field continues evolving rapidly, Sebastien, Meher and Brian take some time to discuss the current environment and the longer term implications of blockchains. We discussed how smart contracts could affect the pace of innovation and the…
Jed Mccaleb: Stellar and the Vision of an Open Financial System
Apr 25, 2016 • 66 min
Anthony di Iorio: Jaxx – Ethereum and Why Community Matters
Apr 18, 2016 • 59 min
We were joined by repeat guest Anthony di Iorio, a definite contender for having (co-)founded the most projects in the blockchain space including Ethereum, Kryptokit, Decentral and Jaxx. We got an update on the vibrant Toronto blockchain scene and…
Trent McConaghy: BigchainDB – Scalable Public Distributed Databases
Apr 11, 2016 • 76 min
One of the major drawbacks of Bitcoin is its low transaction throughput. Maxing out only a handful of operations per second, there have been many proposals to scale it up so that it can compete with existing distributed database technologies. As the…
Florian Glatz: Defining a Legal Framework for Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO)
Apr 4, 2016 • 69 min
The relatively new concept of a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), is often praised as a new type of organizational structure that has no identifiable owner or owners, and whose actions are automated and determined solely by a pre-defined set of…
Rune Christensen: Maker DAO Ethereum’s Decentralized Central Bank
Mar 28, 2016 • 79 min
The challenges Bitcoin’s wild volatility represents for achieving mass adoption have made the necessity for stable cryptocurrencies apparent long ago. With Ethereum applications, the problem is even more apparent as many use cases from predcition markets…
Brock Pierce: From Digital Goods to Digital Currency
Mar 21, 2016 • 73 min
We’re joined by , Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, investor and all around emblematic figure of the Bitcoin ecosystem. Brock tells his story, from his early beginning a entrepreneur in his teens, to the massively successfull video game industry…
Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn: Zcash – An Open Financial System with Privacy
Mar 14, 2016 • 66 min
For Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn, part of the cypherpunk movement since the early 1990s, the vision of a decentralized financial system that has both openness and privacy has existed since long before Bitcoin. After many failed attempts, Bitcoin proved that that…
Jeremy Stephen & Winston Moore: Barbados, Bitcoin and Central Banking
Mar 7, 2016 • 58 min
For orthodox Bitcoiners central banks are often seen as the incarnation of evil. But , alas, in the case of two Carribean central banking economists the feeling of reprehension wasn’t reciprocated. Winston Moore and Jeremy Stephen were formerly associated…
Maciej Olpinski: Solving the Economic Mismatch Between Content and Attention
Feb 29, 2016 • 70 min
The problem around content monetization is one which content producers are constantly trying to solve. At the core of this problem is a mismatch between supply and demand. Content, which is increasingly abundant, is captured by human attention, which is…
Adam Gibson: A New Kind of Auditing – Cryptographic Proof of Online Accounts
Feb 22, 2016 • 64 min
A pioneering feature of Bitcoin is verifiability of transactions: It is designed to enable low-power devices and high end computers alike to be able to verify occurrences on the blockchain. This observation led our guest, Adam Gibson, to wonder why…
Manu Sporney: W3C – Making Payments a Web Standard
Feb 15, 2016 • 78 min
A typical online transaction today isn’t very different from how it was done 25 years ago at the dawn of the Internet. In fact, online payments haven’t changed much at all. When we want to pay for something online, we copy very sensitive credit card…
Eric Lombrozo: Upgrading Bitcoin with Segregated Witness
Feb 8, 2016 • 69 min
In the midst of the heated blocksize debate one could be forgiven to think that there is very little Bitcoin developers are able to agree on. Yet, when core developer and Blockstream co-founder Pieter Wuille introduced the concept of segregated witness at…
Eli Ben-Sasson: Zero Knowledge Proofs
Feb 1, 2016 • 68 min
Zero Knowledge Proofs are methods of providing cryptographic proofs to another party while keeping some information secret. The simple concept of ZKP offer tantalizing possibilities: Banks could prove solvency without revealing depositors. Governments…
Matan Field: Backfeed – The Social Operating System for Decentralized Organizations
Jan 24, 2016 • 66 min
The idea that in the future tokens will play a crucial role in networks and organizations to incentivize decentralized collaboration and reward contribution is not new. It’s the original decentralized autonomous organization idea that has informed many…
Vinay Gupta: From Lawyer Capitalism to Programmer Capitalism
Jan 18, 2016 • 80 min
Vinay Gupta has been a programmer, 1990s cypherpunk, ‘resilience guru’, Ethereum release coordinator and currently collaborates with Consensys to mainstream smart contract technology. He also invented the Hexayurt, a cheap and resilient architectural…
Dustin Byington, Ethan Buchman & Jae Kwon: Tendermint – Private Modularized Blockchains
Jan 11, 2016 • 78 min
As blockchain technologies mature, new protocol specifications are emerging, which take unique approaches to software design and how consensus is achieved. We have talked about Multchain and OpenChain in the past, but Tendermint promises to be a viable…
Casey Kuhlman: Permissioned Blockchains and Disrupting Industrial Application Design
Jan 4, 2016 • 78 min
Permissionable blockchains have gained much attention from enterprise this past year, and specifically, the traditional fiance and FinTech sectors. As new protocols emerge and the technology is matures, it is becoming apparent they are simply a new class…
Andrew Miller: The Gas Model and Ethereum’s Economics
Dec 28, 2015 • 62 min
Andrew Miller is a computer science PhD student at the University of Maryland who focuses on cryptocurrency. Having gotten involved in Bitcoin in 2011 and focused on cryptocurrencies early in his research work, he is one of the most prolific researchers…
James D’Angelo: Satoshi’s Big Mistake and the Centralization of Bitcoin
Dec 21, 2015 • 79 min
With over 600,000 views, James D’Angelo’s educational videos at the World Bitcoin Network are among the most popular resources on Bitcoin. Besides his excellent technical explanation, he has also been vocal about the dangers of the increasing…
Tim Pastoor: Identifi – Rethinking Identity as a Decentralized Web of Trust
Dec 14, 2015 • 64 min
Identity is probably one of the most important constructs in our society. In our modern world, protecting one’s identity has become complex, as we no longer rely solely on governments to prove who we are. In addition, most identity sources can be easily…
The Big Chain Powwow
Dec 8, 2015 • 80 min
The Bitcoin and blockchain industry has been through a lot this year. While the Bitcoin price has experienced relative stability, perhaps indicating slow growth, the space has grown into a rich and diverse ecosystem of startups and open technologies.…
Gideon Greenspan: MultiBit – The Blockchain is a New Database Paradigm
Nov 30, 2015 • 63 min
Gideon Greenspan, a computer scientist and CEO/Founder of the Israeli startup Coin Sciences, joined us for a discussion of their private blockchain platform MultiChain. Besides diving into the popular question of what’s the point of a private blockchain,…
Christian Decker: Scaling Bitcoin with Duplex Micropayment Channels
Nov 23, 2015 • 67 min
Christian Decker is a PhD student at ETH Zurich, where he is currently finishing up the world’s first PhD thesis entirely about Bitcoin. The computer scientist has been part of the Bitcoin community since 2009 and just recently turned off his last miner…
Vlad Zamfir: Bringing Ethereum Towards Proof-of-Stake with Casper
Nov 16, 2015 • 71 min
With Proof-of-Stake (PoS) a blockchain is secured not by spending an external resource such as electricity but by using value internal to the chain itself. The promise of higher security at a lower cost is what also drives Ethereum to plan a move away…
Giyom Lebleu: The Gyft of the Blockchain and Improving Prepaid Cards
Nov 9, 2015 • 66 min
Businesses with the alleged potential to become the next Google are plentiful in Bitcoin-land, but finding actual commercial success is a lot harder. The best example of a commercial success is gift card company Gyft that became known as the first place…
Emin Gün Sirer & Ittay Eyal: Bitcoin-NG – Scientists Versus the Church
Nov 2, 2015 • 69 min
One of the concerns confronting the Bitcoin community is that of scaling the transaction throughput rate: How do we go from the current rate of approx. 5 transactions per second to a thousand times that? In this episode, we talk to Emin Gun Sirer and…
Flavien Charlon: Openchain – Centralized Digital Assets Without Blockchains or Consensus
Oct 26, 2015 • 73 min
Among the dividing themes in the Bitcoin space is the idea of public versus private blockchains. While some argue that private and permissioned blockchains can offer better scalability and lower latency for enterprises, others insist the Bitcoin…
Muneeb Ali & Ryan Shea: Onename – Bringing Decentralization to Identity with Blockchain ID
Oct 19, 2015 • 85 min
A brilliant fact about crypto-economic blockchains is that they enable the construction of naming systems that transcend limits imposed by Zooko’s triangle. Traditional naming systems such as human names, Domain Name System (DNS) and Facebook profile…
Juan Benet: IPFS – Decentralizing the Web with the Inter-Planetary File System
Oct 12, 2015 • 97 min
We’ve made it to episode 100! Our guest for our celebratory episode is Juan Benet, inventor of the Inter-Planetary File System and founder of Protocol Labs. IPFS is a distributed file system that seeks to connect all computing devices with the same system…
Esteban Ordano & Manuel Aráoz: Streamium – Pay-Per-Second Video Streaming for Indie Producers
Oct 5, 2015 • 71 min
One of the key innovations of Bitcoin is the ability to easily implement payment channels. A number of use cases have been discussed or demonstrated, among which is the idea of pay-per-use. This is particularly useful when charging for things like WiFi or…
Robin Hanson: Futarchy – Prediction Markets and the Challenge of Disruptive Technology
Sep 28, 2015 • 79 min
When invented the concept of prediction markets almost thirty years ago, he felt he had stumbled on a concept with huge implications. By allowing people to bet on the likelihood of future events, prediction markets promise to allow better forecasts and…
Paul Sztorc: Truthcoin & Prediction Markets – From Information-Overload to Crowd Intelligence
Sep 21, 2015 • 78 min
Prediction markets are considered one of the most promising applications of blockchain technology. Although the concept and some early implementations have existed for years, decentralized prediction markets present a number of advantages to their…
John Clippinger: Developing a Social Ecosystem of Trusted, Self-Healing Digital Institutions
Sep 14, 2015 • 68 min
It is often said that technology is neutral. It’s certainly commonplace for Bitcoin to be thought of as such. In reality, technologies may be characterized as an embodiment of human intention, and therefore, cannot be considered as culturally or…
Adam Back: Why Bitcoin Needs a Measured Approach to Scaling
Sep 7, 2015 • 75 min
As the debate about forks, the blocksize and decision making in Bitcoin continues, we are joined by Adam Back. Adam is best known for his invention hash-cash which became one of the fundamental building blocks of Bitcoin. He is also the inventor of the…
Gavin Andresen: On the Blocksize and Bitcoin’s Governance
Aug 31, 2015 • 78 min
As the debate about the blocksize continues to roar through the Bitcoin community, Gavin Andresen joins us to take a step back and ask the big questions: How should these decisions be made in the first place? What does the governance of Bitcoin look like…
Simon Dixon: How Bank to the Future is Rethinking Finance
Aug 24, 2015 • 63 min
Ever since the financial system collapsed in 2007, the call for alternatives has grown louder. Bitcoin itself can be seen as such an alternative. Simon Dixon’s search for a way to put capitalism on a sounder financial footing began before Bitcoin with a…
Stefan Thomas: Understanding Ripple
Aug 17, 2015 • 65 min
In a long-overdue episode, we finally had the chance to dive into one of the most known but poorly understood cryptocurrency/blockchain project: Ripple. Reviled by many in the Bitcoin space, we put aside any prejudices and sat down for a fascinating…
Vitalik Buterin: Ethereum Frontier Launch, Scalability and the Road Ahead
Aug 10, 2015 • 76 min
Close to two years after the initial whitepaper, the revolutionary Ethereum network has finally launched. The decentralized smart contract platform is, without a doubt, the most exciting cryptocurrency project since Bitcoin. The versatile platform with…
Dave Hudson: Insights from the Data Mine and Other Adventures Around the Block
Aug 3, 2015 • 67 min
Bitcoin mining and the intricate game theory that surround it is a topic that we’ve visited many times. Difficult to grasp in its complexity, it is these dynamics that determine the security of Bitcoin in the short and in the longer term. This time we…
Greg Slepak: The Turtle Crawl Towards Internet Decentralization
Jul 27, 2015 • 60 min
Amidst all the discussion of alternative uses of blockchains, it is often forgotten that the very first fork of Bitcoin, Namecoin, pursued a daring vision for a decentralized, censorship-resistant internet. Greg Slepak, co-founder of the okTurtles…
Siân Jones: Bitlicense and the Regulatory Straitjacket
Jul 20, 2015 • 71 min
In this episode, we revisited the perennial topic of digital currency regulation with Siân Jones, our regulatory correspondent and founder of the regulation-focused virtual currency consultancy COINSULT. With the final version of the BitLicense, what may…
John McDonnell: How Bitcoin Will Win Online Payments
Jul 13, 2015 • 72 min
Solving the pain points of online payments was the applications that garnered the most attention in Bitcoin’s early days. In recent times, as consumer adoption of Bitcoin payments has been underwhelming much of that attention has shifted elsewhere.…
William Mougayar: The Business of Decentralization
Jul 6, 2015 • 70 min
Peter Thiel argued in his book ‘Zero to One’ that the way to build a great and highly profitable company is to build a monopoly. But with decentralized technologies, there is a real question whether these monopolies can be built or whether the monopolies…
Adam Draper: Accelerating 100 Bitcoin Startups with Boost VC
Jun 29, 2015 • 59 min
Revolutionary progress doesn’t happen without lots of work and in the case of Bitcoin that requires many different startups building technology. Few have contributed to this as much as Silicon Valley based startup accelerator Boost VC, which has been…
Tim Swanson: Permissioned Ledgers and the Case for Blockchains Without Bitcoin
Jun 22, 2015 • 71 min
One topic that is guaranteed to cause heated discussion among cryptocurrency enthusiasts is the idea that blockchains can be controlled by known validators and function without an underlying cryptocurrency. Some think this is a non-sensical idea…
David Andolfatto: Fedcoin – The Implications of Cryptocurrencies Issued by Central Banks
Jun 15, 2015 • 66 min
Many people think of Bitcoin as the ultimate contender against the power of central banks, most importantly the Federal Reserve System. But that is certainly not the only way that cryptocurrencies and the blockchain can be used and one particularly…
Mike Hearn: Blocksize Debate at the Breaking Point
Jun 8, 2015 • 75 min
Whether the block size should be increased to 20MB has created more controversy than any other question in Bitcoin’s recent history. For some, it is an urgent and necessary step in Bitcoin’s evolution. Their view is that leaving the block size at 1MB…
Nathaniel Popper: Digital Gold – The Inside Story of Bitcoin
Jun 1, 2015 • 66 min
From the mysterious creation story, to the early development among a small group of cypherpunks, to the emergence of the Silk Road, the collapse of MtGox, to the entry of a tidal wave of VC money and the Silicon Valley elite, Bitcoin’s short history has…
Joseph Poon & Tadge Dryja: Scalability and the Lightning Network
May 25, 2015 • 75 min
Since Gavin Andresen’s proposal to increase the Bitcoin block size, how Bitcoin can scale to accommodate higher transaction volumes has been heatedly debated among developers. One of the most promising long-term options to allow near infinite scalability…
Rodolfo Novak: Coinkite and the Feature Factory
May 18, 2015 • 57 min
Started in May 2013, Coinkite has by now almost advanced to senior citizen status in the short-lived Bitcoin startup space. CEO Rodolfo Novak joined us for a discussion about what drove their initial interest in Bitcoin, why they initially focused on…
Trent McConaghy: Ascribe – The Internet of Ownership
May 11, 2015 • 65 min
The idea of using the Bitcoin blockchain to represent and track the ownership of off-chain assets is almost as old as Bitcoin itself. One of the startups that is pursuing this vision is Berlin-based Ascribe, which allows creators to register (‘ascribe’),…
Andreas Antonopoulos: Mastering Bitcoin
May 4, 2015 • 83 min
Few question that educating people about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies is one of the most important and challenging tasks to achieve mass adoption. And perhaps even fewer disagree that there is no one more gifted at communicating the revolutionary…
Emin Gün Sirer & Ittay Eyal: From Selfish Miners to The Miner’s Dilemma
Apr 27, 2015 • 70 min
Bitcoin’s approach to solving the double spending problem is to make a collusion and attack on the network prohibitively expensive. One of the main factors that will determine Bitcoin’s chance of survival in the long-term is whether the behavior that…
Paul Brody: Internet of Things and the Democracy of Devices
Apr 20, 2015 • 58 min
As the cost of computing continues to plummet, the number of connected devices is increasing dramatically. In the future powerful computing capacity will be in billions of devices ranging from the lightbulb to the car door to new wearables. This new…
Robby Dermody: Counterparty – Assets, Dividends and Decentralized Exchange
Apr 13, 2015 • 67 min
In the crowded race to become the leading ‘Bitcoin 2.0’ platform, Counterparty has stood out by avoiding fancy crowdsales and instead building a platform that works. The protocol, which sits on top of Bitcoin and thus benefits from the security of its…
Dan O’Prey & Daniel Feichtinger: Hyperledger Decentralized Ledger Platform
Apr 6, 2015 • 69 min
The cryptocurrency ecosystem is increasingly divided into different camps. There are those betting and working on the eventual mainstream success of Bitcoin. And there are those who take elements of Bitcoin’s technology and repurpose them to improve…
Siân Jones: Cryptocurrency Regulation Update – UK, Isle of Man, California, Bitlicense
Mar 30, 2015 • 70 min
When one is busy driving a technological and societal revolution forward, complying with complicated regulatory requirements is rarely a top priority. Yet, the reality is that at this stage the often ambigious and rapidly evolving regulatory landscape can…
Lisa Cheng: Token Sales and Crowdfunding in the Cryptocurrency Space
Mar 23, 2015 • 60 min
Creating a new token and selling it to fund the development of software has become a preferred way of fundraising for cryptocurrency entrepreneurs. It’s a tempting tool, allowing startups to avoid traditional investors, build a community and allow anyone…
Michael Gronager: Chainalysis – Surveillance and the Path to Mass Panic
Mar 16, 2015 • 60 min
When spinning up a few hundred data-gathering Bitcoin nodes prevented some breadwallet users from transmitting bitcoin transaction, a minor panic quickly erupted about the Bitcoin compliance startup Chainalysis and their supposed sybil attack on the…
Thomas Voegtlin: Electrum, SPV Wallets and Bitcoin Aliases
Mar 9, 2015 • 58 min
Powering an estimated 5-10% of all Bitcoin transactions, Electrum is one of the leaders of the Bitcoin wallet space. The open-source walled was started in 2011 and played a key role in the development of the light-weight SPV wallets. Developer Thomas…
Kamikaze Attack – Block Halving and the Perils of Proof-of-Work
Mar 2, 2015 • 66 min
Is Bitcoin secure from attacks that could destroy the currency? To a large part, this is determined by how expensive it is to carry out an attack and by the potential profits the attacker could generate. Ideally, an attack is so expensive to carry out…
Brian Hoffman: OpenBazaar – Peer-To-Peer Commerce, Third-Party Arbitration, Ricardian Contracts
Feb 23, 2015 • 76 min
What Bitcoin did for money, OpenBazaar is trying to achieve for commerce. Born as a fork of the Dark Market project, OpenBazaar aims to facilitate online trade by removing unneeded middlemen. Built as an open source protocol, users simply install the…
Levin Keller: Coyno – Bitcoin Bookkeeping, Filing Taxes, Building a Bitcoin Startup in Europe
Feb 16, 2015 • 60 min
Levin Keller is known to many in Berlin as the man who warned everyone about the dark scenario where buying Bitcoins in Europe would be subject to VAT. As with the VAT issue, Levin was also concerned with the complexity of filing tax returns. For…
Adam Back & Greg Maxwell: Sidechains Unchained
Feb 9, 2015 • 92 min
Backbone to the financial system? Powering decentralized technology? The first true world currency? There is probably who hasn’t dreamt of a world ten years from now when Bitcoin would be all those things. The promise of cryptocurrencies are enormous, but…
Adam B. Levine: Let’s Talk Bitcoin Network, LTBCoin, Monetizing Content & Crowdfunding
Feb 2, 2015 • 66 min
Adam B. Levine, the “Spiritual Grandfather” of Epicenter Bitcoin and Editor-in-Chief of Let’s Talk Bitcoin, joins us to share is “crazy” passion for information and cryptocurrency. Never shy when it comes to talking about complicated subjects, Adam…
Tim Swanson: The Bitcoin Hype Buster
Jan 26, 2015 • 68 min
When it comes to Bitcoin, Tim Swanson is known to many as the man who sees the glass half empty. Whether or not that’s true, it’s fair to say that Tim has critical opinions about Bitcoin and questions many of the assumptions held by those who wish to see…
Preston Byrne & Siân Jones: Eris Industries – The Distributed Application Software Stack
Jan 19, 2015 • 63 min
Eris Industries spawned when three people got together to come up with a solution to Olivier Janssens’ £100K bounty to replace the Bitcoin Foundation with software. Their proposal, initially called Project Douglas and built on top of Ethereum, was…
Garrick Hileman: CoinDesk’s State of Bitcoin 2015 – Ecosystem Grows Despite Price Decline
Jan 12, 2015 • 72 min
Every quarter, CoinDesk releases its excellent State of Bitcoin Report proving an accurate benchmark of where the Bitcoin ecosystem stands. We were very fortunate to be joined by the man who compiles the State of Bitcoin Report, Garrick Hileman. As an…
Robert Sams: Bitcoin, Volatility and the Search for a Stable Cryptocurrency
Jan 5, 2015 • 71 min
That the bitcoin price is highly volatile is no secret. Opinions differ on whether that is just an inevitable roadblock to be passed on the way to world domination or whether it represents a fundamental flaw that will prevent Bitcoin from ever achieving…
Fireside Chat – A Fascinating Year in Retrospect and Exciting Times Ahead
Dec 29, 2014 • 95 min
As we wrap up 2014, Brian and Sebastien have a fireside chat and look back on some of the areas of Bitcoin they thought were the most defining. They also look out to 2015 and give their thoughts about what to expect in the coming year. This episode also…
Vitalik Buterin: Ethereum, Proof-of-Stake, The Future of Bitcoin
Dec 22, 2014 • 95 min
At just 20-years young, Vitalik Buterin is one of the most brilliant minds in the cryptocurrency space. Previously, a co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine, he has conceptualized Ethereum, the most radical and ambitious cryptocurrency project since Bitcoin.…
Allen Scott & Ian DeMartino: CoinTelegraph and the Rise of Crypto-Powered Independent Media
Dec 15, 2014 • 63 min
CoinTelegraph Chief Editor, Allen Scott, and writer, Ian DeMartino join Sebastien (Brian is away) for a conversation about the independent Bitcoin media. Cryptocurrencies enable new business models and monetization opportunities for content producers,…
Daniel Krawisz: Nakamoto Institute – Bitcoin, Libertarianism and the Problem with Appcoins
Dec 8, 2014 • 66 min
We are joined by Daniel Krawisz, the Director of Research at the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute. Daniel co-founded that organization last year with Michael Goldstein and Pierre Rochard to educate the Bitcoin community on the foundational ideas that led to the…
Daniel Gallancy: SolidX – Bridging the Gap Between Bitcoin and Institutional Investors
Dec 1, 2014 • 66 min
SolidX Partners CEO Daniel Gallancy joined us for a discussion of Bitcoin, institutional investors and how his company is working on creating a bridge between the two. While there is no question that interest in cryptocurrencies has risen dramatically -…
Daniel Peled & Tom Kysar: Gems – The Social Messaging App That Pays You for Your Attention
Nov 24, 2014 • 72 min
Daniel Peled, CEO of Gems, and Tom Kysar, Marketing Lead at Koinify, join us to talk about a project that aims to revolutionize social messaging. As one of the first decentralized social networks built on blockchain technology, Gems hopes to put the…
Arianna Simpson: BitGo – Security and Usability with Multi-Signature HD Wallets
Nov 17, 2014 • 59 min
Keeping Bitcoins safe from theft is probably one of the things Bitcoin holders worry the most about. Historically, there have been a number of recommended best practices like paper wallets, BIP 38 wallet cards and cold storage. Although these remain…
Paul Snow & Peter Kirby: Factom – Proof of Existance, Proof of Process, Proof of Audit
Nov 10, 2014 • 60 min
Today’s episode is all about Factom, an open source project which aims to solve three core problems which apply to all Bitcoin 2.0 applications: Speed, Cost, and Bloat. Rather than writing every transaction to the blockchain, Factom allows decentralized…
David A. Johnston: DApps Fund, DApps Whitepaper & Best Practices, MSC Protocol Foundation
Nov 3, 2014 • 67 min
David A. Johnston is a very active member of the Bitcoin community. Aside from speaking at about every Bitcoin conference there is, David is the Managing Director of the DApps Fund, a board member MSC Protocol Foundation, as well as Co-founder and…
Nicolas Courtois: BTC2B Conference – Potential Security Vulnerabilities in Bitcoin ECDSA
Oct 30, 2014 • 45 min
Meni Rosenfeld: Mining Pool Reward Systems, Bitcoin Economics, Bitcoin in Israel
Oct 27, 2014 • 71 min
Meni Rosenfeld is Founder of Bitcoil and Chairman of the Israeli Bitcoin Association. Having organized several meetups and conferences in Israel, he is a very active member of the Israeli Bitcoin community. Meni has been studying mining pool reward…
Jeremy Garder & Richard Caetano: BTC2B Conference – Bitcoin Marketing Panel
Oct 23, 2014 • 48 min
Dean Masley & Jacob Sears: College Crypto – Jacob Sears and Dean Masley Talk About Bitcoin Education
Oct 20, 2014 • 58 min
The College Cryptocurrency Network is a non-profit organization which aims to provide students, academics, and faculty with the guidance and resources required to start independent Bitcoin clubs on college campuses and in schools. Since being founded in…
Shawn Wilkinson: Storj – The Decentralization of the Cloud
Oct 15, 2014 • 64 min
Shawn Wilkinson, founder and lead developer of Storj, joins us for our first deep dive into a decentralized application. Storj’s particular domain is the decentralization of cloud storage. Their applications allow users to store their files in a…
State of Bitcoin Q3 2014 – The Quiet Building Phase
Oct 15, 2014 • 64 min
Every quarter CoinDesk puts out its excellent State of Bitcoin Report providing a snapshot of where the Bitcoin ecosystem is at. We took this opportunity to go back to our original formation and have a discuss of the report and the state of Bitcoin in…
Elie Chevignard & Mehdi Medjaoui: Oauth.io – Digital Identity in the Blockchain
Oct 15, 2014 • 64 min
Mehdi Medjaoui (Co-founder and COO) & Elie Chevignard (CMO) are the two guys behind Oauth.io, a service which aims to provide a simple and standardized way for developers to implement Oath. Working in digital identity management, they have an interesting…
Archie Watt, Micky Swindale, Paul Davis, Peter Greenhill & Siân Jones: Is the Isle of Man Building a Haven for Bitcoin Businesses?
Oct 2, 2014 • 51 min
The Isle of Man has been an area of interest for many Bitcoin companies as of late. The local government of this small British Crown Dependency, located in the middle of the Irish Sea, wants to attract Bitcoin businesses by adopting light regulation as…
Tom Ding: Koinify – Decentralized Autonomous Organizations & Corporations
Sep 29, 2014 • 56 min
Tom Ding is the CEO and Founder of Koinify, a platform for funding decentralized applications. Think of Koinify as a sort of Angel List to bootstrap and fund a new decentralized economy, specifically decentralized applications. With his company, Tom hopes…
Amor Sexton & Marco Santori: Siân Jones Interviews Inside Bitcoins London
Sep 25, 2014 • 36 min
Eric Larchevêque, Nicolas Baca & Thomas France: La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris
Sep 22, 2014 • 48 min
La maison du Bitcoin is a dedicated Bitcoin center located in the heart of ”Silicon Sentier”, which is situated in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris. Founded by entrepreneurs Eric Larchevêque and Thomas France, La maison du Bitcoin is an open space where…
Bastian Brand: The Intelligent Cryptoinvestor, Bitcoin Investment Whitepaper
Sep 15, 2014 • 60 min
Dr. Bastian Brand is an investment manager at Pathfinder Capital. Pathfinder Capital is a London-based Venture Capital firm that focuses on frontier markets and cryptocurrencies. He is also the founder of the Bitcoin Startups Munich group and was…
Flavien Charlon: Coinprism – Colored Coins, Open Assets Protocol & Crypto Equity
Sep 8, 2014 • 56 min
Flavien Charlon is the founder of coloured coin wallet Coinprism. Colored coins allow people and organizations to securely issue and trade real-world assets like commodities, stocks and bonds on the bitcoin network. Coinprism recently won the global…
Siân Jones & Thomas Spaas: Is Bitcoin Subject to VAT? (European Consumer Goods Tax)
Sep 1, 2014 • 59 min
Thomas Spaas, director of the Belgian Bitcoin Association and an international tax lawyer in Antwerp, and our regulatory affairs correspondent Siân Jones, join us to discuss a Swedish court case on VAT, the European Value Added Tax. The case has made it…
Dave Carlson, Jez San, Marc Aafjes, Naveed Sherwani & Timo Hanke: CoinSummit London – Pannel: The Ever Changing Landscape of Bitcoin Mining
Aug 28, 2014 • 37 min
George Samman: BTC.sx, Bitcoin Derivatives, Recent Price Movements, Wall St and Regulation
Aug 25, 2014 • 62 min
George Samman is co-founder and COO of the Bitcoin derivatives exchange, BTC.sx. George helps us get a broad understanding of derivatives as a financial product, and we explore their uses in the context of Bitcoin. He also brings his perspective with…
Flavien Charlon, Gavin Wood, Richard Gendal Brown & Ron Gross: CoinSummit London – Panel: Decentralized Applications and Appcoins
Aug 21, 2014 • 44 min
This episode features a panel discussion called “Decentralized Applications and Appcoins.” Flavien Charlon, founder of Coinprism, Ron Gross of the Mastercoin Foundation and Gavin Wood of Ethereum discuss the fascinating things which are happening in the…
Edmund Edgar: Reality Keys – A Certificate Authority for Facts
Aug 18, 2014 • 69 min
Edmund Edgar is the founder of Reality Keys. His startup won the Startup Challenge award at the Bitcoin 2014 Conference in Amsterdam. They are providing cryptographic data feeds on real-life events. This can then be used to base derivatives, contracts or…
Andrew Turner, Michael Jackson & Olivier Janssens: CoinSummit London – Interviews
Aug 14, 2014 • 37 min
Freya Stevens & Ira Miller: Coinapult – Locks and Letting the Bit Drop
Aug 11, 2014 • 58 min
Coinapult’s CEO Ira Miller and marketing specialist Freya Stevens join us for a discussion about their company and plans for the future. We particularly dove into their new Locks feature, which allows people to ‘lock’ the value of their bitcoins to other…
Adam Vaziri, Frank Schuil, Mark Lamb & Peter Smith: CoinSummit London – Panel: The Challenges of Operating a Bitcoin Business in Europe
Aug 7, 2014 • 53 min
Gavin Wood: Ethereum & Ether Sale
Aug 4, 2014 • 66 min
Gavin Wood joins us for an episode that is all about Ethereum. The uniquely ambitious Ethereum project with its turing-complete programming language is building a platform on which the next generation of decentralized applications can be run. While the…
Jonathan Levin & Peter Todd: CoinSummit London – Interviews
Aug 1, 2014 • 47 min
Radko Albrecht: BitBond, Bitcoin Lending and the Changing World of Finance
Jul 28, 2014 • 66 min
Radko Albrecht joins us to discuss his startup, the Bitcoin-based peer-to-peer lending platform, BitBond. We dove deeply into why Bitcoin-based peer-to-peer lending is such a compelling proposal. We also talked about a lot of the intricacies such as…
Emin Gün Sirer, Garrick Hileman, Jeff Garzik, Jez San & Peter Todd: CoinSummit London – State of Bitcoin Keynote & “Will Bitcoin Last the Distance” Panel on Mining
Jul 24, 2014 • 59 min
Gabriel Mirón & Steven Morell: Steven Morell & Gabriel Mirón: NYDFS BitLicense Proposal, MEXBT, Moneero, Latin America
Jul 21, 2014 • 65 min
Steven Morell and Gabriel Mirón join us to discuss the recent New York Department of Financial Services BitLicense proposal. Our regulatory affairs correspondent Siân Jones also joins us briefly to give a general overview of this proposed legislation. We…
Patrick Murck & Preston Byrne: Regulation Series by Siân Jones
Jul 17, 2014 • 50 min
Siân Jones: European Banking Authority Opinion, Regulation, Coinsummit London, COINsult
Jul 14, 2014 • 68 min
Bryan Skarlatos, Estaban van Goor, Jerry Brito & Luis Cuende: Regulation Series by Siân Jones
Jul 12, 2014 • 53 min
Tatiana Moroz & Wendell Davis: Tatiana Coin, EBA warning, Counterparty, User Created Assets
Jul 7, 2014 • 68 min
Today we’re joined by two guests. Tatiana Moroz is a singer-songwriter, anti-war activist and a very active bitcoin enthusiast and evangelist. Recently, Tatiana created Tatiana Coin, the very first musical artist coin on the Counterparty Protocol. She…
Anthony di Iorio, Arthur Corry, Ethan Wilding & Michael Perklin: Bitcoin Decentral Toronto
Jun 30, 2014 • 73 min
The main part of today’s episode features a conversation Brian had with the cryptocurrency space Decentral in Toronto. Decentral is a space for Bitcoin meetup, co-working space and accelerator for startups focusing on decentralized applications. The main…
Mike Hearn: Lighthouse, Assurance Contracts, bitcoinj, Transaction Fees & Core Dev Team
Jun 21, 2014 • 77 min
Today out guest is Mike Hearn who many of you are familiar with. He’s one of the first Bitcoin users and the developer of bitcoinj, a Java library used by a number of popular Bitcoin wallets such as the Andoid wallet, Multibit and Hive. Until recently he…
Adam Cleary, Frédéric Martin, Marco Peereboom, Nicolas Baca, Patrick Melton & Tamás Blummer: Bitcoin 2014 Amsterdam
Jun 19, 2014 • 35 min
Joel Dietz: Swarm – Crypto-Fundraising, Silk Road Sale, Google & Yahoo Track BTC
Jun 16, 2014 • 60 min
Guest Joel Dietz talks about his new company Swarm, a very exciting cryptocurrency-based fundraising platform. Their idea is to provide a more efficient, decentralized and versatile version of Kickstarter. In the future, they also hope to allow companies…
David Schwartz, Edward Karatov, Eiso Vaandrager, Jon Peters, Matt Tuzzolo & Richard Caetano: Bitcoin 2014 Amsterdam
Jun 12, 2014 • 41 min
Eddy Travia: Seedcoin, Apple App Guidelines, Startups, Virtual Incubation, VC’s
Jun 9, 2014 • 60 min
On today’s show, we have Eddy Travia who joins us from Hong Kong. Eddy is co-founder and Chief Startup Officer at Seedcoin, a seed-stage virtual incubator for Bitcoin startups. He is also the founder of the Bitcoin Institute, a platform to facilitate…
Bobby Lee, Charlie Lee, Filip Roose & Philippe Rodriguez: Bitcoin 2014 Amsterdam
Jun 5, 2014 • 45 min
Wendell Davis: Hive Wallet, Humint, DISH, Bitex.la
Jun 2, 2014 • 70 min
On episode 22 we had Wendell Davis on, who is CEO of two Bitcoin startups. The first one is Hive, a popular and user-friendly Bitcoin wallet targeted at Mac Users (and Android). His second startup, Humint, aims to help companies and brands issue their own…
Brian Armstrong, JF Gallas, Jon Matonis, Marc Barach & Radko Albrecht: Bitcoin 2014 Amsterdam
May 30, 2014 • 47 min
Asher Tan & Levin Keller: CoinJar, Circle, German Bitcoin Sales Tax
May 27, 2014 • 64 min
For episode 21 we had Asher Tan on CEO of CoinJar, a very successful Australian Bitcoin startup that offers similar services to Coinbase. Levin Keller, who is a board member of the German Bitcoin foundation, joined us to talk about a recent statement by…
Patrick Byrne: Bitcoin 2014 Amsterdam – Keynote by Patrick Byrne CEO of Overstock.com
May 22, 2014 • 62 min
Jorge Timon & Mark Friedenbach: Bitcoin 2014, Freicoin, Freimarkets & Sidechains
May 19, 2014 • 63 min
We recorded episode 20 in Amsterdam the morning after the Bitcoin 2014 conference organized by the Bitcoin Foundation. Our two guests for the post-conference sit-down were Jorge Timon and Mark Friedenbach. Jorge is the founder of Freicoin, which is, from…
David El Achkar: Bitcoin in the Middle East
May 12, 2014 • 50 min
For episode 19, we had David El Achkar on as our guest host. He is a Bitcoin entrepreneur in Beirut and the founder of the Bitcoin Lebanon group.
Meinhard Benn: Dark Wallet, Bitcoins for MIT, Bitcoin’s Limitations and Mining
May 5, 2014 • 55 min
For episode 18, Meinhard Benn was on as our guest host, while Sebastien was enjoying a few days off. Meinhard is the lead software developer for Bitcoin Brothers, a Bitcoin mining startup based in Berlin.
Spin-Offs, Bitcoin Debit Card, BIP38-Cold Storage and Bitcoin Undone?
Apr 28, 2014 • 64 min
After having guests on for our last few episodes, it was back to the original cast of Brian and Sebastien for an episode.
Max Kaye & Stephan Tual: Ethereum and Decentralized Applications
Apr 21, 2014 • 96 min
We had two excellent guests on. Stephan Tual is the Chief Communications Officer for the Ethereum project. Max Kaye is a Australia-based developer focused on decentralized applications and the developer of Cryptonet.
Joel Hampton: Spendr, Neo & Bee, Sidechains, Square
Apr 14, 2014 • 86 min
This week, we have Joel Hampton on as a guest host, a rather nomadic entrepreneur, currently based in Sydney. His startup Spendr.io is building a site to help people find high-quality, bitcoin-accepting businesses.
Jaron Lukasiewicz: Coinsetter
Apr 7, 2014 • 83 min
Brian’s away on vacation this week so joining us as a guest host is Jaron Lukasiewicz, CEO of Coinsetter. We talk about IRS guidelines and what impact they may have on everyday Bitcoin use, China’s “crackdown” on Bitcoin and the effect on price, a new…
Siân Jones: All About Regulation, IRS Guidance, UK Statements, Isle of Man & More
Mar 31, 2014 • 105 min
On today’s show we have Sian Jones as a guest host. Sian is a consultant at Coinsult and specialized in cryptocurrency regulation. She helps us get to the bottom of recent rulings and guidances about Bitcoin.
Bitcoin Version 0.9, China Rumors, and Much More
Mar 25, 2014 • 96 min
Jaron Lukasiewicz & Nir Halutzy: Inside Bitcoins Berlin 2014 – Opportunities and Challenges of Bitcoin Exchanges
Mar 20, 2014 • 50 min
Jonathan Levin: MtGox, Future of Bitcoin Exchanges, Xapo, Altcoin Inflation
Mar 17, 2014 • 108 min
On today’s show we have Jonathan Levin on as a guest host. He’s an economist at Oxford University and co-founder of Coinometrics.
Marcia Hoffman & Oliver Flaskaemper: Inside Bitcoins Berlin 2014 – Bitcoin and its Potential as a Tool for Change
Mar 12, 2014 • 57 min
Hiding in Plain Sight
Mar 10, 2014 • 79 min
Hans Henrik H. Heming, Jaron Lukasiewicz, Johann Barbie & Tamás Blummer: Inside Bitcoins Berlin 2014 – Conference Floor Interviews II
Mar 6, 2014 • 62 min
Mt. Gox’s Lukewarm Wallet
Mar 3, 2014 • 89 min
On today’s show we’ll talk about the Mt. Gox situation, covering : the history of recent events, the Crisis Strategy Document and what it means, theories on what really could have happened as well as the outlook for Mt. Gox, Bitcoin exchanges and Bitcoin…
Alan Meckler, Andreas Schildbach, Elie Chevignard, Hubert Gertis, Josh Zerlan, Moe Adham, Philippe Rodriguez, Rafael Rodriguez, Stanislav Wolf, Thomas Hessler & Tuur Demeester: Inside Bitcoins Berlin 2014 – Conference Floor Interviews
Feb 26, 2014 • 58 min
The Bitcoin ATM Wave Reaches US Shores
Feb 24, 2014 • 73 min
On today’s show we talk about:
Bastian Brand, David Bailey, Eric Benz, Felix Weis, Gary Ubsdell, Joerg Platzer, Johnathan Brown, Matt Roszak, Max Gotzler, Onyx Ashanti & Tatiana Moroz: Inside Bitcoins Berlin 2014 – Live from Room 77
Feb 20, 2014 • 57 min
Johann Barbie: The Bitcoin Barbie
Feb 17, 2014 • 73 min
On today’s show, we’re joined by Johann Barbie, founder of 37Coins, an SMS based wallet solution. Johann weighs in on the recent transaction malleability fiasco and helps us better understand what’s really going on. We also talk about recent news out of…
The One-Man Protest
Feb 9, 2014 • 89 min
Dogecoin Sleds to the Olympics
Feb 2, 2014 • 77 min
The Tiger’s Bit Of Cologne
Jan 26, 2014 • 72 min
Tom Cruise Fights to Protect the Blockchain
Jan 19, 2014 • 82 min
Half-Man-Half-Fish Wearing Sunglasses
Jan 12, 2014 • 86 min
Our Predictions for 2014
Jan 4, 2014 • 93 min
In our first episode of Epicenter Bitcoin, we make our predictions for 2014. From security to regulation to mainstream adoption, we discus 9 areas where bitcoin could face the most change.
Regulation and the Future of Bitcoin
Dec 20, 2013 • 30 min